Highlights / access

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Libraries call for more access to digital books

Canadian public libraries say multinational publishers are not making best-selling titles in e-book or e-audiobook formats available to them just as demand is skyrocketing. When the digital forms are made are available, the libraries say prices are excessively high and »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Migrants deserve free health care, argue 1,500 people

Over 1,500 members of the health care community in Canada have signed an  open letter calling on the federal government to review its legislation on access to the publicly-funded health care system for migrants. While the federal government provides funding »

Internet, Science & Technology

High-speed internet still not available to some Canadians

Many Canadians living in rural and remote regions do not have access to high-speed internet because the government has not paid for a plan to make that possible, says the auditor general. In his report, Michael Ferguson says this issue »

Health, Society

Online health care offered by insurance is controversial

Sun Life Assurance Company is offering packages which would give clients access to the services of medical professionals through live video, telephone or text, but medical services offered by private clinics for a fee are controversial. The insurance company is »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Climate change to make water scarcity for millions worse, says WaterAid

On the eve of the UN’s World Water Day comes news that extreme weather will make things more difficult for the 663 million people who already have don’t have access to clean water. “Climate change and extreme weather have a »


Ontario residents call justice system ‘broken,’ ‘inefficient

Residents of the province of Ontario had very negative descriptions of their justice system adding that it was too expensive and inaccessible, according to a public opinion poll. The internet survey of 1,500 was commissioned by The Action Group on »


Police chiefs want access to digital passwords

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution asking for a law that would oblige people to hand over the passwords to their electronic devices if there was approval from a judge. Currently, police can obtain warrants »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

A call for faster, cheaper internet for all Canada

“Many Canadians may not know this, but they are paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for what’ s widely recognized as poor (internet) service,” says Josh Tabish, campaigns director with OpenMedia, a non-profit which fights to »