Canada Slow to Respond to Prescription Opioid Crisis

August 27, 2014 10:00 am
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In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids–drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin. Back then, […]

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Creating a Community: Cohousing at Terra Firma

August 19, 2014 1:10 pm
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On Canada Day, Valerie Gapp baked strawberry and rhubarb muffins. Valerie, her husband Thomas and their 14-month-old twins Audrey and Alexis joined their neighbours across the street for a potluck brunch. They celebrated two birthdays: Canada’s and Terra Firma’s cohousing community. Terra Firma residents have lived together for 17 years, […]

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Political Profile: Jeff Morrison

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Aiming to innovate, energize and engage downtown Ottawa Innovation, vibrancy, partnership and engagement—these are the key themes of Somerset ward candidate Jeff Morrison’s platform. Ottawa has not been as embracing of new approaches, new building techniques or new forms of development of green innovations, according to Morrison. He wants to […]

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Working to Build a New Ottawa: Martin Canning

August 18, 2014 9:30 am
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There is a change happening in Ottawa, according to city councillor hopeful Martin Canning, and he wants to be a big part of that change. Canning’s campaign began in January with the launch of his website and vision, ‘New Ottawa’. The Somerset ward candidate defines New Ottawa as the most […]

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Why Canadian Medicare Should Neither ‘Go Dutch’ or ‘to the Dogs’

August 12, 2014 11:27 am
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By: Ryan Meili Canada’s health care system faced some provocative comparisons recently. First was Sarah Boston’s new book, Lucky Dog, in which she details her personal experience with thyroid cancer and navigating the Canadian health system. Boston, a veterinary oncologist, claims Canadian dogs often have better access to health care […]

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Why Our Governments Need to Address Poverty Now

August 1, 2014 10:00 am
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Canadians might be surprised to learn that 86 families now hold more wealth than the poorest 11.4 million Canadians. Is this a Canada to be proud of? Hardly. According to many studies, the Canadian poverty rate remains high. A recent OECD report shows that the very rich are taking an […]

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Why You Can’t See a Psychiatrist

July 31, 2014 10:00 am
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And why adding more psychiatrists to the mental health system may not be the answer. By Paul Kurdyak and David Goldbloom We are talking openly about mental illnesses and addictions now more than ever–and that’s a good thing. Efforts to address the stigma associated with mental illnesses have made it […]

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The Chaos that is the RCMP

July 21, 2014 9:41 am
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I have read in various media reports that the RCMP officers in Moncton who responded to the call of an individual walking down a street brandishing a firearm were only equipped with pistols and shotguns. I was very shocked and dismayed to read these reports because in 2009 I was […]

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Not Malevolence but Massive Mind Numbing Incompetence by City Hall Civil Servants

July 11, 2014 1:45 pm
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Kirkpatrick or the Council–One of Them or BOTH Have to Go Ottawa city Manager Kent Kirkpatrick is (over) paid at $330,000 per year. That he has no shame and has yet to submit his resignation in light of yet another complete debacle under his guidance as the top city civil […]

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To the Editor of Ottawa Life

July 9, 2014 10:55 am
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Re: Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Omits Important Developments (published on July 3, 2014) Doctors Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse quite rightly note the great work Alberta has been undertaking to improve the standardization, collection and utilization of access and other health system performance related data. However, I […]

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Why Canada Shouldn’t Compete with the U.S. for the Worst Performing Health System in the Developed World: B.C. Court Challenge Looming

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The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada’s health care system a dismal second to last in a list of 11 major industrialized countries. We had the dubious distinction of beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing health care. They […]

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‘The Time for Smart Policing in Canada’

July 8, 2014 9:36 am
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As the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics indicates that crime is at a twenty year low in Canada, now is the time for rethinking the role of police in Canadian society.  A recent report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute points out, that police organizations are pricing themselves out of business.  It’s […]

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BC Fails to Improve Primary Health Care After More Than a Billion Dollar Investment

July 7, 2014 9:41 am
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Increased doctor incentives do not improve access to care By Ruth Lavergne and Kim McGrail Since 2006, British Columbia has spent more than a billion dollars to improve primary health care.  So have BC patients benefited from such a massive investment?  Sadly, it appears not. Primary care — access to […]

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Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Omits Important Developments

July 3, 2014 2:15 pm
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By Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse Canadians might have been inclined to take a sedative for an anxiety attack after reading about the Wait Time Alliance’s (WTA) 2014 report card on waits for medical care in Canada. The WTA gives Canada a failing grade on the structural changes it says […]

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Wynne’s Win

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Last week we watched as Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet team were sworn in at Queen’s Park. Now it is time for them to start making campaign promises a reality. Their overall goal is to create opportunities and secure futures for the people of Ontario by leading a transparent […]

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Tulip Chairs – Nature’s Design is Comfortable

June 13, 2014 11:00 am
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From left to right:  Michael Crockatt, Vice President Business Development and Marketing,  Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International  Airport;  Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission; Laura Brown, Executive Director Canadian Tulip Festival; David Luxton, Chairman of the Canadian Tulip Festival; Rochus Pronk, Chargé d’Affaires, Netherlands Embassy. Five bright tulip chairs stand out in […]

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The Conservatives’ Income Splitting Scheme Will Create More Inequity, According to Broadbent Institute

June 12, 2014 12:59 pm
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The majority of families with children under 18-years-old would receive little to no benefit from the Conservative’s income splitting scheme, according to The Big Split, a new study by the Broadbent Institute. Under this scheme, only 4 per cent of Canadian families–some of the wealthiest in Canada—would be eligible for […]

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