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A courageous plan required for primary care reform

Monday, February 6th, 2023

… two essential building blocks of the people-centred health reform we favour are timely access to primary care and the use of data. Data is a key tool to empower the users of the system and to support health care workers who need to care for people as they move through the system, from primary care office to hospital to home care and back… Even more than money, we need… Courage to make transformative changes. That starts with the foundation of the health system, which is primary care.

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Canadian university faculty getting older, more female compared to 50 years ago: StatCan

Monday, January 30th, 2023

Moving through the ranks, women achieved gender parity at the assistant professor level in the 2017-18 academic year. In 2021-22, women made up 51 per cent of assistant professors in Canada. The proportion of women as associate professors reached 44.3 per cent in 2021-22, five times more compared to 50 years ago. While nearly 10 times greater compared to 1971-72, the largest gender gap still exists among full professors, where 31.4 per cent are women.

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Quebec basic income program begins, but advocates say many low-income people excluded

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

The program, aimed at 84,000 Quebecers with a “severely limited capacity for employment” such as a chronic illness or mental health condition, will provide an increase of more than 28 per cent for a single person, the government says… they will also have the ability to earn about $14,500 a year in wages – up from $200 a month – and have up to $20,000 in savings, all without losing benefits.

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Premier Doug Ford should explain why he underfunds public health care

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

If Ontario just spent the average of what the other provinces have spent on health care per capita over the past five years, we’d be spending an additional $7.2 billion this year — more than enough to properly pay our beleaguered nurses, lure thousands more nurses to Ontario and bring back into use countless hospital operating rooms all over the province idled by years of budget cuts.

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Taking Back Health Care: How to Accelerate People-Centred Reform Now

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

A set of public policies aimed at not just treating illness, but also promoting health and providing the infrastructure to support health resilience, will lead to a more affordable system in the long run and ultimately a greater public good… health is fundamental to the economic and social resiliency of our country and the well-being of its population. These expectations provide the road map for modernizing our health system.

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Something really, really must be done: an urgent plea for the Canada Disability Benefit to become law in 2023

Monday, January 16th, 2023

The Canada Disability Benefit, a proposed federal disability benefit to complement the inadequate provincial supports, is essential to ending disability poverty… it is also essential that, with the implementation of CDB, there are no clawbacks, that health benefits, transportation allowances, adaptive equipment, employment supports and other in-kind benefits, available from provincial and territorial governments, must remain intact.

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We can’t view health as an exclusively personal matter – it’s a collective endeavour

Monday, January 9th, 2023

… health care, including hospital capacity, testing and biomedical treatments, or individual behaviours… are critically important. But what gets overlooked… is… the political economy of health… In a wealthy country, everyone should have the material and social foundations needed to have a good life and participate with dignity in society… “We have more than enough money and capacity to make that happen, but we haven’t.”

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To avoid future ‘freedom convoy’ protests, we need an economy built on hope

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

… the rise of authoritarian (or what we call ordered) populism; the collapse of institutional trust; and the burgeoning role of disinformation transmitted largely, but by no means exclusively, by social media. All of these forces are fanning the flames of discontent in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago… The roots of these new forces are complex but ultimately initiated by the collapse of shared prosperity and inclusive economics.

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Canadians aren’t just adapting to diversity – there’s data to show we’re embracing it

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

… our image of the country, and its demographic reality, are evolving in the same direction. Diversity has become more important to us as we have become more diverse. Canadians are not only adapting to change, they are embracing it.

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How workers are being sacrificed to a doctrine that intentionally keeps unemployment high

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

The economy risks serious recession from an interest shock that was neither necessary, nor effective in reducing inflation… Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could lose their jobs, and many their homes. Why? They’re being sacrificed to visibly reassert a doctrine that keeps unemployment deliberately high – not just to control inflation, but more importantly to control workers.

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