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Trudeau has chance now to be unusually bold

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Trudeau may not be able to get all provinces to agree to, say, a universal pharmacare program. But that doesn’t preclude him from establishing the legislative framework for one… voters didn’t elect Liberals just so they could sit on their hands and apologize for not being from Alberta. They elected them to do something.

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End of HIV epidemic is within our grasp

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

… 19 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with HIV are not accessing treatment. Compared to all other G7 countries that have published figures on this measure, Canada ranks last. What sets us apart? For one, we are the only high-income country in the world with a public health-care system that lacks a country-wide pharmacare program… What are we waiting for?

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It’s time for a national ban on owning handguns

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Since the Harper government made it easier in 2012 to amass large stockpiles of guns, the number of privately owned handguns has skyrocketed to close to a million. And police say many of those guns find their way into criminal hands… The notion that municipalities can pass and enforce an effective handgun ban is ridiculous… “This is a national issue.”

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Demographics and disruption demands new skills in Canada’s health-care sector

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

… health care can provide a career path for one million Canadians who are currently at risk of losing their jobs to automation… Properly designed, this mix of technology, skills and innovative management can soften the landfall of the silver tsunami, and further prevent the cresting cost of health care from overwhelming government budgets. In this new machine age, our society’s health will depend on it.

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Video visits with doctors are a smart idea

Friday, November 15th, 2019

There are three much bigger issues the government needs to tackle to reduce the average wait time to be admitted to hospital from an emergency department. It now tops a sickening 16 hours. Those are a lack of nursing home and long-term health care beds and a shortage of home-care services. And they won’t be solved by the $3 million the province plans to spend on video visits and other digital innovations.

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Let’s fix broken system for suspending criminal records

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

After a certain period of crime-free years, individuals with a prior conviction, regardless of what that conviction was, are no more likely to be convicted of another offence than the rest of the population. Continuing to allow criminal records to bar their access to employment, education, housing and other community involvement extends their punishment beyond the end of their sentence.

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Ontario axing 9 execs in bid to save money, increase efficiencies in health care

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

A health ministry official said no other employees other than the head of the LHINs, which provide local health care planning, are being laid off now and no offices are closing, but in future there will be “significant” savings as real estate assets are consolidated… Under the plan, between 30 and 50 “Ontario Health Teams” will form across the province to co-ordinate all levels of care, from doctor visits to hospitals stays and home care.

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Marginalized people need social connections, too

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

… we almost never talk about the lack of opportunities for something pro-social and meaningful for the homeless and marginalized to do… Funding for programming, for actual engagement with others — especially those who are not easy to engage with — is the last to be offered and first to be cut.

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Why being a salaried doctor benefits my patients and the health care system

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

As the Ontario government bolsters its oversight of OHIP, I would like to see physician accountability move away from billing practices to emphasize quality of care and population health indicators that incentivize following best practices and address the real needs of people and communities… now is the time for her and the provincial Ministry of Health to start thinking about a transition in the current compensation model.

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New Liberal minority must keep national pharmacare promise

Friday, November 8th, 2019

In August, 67.8 per cent of respondents to a Mainstreet poll called for national pharmacare, agreeing that the federal government should create a system through which it pays for prescription drugs, regardless of the cost to government. In an Angus Reid pre-election poll, 78 per cent of voters supported a national pharmacare program. Even the 57 per cent of Canadians who intended to vote for the Conservatives, whose platform included no pharmacare plan, supported either the Liberal or the NDP plan.

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