Why Canada Needs a National Plan to Address Dementia and Alzheimer’s

December 22, 2015 10:47 am

One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in ageing is the loss of cognitive abilities and functional autonomy that are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering, with over 750,000 individuals affected today, an attendant […]

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Canadians Should Modernize not Privatize Medicare

December 21, 2015 11:27 am

National Medicare Week has just passed, buoyed with optimism as a fresh-faced government takes the reins in Ottawa – elected partly on a promise of renewed federal leadership on health care.  Yet these “sunny ways” are overcast by recent developments at the provincial level that entrench and legitimize two-tier care. Saskatchewan […]

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Shaw Creating Turbulence in Canadian Telecom by Acquiring Wind Mobile Corp.

December 17, 2015 4:23 pm

What Happened? Shaw Communications Inc. announces a $1.6 billion (Enterprise Value) acquisition of Wind Mobile Corp., a privately held wireless carrier with subscribers and infrastructure in Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia. Wind has earned expected revenue of $485 million in 2015, implying Shaw is paying a multiple of 3.3x estimated revenue. With this […]

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The Planet is Dying of Consumption and Only Citizens can Halt the Process

December 15, 2015 10:03 am

At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, COP21, the focus has been on promises countries make to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These macro level commitments are always made with varying degrees of sincerity because few political leaders will be willing to cause real or even perceived damage to their […]

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It’s Time to End Canada’s Opioid Epidemic – An Open Letter to Canada’s New Minister of Health

November 30, 2015 11:18 am

Dear Minister Philpott, Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Health. As an experienced physician, you bring valuable perspective to the post. While there are many contentious matters before you, including a new health accord, physician-assisted dying and marijuana legalization, few could be more pressing than the prescription opioid epidemic, […]

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Dear Health Minister Philpott — We Need Leadership In Medicare Restored

November 19, 2015 11:00 am
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Dear Minister Philpott, It is fantastic news that as a family doctor you are our next federal health minister.  You will know very well that our healthcare system shows its age.  Born in the middle of the 20th century, its primary focus on doctors and hospitals is outmoded as technology […]

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Why Police Fear Evidence-Based Research

November 12, 2015 11:21 am

While almost every sector of society in the 21st century recognizes the importance of evidence-based decision making, police organizations are caught up in outdated policing approaches that are devoid of empirical evidence.  The major reason police are so resistant to the new regulations on carding announced by the provincial government […]

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Many Patients with Chronic Health Conditions Also Have Mental Health Issues that Go Undiagnosed and Untreated

November 9, 2015 11:02 am

We need to better integrate physical and mental health services Our health system often divides mental health from physical health into distinct silos of care and treatment, yet no such mind-body duality exists in actual patients.  Many individuals with chronic health conditions simultaneously experience mental health issues — and the […]

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Canada has too many kids in care – and the situation is not improving

November 6, 2015 10:00 am

It’s time for national leadership. What happens to kids who authorities determine can’t live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many children are sent to foster homes, while others are sent into other types of out-of-home care on behalf […]

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Catastrophic pharmacare is a catastrophe

November 5, 2015 10:07 am

Why the provinces don’t need $3 billion in federal tax dollars for flawed prescription drug policies Last week, the CD Howe Institute called on Ottawa to give provinces nearly $3-billion to establish national standards for catastrophic drug coverage and to mandate a system of transparent price negotiations with pharmaceutical drug […]

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Five Quick-Wins for Trudeau’s First Day in Office

November 3, 2015 10:00 am
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Photo by Jean-Marc Carisse. While it takes time for a new prime minister to translate campaign rhetoric into effective policies, there are at least five quick-wins that Justin Trudeau can achieve on his very first day in office. All five can be implemented in a few minutes through simple orders-in-council […]

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Why the Federal Government Needs to Keep its Promise to End Income-Splitting

November 2, 2015 12:05 pm

Children’s Health More About Good Social Policy than Medicine Alone. More of Canada’s children are living in poverty than ever before. A new report reveals that child poverty rates in Canada remain unconscionably high. Almost one-third of children in Toronto live in low-income households. Population measures of child health in Canada are also troubling, […]

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Liberals Have Plenty of Talent to Make Up Gender-Balanced Cabinet

October 27, 2015 10:08 am
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Photo by Jean-Marc Carisse. Justin Trudeau promises to have gender parity in his cabinet. He announced that in his Democracy package back in June and, when asked about this on the weekend, he reaffirmed his position. So who are the women who could make up his cabinet? In a 30-member cabinet, Trudeau […]

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New Government Should Start by Making the RCMP More Accountable

October 26, 2015 2:27 pm
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Photo by Flickr user Jamie McCaffrey. CC. Now that there’s a new Liberal government in power in Ottawa, one can only hope that a new public safety minister will make it a priority to address the myriad problems created by the Harper government in the criminal justice system over the past 10 […]

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October 23, 2015 11:56 am
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Photo courtesy of Jean-Marc Carisse. Voters Decided It Was Sunny Ways Rather Than Rainbows and Unicorns Ten years is a long time for any government to be in power. Stephen Harper led Canada through some tumultuous times. He deserves a great deal of credit for guiding Canada through the 2008 […]

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Back to the Future

October 22, 2015 3:10 pm
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Photo by Jean-Marc Carisse. Last night Liberal leader Justin Trudeau won a majority government in a historically long three-way race. Moving into his father’s old house, Trudeau has created what many are calling Canada’s first political dynasty. The Liberals swept across Atlantic Canada early on, taking every available seat in […]

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How Proposed User Fees for Health Services in Quebec Threaten the Canadian Health System

October 20, 2015 12:54 pm

While the federal campaign grabbed the majority of the headlines these past few months, a significant threat to Canada’s most treasured national program was going largely unnoticed. For many years, certain physicians and clinics have quietly been charging extra fees for health services. In some provinces, the frequency of such […]

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