Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ Column – Artificial Intelligence Needs Regulation to Catch Up

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here. Once mostly the domain of cautionary science fiction and tech enthusiasts, AI systems have taken off and become mainstream seemingly overnight. Discussions surrounding AI have existed for well over half a century, when noted Computer … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Debate on Bill C-21 Now Moves Over to the Senate

The government’s firearms legislation, Bill C-21, recently passed in the House of Commons. With an increase in gun deaths in Canada through the past decade, it’s an important piece of legislation that, in its current iteration, will help crack down … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – It’s Time to Set Guidelines for Confidence Matters

One of the more interesting features of Canadian democracy and the work of the House of Commons is the confidence convention. On vitally important matters, such as budget bills or the Speech from the Throne, Members of Parliament vote not … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Tax Havens Mean Richest Canadians Pay Less

Most Canadians would have finished filing their taxes for 2022 a few weeks ago. While nobody enjoys filing their taxes, most of us understand that taxation is a fairly normal part of civilized society. We understand that money gained through … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – 2 Billion Trees Program Off to a Rocky Start

During the 2019 election, the Liberals put forward a commitment to plant two billion trees across the country by 2030 as one prong to counter the effects of climate change. The idea is that, by planting more trees across the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Canada’s Tragic Report Card on Femicide

The Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) has recently released a detailed report on gender-based violence and murder in Canada. The #CallItFemicide Report 2018-2022 delves into the data that shows gender-based violence and murder has been increasing for … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Auditor General’s Report Shows Government Failing People with Disabilities in Transportation Sector

Recently, Auditor General Karen Hogan released a report that examined the accessibility of federally regulated transportation services, such as planes and trains, for people with disabilities. The report paints a harsh picture of the difficulties and barriers people with disabilities … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Permanently Expanding Student Grants the Right Move

The inflationary problems that have plagued Canadians throughout the past year are slowly starting to ease. February’s year-over-year inflation rate cooled to 5.2 percent, still above target for a healthy economy and higher than the Bank of Canada’s target inflation … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Rogers-Shaw Deal Means the Oligopoly Runs the Roost

Last week, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne proudly announced that Canadian internet, cable, and wireless services giants Rogers and Shaw would be allowed to proceed with their $26 billion merger. As part of this unprecedented deal, Shaw would need to sell … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – A glimpse of the 2023 Federal Budget

Budget 2023 was released earlier this week. It’s a budget that comes at a time when a global inflation crisis is making life a lot more unaffordable for too many people and the expectation of a shallow recession to come. … Continue reading