Naomi Lakritz

  • Abortion law rests on archaic definition

    CALGARY -- Every so often, we all have a good laugh at a story about some archaic law that's still on the books -- laws like the Cobourg, Ont., regulation that says if you have a watering trough in your yard, it must be filled by 5 a.m., or the Dallas, Texas, law that stated if you had a cold, there was a $50 fine for returning your library book to anyone but a city health officer. City councils sometimes update or toss out these laws, and rightly so. They were enacted in a bygone era and have no modern validity.
  • Boomers not likely to lead the cheers

    CALGARY -- Wow. Barely had Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped away from the microphone in Davos, Switzerland, last week after announcing Ottawa's pension-reform ideas than the cheerleaders were tumbling across the gym floor, mercilessly shaking their pompoms in our faces. Rumour has it the eligibility age for old age security payments may go from 65 to 67? People can work longer? Rah! Go team! 50 is the new 30, 60 is the new 40, 70 is the new young whippersnapper, 80 will soon be the new 20, and death? Hah! We don't have time for death because we're too busy working!
  • Same-sex marriage vows prove false

    CALGARY — Next week marks the sixth anniversary of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Canada. Six years isn’t typically a milestone anniversary; those things tend to be divisible by five.
  • Natives must take responsibility

    UNICEF's report on the health of Canada's aboriginal children, the Canadian Supplement on the State of the World's Children, points fingers of blame in all the politically correct directions -- the federal government, the lack of funding, the crowded housing, the colonial legacy, the residential schools, and so on.

    In his foreword, UNICEF President and CEO Nigel Fisher asks what kind of a Canada we want: "As a country, do we accept that only half of our aboriginal children will complete high school?... Is the Canada we want a country where we resist funding the 22 per cent gap in child welfare services between First Nations and Canadian children on average, funding that could strengthen families instead of removing children from them? Do we want to live in a country where the result of that disparity is that more aboriginal children are in government care today than during the peak years of the residential schooling era?"


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