Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed now

Canada needs laws to protect vulnerable transgender youth, who experience bullying at much higher rates than their peers

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed nowBy Kimberley Ens Manning and Elizabeth J. Meyer EvidenceNetwork.ca Conservative Sen. Donald Plett recently said, “I don't think there's any law in the world that will prevent children from bullying.” With all due respect, the Manitoba senator is wrong. He made the comment last week during discussion in the Senate about Bill C-16, which is designed to…

Junk food ads bombard teens, putting them at risk

Proposed restrictions on food and beverage advertising to kids should include youth up to age 16. We need to give healthy eating habits a fighting chance

By Tom Warshawski and Mary Lewis EvidenceNetwork.ca We shield our children and young teenagers from many things: overt portrayals of sex and violence on TV and in movies, drinking alcohol, smoking, owning guns and signing contracts, to name a few. The reasons are sound: we hope to keep our youth from physical and psychological harm, prevent them…

It’s time to talk about a BIG idea to end poverty

A basic income guarantee would ensure every Canadian has money to meet basic needs for food, shelter, heat and clothing – and it would ensure better health

Across Canada and around the world, people from all sides of the political spectrum are starting to talk about the BIG idea of a basic income guarantee (BIG), also known as a guaranteed annual income. The Ontario government recently approved a three-year basic income pilot project and selected three cities – Hamilton/Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay…

Trans rights are women’s rights

Transgender women face high rates of physical, sexual and fatal violence. To combat that, human rights must be at the heart of contemporary Canadian feminism

By Kimberley Ens Manning and Julie Temple Newhook EvidenceNetwork.ca MONTREAL, Que., June 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Earlier this month, Sophie Labelle, a Montreal-based, internationally-renowned transgender author and activist, was subject to a violent cyber attack, including death threats and hate speech. The attackers not only temporarily destroyed her popular website, they also published personal details – including…

We’re neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

Why do we expect youth with the complex traumas associated with growing up in care to stand alone? Supporting young people to 25 years of age is essential

We’re neglecting our responsibility to kids in careGrowing up in government care in Manitoba was difficult. The deep politicization of child welfare didn’t help. Polarized public opinion and a controversy-avoidant government shaped the legislation and policies that affected my day-to-day life. Everyone, it seemed, sought to provide me with the best care – but it often missed the mark. Unfortunately, my experiences in the…

Free medicines for rich kids is a fair and efficient policy

Universality is no free ride for the rich. If everyone pays, say, a one per cent income tax for universal drug coverage, the millionaire will pay much more

Free medicines for rich kids is a fair and efficient policyOntario’s duelling pharmacare proposals should make victors of all Canadians. The opposition New Democrats recently promised universal drug coverage for a list of essential medicines, if they are elected. Not to be outdone, the ruling Liberal party announced universal coverage for all drugs on the provincial formulary for youth under 25 years of age. Most health policy…

Starting with kids defensible step toward universal pharmacare

But Ontario budget commitment won’t solve all the problems of drug access in Canada, not even in Ontario

Starting with kids defensible step toward universal pharmacareBy Avram Denburg and Wendy Ungar EvidenceNetwork.ca The Ontario government’s decision to invest in universal drug coverage for those under 25 is a long-needed policy commitment that will help ensure the health of our next generation. As a pediatric oncologist, Dr. Denburg sees children every day who struggle to gain access to the medicines they need. These range…

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

There are elements to adapt and ones to avoid, from pharmacare, to home care, to hospital efficiency and funding, to a mix of private and public health delivery

What Canada can learn from Australia on health careA recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. It’s a useful question to explore. Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know that one of them is that Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada’s – albeit adapted to…

What Trump’s agenda means for Canadian health care

Without provisions strengthening health care under NAFTA, U.S. companies could claim the right to a Canadian private health-care market

What Trump’s agenda means for Canadian health careAmericans face a growing threat to their health. And it could have a negative impact in Canada. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the bill becomes law, it could leave millions in the U.S. without care. The confusion around health care in America is palpable. Just…

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happen

Prescription drug coverage for all would save lives, save billions of dollars, help businesses – and make our incomplete health system whole

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happenOntario plans to provide a publicly-funded pharmacare system for children and youth in Ontario. It’s a small step in the right direction and, arguably, most important for its symbolism in a national debate. Why just a small step? Because Ontario’s recently-announced plan will provide universal, comprehensive prescription medication coverage to the age group that uses medicines least often.…
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