Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ Column – Colten Boushie case has many questioning how far we have come

Progress never takes a straight line and the road to a better future is often punctuated by set-backs which can be disheartening and make it seem as though little has changed at all.  For many, that has been the case … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Consumers deserve the best protection but don’t always get it.

One constant in our northern lives is a reliance on fuel for energy.  Some of us still heat with oil and most drive gas-powered vehicles which keep us keenly aware of the fluctuations in the price of fuel.  We know … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Monitoring the situation isn’t good enough when pensions hang in the balance

My last column explored the potential for the government to use the existing Old Age Security lists to ensure that everyone who should be receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement is doing so.  It is a simple solution to a problem … Continue reading

Carol Hughes Column – Automation of GIS Should Extend To All Seniors

The government has some work to do if it wants to convince Canadians they share the same concerns most people have about pensions.  In the last year they allowed the Sears pension plan to remain underfunded as that company liquidated … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Superior caribou a case study in more ways than one

Anyone familiar with the plight of woodland caribou on Michipicoten Island will know that the animals have been threatened to the point that their future is very much in doubt.  While there have been opportunities to preserve the herd in … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – No place for racially charged politics in mainstream Canada

Senator Lynn Beyak was jettisoned from the Conservative Caucus recently after spending the better part of a year defending  intolerant statements aimed at First Nations – many of whom she ostensibly represents.   The move was made after leadership in the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Christmas is a season for hope and optimism

With an increasingly uncertain world it can be reassuring to circle back in on the simpler things in life that offer us comfort.  With that in mind, bring on the Christmas holiday season and the festive celebrations that allow us … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Historic apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians

Ahead of this week’s historic apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians, there was a significant development for Canadians who had been drummed out of the Canadian Forces because of their sexuality.  Led by Elliot Lake lawyer, Doug Elliot, a class action lawsuit … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Phoenix Pay System coming back to haunt the government – again

In mythology the Phoenix rises from the ashes of its predecessor and is repeatedly born again.  In some ways it is a fitting namesake for Canada’s beleaguered federal pay system that continues to draw back into the news time and … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Change in the works for diabetics receiving Disability Tax Credit

Taxes have been dominating federal politics recently, with splashy headlines and lots of Question Period time devoted to new rules for small business and the Paradise Papers which exposed details on Canada’s offshore tax haven elites.  One of the dangers … Continue reading