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Pandemic’s impact on mental health must not be overlooked

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Resources are online at www.crisisservicescanada.ca or you can connect to the national suicide prevention helpline at 1-833-456-4566, or the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868… to nurture your mental well-being: learn, since new knowledge can give a sense of achievement; connect through meaningful interactions that can promote self-worth; take notice of the present to shift focus away from the negative; give back since contributing can provide a sense of purpose; be active; and build a routine.

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Should we spend more on health? Only if we get better care 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

… what the premiers are proposing is that the feds absorb some of their current spending. They want Ottawa to transfer money rather than use their own powers of taxation to increase revenues… This pandemic, more than anything, has exposed the shortcomings in health and welfare systems, particularly in caring for elders and other marginalized groups. That’s what we need to fix. The last thing we need is buck-passing.

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What is it that Doug Ford doesn’t understand about pharmacare?

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

The premiers keep complaining about rising health-care costs, so why not embrace the one big idea that could control costs dramatically? COVID-19 is a time of crisis, but it also confers an economic opportunity for health care… Money need not be an obstacle, because a well-designed plan will pay dividends — not just in lower drug costs but in better health outcomes.

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B.C. moves to dramatically increase access to safe alternatives to illicit drugs

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

… the province significantly expands access to a “safer supply” to combat record overdose deaths caused by toxic street drugs…. the changes are the first step in undoing decades of harm caused by bad drug policy, and show that policy makers are listening to people on the ground. “Now the work begins on what drugs are available, what drugs we can access… we cannot continue to give drug users the least-sought-after drugs and expect them not to access the contaminated supply.”

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A vaccine may not be the simple solution we are hoping for

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

We… need to set realistic expectations for the possibility that vaccination does not eliminate COVID-19. Physical distancing, hand hygiene, improved ventilation of indoor settings, and indoor mask use are now a part of our daily routines, and will be with us for some time. This is the new normal and we should continue living by these principles to keep community rates as low as possible.

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Private pay is not the cure for the Canadian health system’s wait-time crisis

Monday, September 14th, 2020

… sometimes more money is what’s needed. But the evidence is clear that fixing wait times, including for the kinds of procedures at issue in the Cambie trial, does not require endless new resources…. Teams that involve non-physician professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and more, can also see people more quickly… The work of getting there will be tough; it requires leadership on the part of governments, system leaders, doctors and more.

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COVID-19 could break Ontario’s mental health system, psychologists have a solution

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

four major benefits… of publicly-funded psychological care: Freeing up physicians time to focus on primary health care; Providing equal access to mental health care… Decreasing the use of medications to treat mental health issues… [and] Providing earlier treatment, which can reduce severity in the long term and give clients the knowledge and skills to prevent future mental health difficulties.

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We must do more to protect people with dementia

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

… 40 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting a dozen modifiable risk factors, ranging from making sure every child gets an education through to controlling high blood pressure… preventing dementia begins in childhood, not at retirement… countless lifestyle choices and public health measures can have a dramatic impact on our brains, and the health of individuals and societies more broadly.

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Why Doug Ford’s to blame for health-care mess

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Health experts from such groups as the Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario Nurses Association and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario constantly monitor what Ford is doing — and what they find is ugly. Here are a few of the measures Ford has imposed over the past year that negatively impact health care:

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First Canadian clinical trial of any COVID-19 vaccine is launched in Quebec City

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

On Monday, six volunteers rolled up their sleeves to receive shots at a study site operated by Syneos Health in Quebec City, officially launching the first Canadian clinical trial of any COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, developed by Medicago Inc., a Quebec biopharmaceutical company, has shown positive results in animal studies. But this is its first test in humans.

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