Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ column – Without expungement, people still carry cannabis records

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is firmly in our rear-view mirror, but there are still issues that must be worked through.  One of significant importance is the fact that many Canadians still carry criminal records based on simple possession … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Telecom companies react to CRTC ruling by threatening expansion of internet services in rural Canada

Competition is a healthy component of a capitalist system.  It forces businesses to refine their practices while delivering choice and lower prices to consumers.  That is why it is disheartening to see the reaction from big telecom companies to a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Labour Day marks victories we should never surrender

While the labour movement isn’t unique to Canada, it has a strong history of making our workplaces safer, more compassionate, and bringing about better wages. In many parts of the world Labour Day is celebrated as May Day on the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Lobbyist have the government’s ear

Sometimes the workings of government aren’t as straightforward as we might like to think and on certain files it can become a question of whether the tail is the wagging dog, instead of the other way around.  While it’s easy … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Trade deals don’t always protect like they should

With the government launching a charm offensive on the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) another Donald Trump landmine is threatening the few months of peace we experienced on the trade front with the United States.  For the government, this development … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – There’s never a bad time to volunteer

For some of us, summer can be a carefree and enjoyable time as calendars can become less cluttered with appointments and more leisurely days take their place. But as we enjoy all the festivities that summer has to offer like … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Tax evasion costs us $40 billion a year – or more

A report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer released in late June has estimated the cost of the government’s failure to reduce overseas tax evasion at a number much higher than that provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.  The PBO report … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Buying local is always a win-win

People may buy local foods for a variety of reasons but most do it because they know that eating locally means eating well. This is why you should take every opportunity to go to weekend farmers markets, roadside stands, or … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – A made in Canada solution to replace aging fighter jets

Nineteen years ago, Canada’s fleet of CF-18 fighter jets began receiving upgrades to keep them in the air until 2020.  It was believed that the CF-18s could bridge the gap until new fighter jets were acquired. With only a year … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Climate motion undone in less than a day

Recently a motion was passed in the House of Commons declaring a climate emergency in recognition of the extreme events that are challenging us more every year.  For proof of how much things have changed, consider the number of hundred-year … Continue reading