Forging peace and harmony in the political arena

By David MacGillivray

With promises of fighting ill-health while smashing the debt, the Natural Law Party (NLP) is hoping their message is picked up by the mainstream political parties.

Citing studies in peer review journals, the NLP wants to show that integrating natural medicine, establishing preventative medicine hospitals, and covering Yogic Flying under OHIP is the cure for Centretown’s ills. read more

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Ottawa Centre new ball game

By Suman Bhattacharyya

Whether they’re right, left, blue, orange or red, they all concede that traditional issues in Ottawa Centre have a sharper edge this time round.

“It’s one of the most exciting constituencies in Canada,” says George Devine, campaign manager for Liberal candidate Richard Patten. “To be involved politically, it’s kind of a microcosm of all the issues that there are provincially.” read more

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Voters complain forums leave them in the dark

By Shaun McKenna

Some voters in Ottawa Centre say they feel they’re having a hard time getting answers from some of the candidates at all-candidates forums in this election.

“I received no direct response,” said Tracey Lauriault, who attented a child-care forum at the Bronson Centre. Lauriault is a full-time student at Carleton University and a mother of two children aged 4, and 8. She asked for a commitment from the candidates to increase child-care spaces. read more

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The Patten file

Age: 57

Born: Montreal

Education: B.A. in Applied Social Sciences and MA in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University.

Career: First elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1987. Served as Minister of Government Services and Minister of Correctional Services. Community involvement includes role as CEO of the CHEO fundraising campaign and as director of International Development on the National Council of the YMCA. Currently, opposition critic for Housing, Privatization and Human Rights. read more

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