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Sunday, December 22, 2013

How to put Canada back together again (Toronto Star)

Michael Valpy speaks with Zeeshan Syed at Massey College

How to put Canada back together again: Four big recommendations for repairing the tears in our social fabric

By: Michael Valpy, Special to the Star

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Without a Safety Net: What kind of country do Canadians want? (Toronto Star)

By: Les Whittington, Ottawa Bureau reporter

After nearly eight years of a Conservative government, questions mount about declining standard of living in Canada.

OTTAWA—After nearly eight years of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, the question of what kind of country Canadians want is gathering new urgency.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Well-being linked to democratic engagement (Kingston Whig-Standard)

marking an X in a ballot box

By George Thomson and Jonathan Rose

KINGSTON - What does democratic engagement have to do with the well-being of a democratic community? A lot, it turns out.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vital Signs: Risk factors for health are not inevitable (Kingston Whig-Standard)

vegetables are part of a healthy diet

By Susan Stewart

KINGSTON - As the old saying goes, without health, nothing else matters. It is a resource for everyday living. So how healthy are the residents of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A)? The recent Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey set out to answer this question. This survey was completed by 1,515 citizens who answered questions on their quality of life, provided thoughtful comments about their own well-being, and shared insights on how to improve health and well-being.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vital Signs: Kingston needs more people (Kingston Whig-Standard)

line graph projecting natural population for the Kingston CMA for 2011-2041

By Peter Kirkham

KINGSTON - Our future economic prosperity is contingent upon having a larger population.

At the moment, we are well positioned economically. Our family income levels, income distribution, and poverty levels, all compare favorably with both Ontario and the rest of Canada. The population growth in the Kingston CMA during the past decade, with its increasing workforce, and increased output per worker, was essential to this success.

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