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Throwing money at Big Pharma won’t guarantee vaccine supply

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Now we’re poised to give Sanofi hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the hope of ensuring a future vaccine supply… If we really want a biotech company we can rely on and that doesn’t hold a gun to our head, we should spend our money creating an enterprise that we actually own and control – a little secret learned by Cuba and, decades earlier, by the brilliant Canadians who created Connaught.

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Nurses are not just the front line — we are the only line

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Nurses and other health care workers are facing unprecedented levels of mental health challenges and exhaustion… While the government has been addressing this as an access issue by recently promoting the new college-based Ontario nursing programs, the nursing shortage is due to issues of job satisfaction, funding, and safe staffing, which are not being adequately addressed.

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Liberals rhetorically support NDP pharmacare bill, then vote against it

Friday, February 26th, 2021

The bill did not have specific dollar amounts in it. It was merely a statement of principles to guide the federal government in consultations with the provinces — if and when such talks occur. The purpose of the bill was to advance a process to which the Trudeau government claims it is fully committed, namely, to expand Canada’s public and universal health-care system so that it includes prescription drugs. There was no timeline in the measure. The bill would not bind the government in any way… Why the Liberals voted “No” remains a mystery.

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Ending private long-term care would be an expensive mistake

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Rather than wasting money in buying back licences, we should be investing those funds in urgently redeveloping older homes, increasing home inspections, providing higher wages for more full-time providers and increasing hours of care. We should also be investing in home-care that keeps seniors independent rather than requiring admission to LTC.

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Bare-knuckle capitalism has no place in nursing homes

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Over the past decade, Chartwell has distributed $798 million to shareholders and paid its executives $47.3 million, including an annual salary of $229,500 for the former premier’s part-time chairmanship, which he still holds. Mike Harris’ involvement in the dubious rise of privatization — and financialization — in the long-term care industry makes it all the more outrageous that the Ford government recently awarded him the Order of Ontario, even as the pandemic continues…

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Enough is enough: We demand change to the inhumane tragedy playing out in Ontario’s long-term care homes

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Since the pandemic began, some 87 per cent of all COVID deaths in Ontario have been among those over the age of 70, and about 61 per cent of deaths have been in long-term care facilities… In the coming days, we will be asking all Ontarians to sign an open letter to responsible city, provincial and federal authorities demanding an end to the inhumane treatment and needless death of our vulnerable elders.

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A broader vision of public health

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Lying beneath the weakening of public health practice, which one can think of as the tip of the iceberg, is an erosion of these deeper values and priorities… [collectivity / social justice / upstream thinking] … The erosion manifests as cuts to the public sector, solutions packaged in individualized terms, and a deepening political polarization that erodes societal assets such as trust. 

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The best available science supports allowing family and caregivers into hospitals, not restricting them

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

COVID-19 has been the focus of historically intense study. And reviewing this literature suggests that at most, hospital visitors play a small role in disease transmission… family and caregivers… facilitate communication and decision-making, and act as patient advocates and substitute decision-makers when patients are no longer capable… The risk-benefit ratio of existing science now clearly favours allowing family and caregivers to visit hospitalized patients. It’s also the humane thing to do.

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There is no excuse for the suffering and death happening again in Ontario long-term care

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

It was ultimately Mr. Ford’s responsibility to enact emergency measures to prevent a second-wave crisis where homes would again be dangerously understaffed and residents left to suffer. Despite his promise, he dithered, wasted time and limited himself to incremental measures. Ontario seniors are now paying for it with their lives… There’s no excuse for this – not again, not this time.

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CMHA Ontario calls for ‘critical infrastructure’ investments in fall 2020 pre-budget submission

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

… eight core areas of need for the mental health and addictions sector: sustainable and long-term funding support… compensate staff appropriately… safer (overdose) supply programs… additional 30,000 supportive housing units over the next 10 years… a data strategy for the entire community-based mental health and addictions sector… Primary care and mental health and addictions integration… Expansion of mobile crisis response teams… A core set of provincewide mental health and addictions services

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