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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.

Toronto Is Ready To Take On The World

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

When you consider all of the places you might visit in North America this fall, you have to wonder if anywhere beats Toronto. September in Canada's largest city is always known for the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, TIFF runs from September 8-18 and will be followed by another elite event, the World Cup of Hockey.

The Perfect Dude's Weekend Locations

Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living

Gather up the guys for a monumental boys-only excursion this weekend. Leave the kids and the significant others behind -- this trip is all about you a...

From NAFTA to TPP, Canada Hasn't Learned From Free Trade Mistakes

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

Many of the promises -- increased productivity, more jobs, more money in our pockets -- have simply not come true. This is ironic because, as free trade agreements become toxic all over the world, Canada, a country bound by a long-standing trade deal, has not had a comprehensive debate on the proposed CETA (trans-Atlantic) or TPP (trans-Pacific) agreements.

The Toronto Roots Of Labour Day

John Cartwright | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Business
John Cartwright

This Labour Day over twenty-five thousand union members will march on the streets of Toronto with the Labour Council to celebrate the achievements of the labour movement. It is the largest parade on Labour Day in North America -- a testament to the determination of workers to mark our place in Canada's largest urban centre.

Now Is The Time To Act On Hunger

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

In 2017, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) will turn 25 years old. We are deeply proud of the role our network has played over the past quarter century to support communities across Ontario. Food banks have grown from being a resource for emergency food support to multi-service centres that offer innovative programs to help clients move beyond hard times.

Forging A New Deal For Ontario Doctors Requires A New Approach

Steven J. Hoffman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Steven J. Hoffman

We hope the failure of negotiations in Ontario spurs a complete rethink of this approach. Maybe what we want to do is limit a la carte billing for doctor services in the first place, and have far clearer contractual directives against cost-ineffective treatments and towards quality, safe and high-value care.

The Ultimate Fall Foliage Tour Through Ontario

Flight Network | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

Canada's tree-covered wilderness and cool fall temperatures create some of the world's most vibrant fall foliage. The autumn colours are more intense in the Great White North's eastern provinces, and the most populated, east-central province of Ontario is one of the best for viewing them in jaw-dropping settings.

Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing

Liam Massaubi | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

A First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to the basics that law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

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.