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SELICK: Pregnant women should do their research before taking COVID vaccination

“Pregnant women and their doctors would be well advised to remember thalidomide and do a thorough examination of available evidence of harm before deciding to risk their fetuses.”

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A few decades ago when I was interviewing candidates for an articling job in my law office, I met a young woman who had almost no arms, only small hands at the ends of severely shortened upper limbs. She was a victim of the drug thalidomide. The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada says there are about a hundred such survivors still alive in Canada today, all about 60 years old now

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Karen Selick is a Columnist for the Western Standard. She has previously written for the original Western Standard, the National Post, and Canadian Lawyer Magazine. She is the former Litigation Lawyer of the Canadian Constitution Foundation and is the owner of KeenEyesEditing.ca.

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WAGNER: The prominent Toronto political scientist who called Communism ‘democratic’

As it turns out, some members of Canada’s Left have a fairly positive view of communism.

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Some commentators have noted the silence of Canada’s Left in the face of anti-government protests in Cuba. Why the reluctance to condemn a communist dictatorship? Well, as it turns out, some members of Canada’s Left have a fairly positive view of communism. One such prominent Canadian leftist was C.B. Macpherson (1911-1987), an internationally-renowned political scientist who taught politi

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MORGAN: COVID has shown the need to overhaul Canada’s health care system

“We need to stop pretending the American and Canadian models of health provision are the only ones on earth. In fact, only two other countries on the planet explicitly ban private health care insurance: Cuba and North Korea.”

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After his retirement, Ralph Klein was quoted expressing regret for having backed down on his "third-way" health care reform plan. We are paying the price today for the government's lack of will of yesteryear. Canada's health care system has long been considered a sacred cow. We have been taught since childhood that it's the best health care system on the planet; it's the very thing that defin

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CONROY: Biles did the best she could under the circumstances

Simone Biles has just as much of a right to take a break, step back, or make any other choice for her career which she sees fit.

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Simone Biles' choice to withdraw from the remaining Olympic events is respectable when you look at her reasoning. Characters like bombastic TV personality Piers Morgan would disagree, but Biles' choice to withdraw from the remaining gymnastics competitions in this year's Olympics is not only honourable but, sadly, predictable. The lives of professional athletes have always been caught up in a

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