Underfunding first nations a losing strategy

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

October 5, 2012
Rather than work with First Nations groups, it [the Harper government] is in confrontation mode. It fiddles with the math and blames the victim. Duncan also left the veiled threat that legislation would be forthcoming, without making it clear what that would be or how it would affect our treaties and aboriginal rights. Despite all the smoke and mirrors, education remains seriously underfunded in First Nations communities.

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Time to clarify health-care hierarchy

Friday, February 24th, 2012

February 23, 2012
… would it be fair to hold a health-care worker to account for a patient’s social economic status, low income, poor education, unemployment, or housing insecurity?… It’s important to clarify who is primarily responsible for obtaining health outcomes. If a health-care worker is most important, there should be no concern with altering payment to be based on performance instead of delivery. However, if a health-care worker is only marginally associated with improving health status, continuing fee for service would obviously be preferred by most practitioners.

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Families need ‘New Deal’

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

October 19, 2011
The New Deal includes extending benefits for new parents to 18 months from 12 for all single and dual earner households, including self-employed and unemployed parents, and a minimum benefit should be provided that would eliminate poverty for families with children under 18 months… The New Deal proposes providing $10-per-day child care and promotes flex-time to help employees combine work and family, making them more productive while at work. Incentives should be available to employers to limit work weeks to 35 hours.

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New attitudes change health [First Nations]

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

August 18, 2011
In 2010, the Health Council of Canada began a multi-year project to learn about programs and strategies that have the potential to reduce these unacceptable health disparities between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians… On Aug. 9, we released a report about what we heard for Canadians and governments, titled Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada… We heard about the importance of offering health care services that integrate mainstream Western medicine with traditional and culturally relevant aboriginal practices…

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Good public policy can mitigate health woes

Friday, February 11th, 2011

February 10, 2011
… higher income not only is associated with greater social status but a higher degree of control over one’s life and the ability to participate more fully in society… The psychological experience of income inequality affects not only our mental health but our physical health, as well… Increased stress is the most widely described explanation for higher rates of mental disorder within lower income groups. Not only do these groups have more stresses such as insecurity in income, housing and food insecurity, and exposure to violence and so on, but they also have fewer resources to deal with these challenges.

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