Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ column – Report on long term care a shocking wake-up for Canadians

For decades, New Democrats brought seniors issues to parliament explaining that too many are vulnerable or unable live in dignity.  While there was a time people were encouraged to worry more about minor tax breaks than Canada’s senior and vulnerable … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Anticipating a second wave and limiting its impact

As we enter a third month of physical distancing and learn that our actions have helped us avoid a worst-case pandemic scenario, the challenges are increasing.  While we deserve a big pat on the back for our efforts to date, … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column -Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility must be well defined

There’s no doubt there is an itch to get back to normal, but there are obstacles to that and, of course, questions about how much can and should be restored as we learn to work within the pandemic.  The first … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Raising awareness during Mental Health Week

There’s no doubt about it, these are stressful times.  Young or old, independent or not, your life has likely taken a significant change of course.  The uncertainty that accompanies upheaval is daunting as schedules and regular practices are set aside … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Northern internet woes magnified by pandemic

Expensive, sub-standard internet service was already a problem for many northerners, but as we adapt to the pandemic and are asked to do more remotely, some households are discovering their service either can’t handle the demand or is punitively expensive … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Parliament sets its course as economic relief measures expand

As the pandemic stretches out and Canadians carry on with their efforts to limit the ravages of COIVD-19, parliament has developed a plan to get back to work.  This will allow for necessary legislation to be developed and maintains a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – April 28th National Day of Mourning takes a different tone

Few among us would have imagined that we would find ourselves in a situation quite like this.  With the battle to quell, control, and ultimately vaccinate against the COVID-19 pandemic raging, most of us are relegated to the sidelines to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – No time to let up

While we remain in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that is transforming our entire society, there are encouraging signs that our great collective effort is having a desired effect.  The general dampening of the virus’ spread in Canada is … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – New benefits come from short sitting of parliament

New benefits come from short sitting of parliament It is no surprise that Canada is joining other nations by addressing the COVID-19 pandemic with stimulus spending.  It is our great fortune that we are among the wealthiest nations and able … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19

As the first week of Canada’s efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic settles in, the only consistency is the understanding that we are working with a moving target.  Daily briefings by the Prime Minister and key cabinet members have … Continue reading