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Another Apology Is Needed From Kathleen Wynne

Marvin Ross | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

How long does it take the Ontario Government from the time they decide a program is needed until they actually finalize implementation? It sounds like a joke but it isn't and it is one issue raised in the 2016 Ontario Auditor General's report. The answer is close to three decades provided there are no further missteps and/or delays.

We Are Reeling Over The Death Of Our Colleague

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Last week, physicians in Ontario were stunned to hear that one of their colleagues, who by all accounts was a bright vivacious woman, had died, allegedly due to domestic abuse, or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as it's now called. She leaves behind young children, and a legacy of kindness, health care advocacy and caring.

Where To Rent A Cottage This Winter

Mara Sofferin | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Travel
Mara Sofferin

With so many winterized cottages, cabins, chalets, and yurts (yes, yurts) across Canada, cottage "season" can be a thing of the past. This winter, keep your hair smelling like campfire even when there's snow on the ground with this list of the coziest and coolest all-Canadian getaways.

Ontario Moves Towards Restitution For LGBTQ2S Communities

Ido Katri | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Ido Katri

The Ontario legislative assembly just unanimously passed The All Families Are Equal Act, a new family law that offers a more inclusive understanding of what makes 'family.' This much-anticipated legal reform marks a leap forward in Ontario's recognition of a broader range of families.

Understanding The HST Rebate On New Homes

TheRedPin | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
TheRedPin

Homebuyers thinking of purchasing a new or pre-construction condo are often confused about the HST rebate. Questions like, "Who pays HST on new homes?" are often top of mind. And for good reason. The HST rebate can mean upwards of a $30,000 difference to your bottom line.

Celebrating The Local Food Movement And Canada's Place In It

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca LeHeup

Our food-obsessed culture is more interested than ever in sourcing their food locally, and local food experiences have become one of the primary travel motivators. Through a comprehensive study, we discovered the rise of food tourism is driven by the values of the modern consumer, specifically millennials, who look for immersive travel experiences.

Seniors Need To Take Special Care During Flu Season

Dr. David Williams | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. David Williams

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because our immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

Health City Represents A New Level Of Physician Advocacy

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

The past two years have seen a significant deterioration in the relationship between Ontario's physicians, and the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her health minister, Eric Hoskins. Rather than just protest, Health City's plan is to bring awareness of the health care crisis to the general public, and also educate them as to what they can do to fight for proper health care services in Ontario.

Where Are Your Health-Care Dollars Going?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It's been reported that Canada spends the fourth most per capita on health care of all of the industrialized countries in the world. Yet, despite all that money being spent, Canada's health-care system currently ranks 30th in the world, according to the World Health Organization and last amongst all OECD countries in terms of wait times.

Ontario's Patients First Act Puts Patients Last

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The healthcare system is broken, leaving doctors craving healthcare reform. Ontario funds an inadequate number of medical services for an inordinate number of patients. This mismatch creates a bottleneck in which care is triaged and/or rationed: the sickest are served while the rest wait.

Want A Skilled Workforce? You Need Skilled Collaboration

Bill Greenhalgh | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Bill Greenhalgh

Although clearly a critical factor, pointing students in the right direction is only half the battle. The other half must be improving collaboration between government and industry to develop tangible solutions to strengthen the future workforce. As far as we're concerned, that time is now.

I Believe In Science So I Immunize My Kids

Alexandria Durrell | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Alexandria Durrell

Vaccines help protect our kids against several communicable diseases, many of which are life-threatening to our little people. Babies under two are especially at risk of many serious childhood illnesses that are completely preventable through immunization, so why are people not immunizing their kids? Because of fear.

This Is The Way Forward For Ontario's Doctors

Vlad Dzavik | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Vlad Dzavik

In this contentious environment, a bit of calm, practical thinking has been welcome in the profession. Since last week, hundreds of physicians have gone online at aWayForward.ca to urge doctors and the government to move ahead using five practical principles as a core of the discussion.

Kathleen Wynne Blames Your Family For Costly Ontario Climate Plan

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

The premier said that the new tax on home heating fuels and gasoline is necessary because Ontarians are "very bad actors in terms of our per capita emissions." That's right, the new tax on keeping your family warm in the winter and on your daily commute to work is because Ontarians are "bad actors."

What Ontario Needs To Do To Fix The Water Bottling System

Keith Brooks | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has now acknowledged that there's an issue with water takings by bottled water companies, and she's vowed to fix the problem. Change couldn't come soon enough. If she's serious about fixing the water bottling system, here's what Ontario needs to do.

Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing Plan?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

As Eric Hoskins knows very well, infrastructure itself doesn't have much value. What has a lot of value is patient data. This type of data is a treasure trove for private businesses and would be worth a lot of money to them. Just look at how Facebook has been able to monetize the personal information it has stored on all its "friends."

Ontario's Best Small Towns To Visit This Fall

Allison Eberle | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Travel
Allison Eberle

Ontario, Canada, is one of the best places in the world to watch the green maple, oak and birch leaves of summer turn orange, crimson, and gold before falling in time for winter. And nothing makes an Ontario leaf peeping trip more complete than using one of the province's quaintest small towns as your home-base.

Ontario Has Too Many Patients And Too Few Resources

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Nadia Alam

We simply do not have enough to give everyone the care they need right when they need it. In an ideal world, we would. That is the definition of timely, universal health care. But in real-world Ontario, we are forced to triage patients and ration health care. Too many people, too few publicly-funded resources.

Bringing Social Assistance Into This Decade Can Fix Poverty Gap

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

In 1993, a single person on social assistance would receive $962 in today's dollars. The poverty gap (the difference between total income and the low-income measure) was 20 per cent. Today, that single person on Ontario Works (OW) only receives $681 and experiences a poverty gap of a startling 59 per cent.

How I Learned To Live With A Psoriasis Diagnosis

Charlene Chapman | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living
Charlene Chapman

For the first time in 15 years, I was able to stop fearing what people thought of me. More importantly, I don't feel self-conscious at all, mostly thanks to the fact you wouldn't be able to tell I am living with psoriasis unless you looked closely to see the blemishes left on my skin.

Why Doesn't Ontario Have ePrescribe?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

For six years the Ministry of Health has known that ePrescribe has, at little cost, saved lives and improved patient care. Sadly, it is but one of the many examples of the incredible waste and mismanagement of the health care system. Small dedicated investments are avoided, in order to create bigger projects such as the current medication management system, that cost exponentially more, but more importantly, provide jobs for bureaucrats. The fact that patients won't be helped is not relevant.

A Basic Income Could Lift Canadians Out Of Food Poverty

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Hunger Awareness Week invites us to not only talk about the problem of hunger in Canada, but to think about how we can address it. At the Ontario Association of Food Banks, our long-term vision has always been a hunger-free Ontario. Next summer, this dream may inch a little closer to becoming a reality.

This Is The Price Of Waiting For The Ontario Liberals

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The reason I care what my provincial government does is simple: health care in Ontario is in a downward spiral -- I see it everywhere, even in my small town family medicine practice. At this point, the government must step up and stabilize the situation. I've been in independent practice for seven years. In that short time, I have watched resources dwindle.

Canadians At Rio Showed Us The Best That We Can Be

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

As the flame was extinguished at yesterday evening's closing ceremonies of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, I reflected on Paralympians and Olympians. Some of the most powerful words in the English language came to mind: inspiration and spirit, dedication and sacrifice, pride.

Wynne Launches Petition Against... Herself?

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Without an ounce of self-awareness, the party that for over a decade has bungled Ontario's electricity policy, resulting in the fastest growing rates in North America, is petitioning itself against the high rates for which they are responsible.