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Canada needs more workers, and political supports for children and seniors can help

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

In 2018, for every 100 people between 15 and 64 years old, there were 50 people younger or older than them, dependent on those working people for their work and their tax revenues to pay for social programs. By 2068, that ratio will rise to anywhere between 63 and 73… in order to maintain the income supports that we already have… The more people in the workforce, the easier that becomes.

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I live in Quebec, and wish I felt connected to the rest of Canada. Here’s how we can come together

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinion September 22, 2019.   Fabrice Vil Fabrice Vil is founder and executive director of Pour 3 Points, an organization that transforms sports coaches into life coaches for youth in low-income neighbourhoods in Montreal. He is also an Ashoka Fellow, a columnist at La Presse and was a lawyer in civil and commercial […]

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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part III

Friday, September 20th, 2019

… the Council suggests that accurately capturing patient experience in all aspects of the health care system is paramount. When assessing value for money, the Council advises the government to  work to develop indicators that measure patient and overall population health outcomes against the cost of administering and delivering services in the most efficient way.

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Giving parents money directly the best approach to financing childcare

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The financial hurdle for a parent considering the merits of working versus staying at home to care for young children can be extremely high… decentralizing the provision of child care by giving money directly to parents provides the advantages of competitive consumer markets: greater choices, innovation in staffing, various facility types, and more flexible hours and modes of care.

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The debt, the deficit – and other things this election isn’t about

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Canada has the lowest debt burden in the Group of Seven. The weight of federal debt is not heavy and increasing; it’s light and shrinking…. Relative to a $2.3-trillion economy, deficits of roughly $20-billion or less are small enough that the federal debt-to-GDP ratio will continue to steadily fall… Ottawa’s tax take today is smaller than at any other time in recent history…

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Economic analysis of child benefit bolsters case for national basic income

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The Canada Child Benefit has not only lifted kids out of poverty, but it has boosted the country’s economy by $139 billion since 2016, according to a new economic analysis of the initiative… Every dollar Ottawa spends in child benefits generates almost $2 in economic activity, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

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Federal Election 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

It is the role of the federal government to set the national direction for health care, providing both funding and national standards to ensure quality care for all… The federal government should ensure that people across Canada can access the same quality of public health care. It’s also time to adopt a public, universal pharmacare program and a national seniors’ care strategy.

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Canada doesn’t lack in terms of university-industry collaboration

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The share of industry-funded R&D in Canadian universities hovered around eight percent over the past couple of decades. That may not sound like a lot, but it has been consistently higher than the equivalent figure for American universities, which has fluctuated at around five percent in the same period.

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Smart health-care policy must include affordable housing

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The link between housing and health is clear: You can’t live a healthy life if you don’t have a roof over your head. Without stable housing, people die younger, suffer more and have more severe chronic illnesses, make far more emergency room visits, are more likely to be hospitalized and readmitted, and stay longer in hospital when they are admitted.

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Ford promised to fix hallway medicine. But it’s getting worse

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

… the Ford government has wasted more than a year when it had the power to do something about it… what we already know are the fixes to hallway medicine: more home-care services and long-term care beds… This past June was the worst June on record for hospital overcrowding since the province began collecting statistics more than a decade ago.

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