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Fear and division really are bad for our health

Monday, January 20th, 2020

If you take fear and division and add a dose of cynicism about experts and government you produce an excellent culture medium for anxiety. Anxiety is bad for our health. A smoker loses on average 8.5 years of life. Anxiety can decrease your life expectancy by 7… When things seem more predictable, we feel more in control and we are less anxious.

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Stop celebrating capitalism and start celebrating sanitation for saving humanity

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

… things only truly got better… after ordinary people won the right to vote and to join unions that pushed for higher wages and helped secure public access to health care, education and housing… over the fierce objections of capitalists… it’s not capitalism but rather the forces fighting to curb capitalism’s worst excesses — unions and progressive political movements — that have improved people’s lives.

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Assessing Ottawa’s New Health Mandate

Friday, January 10th, 2020

… why not identify and put your emphasis on issues squarely in the federal jurisdiction, such as the socio-economic determinants of health? Addressing poverty and other deleterious conditions in certain populations would be the greatest contribution your government could make to better health of Canadians.

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People live in fear’: What the auditor general’s report could mean for disability support in Ontario

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Ordering tests and specialist reports, particularly for conditions that are not expected to improve, places a burden on the health-care system, as well as causing stress for recipients… People are constantly worried — it contributes to your mental health. We’ve had clients who were unsuccessful at a medical review, and it caused a relapse in their condition.”

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System transformation in Ontario Works: Considerations for Ontario

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

… until better outcomes are precisely defined, funding mechanisms developed to facilitate a more integrated system, and policy goals and purposes outlined that put people at the centre of reform, a strong case has not yet been made for the government’s proposed reforms.

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ODSP needs support, not criticism

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Understood properly, ODSP is growing at the same rate as Ontario’s aging population… Given cuts to other disability benefit programs, the reality is that ODSP should be increasing in numbers and cost more than it has…. ODSP benefits have declined by approximately 1 per cent per year to inflation over the last 25 years.

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In the long arc of human history, 2019 has been the best year ever

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

NYTimes.com – Opinion December 31, 2019.   Nicholas Kristof Nicholas Kristof: I fear that the news media focuses so relentlessly on bad news that we leave the public believing that every trend is going in the wrong direction If you’re depressed by the state of the world, let me toss out an idea: In the […]

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Resolution on social housing benefit provides hope for many in 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

There are few things more important to health than a roof over one’s head. Life expectancy for a homeless person is substantially worse than for the general population and 57 per cent of homeless people in Toronto have a chronic medical condition… living in ill-maintained housing increases the risk of accidents due to unsafe structures, infestations such as mice, cockroaches, and a variety of infections…

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Capitalism is the greatest force for human advancement that we have

Friday, December 27th, 2019

… four-fifths of starvation-level world poverty had been eradicated since the 1970s… What happened? It was globalization… It was free trade… It was property rights and the rule of law… I am not a radical. I will not tell you that we need no regulations. I will not say that we do not need reform… Find better ways to regulate it. Tax people more… If we let capitalism thrive, if we share it… then we can lift up the next two billion people together.

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Bump in low-income rates expected as Statistics Canada set to redraw poverty line

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The measure calculates the minimum a person or family would have to earn to afford a basket of goods and services needed to reach a modest or basic living standard… federal officials would decide “on the actions to be taken” with Statscan’s recommendations, including which to implement, and which to send for more research when it comes to making the changes. A final report from Statscan is expected in February.

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