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Who is Your Enemy?

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society_And More News and Society_World Pandemic

Things have changed drastically over the past couple of years and this week, once again, another turn in the road has appeared.  I have been surprised as I listen to clients, friends, and family who each have their own idea about who or what has caused the problems in our country.  Who do you blame? The virus – Any illness that can be spread throughout a population is scary! The COVID-19 shut down the whole world!  Now numbers are being released stating that approximately 97% who contract it don’t die from it and less than 1% of Canada’s population have...

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Emergency Measures

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_And More News and Society_World Pandemic

According to the Justice Laws Website of the Government of Canada, the Emergencies Act is: An Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof The Emergencies Act written by the Canadian Parliament received royal assent in 1988 and has never been used until this week.  It differs from the War Measures Act in two ways.  First of all, declaration of an emergency must be reviewed by parliament and secondly, any temporary laws made under the act must consider the Canadian Constitution, Charter of...

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What Now?

Justin Walter News and Society News and Society_And More

I don’t believe I was the only person who was surprised this week when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to call an election for the end of September.   The past few months have been very difficult ones for Canadians and to critics, this decision is costly and untimely. After meeting with the Governor General to request that parliament be dissolved, Trudeau gave a speech and answered questions.  He stated that the people of Canada need to provide direction for the future.   Many criticized this stating that although he holds a minority, other parties were cooperating and that he, himself, had...

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Human Trafficking

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year New Articles News and Society News and Society_And More

There are some things in life that we just don’t want to know or talk about but burying our heads in the sand doesn’t solve the issues. In fact, ignoring difficult situations just allows them to grow and our inaction actually cast us into the role of being an accessory. Today I am writing about a very difficult subject – missing children and human trafficking.  According to statistics published by the Missing Children’s Database, approximately 50,000 children go missing in Canada each year.   Some are found and some return home on their own.  Not all of them were trafficked.  Public...

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Entitlement in Society

Dr. Linda Hancock 11. The Eleventh Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

Often I hear people talk about how some individuals think they should be given everything without having to work for it. Parents eager to be friends with their children are sometimes treated as ATMs who are expected to dispense twenty dollar bills without question. Students often think they should get good marks without handing in assignments or showing up for classes. Even some employees think that they can spend their time text messaging friends during work hours instead of doing the tasks assigned to them. It surprises me when new employees tell their managers that they should be promoted to...

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News Trends

Dr. Linda Hancock 10. The Tenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

It is now ten years since I began writing weekly newspaper columns. Things have changed a great deal during that time. Some have predicted that because of technology, newspapers and books are facing an impending death but I don't believe it. I love the feel of having a book in my hands and don't think that I am alone. I also enjoy the newspaper that is left at my door each morning and frequently cut out articles to keep or share with others. I do believe, however, that the newspaper industry is in the process of revitalizing. This week I...

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A King Is Born!

Dr. Linda Hancock 08. The Eighth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

  Over the past few weeks there has been a great deal of excitement and all eyes have been on Britain as people around the world have waited for Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, better known as "Kate" to give birth to her first child.   The media has been camped outside the doors of the hospital where the child was born for weeks. Millions of people all around the world have waited in anticipation not just for the birth but also for the name of the boy who will one day rule over several countries and influence others....

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Is the World Crazzzzier Than Ever?

Dr. Linda Hancock 04. The Fourth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

When I turn on the television or read the newspaper, it seems that there is a constant bombardment of negative events from around the world. Today I decided to try to sort the day's top stories into categories and try to determine if these have worsened or if we are just more aware of them: Global economic trends - The past few months have seen what is termed "unprecedented" problems with the stock market which has been on a roller-coaster ride as well as the demise of several large corporations. Businesses that had previously been viable are now turning to...

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‘SPIN’ – The Psychology of Politics!

Dr. Linda Hancock 03. The Third Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

The ongoing United States election has captured my attention and the interest of Canadians.  Over the past few months, as I have watched the news updates, however, I have been surprised to learn that US politics use a number of words that are not generally used in everyday conversations. We hear words like “pundit”, “spin”, “superdelegates”, “caucus” and “misspeak” in the news but the more I pay attention to the debates, the more I realize that there is confusion about the meanings of these terms. A pundit seems to be someone who has enough knowledge and experience with politics to...

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Sex

Dr. Linda Hancock 03. The Third Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

Every time I turn on the television or read a newspaper these days it seems that there is another politician or celebrity who has been involved in a sexual scandal. Whether it involves prostitution rings, bathroom solicitations for homosexual encounters, child perpetrators, extra-marital affairs, pornography or multiple-partner liaisons, it seems to be rather complex and disturbing to not only those close to them but also many individuals in society. We cannot help but wonder why people who invest years of their lives into developing a career and family will risk it all for sex. One Medicine Hat lawyer is very...

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I'm Addicted!

Dr. Linda Hancock 03. The Third Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

Okay, I admit it.  I have an addiction! People have told me that I need help.  I know that my time, energy and money are affected.  My thoughts are focussed on getting my next “hit”.  It doesn’t make sense to anyone – but me.  Friends and family are worried.  We have less and less to talk about outside of the enticing substance that has become my “first love” in the past few weeks. I quickly drive home after work and as I put my key in the door, I race, with my takeout dinner in tow, to the bedroom.  It...

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Setting Policy

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock News and Society News and Society_And More

I kind of like the idea that our new Alberta Premier is nicknamed “Honest Ed” and that the new leader of the Liberal Party won because no one had him as an enemy. We are living in a world where “honest”, “nice” and “good guy” aren’t always associated with political leaders. When I watch television or read newspaper reports about some of the personal or career decisions of numerous leaders throughout the world, I wonder how on earth they will be able to develop appropriate policies or set a healthy direction for the millions of people who they represent.  We...

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Qualified Help Wanted

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year News and Society News and Society_And More

It seems that everywhere we turn there are signs crying "Help Wanted" and apparently this is a province-wide concern. Many of my clients are managers from the construction, business and oil patch industries who are suffering from stress and burnout because of this. They cannot seem to hire enough employees with experience to keep up with the demands. The result, of course, is that companies resort to hiring "warm bodies" to fill positions - a situation they had previously sworn they would never do - as well putting extra stress and workloads on managers and supervisors. The economic law of...

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