Medically assisted dying cases need stronger review to safeguard us all

The act of ending the life of another person raises fundamental questions of human dignity and rights

Medically assisted dying cases need stronger review to safeguard us allIn the early days of Canada’s public conversation about medical assistance in dying (MAID), Dr. Jeff Blackmer, then vice-president of the Canadian Medical Association, expressed the gravitas of the policy choices that lay ahead as “no less than a sea change” to the ethos and culture of the medical profession. That was in 2016, after…

Key piece of international basic income analysis has been eliminated

An open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister Lisa MacLeod concerning the cancellation of the Ontario basic income pilot

Key piece of international basic income analysis has been eliminatedDear Premier Doug Ford and Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, We, collectively, represent the principal investigators, research teams and stakeholder groups behind several distinct basic income experiments underway in Finland, Scotland, the Netherlands, the United States, Spain, Kenya and India. We profoundly regret that you chose to cancel the Ontario Basic Income…

Effects of delirium on ICU patients a growing concern

Delirium is a serious and common outcome of treatment in intensive care units, affecting from 30 to 80 per cent of patients

Effects of delirium on ICU patients a growing concernSince intensive care units (ICU) were created in hospitals more than a half a century ago, there’s been a steady decline in death rates for individuals who are critically ill and require life support. That’s significant and meaningful progress, and it’s thanks to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and researchers who have discovered better ways to…

In a world of buzzword parenting, what’s a parent to do?

Well-known risk factors undermine children’s health and development, but there are protective factors you can employ

In a world of buzzword parenting, what’s a parent to do?Helicopter parenting. Tiger parenting. Free-range parenting. These are buzzwords we hear all the time that are supposed to describe the ‘best’ approaches for parents to take raising their children. We all want the best for our children, and parents happily and eagerly adopt the latest, greatest advice. Even governments enact legislation that promotes one approach or…

Giving Indigenous youth the best chance to succeed

Five reasons why bilingual Indigenous education improves scholastic results and ensures better futures

Giving Indigenous youth the best chance to succeedResearch tells us that bilingual education is the best possible education, but Canadian census results and parents’ experiences suggest that some Indigenous children educated in an Indigenous language are struggling. For example, education in Inuktut is a right that some Inuit parents, and governments, are giving up, and I understand. We want children to succeed and…

Worried about the alt-right? Be the anti-right

The best way to reduce the possibility of more alt-right-inspired violence is to confront its narratives head on

Worried about the alt-right? Be the anti-rightBy John Grant and Fiona MacDonald EvidenceNetwork.ca One year since the violent alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and months since the Toronto van attack, Canadians can legitimately worry about increased political violence. The images of angry white men marching openly in Nazi regalia loom large alongside the revelation that some men are organizing groups driven by views of…

Our neighbourhoods strongly influence our health

The way our cities and towns have been built plays a large role in many of the health conditions that Canadians develop

Our neighbourhoods strongly influence our healthBy Kevin Lam and Jean Wang EvidenceNetwork.ca Since John Snow mapped out the large cholera outbreak in 1854 to where people lived in London, it’s been known that where we live, work and play strongly influences people’s health. The way our cities and towns have been built plays a large role in many of the health conditions that…

Canada shouldn’t stray from climate commitments in face of criticism

We can and should stand firm against outside pressure – principally from the U.S. – and internal pressure from people like Doug Ford

Canada shouldn’t stray from climate commitments in face of criticismBy Brendan Boyd and Barry Rabe EvidenceNetwork.ca Things look bleak these days for the federal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. But Canada should stay the course. The framework represents Canada’s primary compliance path with the Paris climate accord, requiring provinces to establish a price on carbon or have one imposed by Ottawa.…

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attention

The majority of deaths and injuries resulting from natural disasters involve seniors

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attentionBy John Hirdes and Sandy van Solm EvidenceNetwork.ca The combination of an aging population with increases in natural disasters has had deadly consequences for seniors. Quebec health authorities estimate that as many 70 people died as a result of the recent heat wave with a humidex of over 40C. Most heat-related deaths in Montreal involved seniors with chronic conditions.…

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by poverty

Social assistance programs in Canada are falling behind. It's time we expanded basic coverage to include drug and dental care

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by povertyBy Arjumand Siddiqi and Odmaa Sod-Erdene EvidenceNetwork.ca Public health researchers have long known that poverty and poor health are linked, but new evidence suggests that social assistance – the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support – is not succeeding at protecting health.  Using data from national government surveys, we studied the…

The dawning of a new age for Canadians with disabilities

In a world of turmoil, we can’t afford to waste precious resources – particularly the leadership and ingenuity of people with disabilities

The dawning of a new age for Canadians with disabilitiesThe recently proposed Accessible Canada Act and the just released Senate report on essential fixes for Revenue Canada concerning the disability tax credit, Breaking Down Barriers, are stellar achievements for advocates with disabilities and the receptive politicians and public servants who listened. If both are implemented, they will remove the physical, social and financial barriers…

Jordan Peterson and the debilitating cult of genius

Like it or not, University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson is a cultural sensation. Over the past year and a half, Peterson has gained notoriety through his open hostility toward trans rights and feminism, as well as his characterization of universities as tools for indoctrinating students into what he terms “neo-Marxism.”  He has throngs of…

Jordan Peterson and the debilitating cult of genius

A thriving intellectual culture requires that we stop our adoration of the masculine genius and start valuing all academic labour

Jordan Peterson and the debilitating cult of geniusLike it or not, University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson is a cultural sensation. Over the past year and a half, Peterson has gained notoriety through his open hostility toward trans rights and feminism, as well as his characterization of universities as tools for indoctrinating students into what he terms “neo-Marxism.”  He has throngs of…

Canada Post needs a new boss. Can you deliver?

The job comes with significant challenges but some solutions can be found in Australia

Canada Post needs a new boss. Can you deliver?Looking for a new job? Canada Post is looking for a president and chief executive officer. But it’s not a position anyone should consider lightly. The new CEO will face daunting challenges in managing Canada Post’s operational, financial and governance deficiencies in this digital age. And it’s a job that must be done under close public…

Canada’s health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly

Canada’s health system fails the elderlyBy David Wiercigroch and Caberry Weiyang Yu EvidenceNetwork.ca Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency department, providing care in a busy hospital hallway has become…