Should it be Mandatory for Canadians to Vaccinate their Kids?

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Unless you are living under a rock, it cannot have escaped your notice that there are two very important things happening in the world of children’s communicable diseases. One is that there are an increasing number of devotees to the absurd position that vaccines do more harm than good and who accordingly choose NOT to vaccinate their children. Let’s (charitably) call them the anti-vaccination zealots. The second is that there are now outbreaks of diseases …

Guns Don’t Kill People. KIDS Kill People…

In my TwitterFeed a couple of days ago was a link to a short article from Memphis entitled No charges after gun goes off in Tenn. school. It told of a gun that went off accidentally in a 5-year old’s school backpack, in the school’s cafeteria. As the title says, no charges were laid: apparently the gun was innocently taken from a closet in the kid’s home, no harm was intended and all seems to …

Is There Life After Plagiarism?

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In January of this year we learned that Dr. Chris Spence, the popular and charismatic Director of Education of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the largest public school board in the country, had been accused of something that no academic and no high-level educator ever wants associated with their name: plagiarism. In what could only be described as a shocking story in the Canadian, and especially the Toronto media, the plagiarism seems to have …