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A small step towards reducing doctor shortages

In a province with a severe physician shortage, it is somewhat surprising that only 35 per cent of foreign-trained doctors who pass the exams required to practice medicine in Quebec are granted residency positions. Last week, however, Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc took an important step in addressing this issue when he announced that the province will reserve 65 residency spots per year for foreign-trained doctors.
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MY POINT … AND I DO HAVE ONE: A disingenuous debate

The American health care "debate" has been doomed from the beginning. Rooting their campaign in blatant lies, the American Right came out swinging the moment the massive profits of certain special interests - namely the Medical Insurance/Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex - were put into question.
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FRESH HELL: I still hate the situation

I love Jersey Shore as much as the next well-educated Midwesterner - and with as much guilt. I also get a thrill seeing people get thinner on The Biggest Loser, and cackle with delight at every shot of Mary Murphy's super-Botoxed facehole on So You Think You Can Dance.
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RIGHT MINDED: Opting out of QPIRG

I refuse to hand over a penny of my money to the Quebec Public Interest Research Group. The McGill chapter of QPIRG collects a student fee of $3.75 per semester from all McGill undergraduate students. They use those funds to support working groups who advocate for "social and environmental justice.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Oh Ricky you’re so fine

Re: "That evaluation you requested" by Ricky Kreitner (19.01.10) Yes, Ricky, the world is that simple. Professors are desperately hanging on to the words of students so that they can "cater to [your] petty whims." There's no way that they might take some advice - "integrate the lectures more with the readings" or "spend more time on the anatomy section of the course and less on the functional part" - while disregarding that kid who never showed up's advice to "like, slow way down in lecture.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gaza Remembrance Week

Our history books are filled with stained pages that compel us to criticize our predecessors for their inaction and failure to implement changes, in the hope that we will not repeat our errors and allow for the recurrence of human rights violations. From Apartheid South Africa to the massacres of Rwanda, we have time and again failed to learn from history.
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OFF THE BOARD: My beef with Schwartz’s

For 21 years I did the best I could to remain kosher as my parents raised me. The tradition was, and still is, a cornerstone of my dietary identity. But the allure of Montreal's most renowned non-kosher Hebrew delicatessen - so famous that it appears as a landmark on Google Maps - was too much to resist.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not AMUSEd

In last week's editorial, you stated that AMUSE - The Association of McGill University Support Employees - left some students "in the dark" by failing to adequately contact all potential voters. Out of respect for the newly accredited members of the bargaining unit and the supporters who spent countless hours contacting the eligible voters, I feel it is necessary to correct some blatantly incorrect facts you stated about the voting procedure.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Brendan is simple-minded

Brendan Steven's column "Right Minded: Defending Prorogation" is a good example of the limited nature of Steven's political opinions. His blind reverence for everything the Harper government does is demonstrative of the same sort of extremeness that he attempts to delegitimize in his column.
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