Trudeau is sticking future generations with his spending bill

Babies born on budget day 2021 had more than $28,000 of debt the moment they opened their eyes

Trudeau is sticking future generations with his spending billBy Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Kris Rondolo Generation Screwed Canadian babies born on federal budget day 2021 had more than $28,000 of debt the moment they opened their eyes. That’s each Canadian’s share of the federal government’s $1-trillion debt. And it’s going up. By the time those little ones blow out their candles…

Your pet may not be safe in the great outdoors

As we encroach on wild places, wild animals will see our pets as a food source

Your pet may not be safe in the great outdoorsOur pets are such an important part of our lives – loyal and forgiving – but there’s danger out there, even in your garden! Lots of things are trying to eat, infect or nibble on pets. It’s not possible to list everything that might hurt your pet in this column, but here are a few…

Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illness

We are in the vortex of a mental health and addictions epidemic

Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illnessIn 1998, our family was in trouble. We were on the brink of losing a child – our daughter was in deep trouble due to acute addictions and mental health problems. Living in Winnipeg at the time, we were on a desperate mission to find help. It wasn’t there. It wasn’t anywhere in Canada. We…

Hearing loss caused by common childhood cancer drug targeted

Research may eliminate the toxic side-effect of cispaltin in childhood cancer survivors

Hearing loss caused by common childhood cancer drug targetedUniversity of Alberta scientists have identified a receptor in cells that could be key to preventing permanent hearing loss in childhood cancer survivors being treated with the drug cisplatin. The researchers believe that, by inhibiting the receptor, they may be able to eliminate toxic side-effects from the drug that cause the hearing loss. Cisplatin is…

Covid-19 paranoia is starting to get me down

But there's light at the end of the tunnel

Covid-19 paranoia is starting to get me downSo I’m at a pharmacy, getting a prescription filled. The pharmacy tech is behind a shield, of course. She’s also wearing a mask, naturally. And, not so naturally, she’s also wearing a face shield. That’s three layers of protection between us. I’m thinking to myself that this is a bit much, but whatever. If she…

Your business is destined to fail if you’re not consistent

Your success in life and business is dependent on consistency and congruency

Your business is destined to fail if you’re not consistentA client of mine was buying a new business. The company they were purchasing had been successful, but the pandemic had caused it to fail and the value was only in the equipment. When I asked why they thought the business failed, they told me they believed the owner hadn’t been consistent through the pandemic.…

Keeping your phone clean is a COVID-19 necessity

It is a breeding ground for germs, viruses and bacteria

Keeping your phone clean is a COVID-19 necessityWe’re all trying to be better informed and protect ourselves and loved ones by reducing exposure to COVID-19 and its variants. We’re social distancing, wearing masks and constantly sanitizing and washing our hands. But how many of us think of our smartphone as a major source of threat to our health? We’re attached to our…

Auto industry notes: new models and features rolling out

New models, retooled favourites and significant new features

Auto industry notes: new models and features rolling outIt's time for some auto industry odds and ends, random notes and updates that have come my way lately. Subaru Subaru has just announced the pricing structure for the 2022 Legacy and Outback. Available in five trim levels, the newest Legacy continues to have a full-time all-wheel-drive system and can be had with a turbocharged…

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancy

Aims to help people find credible information online

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancyThe problem with combatting the misinformation swirling around COVID-19 is, according to University of Alberta health law professor Timothy Caulfield, that all fronts the fight takes place on are of equal importance. “For a long time there has been this tolerance of pseudoscience and misinformation,” said Caulfield. “But there are recent studies that show once people believe…