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Middle class status mostly state of mind

The middle class remains the prize for any politician who wants to be elected, as that ­strata of ­society is believed to be the largest, the broadest and the most representative of any nation's values and aspirations.

Shannon Phillips (Alberta Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office) on the roof of the Federal Building in Edmonton on May 24, 2016. Postmedia Network File Photo

Alberta faces next green sticker shock

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said last week the NDP government is going all in on its plan to reshape the province's electricity system so that 30 per cent of the power used by 2030 comes from renewable forms of energy, such as solar, wind and hydro.

Health care discord

Back in the late 1990s, when I was with the Ontario Medical Association, I took a group of about half a dozen doctors and an equal number of OMA staff to Washington, D.C., where we attended a campaign school organized by Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Stop half measures for party fundraising

Starting next week at Queen's Park, MPPs will be combing through the Liberals' legislation to clean up party donations. Various groups have been giving input over the course of the summer on what the legislation ought to contain.

Electoral reform faces referendum curve

Have you spent your summer stubbornly tuning out earnest entreaties from your MP and/or civic-minded do-gooders to spend an evening poking through the federal electoral system in search of a fairer, more representative alternative?

Mauril Belanger talks to a group of people at the Crichton Community Centre in Ottawa in this May 1, 2011 file photo. (TONY CALDWELL/Postmedia Network files)

Belanger did more than change anthem

It wasn't just Ottawa-Vanier that lost its longtime champion on Tuesday. Nor, for that matter, did Mauril Bélanger, who died at age 61 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, leave behind as his biggest legacy his campaign to change the lyrics of O Canada to be more inclusive. Canada lost a man who, over the course of his career in Parliament

This file photo taken on February 27, 2015 shows U.S. President Barack Obama looking through a teleprompter during a ceremony for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. (YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Talk of a third term for Obama nonsense

The mood in the United States regarding the character of both presidential candidates is somewhat gloomy and quite unprecedented, and has led to speculation about a third term for President Barack Obama.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks on the Ujibashi bridge as he visits at the Ise-Jingu Shrine on May 26, 2016 in Ise, Japan. In the two-day summit, the G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss global issues including counter-terrorism, energy policy, and sustainable development. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Suzuki is right about Trudeau

In a recent Huffington Post column, David Suzuki said while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been meeting with the United Nations, the premiers and the leaders of the U.S. and Mexico to talk about climate change, he’s done nothing.

RCMP have closed Park Street in Strathroy after suspected terrorist Aaron Driver was killed Wednesday in the small town west of London, Ont. on Thursday August 11, 2016. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network)

We need an honest talk about terrorism

Wednesday, in the Ontario town of Strathroy, a man known to police for having terrorist connections was killed by security forces after he appeared to explode a device, and had another in his possession.

Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins stands in front of the new Providence Care during a press conference to announce funding for Kingston-area hospitals in Kingston, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (Elliot Ferguson/Postmedia Network)

Invest in personal support workers

Everyone's talking about Ontario doctors these days, and whether they are being offered a fair contract. But the provincial government's health-care reforms also depend in part on sick or frail people being able to receive reliable, quality, ongoing care in their own homes. The key players here are the personal support workers (PSWs) who provide un

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