NATIONAL Post columnist Chris Selley says he wants Via Rail’s transcontinental train axed (Let’s Kill The Canadian, Surely The First World’s Most Dysfunctional Train, Feb. 25). While I share some of Selley’s concerns, he misses key points that are vital to any debate about the train’s future.

AS CANADIANS we like it when homegrown personalities make it big in the world. We especially like it when they make a point of reminding people of their Canadian heritage. We’re proud when they’re proud.

THUNDER Bay city council has a declared a climate emergency. So what? That seems to be the reaction of some beyond the usual suspects who inhabit social media and can never, ever find anything good to say about anything.

IT TAKES a lot to get national news media to take notice of Thunder Bay. A series of unexplained Indigenous youth deaths followed by allegations of racism on the city police force got their attention and now they’re peering hard at what’s going on here. Good. Because local media reports abou…

IT LAST year was eventful – and boy, was it! – 2020 can be transformative in so many ways. But it will depend on how willing we are to change how we live. We are all on this ride together and as Earth’s population grows, the task becomes more urgent.

THAT was the year that was . . . memorable, eventful, more than a little crazy, all of the above. As we round out another year and another decade, and prepare to enter the 2020s, we can rest assured that this year will go down in history as one that was full of surprises – some nice, some no…

TIME magazine’s editors had a choice to make. Will the Person of the Year — the top newsmaker of 2019 — be a girl who unified much of the world or a president who divided a nation?

ALL too rarely there comes a time to put politics aside and unite in mutual condemnation of something so absurd that arguing about it is pointless. Wednesday’s hot mic incident in London was one of those times. But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and, to a lesser extent, NDP Leader Jagmeet…

A THUNDER Bay police officer accused of using excessive force to subdue a girl on an ambulance gurney allegedly faced a situation that is becoming more and more common — spitting. The officer is accused of slapping the unruly girl, telling her not to spit on her, after paramedics had placed …

BY IAN PATTISONWell, that certainly didn’t go as planned. One can only imagine the consternation in the war rooms of the major political parties as their election launch plans this week were knocked off kilter by unforeseen events.For the governing Liberals it was the SNC-Lavalin affair that…

MANY “snowbirds” may soon be grounded because of inadequate health coverage outside of Canada. As the federal election approaches, many people will also be making plans for their winter vacation. Yet, worsening drug shortages now cause many to fail to quality for private travel insurance.

YEAR after year we go to the public appealing for support to feed an increasing number of hungry people. After my 10 years of serving food banks, I am nearing the end of my rope.

SHOULD Ottawa set up a targeted program, or replace all provincial and private drug programs — even if working fairly well — and establish a new government bureaucracy? The report by Dr. Eric Hoskins, the chair of the federal government’s advisory council on pharmacare, addresses a definite …

THERE is something bracing about decisiveness. A matter is considered, the pros and cons weighed, a conclusion is reached, and acted on. There’s no unnecessary hesitation, no delay beyond that which is prudent.

There is something magical about Bangladesh. It’s as if the present came into the country but the past refused to leave. Rickshaws and donkey carts weave in and out of BMWs and Toyotas on busy and congested streets, vendors turn samosas and parathas in pans set over coal fires in front of Pi…

I HAD only briefly experienced life in Thunder Bay before deciding to make it my home for medical school in 2014. I was born and raised in southern Ontario and had visited just once with my girlfriend to meet her brother and his wife, both of whom had migrated from Sudbury for school.

If you want to change the system— change being the political theme of the day — you have two choices: Complain from a distance and hope that enough people happen to share your concern to grab the attention of relevant authorities. Or get involved.

THIS is not the first time that the term genocide has been used to describe the situation of Indigenous people in Canada. Then it was justified; now it is not. Then it accurately described the actions of the state; now it seems designed to provoke Canadians rather than prod them to address a…

FOR more than a century, provincial tree planting has cut flood risks in Ontario. Rivers have surged over their banks this spring, flooding hundreds of homes, businesses and cottages. The Ottawa, Muskoka, French and Mattagami rivers (and many others) have flooded — and the risk now extends t…

ONE can hardly blame Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Randy Turtle for refusing to sign an agreement with Ottawa to pursue “a path forward” to deal with the “long-term health needs of the community . . .” After all, it’s been 50 years since the Dryden paper mill operator dumped thousands of…

I SUPPOSE we should always read beyond the headlines. On the editorial page of the May 21 Chronicle-Journal, I saw a guest column by Gwyn Morgan titled “Climate Change Conversation Must Change Focus to Mitigation.”

PREMIER Doug Ford plans to cancel OHIP coverage outside of Canada. With high administrative costs for the program and a nearly $12 billion provincial deficit, such action might have initially seemed reasonable. However, this would violate the Canada Health Act. Furthermore, because of severa…

THE ENVIRONMENTAL bill of rights and the position of environmental commissioner was passed into law in Ontario 25 years ago. It established legally that people in Ontario had the right to participate in government decisions that affect the environment. It was a shift from historical developm…