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The Canadian government wanted immigrant applicants to benefit from our health care system. The problem is people take advantage of this. They come to Canada not to become immigrants but to use our free health care. So they sneak in, apply for citizenship and use our system until they are well. Then they probably leave.The government is trying to cut out this abuse, but there are lawyers, doctors and social workers who make a living from immigrants and of course brand the government as not caring about potential immigrant care. This, in my opinion is not true. As soon as potential immigrants are accepted they immediately are eligible for care.

2. In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be. Violent crimes increased by a minimum of 3.3% every year after affirmative action policies went into effect– and the spike in crime was highest in the black neighbourhoods. The problem was not with black cops, Lott`s study showed, but rather the lowering of standard across the board resulting in less-qualified officers of every race. This happened in the study of the Los Angeles police department. Affirmative action can work in getting a cross-section of students into universities but leaves something to be desired in police forces .

3. Liberal democracies, especially in Europe, have a very extensive program for pensions and health care for seniors. It is much broader and giving than either the U.S. or Canada In some European countries the retirement age is 55. What could go wrong with this system. The key word is” longevity” and it has been calculated that in 20 years the number of people working will be 16 compared to the retired which will be 10. Western societies are aging: In 1960, Italy`s population had a median age of 31.2; by 2020 it is projected to be 46.2 It is also in the nature of humans to take advantage of all the perks given out by federal or provincial governments as much as possible. Longevity is here to stay but benefits will have to be cut back, or there are going to be a lot of countries go bankrupt .

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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