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What’s the best vaccine against mental health? Reducing inequality.

Monday, January 27th, 2020

ThinkUpstream.net – Currents January 27, 2020.   Trish Hennessy This week our social media feeds will light up with Bell Let’s Talk encouragement to collectively work on de-stigmatizing mental health issues by talking about it. The more we talk about it, the more we de-stigmatize. The more we de-stigmatize it, the more we understand how […]

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Taxing the rich is but one tool for economic transformation

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Stakeholder capitalism and slight tax increases on the wealthy are, in effect, a glossy sales pitch to maintain the status quo, with slight concessions made to avoid bigger, more fundamental changes… Changes beyond tinkering will require more democratic control of the economy. For one, that means reversing the trend of privatizing of public services… New and bigger workers’ co-operatives and credit unions can also contribute to democratizing our economy.

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Here’s why men still get paid more than women

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

… older men and women are almost equally engaged in caregiving of some kind, but when it comes to working-age caregivers, women are spending more time than men helping those close to them, and handling far more of the tasks that are not compatible with work… The easy government policy responses to confront the wage gap have already been implemented, says Schirle, and the impact for many women is barely perceptible.

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Are Canadians ready to confront racism?

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Relatively few deny that racism is a reality in Canada. Many Canadians are ready to reflect seriously on how factors such as unconscious bias shape the day-to-day experiences of racialized Canadians. Many may also be prepared to confront systemic racism in public institutions, notably (but not solely) the police. But Canadians can do this while also celebrating the communities, families and friendships they’ve built.

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Murray Sinclair has tried for years to shock Canada into confronting colonialism. He’s not done yet

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Never trust the colonizer’s history… the system of control in Canada comprised more than just laws… The perfect crime is when you convince the victim that he’s at fault… Indigenous people for the longest time believed it was something wrong with us, that we were weak, we were poor and it was our poverty that caused our situation.”

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How $15 billion in bonuses leaves bankers gloomy

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

The country’s six largest banks are dishing out $15 billion in bonuses this year. But, in the eyes of some, this isn’t enough… It… reveals how misleading media reports can be, particularly about high finance, with insiders allowed to peddle their self-serving agendas unchallenged… Canada’s big six banks have gotten away with paying extremely low taxes — the lowest in the G7.

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How doctors discovered the true causes of drug addiction

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

The tenets of personal responsibility, prosperity and an obligation to avoid harm that make up the prevailing American ethos have been eclipsed by the reality that systemic racism, a self-protecting oligarchy and political structures resistant to change… We know it matters less whether someone could take the nipple as a baby as whether they were born into poverty.

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Ontario’s mental-health crisis, Part 2: The good, the bad, and the ugly of OHIP-covered care

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Roughly 2 million Ontarians seek mental-health care each year… And the system is massively skewed by geographical constraints. A study in 2009, for example, found that, while there were 63 psychiatrists per 100,000 residents in the Toronto region, some remote parts of the province had barely four per 100,000 — a whopping fifteenfold difference… And timeliness matters.

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People who live in Ontario’s poorest neighbourhoods more likely to suffer avoidable deaths: study

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Researchers at ICES, a non-profit research institute that uses population-based health information, found 124,000 avoidable deaths in the “most materially deprived areas” between 1993 and 2014. That’s compared to 66,000 avoidable deaths in the most well-off areas, where average income, education and employment levels were highest… progress is being made [but] people living in the most well-off neighbourhoods seem to be benefiting the most.

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Broadbent Institute Tax Index

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

It’s time to take stock of who’s not paying their fair share. From tax dodging and loopholes, to historically declining tax rates for the most wealthy, Canada is missing out on over $40 billion in revenue every year. Here are the numbers:

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