By Aaron Wherry - Friday, July 20, 2012 - 0 Comments
Doctors confronted Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq in Hamilton yesterday.
O’Shea asked why the federal government hasn’t met with the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Health Care, a national collective that formed this year in response to cuts to refugee benefits.
Kraeker later stood to tell a story about a local seven-year-old refugee seen in Hamilton’s refugee health clinic, where both Kraeker and O’Shea see patients. The boy had an epileptic seizure because he couldn’t get his medication, which would have cost less than a dollar a day, Kraeker said. He was rushed to the emergency room. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say someone will die from this,” O’Shea said.
The Spectator has more on the exchange between the doctors and Ms. Aglukkaq here.
By Aaron Wherry - Friday, April 8, 2011 at 1:21 PM - 26 Comments
It was squeezing room only at the Liuna Station Thursday night as a crowd of nearly 1,000 people turned out to hear Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in an town hall-style campaign rally. That crowd was nearly three times the size of the audience that turned out for a much shorter rally with Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier in the evening.
By Aaron Wherry - Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM - 208 Comments
With 51 precincts reporting specific estimates—restricting the count to media-reported figures and, where available, police counts—it’s possible to account for approximately 21,000 anti-prorogation protestors at yesterday’s rallies. Continue…
By Patricia Treble - Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:32 PM - 21 Comments
Fatigue begins to set in as Charles and Camilla brave another cold, damp day in Ontario
The royal couple left the damp and cold of Newfoundland yesterday for the rain and cold of Ontario today. They’d barely walked onto HMCS Haida, tied up in Hamilton’s harbour, when the skies opened. “Whose idea was this?” Prince Charles jokingly asked. At least they got their first Canadian walkabout out of the way before the rain started falling. In sharp contrast to the small number of people turning out to see the heir to the throne and his second wife in Newfoundland, at least 2,000 Canadians manned the barricades in Hamilton. The couple was there to visit Dundurn Castle, built by Camilla’s great-great-great grandfather Sir Allan MacNab.
Charles and Camilla personally greeted all 400 guests at last night’s official welcoming reception at Toronto’s art deco masterpiece, the Carlu (known to older Canadians as Eaton’s seventh floor). Sources say that while Camilla—who wore a spectacular gold and emerald choker with her blue cocktail suit—seemed a bit more fragile than she appears in pictures, she and Charles dutifully shook hands with every person. By then, the 60-something couple was no doubt coping with not only fatigue but also jetlag; their jam-packed day had started in Newfoundland more than 10 hours before.
Today finds the royal couple twirling around southern Ontario before a ceremony at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium to present new regimental colours to the Royal Regiment of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own). It should be a spectacular sight if the rain holds off and the wind doesn’t whip.
Thursday, November 5, 2009 (Hamilton, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto)
Their Royal Highnesses visit Hamilton’s historic Dundurn Castle, built by The Duchess’ ancestor, her great-great-great grandfather, Sir Allan MacNab, Prime Minister of the Province of Canada from 1854-56. They plant a tree in commemoration of their visit.
Their Royal Highnesses tour national historic site, the HMCS Haida. They will meet with volunteers and veterans, open a small museum and unveil a plaque commemorating their visit.
His Royal Highness visits the Niagara College Teaching Winery. Following a tour of the new Wine Visitor and Education Centre facility, His Royal Highness joins a reception and unveils a plaque commemorating the Royal Visit.
His Royal Highness will present colours to the Royal Regiment of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own) at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Their Royal Highnesses will meet with members of both regimental families, including serving, retired and civilian supporters
By Aaron Wherry - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 6:06 PM - 21 Comments
The next day, Iggy went to Hamilton and spoke to three or four dozen people standing outside a riding office by the highway. Not quite as curious as watching him stand outside a Shopper’s Drug Mart, but close.
Anyway. Someone taped that speech by the highway and put it on YouTube. Full video after the jump. Make of it what you will. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM - 34 Comments
And speaking of candour…
Federal taxes must go up to pay off Canada’s increasing debt, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said today. The challenge, he said, is to ensure the economic recovery is not hurt by raising the taxes, Ignatieff told about 100 people at a Cambridge Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.
Ignatieff’s comments were in response to a question from Cambridge business leader John Bell, who wanted to known when the federal debt will be paid back. “We will have to raise taxes,” but not at the expense of hurting the recovery from this recession. He added that “an honest politician” cannot exclude a tax hike as an option. “I am not going to load a deficit onto your children or mine,” Ignatieff said.