Archive for July, 2014

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Ted Hsu

As an MP, one of my main responsibilities is holding the government to account. Ministers give instructions to their departments, and public servants follow these instructions. I may criticize Ministers when I have good reason to believe they could be…

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Services for Aboriginal Families in Kingston after the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre Closure

Ted Hsu

Yesterday (July 29, 2014) I had the opportunity to meet with federal government officials concerning the aftermath of the closure of the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre. The Centre had been delivering two evidence-based federal programs, the Canadian Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CPNP)…

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The leading edge of sociological research and Conservative cuts to research in the Department of Justice

Ted Hsu

I was flipping through an old issue of the Alumni Weekly from my graduate school when I encountered an article about a sociologist using a recently developed technique called Respondent-Driven Sampling (RDS). You can read about it online but for the…

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Why the role of elected MPs is so important

Ted Hsu

MP Michael Chong, advocate for parliamentary reform, speaking in May 2014: In many democracies, such as the great democracy to the south of us, voters and citizens have three franchises. They have three votes at the national level. They vote…

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Can we make better use of the KP site by allowing tourists to visit?

Ted Hsu

Back in April I wrote Minister Stephen Blaney about the missed opportunity to re-open the Kingston Penitentiary site for tourism. It has been several months without a reply now and I thought we should publicly remind the minister that many…

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Veterans Affairs Advertising – where was the sound economic management?

Ted Hsu

I responded to a letter from Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino, to the Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday, June 12: Here is what I wrote, published on July 15: Indeed, they had a choice, spend more money on advertising or spend…

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Responding to Refugee Health Care Cuts

Ted Hsu

Update: The Federal Court has declared these cuts unconstitutional, saying that they constitute “cruel and unusual” treatment. Christie Blatchford denounced the cuts in the National Post, saying that they represent the “deliberate heartlessness… and… boneheaded ineptness” of the Conservative government. I recently had…

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Happy Canada Day!

Ted Hsu

I had a great time this Canada Day! I started off by joining in the fun at the Red and White Parade: After the parade, we made our way to Confederation Park: I also had the chance to join the…

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