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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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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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Under pressure, Ontario government scrambles to launch a provincial sick leave program

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Ford scrapped the previous two days of guaranteed paid sick leave that were on the books after his Progressive Conservative toppled former premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in 2018. Local public health officers, mayors, opposition parties and the government’s science table of advisers have long urged paid sick days for workers whose employers don’t provide them. That has led to many essential workers going to their jobs with COVID-19 symptoms, spreading the virus.

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Canada needs the Connaught model of domestic vaccine production

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

A properly restored Canadian global powerhouse in vaccines would improve on the current world patchwork of players focused on discovery, clinical trials, safe packaging, mass production and a dozen other disciplines, layered over by conflicting priorities of national governments. That model conflicts with Ottawa’s current $1-billion national vaccine strategy.

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When will the Liberal government keep its promises on national pharmacare?

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Canadians have waited for decades for universal pharmacare. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot wait any longer… The 2021 federal budget is just around the corner. If the government’s rejection of C-213 was because it was written on the terms of an opposition party and not their own, this may be one of the last opportunities for the prime minister to make good on his public support for universal, public pharmacare.

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Compulsory licensing would allow Ottawa to authorize generic copies of the COVID-19 vaccines

Friday, February 5th, 2021

compulsory licensing would eliminate the need for constant negotiation. The government would make its decision and that would be that. The drug giants would be furious. Pfizer and Moderna might refuse to honour their pledges. They might cut back promised shipments of the vaccine.
But they are doing that anyway. And the government has been unable to use the usual methods of contract compliance to stop them. Compulsory licensing provides government with a workable alternative…

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Provincial Leadership on a National Pharmacare Program

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

In the September 23, 2020 Speech from the Throne, the federal government again committed to a universal national Pharmacare program and to “accelerate steps to achieve this system.” … In the midst of COVID-19, we cannot delay access to essential medicines any further… At this critical moment, Canadians need British Columbia to lead. Your government can play a key role in the creation of this new social program for all Canadians.

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A broader vision of public health

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

If we learn anything from COVID-19, it should be that we need a more comprehensive version of public health that acts on what we know about the social determinants of well-being… Here’s our three-step plan. 1. Identify the contours of an integrated, coherent vision of public health… 2. Co-ordinate the wider public health vision across political jurisdictions… 3. Work from the ground up to uncouple “health” from “health care.” 

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The doctor is online: COVID-19 let the technological revolution finally find its way to Canadian health care. Now, the hard part begins

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Due more to systemic inertia than technological lag, Canadian doctors are only now arriving to the technological age… provinces need to be asking questions about how to build a regulatory environment around virtual care — one that sets standards for virtual care that are at the same level as in-person care, and ensures patient data is protected.

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As doctors who work in long-term care homes and serve marginalized populations, we believe it’s well past time to end for-profit long-term care

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

… the system is designed to protect corporations over human life. The calamity of placing profits over people needs to end… governments of all levels need to work together to bring all long-term care homes under public ownership much like other parts of our Medicare system, including hospitals and physician care… With the immense grief and suffering continuing for people living in long-term care homes today, this must be a priority.

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