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Six reasons to just say ‘No’ to electoral reform

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

As tempting as it might seem to some to “reform” our system, the reality is that Canadians in every province that has held a referendum on electoral reform have voted against the idea. To keep pushing this bad idea makes little sense, especially when the reasons for rejecting are so powerful… Firstly, … there is no evidence that other nations with such voting systems, such as Germany or Sweden, are any better governed than is Canada.

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The neutering of Doug Ford

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Ford has reversed his stand on sex-ed, on a French-language university, on cuts to social services, such as a child benefit that pays for essentials like diapers and food for children in vulnerable families, on cuts to children’s aid societies and more. Ford also caved in during the last-minute contract negotiations with the 55,000 school support staffers, who had threatened to strike this week.

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Addressing social needs is a bold new way to improve health care

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

… known as the Social Medicine Initiative… Its goal is to address poverty and homelessness issues faced by many people… and in doing so improve their health levels… The aim of the initiative is to co-ordinate systems so it’s “easier for patients to access the services they need,” thus reducing the number of patients who require higher levels of care and decreasing the burden on the overall health and social services systems.

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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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