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Ontario hospitals ask for nearly $1 billion to ease hallway health-care problem

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

“Ontario hospitals are the most efficient in the entire country”… the additional $922 million sought for 141 publicly-funded hospitals represents an increase of 4.85 per cent. “You can’t expect to end hallway health care and keep asking hospitals to cut their expenditures and become more efficient given what the data shows. Our backs are against the wall here.”

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Men living in Toronto haven’t seen their wages increase since 2000, according to new StatCan study

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

… especially in cities that bore the brunt of the decline in manufacturing jobs, such as Toronto, Oshawa and Windsor. Between 2000 and 2015, men’s wages were flat or in decline in those cities, even as wages for men across Canada rose by an average of 13 per cent. The study found minimal effect on women’s wages… because the manufacturing industry has traditionally been dominated by men.

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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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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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Government must step in to fix the gig economy

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

The nature of work is changing. But that shouldn’t mean that jobs, particularly those for low-paid workers, just get worse and worse. Ontario needs to tackle the widening gaps in worker protections. If it doesn’t, companies in the gig economy and traditional sectors alike will continue to exploit loopholes — and their workers. A business model that relies on the exploitation of others is a terrible step backwards. It can’t be the way of the future.

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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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Just what the doctor ordered: How AI will change medicine in the 2020s

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Perhaps the principal short-term impact for deep learning and AI tools would be to liberate doctors and patients from keyboards, their common enemy that markedly detracts from real human interaction… with smartwatch algorithms… common, non-serious conditions that can be diagnosed by patients with algorithms will grow, cultivating more autonomy for willing patients and, as a result, less requirement for doctor visits.

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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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