Archive for February 24th, 2012

COLUMN: Lilley – Race based hiring practices need to stop

- February 24th, 2012

Merit, not race

Discrimination in hiring practices has got to stop

by Brian Lilley

Do you believe in equality?

Do you believe that we should all receive equal treatment from our federal government?

Most people would say that equality is a Canadian value. I’d like to say it is, but experience has taught me otherwise.

Sure, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is supposed to guarantee equality in our interactions with the federal government.

In Section 15 it even says, “Every individual is equal before and under the law.”

If only that’s where it stopped, instead it goes on. Read more…

COLUMN: Adler – Canadian health care should learn from the German example

- February 24th, 2012

German prescription for better health care

by Charles Adler

Our health-care system needs a fundamental shift in attitude.

You and I aren’t pathetic patients, we’re customers. But we sure aren’t treated that way.

Our tax dollars pay for health care. Approximately 50% of Canadian provincial budgets are funnelled into the hospital system.

But because of the medical monopoly, there’s no consequences for bad service and you and I, the customers, have no choice in the matter. It’s all we’ve got.

And we keep sitting hour after hour in emergency rooms, month after month on surgery waiting lists and far too many of us have grown used to it — convinced this misery of waiting is the way it needs to be. Not realizing there’s a much better way.

There’s a deeply ingrained fear of private care, that we’ll end up with some kind of American-style health care.

God help us!

But allowing private care shouldn’t be scary.   Read more…

Shocking, unbelievable and wrong. Man arrested for kid’s picture

- February 24th, 2012

UPDATED

QMI Agency

Police arrested a Kitchener, Ont., father outside his daughter’s school because the four-year-old drew a picture of him holding a gun.

Jessie Sansone told the Record newspaper that he was in shock when he was arrested Wednesday and taken to a police station for questioning over the drawing. He was also strip-searched.

“This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school,” he said.

Officials told the newspaper the move was necessary to ensure there were no guns accessible by children in the family’s home. They also said comments by Sansone’s daughter, Neaveh, that the man holding the gun in the picture was her dad and “he uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters,” was concerning.

Police also searched Sansone’s home while he was in custody. His wife and three children were taken to the police station, and the children were interviewed by Family and Children’s Services.

Sansone’s wife, Stephanie Squires, told the newspaper no one told them why her husband had been arrested.

“He had absolutely no idea what this was even about. I just kept telling them, ‘You’re making a mistake.’”

Several hours later, Sansone was released without charges.