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Our nursing crisis is a public crisis

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

It is not a mystery why nurses are leaving. They are overworked, face brutal working conditions, and a decade of wage suppression has been locked in even further by Bill H-124… The Ontario government’s solution to the nursing shortage is to train more nurses rather than stemming the tide of experienced nurses leaving… Just like physicians, there are areas of specialization within nursing that involve years of extra training… We call on the Ontario government to invest in nursing, stop calling nurses heroes and start treating them like human beings.

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The PM must insist on conditions for health care funding to provinces

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Instead of rushing to hold negotiations this fall, as the premiers asked, Trudeau should put forward proposals of his own, starting with his long-promised pharmacare program, potentially bundled with any Canada Health Transfer increases. A single-payer public drug plan is supported by 86 per cent of Canadians according to the Angus Reid Institute, is backed by the NDP, and would save billions of dollars for employers, families, and especially the provinces.

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Once COVID is finally tamed, Canada will have to tackle the ‘other pandemic’

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Neither major party is prepared to go where an increasing number of medical and legal experts — from public health officers to those chiefs of police — say they should: taking possession of drugs for personal use out of the Criminal Code entirely. And neither party is particularly eager to talk about the opioid crisis during the election campaign… It should be getting more attention from both politicians and voters.

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Canada needs a social contract for mental health

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

… the Canada Emergency Response Benefit was arguably the most important mental-health innovation of the pandemic because it decreased financial uncertainty, demonstrating how important government can be in improving mental health. The Canadian Medical Association has calculated that 85 per cent of our risk of illness is linked to social factors such as housing, unemployment, poverty, systemic racism, and lack of access to social supports and health services. These are the types of stresses that are interacting with COVID-19 to drive our mental-health and substance-use crisis. 

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We broke down the hospitalization risk of going unvaccinated in Ontario. Here’s what the numbers say

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Unvaccinated Ontarians are ending up in hospital with COVID-19 nearly 20 times as often as fully vaccinated individuals and in the last week have been about 70 times more likely to end up in intensive care… there are more than six times as many unvaccinated patients currently hospitalized with COVID (68) as fully vaccinated individuals (11)… an unvaccinated Ontarian has been nearly nine times more likely to test positive for COVID than a fully vaccinated individual; they’ve been 19 times more likely to end up in hospital; and at the most serious end, the unvaccinated have gone to the ICU more than 70 times as often as the larger population with both doses.

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Canada Needs A Broader Vision Of Healthcare

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

“Like others, Canada’s healthcare ‘system’ is reactive. It is focused on restoring to good health people who become ill or injured. It does relatively little to keep people healthy – to promote good health,”… The authors call for striking a balance between the two objectives, with policies and/or practices/procedures based on data that assess the health status of individuals and populations in all their diversity throughout the length and breadth of the country.

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Ontario is ducking the biggest thing that would keep students safe this fall: mandatory vaccination

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

TheStar.com – Opinion/Editorials Aug. 4, 2021.   By Star Editorial Board It’s safe to say that no education minister in the history of Ontario has ever learned more about school ventilation systems than Stephen Lecce. On Wednesday the minister spoke in great detail about all the money that’s being spent to ensure the highest quality filters are […]

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Vaccine resisters are lazy and irresponsible — we need vaccine passports now to protect the rest of us

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

TheStar.com – Business/Opinion July 30, 2021.   By David Olive, Star Business Columnist Vaccination passports are coming. Many Canadians object to getting vaccinated and bearing proof of their vaccination, but that’s where we’re heading. The vaccination rate among patriotic Canadians is higher than that of almost any country. But it’s much too soon to take a victory […]

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We can re-define Canada’s health systems because we already have

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

We know we can build better health care because we did. When the pandemic forced us to pivot, our health systems learned quickly. This must continue… The best solutions are often the simplest, rooted in both evidence and common sense. We have seen care models that are trauma and culturally informed, offered by people who have roots in the community. We have seen a smarter use of existing resources, including a leveraging of virtual care. 

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Evidence suggests there was no benefit to Ontario closing its schools

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

By comparing the experience of Ontario with that of other provinces it is now clear that provinces that kept schools open longer had outcomes that were no worse and, in many cases, better… To this end, the government must solicit advice from a deeper bench of experts, from economics and other social science backgrounds, who can provide a more nuanced approach to the costs and benefits of keeping schools open.

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