Canada

Supply Management Must Not Be Sacrificed for New Zealand and the U.S.

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

Supply management, a sensible regulated system where domestic supply is governed by domestic demand, is under attack from critics who are uninformed about its usefulness and effectiveness for producers, processors and consumers. In short, they suggest it must be sacrificed on the altar of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations if Canada wants to be inside that grouping which, they all assume, would benefit the country.

Local Hunters or Not, Every Bullet Is the Same to a Bear

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Complaining about not getting enough wildlife to kill, as compared to non-resident hunters, has been prominent in the BCWF's calculated messaging. In contrast, provincial mortality statistics show that from 1978 through 2011, resident hunters killed 5,900 grizzlies while non-resident hunters killed 4,100. To those 10,000 bears it was no consolation whether the bullets ripping through their bodies, causing immeasurable pain and suffering, were fired from the guns of resident or non-resident hunters.

Why Medical Marijuana is Not a Legal Drug in Canada

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Medical marijuana is not a legal drug in Canada. It is an illicit (illegal) substance and Health Canada's current accessibility policy hasn't changed that fact. Marijuana has not been designated a prescription medication or medication of any kind. Not only does it not currently have a DIN, it looks like it will not have one any time soon. According to the Medical Use of Marijuana section on Health Canada's website, DIN's can only be issued after Health Canada scientists have assessed a drug's safety, efficacy and quality in order to be sure it meets Regulations and the requirements of the Food and Drug Act.

A Former Dancer's Lesson in Finding Balance

Sandra Tisiot | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Business
Sandra Tisiot

My first career was as a dancer. Then, suddenly, that dream was over. About 10 years ago, the first incarnation of a more specific dream-within-a-dream began creeping tentatively from my mind. Spurred by that voice, my dream today takes the form of Ottawa's seventh annual Women in Business conference.

Now May Not be the Time for a Development Finance Institution

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

In the last few months there has been much discussion about the Canadian government establishing a Development Finance Institution (DFI). DFIs definitely have some potential to work for development. But would it really fill an important gap in Canada's development toolkit? And is this the right time and the right government for this move? I am not yet convinced.

More Bullying Is No Way to Stop Bullying

Angie Campanelli | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

I find it ironic that as we continue the battle against bullying in schools and amongst the A-list, it is in that very same cultural sphere that people use their cause as their weapon. Although I often disagree with comments made in the media, I more firmly believe that it isn't my place to call someone out for their opinion.

Will the Minister Personally Attend the Syrian Donor Conference and Pledge?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

When I asked in question period on February 20th whether the Minister of International Development would personally attend the donor conference, pledge, and champion 5.6 million Syrian children, Canada's Parliamentary Secretary replied that: "We are still in consideration of whether or not the minister is going to attend that."

Four Things Needed to Make Pharmacare Work for Canadians

Steve Morgan | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

A growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it.

Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

Marion Roche | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.

Get Over the February Blahs With These Tips

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter.

Harper Should Stand With Canadians And Help Free Mohamed Fahmy

Farah Mawani | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Farah Mawani

Dear Prime Minister Harper, I write to you as a Canadian, and as a survivor of having a loved one wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. I write to you knowing what it feels like every moment of every day a loved is held captive for political reasons alone. It is haunting. It is impossible to feel free.

What's Next for Doctor-Assisted Suicide in Canada?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The decision recently handed down in Carter v. Canada has no doubt changed the face of doctor-assisted suicide in Canada. It raises many novel issues in the realm of estate planning that will need thoughtful consideration over the coming months and years. We will also have to wait and see what legislation, if any, arises in response to this landmark decision.

Don't Fall For Harper's Election-Year Economic Rhetoric

Colin Kenny | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

No matter how you slice it, Harper has failed to lead Canada towards a sustained economic recovery from the financial crisis seven years ago. It doesn't matter how much public money he spends on ads claiming otherwise. Facts are facts. So, what does a government facing re-election do when its top agenda item, economic management, is in tatters? It changes the channel to something else.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Terrorism?

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

Convicting and incarcerating those who return to Canada from fighting with extremist groups overseas alone is not enough. Radicalization spreads, particularly in prison, where many individuals feel wronged by the system and society more generally. Once those prisoners return to civilian life they take with them their twisted and radicalized beliefs and spread them in the communities where they live. Many of Canada's allies have their own de-radicalization programs in place for those who return home after joining terrorist organizations abroad.

The State of Electric Vehicles in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a pretty unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles, or EVs, in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EV's north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary dude.

Providing Paid Leave For Canada's Caregivers Is a Win-Win

Russell Williams | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Russell Williams

What was once seen as a novel concept is not only now accepted but being embraced by Canadians and increasingly their business and governments. Caregiver policies illustrate the need to better assess the overall value that these types of intervention can contribute to our healthcare system and to our society.

Five Things Every Canadian Should Know About Obesity

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Carolyn Shimmin

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians living with obesity over the past few decades and it is often cited as a risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. This means that obesity is frequently a hot topic in the news. But media stories often miss the mark when it comes to informing Canadians about the complex factors that lead to obesity.

This Kind of Care Could Reduce Wait Times in Canadian Hospitals

Robert McMurtry | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert McMurtry

The continuum of patient-centred care could include a consistency of health care professionals familiar with a patient's case and who are buttressed by the flow of relevant patient history and investigations. Patient centredness by the professional care-giver would target care, communication and common ground or a shared understanding between those receiving the care and those providing it.

Canada Health Report Card Ranks B.C. 1st

CBC | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. is home to the healthiest Canadian population.

Quebec Could Be the Conservatives' Saving Grace

Michael Eugenio | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

What could be some of the factors leading to this pattern emerging from the province? One factor may be the high level of support the anti-terrorism bill has in the province. According to a LEGER poll released on February 9, a whopping 74 percent of Quebecers support the bill, and a further 62 percent support the mission against ISIS in Iraq.

With Keystone XL pipeline uncertain, Alberta floats idea of moving tar-sands oil through Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Alaska Dispatch News

Officials in the Canadian province of Alberta say they hope to talk to Alaska leaders about shipping tar-sands crude oil through the state as the Keys...

Why Measles May Be Back For Good

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

With each new outbreak, measles gains more ground for a permanent return. The virus becomes present year-round and causes seasonal infection like the cold and the flu. Every January to April dozens if not hundreds of people will become infected leaving public health officials with little option than to accept the future is a return to a dark past.

People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I have advocated extensively for mental illness to be treated and looked at the same as physical illnesses. That's why if we're going to accept physician assisted-suicide as an appropriate remedy for people suffering from an irremediable physical illness then we must accept this to be an appropriate remedy for people living with mental illness.

Conservatives Must Be Accountable for International Development Budgets

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We should all be asking how the government plans to engage Canadians regarding the sustainable development goals, which will focus the global development agenda for the next 15 years, and what Canada's position is on these goals.

Why Do Canadian Employers Waste $5 billion a Year on Inefficient Drug Coverage?

Alan Cassels | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Cassels

Employers want their drug plans to be as competitive as those offered by other employers. So what happens when the norm is to cover all new drugs at any cost, even if the drugs do not provide additional therapeutic value? Well, the end result is that everyone buys "generous" plans instead of increasing employee compensation. Everyone we spoke with agrees about the need to educate employees and employers alike. And in fact, everyone agrees (even insurers) that exorbitant drug costs are a big issue for Canadians.