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 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…

The rising global threats to prosperity

Nationalistic politicians' attacks on free markets and economic freedom driven primarily by the support and desires of rural voters

The rising global threats to prosperityAs France and Turkey show, populism and deepening urban/rural splits represent dangerous and confusing threats to prosperity. The populist economic urge is cropping up around the world, however dissimilar the countries may seem to be. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his recent constitutional power grab through rural votes, while losing in the big three…

Canada’s refugee health-care program still falls short

Clinics, pharmacies and specialists continue to deny services to refugees and refugee claimants, based on the assumption they’re not covered by IFHP

Canada’s refugee health-care program still falls shortBy Y.Y. Brandon Chen and Vanessa Gruben University of Ottawa OTTAWA, Ont., May 14, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Despite changes to Canada’s refugee health-care program in April 2016, many people still don’t have adequate access to care, according to a series of interviews we conducted recently with refugee service providers in Ottawa. Health care for refugees in Canada is the responsibility…

Can B.C. put integrity and effectiveness ahead of petty politics?

Can B.C.'s newly-elected MLAs make something positive out of the minority government mess that appears to be awaiting the province?

Can B.C. put integrity and effectiveness ahead of petty politics?It's time to give advice to the newly-elected B.C. government, even if we're not sure who that will turn out to be. Right now, British Columbia doesn’t have a clear winner as a result of the May 9 election. Nor are we likely to have one for weeks – or even months. Even then, the government is likely to…

The Meech Lake Accord and the destruction of a political party

Brian Mulroney's insistence on crafting constitutional change went from master stroke to the death of the Progressive Conservative Party

The Meech Lake Accord and the destruction of a political partyPolitics can be a funny business. One minute you’re riding high believing you’ve hit a home run, then it turns out you’ve actually struck out. That happened in Canada 30 years ago. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s Meech Lake Accord was initially heralded as a master stroke, only to subsequently prove instrumental in the disintegration of his federal…

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …

... the government should take this opportunity to firm up its balance sheet, pay down some debt and give relief to Islanders who need it

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …The P.E.I. government’s 2017 budget includes a rare and welcome projection: a balanced budget. In the past decade, across all of Atlantic Canada and party lines, surpluses have been few and far between. Deficits have also become fashionable at the federal level. Given this environment, the Prince Edward Island government deserves credit for getting back to…

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t fly

An unconditional cash transfer may encourage dependency on government, and discourage people from finding work and improving their lives

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t flyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Ontario will launch a three-year basic income pilot program beginning this spring, to “better support vulnerable workers.” But the program will likely harm the people it intends to help by discouraging work and encouraging dependency on government. The program introduced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's government will provide a single person…

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governance

Indigenous citizens would have real control over their communities and destinies if more funds were generated through taxes on reserves

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governanceThe Cree Nation government in the James Bay region of Quebec recently approved a draft constitution and governance agreement that – among other things – would give them the power to collect taxes. In an interview with CBC, Bill Namagoose, the Cree Nation executive director said, “It provides security for the Cree Nation. There are no options…

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?

A nose-to-nose election race has clear similarities to the campaign of 1996. Then, an NDP victory meant disaster for the province. It could again in 2017

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?Twenty-one years ago, we B.C. Liberals were gathered at the Hotel Vancouver, peering at big TV screens, shocked by what we were seeing. It was election day in British Columbia and the returns didn’t make any sense. At all. We were ahead but we were behind, too. The Gord Campbell-led Liberals had substantially more votes than…