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2016 federal budget: transit, housing, seniors, Bombardier

On March 22, the new federal Liberal government released its first budget. The Toronto Observer’s Bradley Dobson, Daniel McKenzie, Cherry (Changhong) Liu and Amy McNeill take a look at what’s in store for Ontario’s public transit, social housing, old age security and Bombardier.

Hospital offers mental health care to stressed staff

It’s what an average day looks like when Laura Istanboulian goes to work.

“You could be assisting a patient who is suffering from delusions, and in the bed beside you another patient is dying,” she said. “You have phones ringing off the hook, and might not even have eaten lunch that day.”

Istanboulian works as a nurse practitioner in the Acute Respiratory Unit at Michael Garron (formerly Toronto East General) Hospital.

Queen’s instructor recalls deployment to Afghanistan

As a civilian in Canada, Hans Christian Breede teaches. As a soldier in Afghanistan, he became a student again. “We were in awe at how (Afghans) live without all the creature comforts we here in Canada are so used to,” he said. In Kingston, Breede works at Queen’s University as an assistant professor of political studies. From September 2008 until the end of March 2009, Major Breede was deployed in Afghanistan serving with the Force Protection Company of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.