Health, Seniors & Social Policy

A viable public health care system is a basic value in Canada. But the costs continue to rise, as does the overall age of our population. So how do we make it all work? What's the role of different levels of government in providing social services?

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Parliamentary Committee on Poverty Reduction

By Terrance Hunsley

HUMA – the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, (the name rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it.) has spent a year hearing from Canadian experts, social advoca …

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NEW REPORT: Poverty Reduction Roundtable with Minister Jean-Yves Duclos

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2017 Report of The Pearson Centre Roundtable on Poverty Reduction By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre Hosted by the Somerset West Community Health Centre, Ottawa December 8, 2016 ______________________________________________________ …

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A Cdn Research Council on Social, Cultural & Econ Health

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

We could take a lesson from the health system. Over the past four decades, the federal government, with provincial involvement, has invested in health research, health information systems, performance evaluation and innovation. Those investments are pa …

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National Goal for Poverty Reduction (Terrance Hunsley)

By Terrance Hunsley

The Government of Canada discussion paper, Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy, asks for suggestions on how the federal government can better align its poverty reduction efforts with those of provinces, territories, municipalities and communities. It …

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NEW REPORT: Poverty Reduction Roundtable with Minister Jean-Yves Duclos

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March 28, 2017 Report of The Pearson Centre Roundtable on Poverty Reduction By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre Hosted by the Somerset West Community Health Centre, Ottawa December 8, 2016 ____________________________________________ …

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Olympics Assurances

By Yuk-kuen Annie Cheung PhD, RPP

The newly-minted Brazilian Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani announced in June that Rio de Janeiro is ready for the 2016 Olympics. It was then that it became clear the Games will be a go ahead on August 5, albeit under an unprecedented atmosphere of in …

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The Zika Outbreak: What Can Canada Do?

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Y. Annie Cheung, PhD, RPP   When we wake up to songs of chirping birds, we know spring is at our doorstep. When a polar front is gradually retreating, we begin to think of summer, dreaming of sunny days and outdoor living, hiking, and sandy beache …

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Scrapping Welfare, Hugh Segal

By Hugh Segal

The case for guaranteeing all Canadians an income above the poverty line.   This article was originally published by the Literary Review of Canada in 2012. It is a classic presentation of the rationale for a guaranteed basic income and we decided …

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Refundable tax credits, path to a basic income

By Robin Boadway

Posted by Terrance Hunsley with permission of the author and Basic Income Canada Network The pursuit of a basic income guarantee (BIG) is gathering momentum, but much of the emphasis has been on setting up pilot projects. This is fair enough given that …

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Basic Income: Let’s not do a pilot project

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

Note to readers: We would appreciate feedback  from people who have an interest in this topic, as we are considering an initiative on it. Since the election of the Trudeau government, there has been increased interest in the concept of basic income (al …

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