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OMA should stop fear-mongering on nurse practitioners

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

They provide top-quality health care for tens of thousands of people without a family doctor; they free up doctors to focus on serious illnesses; and they stretch the province’s healthcare dollars… if we are to improve the quality and sustainability of our healthcare system. It’s time the OMA started to actively support nurse practitioners – and ended its self-serving “turf wars.”

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Where is the champion for pharmacare?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Canadians may see some more steps in the right direction in late May or early June when former Ontario Liberal health minister Eric Hoskins releases an in-depth report by a National Advisory Council on pharmacare… But… his council’s report will be impossible to implement without a champion in cabinet… bold plans like pharmacare require the use of political capital, and only a strong champion with serious cabinet clout can make things happen.

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Patients lose out in Ford’s health-care ‘reform’

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

… Ontario faces years of chaos and turmoil as the entire health-care system adjusts to yet another in a long line of bureaucratic transformations… fixing hospital overcrowding doesn’t require a super agency; it requires more money for hospital and long-term care beds… The current mess in home care is the result of inadequate funding and the availability of personal support workers and other professionals… Third, there’s no move to increase access to a family doctor for patients currently without one…

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The secret moves to increase private health care

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Secretly… a major multi-faceted campaign is underway inside and outside the premier’s office to develop a two-tier system of health care in Ontario, complete with specialized private clinics and the ability of some doctors to charge more than standard rates for medical procedures they perform outside of a public hospital or health centre… Insurance firms are excited about the possibility of increased private health care. They see huge profits in offering corporations private insurance programs for employees who visit private clinics…

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Anne Golden’s stern warning of growing rich-poor gap

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

October 31, 2012
Golden has focused on the rich-poor gap, which is bad for social cohesion, hard to justify and which is rising faster in Canada than in the United States… into an all-out plea for the corporate elite to stop sitting on the sidelines when it comes to growing social inequalities in Toronto… a measure of equality is an important factor in sustaining economic growth and… overall quality of life, in such areas as health, education and general well-being, is better for everyone in more equal societies.

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Can we save democracy from Harper’s abuses?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

September 19, 2012
Since Harper took power six years ago, the Conservatives have slashed funds for agencies promoting democracy, suppressed public information, shut down Parliament twice for partisan political reasons, violated election financing rules and lied to voters… Marc Mayrand, Canada’s chief electoral officer, says the country may be experiencing “a democratic recession,” adding that engaging young people is critical to maintaining a healthy democracy.

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Stephen Harper’s democracy award a sad joke on Canadians

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

September 12, 2012
… the award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, which was created by a New York rabbi in 1965… Harper won the award largely because of his support for Israel and his criticism of Iran. Clearly, though, the foundation either blatantly ignored or didn’t know that Harper is arguably the worst prime minister in history when it comes to defending democracy and human rights in Canada.

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The uphill battle to save democracy in Canada

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Apr 18 2012
“People blame Parliament for being dysfunctional, but I think it’s really our political parties that are the issue”… Loat says individuals should take full advantage of today’s social media, which has made it easier to engage like-minded citizens. Loat says it is critical to understand that politicians are now starting to pay far greater attention to Twitter and Facebook than just about any other media outlet. By themselves, these suggestions won’t change the status quo. Neither will individuals working in isolation.

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Harper’s cynical assault on democracy

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Apr 11 2012
Fatigued by years of seeing successive governments ignore pleas for more accountability and respect, many citizens will never re-engage in politics. But others still believe the system can be changed, that our democratic process can be improved… In effect, we must become “nags.” Encouragingly, we don’t need to work in isolation. Samara, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting citizen engagement within Canadian democracy, will soon launch Democracy Talks, a national program to help revitalize our democracy.

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Paul Martin is making a difference

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Nov 30 2011
In 2008, he launched the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, a national project that offers programs designed to help lower dropout rates for aboriginal students. He has also created a fund to help aboriginal entrepreneurs start new businesses. At the same time, Martin is co-chair of the Congo Basin Forest Fund, which addresses poverty issues in a 10-nation region in Africa… He’s also taken time out in recent days to speak in support of the Occupy movement, praising it for raising awareness of the income-inequality gap.

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