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Douglas Todd: Wide access to psychotherapy is just good economics

Canadian politicians like to talk about this as being a compassionate country.

But when it comes to providing health care, most politicians realize they have to go beyond rhetoric to consider economic realities. 1,168 more words

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Douglas Todd: Punjabi-Canadian leaves behind politics for philanthropy

After a disillusioning attempt to become a candidate for the federal Liberal party, Vancouver businessman Barj Dhahan is stepping up his philanthropic efforts.

The owner of the Sandhurst Group is spearheading a major scholarship program for 20 aboriginal students and on Saturday in Vancouver will hand out a $25,000 prize for the best in Punjabi literature. 990 more words

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Ian Mulgrew: WHL being back-checked for possibly violating lobby law

The Western Hockey League did not register as a lobbyist before leaning on B.C.’s cabinet to exempt major junior players from the minimum wage law, the provincial watchdog says. 846 more words

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Vaughn Palmer: Kootenay Bill aced saying sorry, bearing down on critics

VICTORIA — As cabinet minister Bill Bennett prepares to retire from the political scene, there’s one thing he’d like urban dwellers to know about the rural community he’s represented for going on 16 years. 914 more words


Iain MacIntyre: Ottawa goalie's quiet night reflects Canucks' quiet forwards

Quick, name one big save Craig Anderson had to make Tuesday.

OK, name two because Sven Baertschi’s breakaway in the third period, when the Vancouver Canucks already trailed by two, doesn’t count because he hasn’t scored this year, so there’s an asterisk beside his name. 812 more words

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Vaughn Palmer: Reid hammers nail sickness home on armoury's scruffy status

VICTORIA — The committee that sometimes manages spending at the provincial legislature was idling through the agenda for one of its rare meetings last week. 888 more words


Pete McMartin: Before Greatest Canadian vote, Tommy Douglas had darker past

In a recent issue in the Medical Post — and my thanks to Sun medical reporter Pamela Fayerman for alerting me to it — one article throws light on a dark chapter in the life of Tommy Douglas, the so-called father of universal health care. 833 more words