Pat Watson



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Pat Watson’s engaging current affairs columns reflect dimensions of her social work background.

Watson’s journalism record includes articles published in local magazines and daily newspapers, a non-fiction e-book, and research for a current affairs show that aired on CBC TV. Twitter @patprose

Make universal income program work

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By PAT WATSON It is a common saying that the measure of a society is how well it takes care of its most vulnerable. If that is the way to measure a society, then let’s be clear t


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Poll says Canadians want newcomers to integrate more

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By PAT WATSON It’s sometimes difficult to take opinion polls too literally. There are always questions about how the poll was designed and whether the design contained implicit b


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The power and the pain of words

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By PAT WATSON Words have tremendous effect. That is a fact. Just ask any person who has been the target of a verbal assault, a slur against their character or perceived ethnicity.


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Courage on depression a service to others

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By PAT WATSON Courage. That’s what Celina Caesar-Chavannes had by going public about experiencing periods of depression – the kind of depression that would have her going to ho


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Mainstream media out of pace with changing times

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By PAT WATSON The news coverage following the Liberal government’s throne speech earlier this week revealed more than just the main points of electricity payment salves and incre


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How Black students need to prepare for school

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By PAT WATSON It’s been a couple of days now since most children have once again transformed into students. The temperature still feels like summer but the activities are turning


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Harper sends low-key goodbye through social media

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By PAT WATSON Stephen Harper, Canada’s 22nd prime minister, made a quiet announcement last Friday afternoon on Facebook and Twitter that he is now completely stepping away from p


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Misdirected anger makes a bad situation worse

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By PAT WATSON There was an ill-conceived armed protest in front of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters in Houston, Texas, recently.


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Where is the ‘diversity’ in Canadian Olympic team?

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By PAT WATSON Maybe it was the moment 21-year-old track speedster Andre De Grasse shared centre stage with the amazing triple gold-medal winner Usain Bolt that it began to show cle


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Enjoying the Olympics, ignoring the politics

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By PAT WATSON All eyes are on Brazil now that the summer Olympics are once again centre stage. Yet, isn’t it once again with a mix of awe and cynicism? Perhaps you saw that


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