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First Nations prepare for influx of new members amid removal of sex-based discrimination from Indian Act

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Canada’s largest First Nation is introducing a citizenship code to take control over its membership lists as the federal government prepares to enact legislation that could create tens of thousands of new status Indians while removing the last vestiges of sexism from the Indian Act… The concern of the First Nation is that many people who can trace a distant ancestor to the community will turn up after Bill S-3 takes effect to claim a portion of scarce resources…

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First Nations to have more control over on-reserve education as Ottawa looks to close funding gap

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The new approach, which will take effect April 1, will not see Ottawa spend any additional money over what has previously been committed. The government says the gap core funding between the funding for provincially run schools and reserve schools has already closed in some provinces, is not far apart in others, and will cease to exist entirely over the next two years as a result of the investments that have already been committed in previous budgets. It also recognizes that there are additional gaps in needs that will be addressed separately.

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Canadians open to tax hikes to create more equal society, poll finds

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Apr. 10, 2012
… talk of raising taxes has been considered political suicide for more than a decade. But the survey commissioned by the Broadbent Institute suggests that most Canadians would not be opposed to paying a little more to preserve social programs and prevent the poor from falling even further behind… More than three-quarters of the respondents (77 per cent) said they viewed the gap between the very rich and the rest of Canadians to be a serious problem with long-term negative consequences for society… a clear majority of Conservative voters (59 per cent) also felt that way.

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Union slams ‘absurd choice’ between balanced budget, public services

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Dec. 2, 2011
“The government is making people choose between the deficit and public services and that’s an absurd choice… It’s kind of like asking, ‘Would you like to pay down your mortgage.’ Everybody’s going to say yes. Well then, ‘What about feeding your kids?’” The public-sector unions are preparing for the loss of tens of thousands of jobs as Treasury Board President Tony Clement presses ahead with a government-wide austerity program to rein in a multi-billion-dollar deficit. “… services in communities all across this country are going to be disrupted.”

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Abysmal youth vote prompts call for a remedial strategy

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Nov. 25, 2011
there were two very different subgroups of Canadian young people in the lead-up to the last election. Among the university and college set, there was an uptick in interest and enthusiasm for the campaign, Mr. Biggar said. But unemployed, and recently employed, young people were not engaged and many don’t believe their vote matters… Whether it was young people in the aboriginal or ethnic communities, the disabled, the rural youth or the unemployed, all told the Elections Canada survey that they just weren’t interested in voting.

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Grim state of native education comes as a surprise to no one

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Nov. 18, 2011
There are places in Canada, specifically Nova Scotia and to a lesser extent British Columbia, where native schools are working and where graduation rates are climbing. The common denominator seems to be Indian control of Indian education – not just within individual schools but also in terms of the administrative functions normally handled by school boards… There is an urgent need to fix what’s wrong with native education – not just for the children who are being left behind but also for the rest of Canada, which will have to pay the enormous price incurred by doing nothing.

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‘Fractured’ health-care system failing patients, doctors say

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Aug. 18, 2011
Large numbers of people told the CMA that the future of medicine in this country must include healthier communities through a health promotion strategy, as well as improved access to long-term care, home-based care and pharmacare… “We now want to use that valuable information to mobilize governments to turn their attention to a new health-care system before the current federal-provincial-territorial accord expires in 2014,” said Dr. Turnbull. “The goal must be to use the next accord to transform health care so it truly serves Canadians for future generations.”

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‘Fractured’ health care system is failing Canadians, report finds

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Aug. 10, 2011
A large number of Canadians told the CMA they believe health care is “in distress.”… “the health care system is fractured to such a degree that it is, in some ways, a system in name only,” says the report. “ From the perspective of the patient as a consumer of health care, it does a poor job of transitioning patients from one level of care to another. It does not provide patient-centred care — the care people need when they need it.” [It] is failing Canadians, especially vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, aboriginal people and those who live in rural parts of the country.

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Provinces, health-care providers hold out hope for help in budget

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Mar. 15, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly stressed that health care is the purview of the provinces… but Ms. Leslie said she would like to see some acknowledgment by the Harper government that it has a role to play in health care – especially if that meant budget money for items like home care and pharmacare that she said would save money in the long run.

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Doctors urge Health Care Action Plan to thwart ‘looming crisis’

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Mar. 01, 2011
The citizens panel spent five full days learning how the health-care system works and, last year, it listed areas of non-core services that could be divested to other agencies, including the hospital’s diabetes complication prevention strategy clinic. That recommendation, along with another to get rid of outpatient rehabilitation services, were among those followed by the board. This year, the hospital is expected to have a balanced budget.

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