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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We Need a Canadian Research Council for our Social, Cultural and Economic 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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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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Discussing a new F/P/T Early Childhood Agreement

By Kerry McCuaig / kerry.mccuaig@utoronto.ca

A starting point for discussions on a new federal/provincial/territorial early childhood agreement Provincial and territorial social service ministers meet with their federal counterparts this week to begin talks on a National Early Learning and Childc …

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Medicare’s Unfinished Business : A Proposal for a Home and Continuing Care Program for Canada

By Sharon Sholzberg Gray

Background: For 20 years or more, the Canadian public has been asking for appropriate access to ongoing services that will maintain their health in the community and keep them well and outside of hospitals. So have numerous studies, reports and commiss …

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Open Senate Liberal caucus takes on assisted suicide

By Andrew Cardozo

How do you deal with a controversial, delicate and emotional issue in Parliament?  In caucus?  In public? A closed caucus meeting no more.  How about an open caucus meeting?  The Senate Liberals came up with the innovate idea of (i) having open Caucus …

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