Voting wisely requires genuine freedom of choice

Ontario went to the polls last Thursday. A new parliament was elected, with it a new premier of the province. The days of campaigning were the usual non-news that one is accustomed to in these parts. Not much noise. No threats by the ruler to arrest his opponents. Just politicians of all stripes roaming their […]

Ontario voter’s longing for the ease of Rukungiri

Pray for me. Pray for Ontario, this beautiful and largest Canadian province that I have called home-away-from-home for 33 years. We go to the polls this Thursday, June 7, to elect a new provincial parliament. In my riding (that’s what we call constituencies here), the choice ought to be straightforward. Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of […]

Why Canada needs immigrants: A new study answers the question

Canada has one of the most liberal and welcoming policies among the industrialized nations. With a population of 36,779,667 (2017), Canada’s targeted immigration level is 300,000 immigrants per year. In November 2017, the Government of Canada published its new Immigration Levels Plan that will see the country welcoming 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in […]

Canada@149

Canada officially came into being on July 1, 1867. This is Confederation Day that we celebrated today, with the quiet joy of citizens of a country whose foundation is solidly in the front bench of the freest nations in the world. Canada is not perfect. Far from it! We have many who still live in […]

Canada to legalize physician-assisted dying

Prompted by a  Supreme Court decision,  the Government of Canada has tabled Bill C-14 for the purpose of legalizing physician assisted dying.The bill allows  people who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability, and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable”, to end their lives with the assistance of their doctor or nurse practitioner. The Summary […]

Memories of Alberta, Canada

 When I accepted an appointment as a resident in Paediatrics at the University of Calgary, Alberta in 1981, I had no idea what the place and the province looked like. I imagined a flatland with endless wheat fields and, perhaps, a glimpse of the mountains in the far distance from where we would be living. […]