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B.C. Trade Missions Fail To Deliver The Bang For The Buck

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable Patients

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Wynne and Hoskins are simply referring to this as a "modest reduction" in physician income. People like myself, who warned that it's actually some of the targeted fee reductions that will cause more harm, were told we were fear mongering. Unfortunately, it appears that I was right, and the harm to the residents of Ontario is only beginning.

Terror Abroad Has Revealed Troubling Hate Here At Home

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Renu Mandhane

Such is the nature of our hyper-connected planet that events seemingly worlds away from our day-to-day lives can reverberate in our neighbourhood. That is the power and promise of social media - it makes the world smaller. The flip side, however, is that faraway events, like those in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria and Egypt, can embolden otherwise-marginal, hateful forces here at home.

Here's A New Playbook For Quality In Health Care

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Quality seems like a word that's easy to define and easier to understand. But that's not quite the reality. In health care, quality is a term invoked by many, but often lacking a shared meaning. And in the absence of a single vision, it can be hard to collaborate on efforts to improve the health system.

Quality Primary Care In Ontario May Depend On Where You Live

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Getting the best primary care in Ontario may depend on where you live or who you are. That's because not everyone can access same-day or next-day care when they are ill, or receive a timely call back after phoning their primary care provider. Some Ontarians feel more involved than others in decisions related to their care.

Touring The Grange Of Prince Edward County

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

Located 2.5 hours from Toronto along the east end of Lake Ontario is Prince Edward County, a relatively new and rapidly growing wine region. One of the region's gems is The Grange of Prince Edward County vineyard and wine estate, eastern Ontario's largest award-winning estate vineyard and winery owned and operated by Caroline and Maggie Granger, a mother-daughter duo.

Nurses Are Not Getting The Respect They Deserve

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Without a doubt, the ones that help me the most are the many wonderful nurses that I have worked with over the years. Without the help of these hard working people, who often have to carry out the most menial and unpleasant tasks, there is simply no way that my patients could get the care they deserve. This is why the current treatment of nurses by the Ontario Government is so appalling and offensive to me.

It's Time To Stop Dividing The Mind From The Body In Health Care

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Our health system often divides mental health from physical health into distinct silos of care and treatment, yet no such mind-body duality exists in actual patients. Many individuals with chronic health conditions simultaneously experience mental health issues -- and the reverse -- and such "concurrent" health challenges are far from uncommon.

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it. Several industries get a total free ride when it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.

Killing More Bears Won't Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Sheryl Fink

Killing more bears will do little to reduce nuisance bears while municipalities continue to allow plastic bags of garbage at curbside. Reducing attractants and learning to live with black bears is the solution -- not the expansion of a poorly monitored, scientifically unsupported and inhumane spring bear hunt.

Listening To Patient Complaints Can Improve Health Care

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Complaints should not be hard for patients to make or for providers to receive. One of the best ways to ensure complaints serve their purpose -- that is to say, point out important issues so we can improve care -- is to create systems that can properly manage them. That way everyone feels heard; no one slips through the cracks. My patient's complaint inspired me to look at my own practice. I am starting to restructure my time in clinic over the course of a week, using email and phone calls more frequently, and better integrating the other highly skilled members of the team.

Ontario To Ban Carding

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi says the draft regulation would establish clear and consistent rules to protect civil liberties during voluntary interactions between police and the public.

Ontario PCs Want Government's Union Payments Investigated

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Education Minister Liz Sandals has defended the payments as being necessary because the transition to a new bargaining system made this round quite lengthy.

Privacy By Design Is Key To The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.

Ontario Needs More Doctors And Nurses, Not Bureaucrats

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In Ontario, we are burdened with a bloated, ineffective, demoralized health care bureaucracy. Kathleen Wynne and Eric Hoskins solution to this? Lay off nurses and start a fight with doctors. Franz Kafka couldn't have come up with something this convoluted.

Barriers to Home Building Can Stunt Canada's Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Although city planning is well-intentioned it can add costs and complications to residential development. These complications often culminate in months, or even years, of waiting for city hall's approval -- if these delays cause the supply of new homes to lag behind demand, new housing may become scarce, driving prices higher across the region by creating a perpetual seller's market.

Wynne 'Thrilled' Federal Liberals Willing To Work With Provinces

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Wynne says the first real test of Trudeau's willingness to work with the provinces will be as Canada develops a climate-change strategy.

Liberal Juggernaut Roars Into Ontario

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau's Liberals took the lead in previously Conservative strongholds that include Whitby, Burlington and Markham.

Conservatives, NDP Fall In Downtown And Suburban Toronto

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Liberals have taken previous NDP and Conservative strongholds across the city.

What's Missing From Ontario's IVF Plans

Vanessa Gruben | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Gruben

There's much to commend in the new policy; most importantly it covers all forms of infertility, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation or family status. The problem lies in what has not yet been addressed by the province -- critical issues that surround both publicly and privately funded IVF -- that demand attention.

Winning Seats in Ontario Requires Fine Balancing

Peter Landry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

As the federal election comes to its final stage, many eyes are on Ontario. Stephen Harper has been a regular visitor in ridings that the Conservatives currently hold, giving the impression that he is focusing on keeping versus increasing seats. Justin Trudeau on the other hand, is venturing into Conservative and NDP held ridings looking for new support. Winning seats in Ontario requires some fine balancing. While there is a desire to figure out what will appeal to voters across the province, it is also a bit of a mug's game and far more challenging than it looks.

A Modest Proposal to Minimize the Risk of Experimental Education

Malkin Dare | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

I propose that the Alberta, B.C., and Ontario ministries of education authorize the establishment of some schools with the experimental approach and some schools with a more traditional orientation, and then let parents and teachers choose between them.

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Will Leave Vulnerable Patients Suffering

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Recently, a lot of media have been reporting on the dispute between Ontario's doctors and the Liberal government headed by Kathleen Wynne, and her Health Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins. But what is lost in the shuffle is that in addition to the across the board fee reductions, there are a number of targeted fee cuts that have significant implications for patient care going forward.

Commodifying Blood Donation Could Solve Canada's Shortfall

Peter Jaworski | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Jaworski

The Voluntary Blood Donations Act" prohibits paying and receiving payment for blood, either directly or indirectly. With this bill, the legislature has made the giving and receiving of blood a sacrament. The simplest solution to the blood and plasma shortage is to desacralize blood and plasma. Instead of bowing our heads to this idol, we should see it as the false idol it is, and get back to having a market in blood.

Why We Need to Listen to Ontario Doctors About Fee Cuts

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

With all due respect to André Picard and his assessment that the social media voice of Ontario doctors is sounding "shrill, self-indulgent and counterproductive" as they continue their dispute with the Ontario government over fee cuts, I would counter that, given their current situation, our physicians are acting in a perfectly rational manner.