Carol Hughes’ Column

Canadians’ Private Data Needs to be Safeguarded

Last week, Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne released a report detailing home improvement giant Home Depot selling private customer data to Meta, owners of Facebook and Instagram, without the consent or knowledge of customers. The information that was shared included customer … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Health Care Privatization Must Be Stopped

Canada’s treasured public health care system is feeling particularly strained right now. Hospitals are overcrowded, surgical wait lists are long, ERs have closed their doors due to wait times, and staffing levels aren’t keeping up with the necessary demand, with … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Travelers’ Woes Proof Better Passenger Protection Needed

The holiday season started with quite the bang for many travelers who were hoping to head off on a getaway or join loved ones for Christmas, as a combination of flash freezes, heavy snow and significant wind gusts blanketed much … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – A Year of Challenges and Accomplishments

2022 has been, by all accounts, an interesting year. It’s been filled with surprises, significant world events that have tested Canadians, and advancements that will make life better for people. As 2022 draws to an end, and we ease into … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Protecting Workers’ Pensions the Right Thing to Do

Last week, a bill designed to protect workers’ pensions when their employers declare bankruptcy or insolvency passed third and final reading with unanimous support in the House of Commons. The bill, C-228, builds on years of work from previous NDP … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Childrens’ Pain Medication Shortage Should Never Have Happened

For many parents of younger children in Canada, the last few months have been particularly challenging. Pharmacy shelves have been lacking significant supplies of children’s pain, cold, and flu management drugs, especially common drugs like children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen. It’s … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – PBO Confirms Windfall Tax Could Generate Billions for Canadian Services

With current inflation levels having a serious impact on people’s ability to make ends meet, what’s becoming clear is that some industries are using inflation to make record profits on the back of ordinary people. Large grocers are shattering profit … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Fall Economic Statement Offers Key Measures to Help, While Still Falling Short

Last week, the government released their Fall Economic Statement. A sort of mini-budget designed to implement key fiscal measures during a period of financial uncertainty, the Fall Economic Statement was an opportunity for the government to address inflation concerns for … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Anti-Scab Legislation Essential to Protect Workers’ Rights

Anti-Scab Legislation Essential to Protect Workers’ Rights One of the most fundamental rights workers have in Canada is the right to collective bargaining. It allows workers to unite under the banner of a union, and to demand fair contracts at … Continue reading

Fall Economic Statement Contains Key NDP Measures, but More Needs to be Done to Help Struggling Canadians: Hughes

With the release of the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement, the government has made some commitments to help Canadians struggling with high inflation through key NDP proposals, but it is evident that more needs to be done to ease the burden … Continue reading