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Quebec prescription drug plan no cure-all for the rest of Canada

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Quebec prescription drug plan no cure-all for the rest of Canada

Quebec prescription drug plan no longer works for Quebec By Marc-André Gagnon for Troy Media OTTAWA, ON – Eight provincial health ministers recently organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada, with several of them calling for a national pharmacare program. But the question is, […]

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Health system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Health system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

‘We have built a sickness care system rather than a health system’ The following speech was delivered to graduating MDs at the University of Manitoba By André Picard for Troy Media Mr. Chancellor, Mr. President, distinguished guests, soon-to-be MDs and their deeply indebted family members. I’m touched and humbled to receive an honorary degree from […]

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Canada needs to rethink early childhood development approach

June 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canada needs to rethink early childhood development approach

Early childhood development support has a profound influence on intellectual, social development By Nicole Letourneau and Justin Joschko for Troy Media  UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional […]

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Paddling BC’s Peace River

June 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Paddling BC’s Peace River

Peace River valley may soon flooded by a dam – hurry to see this enchanting place By Emma Gilchrist for Troy Media The Peace Country: it’s a place most Albertans and British Columbians have heard about, but few have been to. Spanning the Alberta-B.C. border, this northern region includes the cities of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek […]

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Decaying social infrastructure leading to social isolation

May 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Decaying social infrastructure leading to social isolation

Social infrastructure is being taken for granted By Milton Friesen for Troy Media The Federation of Canadian Municipalities will no doubt attract significant media interest at its upcoming annual conference with calls for great physical infrastructure spending. Indeed, even before it kicks off its gathering in Edmonton from June 5 to 8, the FCM has already […]

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Assisted suicide raises troubling questions

May 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Assisted suicide raises troubling questions

For anyone wondering why assisted suicide makes disabled people feel vulnerable, wonder no more By Harvey Max Chochinov for Troy Media I like Stephen Fletcher. Our brief encounters, typically in airports or the occasional public event, are always friendly and cordial. It is hard not to admire him. Despite suffering from quadriplegia, he has found the […]

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Home-brewed opiates serious public health concern

May 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Home-brewed opiates serious public health concern

Researchers call for regulation on home-brewed opiates By Katie Willis for the University of Alberta News For centuries, alcohol fermentation using sugar and yeast has been commonplace throughout the globe. Synthetic biologists have now gone much further. They have completed the key steps to turn yeast cells into microbial factories that can convert sugar into […]

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Canadians confused about definition of sexual consent

May 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canadians confused about definition of sexual consent

One in five Canadians believe if a woman sexts an explicit photo, she is giving sexual consent An online poll commissioned by the Canadian Women’s Foundation suggests most Canadians lack knowledge about the definition of sexual consent. According to Canadian law, sexual consent should be both positive (e.g. saying yes, initiating and/or enjoying sexual activity) […]

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How to make the social determinants of health matter

April 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to make the social determinants of health matter

‘Social determinants of health’ movement gathering momentum globally By Ryan Meili for Troy Media Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and […]

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Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health system

April 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health system

New Alberta healthcare tax needs to be tied to health spending By Herb Emery for Troy Media On the surface, the Alberta government’s decision to restore healthcare taxes so that Albertans can directly contribute to the healthcare system sounds reasonable. Each person earning over $50,000 dollars per year will now pay up to $1,000 in […]

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