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Checking if there are enough staff helping soldiers with mental health injuries

When a Canadian Forces member suffers serious illness or injuries, they are posted to a unit called the Joint Personnel Support Unit and assigned to be at an Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) in order to be treated, receive support, … Continue reading

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How does the Hamilton CCC half-way house closure affect Kingston?

Late last spring, an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, first brought the closure of the Hamilton Community Correctional Centre to my attention. Specifically, good corrections practices recommends that offenders at the half-way house stage be near their communities of origin so … Continue reading

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How I will vote on the Reform Act, 2014 and why

MP Michael Chong’s revised “Reform Act, 2014”, Bill C-586, seeks to reduce the power of political party leaders, and loosen the leader’s control over the party’s MPs. I agree with this in principle. One good thing this bill does is … Continue reading

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Summer jobs: an important part of skills and training

It’s often useful to look south of the border for examples to learn from and apply in Canada. A recent article in the on-line journal Five Thirty Eight highlighted how summer jobs have been disappearing in the United States over decades. Research … Continue reading

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We must unmuzzle scientists

I’ve been concerned with the muzzling of scientists since I first became a Member of Parliament. I’ve been pleased to speak at rallies, write opinion pieces and advocate for science and science funding as the Liberal Party’s critic for science … Continue reading

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What’s next in choosing the next MP? A nomination contest!

My announcement last week that I will not seek re-election in 2015 was unanticipated by the community. While the decision was a family one, the short notice for its announcement allows for a level playing field for the people thinking … Continue reading

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I am choosing not to run for re-election in 2015

Since my election in 2011, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve my country and the people of Kingston and the Islands as your Member of Parliament. My original reason for entering political life still guides me: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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) … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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