COVID pandemic offers glimpse of upheaval climate crisis will cause

Monday, October 12th, 2020

The fiscal infusions must be directed to address both the impacts of COVID and to kickstart the changes needed to address the climate crisis. For example, the transition of CERB to a basic guaranteed income to eliminate poverty and its health impacts. Or a just and equitable transition from fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable “green” economy… we need a Team Canada — all levels of government, all political groups working together. And we need action.

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Ontario’s educational assistants deserve proper pay and support

Monday, January 27th, 2020

EAs… are already terribly underpaid for the crucial support they provide… Imposing pay cuts against inflation isn’t just an insult to them; it’s an insult to every parent and person in the province. It’s a clear message from the government that it places a higher value on the rich people benefiting from tax cuts than it does on investing in a safe and stable learning environment for educational workers and kids.

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‘Innovative’ health clinic in Midland high school serves students and public

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

“The idea arose to house the health unit in a vacant wing of the school… The location had many benefits, including bringing health services close to students, sitting on a transit route and being close to a neighbourhood… Ten programs run from the clinic, including prenatal, immunizations, water sampling, sexual health, needle exchange, naloxone training, and substance abuse and prevention.

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How does the Canadian government spend your tax dollars?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

“Elections are dangerous time for taxpayers because the politicians will promise to spend, and the danger is they don’t explain how they’re going to pay for it,” Wudrick said. Those promises that require extra revenue would often lead to debt, which means future taxes or cuts in services for Canadians. A good question for the candidates, Wudrick suggested, would be: “how are you going to pay?”

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Compassion vital for victims of mental illness

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Aug 13, 2010
In August 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper struck the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), a non-profit organization created to focus attention on mental-health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness… One of the key goals of the commission’s 10-year mandate is to reduce stigma, which causes those living with mental illness to be labelled, stereotyped and feared… The commission is also developing programs to train the general public to respond quickly and sensitively to mental-health emergencies.

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Situation Critical Part 4 [Nursing Homes]

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Jun 24, 2010
Ontario’s Health Quality Council, a watchdog agency, sees more assisted-living homes as a potential pressure relief valve for overwhelmed nursing homes… Efforts to make more home care available as an alternative are in progress under a $1.1-billion program created in 2007. More short-stay beds are being created, to help reduce the number of seniors placed permanently in long-term care. Such “restorative” beds, as Matthews calls them, allow elderly people with short-term needs to be placed temporarily in nursing-home beds to regain their health, and then go home.

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