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Column: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Column: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] “The truth is an offence but not a sin” - Bob Marley Below are some of the constant narratives expounded by those closely related to the OBA: “We need more boots on the ground.” Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier “Swing open the gates to the outside world.” Michael Fahy “The... Read more of this article

Column: MP Scott Simmons On The 2019 Budget

Column: MP Scott Simmons On The 2019 Budget

[Opinion column written by MP Scott Simmons] The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party via the Minister of Finance has expressed the belief that the National Budget must reflect not just the times in which we live but must also reflect our core values; Protecting the vulnerable, expanding opportunity, employing the unemployed, preparing our children for... Read more of this article

Column: Crypto Banks & Digital Transformation

Column: Crypto Banks & Digital Transformation

[Opinion column written by Chris Garrod] Bermuda’s Banks and Deposit Companies Act was amended in August 2018. While the amendment legislation is less than three pages long, the amendments should be far-reaching. Its provisions permit the creation and/or licensing of a new category of Bermuda bank to be regulated by the Island’s primary regulator,... Read more of this article

Column: Accessible & Affordable Healthcare

Column: Accessible & Affordable Healthcare

[Opinion column written by BTUC President Senator Jason Hayward] Health protection is a human right for everybody. However, the world is facing a severe health protection crisis. In the absence of health protection, care is often not accessible, available, affordable or of acceptable quality. This is a tragedy for the 40 per cent of the global population... Read more of this article

Column: Looking At Legal Medical Cannabis

Column: Looking At Legal Medical Cannabis

[Opinion column written by Dr. Mark Ware] What can Bermudians expect when their country joins the growing list of those that have legalized medical cannabis? People living with chronic pain, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, and sleep problems may well be looking forward to a brighter future since both CBD and THC—the two primary cannabinoids... Read more of this article

Column: ILO Conference “The Future Of Work”

Column: ILO Conference “The Future Of Work”

[Opinion column written by BTUC President Jason Hayward] On February 14 and 15, 2019, as a part of the International Labour Organization’s [ILO] Centenary Initiative, I had the pleasure of joining a tripartite group of stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago for the Sub-Regional Conference themed: “The Future of Work We Want: Workers’ Perspectives... Read more of this article

Column: Desperation, Distraction & Deflection

Column: Desperation, Distraction & Deflection

[Opinion column written by OBA Shadow Finance Minister Nick Kempe] On the eve of the tabling of the Budget, I will offer my own Pre-Budget Report Card. I think the most obvious letter to grade the Government’s performance with the economy is a D. D for Desperation. D for Distraction. D for Deflection. The Premier’s recent rant in the House of Assembly... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Spending Habits & Increasing Taxes’

Column: ‘Spending Habits & Increasing Taxes’

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Marcus Jones] This Government saw the need to hold a Pre-budget Report Town Hall meeting and to the discerning eye it revealed that the outlook for stimulating the economy was bleak so let’s maintain our spending habits and cover it by increasing taxes. So which demographic group in our country was targeted as... Read more of this article

Column: Why Interfere With Corporations?

Column: Why Interfere With Corporations?

[Opinion column written by Shadow Minister for Home Affairs Sylvan Richards] It’s Déjà Vu all over again – Yogi Berra. The more things change the more they stay the same. What I am referring to is the recent announcement by Minister Walter Roban regarding the Government’s desire to take full control of the Municipalities of Hamilton and St George’s. You... Read more of this article

Carla Seely Column: No Fixed Address?

Carla Seely Column: No Fixed Address?

[Written by Carla Seely] For a lot of people, gone are the days of being chained to a desk in a nine-to-five job, punching a time card in Monday through to Friday and dreading peak-hour traffic on a daily basis. Over the last ten years there has been a lot of talk about “flexible hours”, “remote access” and “hot-desking”. There has also... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Airport Objections Were Political’

Column: ‘Airport Objections Were Political’

[Opinion column written by Sylvan Richards, Shadow Home Affairs Minister] In his submission to the Blue Ribbon Panel BIU President Chris Furbert admitted that Bermuda needed a new airport, but then declared that “if it should result in any cost to the taxpayer, the answer is no”. The question therefore becomes how can a new airport terminal be built... Read more of this article

Column: Working For A ‘Fairer, Better Bermuda’

Column: Working For A ‘Fairer, Better Bermuda’

[Opinion column written by MP Wayne Furbert] Proverbs 12:15 “He who is wise listens” The PLP Government has often spoken of our open door policy; a belief that everyone deserves to be heard, every suggestion listened to and every idea considered. This approach came from a place of humility; remembering who we work for first – the people... Read more of this article

Column: Parish Pride & Community Concerns

Column: Parish Pride & Community Concerns

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] A couple items that we wish to bring to the attention of the public today, the first being that we will be continuing our Parish Pride Project this Saturday January 26th. Once again, we will be clearing out the area at the Northern Side of the Barn on Devon Springs Road and some surrounding areas. We will... Read more of this article