Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ column – Canadians have a right to know about vaccine supplies

Production delays are directly affecting Canada’s anticipated delivery of vaccines, calling into question the government’s timeline for distribution, and confirming the belief that we should have negotiated the ability to produce doses domestically.  The problems emerged in early January when … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Changes to long term care overdue

People in congregate living settings, such as those in long term care residences have every right to wonder why more wasn’t done to ensure their safety in the aftermath of the first wave of Covid-19. While governments may have lurched … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Can preparedness become politically desirable?

When historians examine the events that helped shape the Covid-19 pandemic they will have to look at the role that budget cuts and privatization played in Canada’s ability to respond.  While market forces were prioritized in the years and decades … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Turning the page on 2020

As we turn the page on 2020, we look with anticipation to a new year with the hope that any surprises we encounter in the coming months will be considered good or welcome.  It’s natural as the calendar turns to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – A Christmas like no other

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas in 2020 with the pandemic informing most considerations, it is tempting to think that we are hard done by.  Perhaps we should think of it as a challenge while recognizing there are elements of … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Economic statement a failed opportunity

Anyone hoping that the government’s economic statement would show how it plans to move through the pandemic and into recovery was disappointed this week.   The update was less of a plan and more of another in a string of vague … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Student loan motion highlights how parliament can work

It took about a minute of the House of Commons time this week to adopt a motion that will extend the moratorium on repaying student loans from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. While that may not seem like … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – The old guard could learn a new trick

There’s little doubt the pandemic has stretched finances.  From household budgets right up to the federal coffers, unexpected expenses have been thrust upon us.  That doesn’t mean everyone is struggling through this health crisis, some are even flourishing. That’s the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Government must protect tourism and hospitality jobs

With potential bailouts for airlines being floated this week, there is hope the government is turning its attention to the broader tourism sector which is an important piece of the Canadian economy. It’s no secret that travel related businesses of … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Canadians can learn from American experience instead of copying it

Most of us are wired to believe that we aren’t biased which may be the biggest roadblock to respectful public discourse. But there are numerous factors at play and many fronts on which to challenge ourselves if we desire productive … Continue reading