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Ontario's War On Pain Patients

Marvin Ross | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

Health Quality Ontario just released a report on opioid use that will do nothing but frighten many doctors into refusing to properly medicate their pain patients. Doctors and dentists prescribe these drugs for post surgical or dental pain; acute pain as the result of a broken bone or other painful trauma; palliative care for terminal cancer; and for chronic pain.

Canadian Kids Need Free Access To Essential Medicines

Avram Denburg | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Parents
Avram Denburg

Canada is an outlier for not having a universal program for prescription drugs for children and for allowing wide inter-provincial variation in how public drug plans serve children. This means that many families can't afford to pay for the essential medicines that their children need to get healthy, stay healthy and grow up healthy.

Progress In Canada's Boreal Forest Shows We Can Protect Half Of Nature

Jeff Wells | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Jeff Wells

In the midst of a steady stream of grim reports about the environment, a new study offers a welcome ray of hope. Researchers have determined that there are still hundreds of regions around the globe healthy enough to help maintain clean air and water, support rich animal and plant life and slow climate change.

B.C. Liberals Post Yet Another Year Of Staggering Political Donations

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals. The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million more than the federal NDP and Green Party combined.

My Bounty Brings You To The Table. Where Am I?

Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Living

Sipping and nibbling through Ontario’s Southwest has ample rewards. With its abundance of farms, maple syrup producers, craft brewers, restaurants, ...

Loaded In A Barrel, But Never Fired. Where Am I?

Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Living

Fertile soil, a range of unique climates and an abundance of artisans transformed a corner of Ontario’s Southwest into the birthplace of Canadian wh...

I Bend Where Beach And Water Meet. Where Am I?

Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Living

If you're looking for sandy beaches and killer waves, follow the scenic roads to Ontario’s Blue Coast. The region has some of the most gnarly beache...

Stripping Rural Health Services Is Overloading Urban Hospitals

Michelle Cohen | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

Services like surgery and obstetrics are being packed up and moved wholesale to urban centres, forcing rural patients to travel long distances to access care. You might think that urban hospitals are the winners in this equation. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Ontario Must Think Like A Business To Keep Youth Pharmacare Costs Down

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

The Ontario Liberals have just announced a pharmacare plan targeted at youths aged 25 and under which will provide full coverage for a wide range of prescription drugs. This is welcome news, to be sure. But we must ensure that policies enacted today carry forward to the longer-term goal of equitable and cost-effective health care.

The Unlikely Solution To Ontario's Child-Care Crisis

Regnard Raquedan | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Regnard Raquedan

As a parent in Toronto, I honestly find it a welcome development that the Ontario government is committing $200 million to create child-care spaces in its budget. Really refreshing. But it's hardly a solution to the child-care crisis that has given parents of young children additional sleepless nights.

A New Day For The Ontario Medical Association

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

This past weekend, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), held its bi-annual council meeting. The council is the governing body of the OMA and sets policy for the organization. It was clear from the enthusiasm and the passion exhibited that the OMA has turned a new leaf.

4 Reasons Canada Needs Universal Pharmacare Now

Steve Morgan | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Several national commissions on Canada's health care system have recommended adding prescription drugs to our publicly funded universal medicare system. No federal government has ever acted on those recommendations. Not yet, anyhow. By creating 'pharmacare-junior,' Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins are in essence calling on the federal government to help finish the job and create a pharmacare program for all Canadians of all ages.

Hoskins Fails To Understand The Health Care System

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Last week, the Ontario Liberal Government released the specifics of the 2017-2018 Budget. From a health care perspective, what became startlingly evident, was that the Liberals seem to be unable to comprehend exactly how the health care system functions. They are seemingly unable or unwilling to look at the big picture when trying to solve problems.

Why Stop At Referral Fees? Time To Cap Contingency Fees

Elizabeth Haber | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada
Elizabeth Haber

When I read that the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) came out in favour of a cap on referral fees ...

What Ontario's Balanced Budget Means For You

Kathleen Wynne | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Wynne

The budget we have tabled in the legislature is entirely about you. It's about your family, your hopes and your dreams. It's about the things that keep you up at night worrying. This budget is about making the choices that help you navigate the turbulence of a changing economy with greater security and more opportunity. And it's about setting your province on a course toward long-term success.

We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural Hospitals

Michelle Cohen | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.

Fair, Foul Or Fail? Making Sense Of Ontario's New Housing Plan

YPNextHome | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Business

Is Ontario's new Fair Housing Plan, comprising 16 measures designed to stabilize the real estate market while protecting homeowners' investments, actually fair? Or foul? Or is it a fail, even? Well, that depends on what part of the housing market you're in.

Ontario Leaves Many Persons With Disabilities Trapped In Poverty

Helen Ries | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Helen Ries

In Ontario, a single adult on disability benefits can receive a base rate of up to $1128 a month to live through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as well as support for drug, dental and disability related costs. Sounds OK at first glance -- until you look at the cost of living.

Ontario Health Care Has Crumbled Under Eric Hoskins' Watch

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Kathleen Wynne may very well owe Unilateral Eric big for making her premier. But if Wynne is serious about governing the province properly, her next step must be to shuffle the most disastrous health minister Ontario has had in recent memory out of his portfolio.

Defend Victims, Not Personal Injury Lawyers' Bottom Lines

Elizabeth Haber | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Haber

Recently, perhaps as a response to MPP Mike Colle's private member's bill, some in the media have taken to defending personal injury lawyers and legal contingency fees. I have to wonder if any of these people has ever been injured in a car accident or had to enlist the services of a personal injury lawyer.

Ontario Liberals Think Doctors Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Bill 87 will make ordinary physicians afraid. Any clinical exam, any touch can be interpreted as sexual abuse. Tell me: how will I examine a breast lump? A groin hernia? A heart murmur? If Bill 87 passes unchanged, its intrusive, scorched-earth philosophy will create a paralyzing culture of fear in medicine.

Give First Nations Police The Support They Need To Do Their Job

Erick Laming | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

What do you know about First Nations policing in Ontario? Probably very little. First Nations policing has been seriously neglected for years despite several government-led initiatives aimed at providing the support necessary for these services to deliver quality and effective policing to the communities they serve.

Patrick Brown Needs To Step Up And Show He Can Lead Ontario

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Politics
Surjit Singh Flora

Time is quickly running out for this Liberal government. Since the 2014 election, the gaffes and examples of Liberal mismanagement have been stacking up like cordwood and Ontario's voters are ready to vote for anyone else but Wynne. Witness the gains from the Tories.

People With Schizophenia Have Unseen Physical Health Needs

Marvin Ross | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

It is the 21st century and yet those in Ontario with serious mental illness and diabetes are receiving inadequate medical care compared to those with only diabetes. This was the finding from a study just published online ahead of the print journal by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science (ICES) and others.

Why Doesn't Our Health-Care System Cover Dental?

Jacquie Maund | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Jacquie Maund

April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada's private dental care system, you have to pay to access both of these oral health services.