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Hughes “Conflict of Interest Guidelines Need To Be Tightened Up”

Hughes “Conflict of Interest Guidelines Need To Be Tightened Up”

If we listen to corporate Canada we might believe the only possible future for pensions is to move away from the defined benefit model in favour of a defined contribution system, also known as targeted benefit plans. Under that system there is no guarantee of what pensioners will eventually [Read more]

‘Selling public assets has no long term benefit’ says Hughes

‘Selling public assets has no long term benefit’ says Hughes

The more time Canadians have to unpack the Liberal commitment to invest in public infrastructure, the more it becomes obvious the plan is largely about turning tax dollars and public assets over to the private sector.  This for-profit investment model was never fleshed out during the election, [Read more]

Hughes ‘Labour Day reminds us, hard work is rewarded’

Hughes ‘Labour Day reminds us, hard work is rewarded’

How often have you heard someone say they are tired of politics, or that it is all the same and nothing ever changes?  As we approach Labour Day we should remember that so many of the gains we enjoy were hard-fought for and would never have come about if people succumbed to those sentiments.  [Read more]

Could VIA Plans Spark Renaissance for Passenger Rail? (Version française inclu)

Could VIA Plans Spark Renaissance for Passenger Rail? (Version française inclu)

Via Rail’s proposal to create a dedicated passenger rail line from Windsor to Quebec City is encouraging for proponents of passenger rail.  For those looking to bring back services in Ontario’s north, the encouragement is tempered with some disappointment. That’s because, although the idea [Read more]

Government Can Easily Fix Regulatory Roadblock for Credit Unions (français inclu)

Government Can Easily Fix Regulatory Roadblock for Credit Unions (français inclu)

(Version française ci-dessous) Last month an advisory from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) placed onerous conditions on credit unions and seemed to be doing favours for Canada’s big banks in the process. The edict, which was slipped through on June 30th when [Read more]

The buck doesn’t stop here anymore (version française inclu)

The buck doesn’t stop here anymore (version française inclu)

Version française ci-dessou The phenomenon of bank closures is becoming a common occurrence in many small Canadian towns.  Here in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing we are no different.  The trend to other forms of banking such as what is available online may have appeal for some people, but not [Read more]

Three cheers for volunteers (Version française inclu)

Three cheers for volunteers (Version française inclu)

Version française ci-dessous If you scratch the surface of any community across Canada you are sure to expose the work of volunteers in the process.  From the toughest downtown neighbourhoods to the most pastoral small towns, volunteers are a constant presence and their work usually makes a big [Read more]

Canada Health Act Should Cover Palliative Care says Hughes

Canada Health Act Should Cover Palliative Care says Hughes

OTTAWA, ON – The government should identify hospice palliative care as a defined medical service to be covered under the Canada Health Act, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes delivered a petition on the subject in the House of Commons Tuesday, making the case [Read more]

“OffshoreTax Havens and Loopholes Are Holding Us Back” says Hughes

“OffshoreTax Havens and Loopholes Are Holding Us Back” says Hughes

A recent documentary by the investigative television program, the Fifth Estate, sheds new light on the KPMG  scandal that helped wealthy Canadians use an offshore tax haven to hide money from Revenue Canada.  It shows how clients used a shell company on the Isle of Mann along with tax exemptions [Read more]

Eating disorders are deadly and misunderstood

Eating disorders are deadly and misunderstood

When I met with representatives from the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) over a year ago, I had no idea that we would soon work together to try to shine a light on the difficulties that face those who suffer from these disorders and how that affects their loved ones.   Like many [Read more]

‘First Nations children still aren’t a priority’ Notes @CarolHughesMP

‘First Nations children still aren’t a priority’ Notes @CarolHughesMP

In 2007, parliament unanimously supported a child-first NDP Private Members Motion that called on the federal government to pay medical bills first, and then determine what jurisdiction is responsible later.  It was called Jordan’s Principle and was based on the bureaucratic battle that [Read more]

Carol Hughes Calls for Action on Equality for First Nations Children

Carol Hughes Calls for Action on Equality for First Nations Children

BLIND RIVER, ON – Four days before the historic Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes will be hosting a screening of the film, ‘Hi-Ho Mistahey’ and calling for an end to discrimination against Canada’s First Nations children. Hi-Ho Mistahey is [Read more]

Old tradition in a New Year

Old tradition in a New Year

As we approach the New Year many are thinking about making a resolution.  Usually these are meant to better our life in some way, but whatever the goal may be, the idea of setting a New Year’s resolution is pretty much ingrained in our society so it might not surprise you that the practice is [Read more]

Still time to change the Canada Europe Trade Agreement

Still time to change the Canada Europe Trade Agreement

Canada was offered one opportunity to review the Canada European Trade Agreement (CETA) earlier this month when Wallonia raised opposition to elements of CETA and threatened not to ratify the deal.  That obstacle was eventually removed and the Belgian region’s parliament ultimately agreed to the [Read more]

‘Friday news is rarely good’ notes Hughes

‘Friday news is rarely good’ notes Hughes

When political news breaks on a Friday afternoon, it usually isn’t for good-news stories.  More often this is when a government will make embarrassing admissions in an attempt to bury stories as people are focused on the weekend ahead.  Of course, there can always be exceptions, and that was [Read more]

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