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Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. The grand Hoskins scheme now seems to be to sow discord amongst physicians so they fight amongst themselves. He knows that if physicians unite against Bill 210, as they did against the tPSA, he will never be able to succeed in implementing his plans.

Burden Of Enforcing Animal Cruelty Laws Falls On Underfunded Agencies

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Barbara Cartwright

Just imagine how up in arms the public would be if police forces had to fundraise to maintain the safety equipment, training and staff coverage that they need to make sure our communities are safe. Inadequate funding means that enforcement officers are taking unnecessary risks to their personal safety on the job.

How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

The General Meeting was the result of extremely tenacious activism on the part of the Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) group, co-led by Dr. Nadia Alam and Dr. Kulvinder Gill. However, the OMA corporation, couldn't hold off the relatively sparsely funded COD, and in an epic piece of medical history, could barely garner 37 per cent of the vote of the membership in favour of their proposed agreement.

The Problem With Toronto's Accessibility Permits

Tara K. Reed | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

As a disabled person, navigating Toronto is stressful and dangerous -- not just because of potholes and construction-brutalized sidewalks, but because of transit. And people. Especially people operating or riding transit. This is largely due to the absence of inclusion of pedestrians in the Ministry of Transportation's Accessibility Permit Program, currently only issued for drivers/passengers of cars, which leaves the rest of us vulnerable to harassment and injury.

How Do We Solve Canada's $31-Billion Food Waste Problem?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Looking at the food system in Canada is a study in contrasts. On one hand, one in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table, and over 800,000 people visit a food bank each month. On the other hand, we waste $31 billion in food each year, or a third of what we produce. How can a country with so much abundance also have such great need? As with any problem that is so enormous in scale, the reasons are complex, the impacts are wide-ranging, and the solutions are far from easy.

Navigating Uncertainty In The New Ontario Physicians Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Merits and failings of the contract aside, many wonder about the aftermath of this vote. Ratify the contract and what -- ration care and pinch pennies? Reject the contract and what -- face a vengeful government's unilateral cuts? The uncertainty inherent in the contract is mirrored by the uncertainty of the unilateral actions that we have weathered for the past 18 months.

The Last Of A Dying Breed: Ontario's Forgotten Abandoned Houses

Freaktography | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Freaktography

Milton is just one of many Ontario cities that are building homes all over what were once vast fields and family farms. As developers purchase land and as builders wait for the permits and for the lots to sell, what's left behind are the houses that used to run those farms.

Stop The Spin And Let Ontario Doctors Vote Their Conscience

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The OMA ramped up their aggressive endorsement: ads appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Calls for a balanced discussion were met with threats from the OMA: "it's either the PSA or more cuts." Rules govern how such votes occur. The OMA's methods rigged the votes towards a "yes," seemingly breaching them all.

What Are The Safest Cities In Canada?

YPNextHome | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

The safety of an area is always top of mind when searching for a new home. Statistics Canada recently released their study on police-reported crimes in 2015. The 2015 report examines the Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the volume as well as the seriousness of each crime in comparison to others.

Ontario War On Addiction Needlessly Targets Seniors And Disabled

Marvin Ross | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Ontario just announced that it is starting its war against addiction and deaths from opioid overdoses by targeting the elderly and disabled. Beginning in January 2017, Ontario will no longer cover the cost of higher doses of certain pain medications on its drug benefit formulary.

Road Trips You Need To Take This Summer

Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living

So you feel like you’ve done all road trips Ontario has to offer? Think again, my friend. There are always roads less traveled and new destinations to discover.

Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.

Summer On A Shoestring: 5 Outdoor Staycations In Ontario

Jeff Novak | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Jeff Novak

If a holiday abroad isn't on the cards for you this summer, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to make your Ontario staycation fun without breaking the bank. From sunbathing on Toronto Islands to camping in Algonquin Park, here are our five best ways to enjoy the province on a budget this summer.

Putting Progress Ahead Of Process In Transit Planning Is Unsustainable

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

A successful public transit project is one that achieves a sustainable and sufficient ridership that could not be served by less expensive modes. The mere provision of trains operating devoid of riders is not a success but a failure resulting from putting 'progress' ahead of the process.

Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

If it's approved it will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don't have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario's already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).

Shoddy Ridership Forecasts Could Waste Billions On Transit

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Politicians across Canada trot out transit ridership forecasts that support their favourite projects. In the pretext of following evidence-based decision-making, many equate projections with evidence. They are sadly mistaken.

Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Look: it's extremely important for government finances and expenditures to be transparent for the general public, who, after all, foot the bill. The problem however, is that the Sunshine List is anything but fully transparent, and needs to be fixed before revealing physicians' billings.

Affordable Child Care Can Help Curb Food Insecurity

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Summertime exacerbates an issue that is already a big problem for families throughout the rest of the year. Ontario has the most expensive daycare rates in the country, with the average monthly fee for infants in Ontario coming in at $1,152 per month, or $13,824 a year. In Toronto, the annual cost is closer to $20,600.

Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The Country

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Jack Jedwab

Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.

This Summer, Protect Yourself From Tick Bites And Lyme Disease

Dr. David Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. David Williams

Lyme disease can be serious. It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected, blacklegged tick. And health officials are seeing an increase in the number of cases in the province. They've been rising since 2011, and we're seeing more black-legged tick populations in new areas of the province, especially in wooded areas.

Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. Yet Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province's largest industrial benzene emitters -- the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries.

Do You Know Your Rights? Ontario Rental Laws Could Be Changing

The RentSeeker.ca Team | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Business
The RentSeeker.ca Team

While some associations feel that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act currently favours tenants (although associations representing tenants will disagree), there are proposed changes being debated that could shift the power back into the hands of the landlord.

When Political Skeletons Should Remain In The Closet

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

London Mayor Matt Brown temporarily suspended his duties following his disclosure of an affair with deputy mayor, Maureen Cassidy.What are the real issues here? Did the indiscretion impair either of them in their council functions?

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.