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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Time for National Consultation on Poverty Reduction to Bear Fruit

By Terrance Hunsley

OECD in Canada to Talk Work and Social Policy The problems are becoming clearer; the solutions, ah… not so much. The OECD social policy ministers were in Canada on May 14 to talk about some familiar themes – economic inequality, precarious work, job de …

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Early Education is a Protection for Democracy – McCain

By Margaret Norrie McCain

The Economist Intelligence Unit recorded another slide in its latest Democracy Index. Only 19 countries out of 167 were counted as “full democracies” in 2017. This marked another drop since 2015 when the U.S. fell to a “flawed democracy” status; the re …

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Poor Health and Low Income Among Older Workers

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

5th in a series; Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State …in the United States, for men born in 1930 those in the top 20 per cent of earners have a 5-year longer life expectancy than those in the bottom 50 per cent. For people born i …

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Canada & OECD Reducing Income Inequality?

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

Fourth in a series: Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State Many people, especially social advocacy groups, feel that government commitments to the welfare state started a long period of retrenchment in the late seventies. The idea tha …

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Social Infrastructure & the Digital Economy 2018

By Terrance Hunsley

Third in a series, Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State For Ortega it was not a shared past that brought and kept diverse peoples together but a captivating vision for the future.(1) Justin Trudeau was elected in part because he was …

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Pearson Centre Discussion on Income Security Reform in Ontario

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

On December 5, 2017; The Pearson Centre welcomed George Thomson to talk about the recently-tabled report of the advisory groups to the Ontario government, on income security reform. We were hosted by the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa. …

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Bland Pudding: European Pillar of Social Rights – Hunsley

By Terrance Hunsley

Second in a series on Futures Entwined: The nation-state and the welfare state. How is the EUropean Union dealing with inequality, the global economy, population movement, and political cracks in the state of the union? The EU is suffering from the clo …

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Futures Entwined: Nation State & Welfare State – Hunsley

By Terrance Hunsley

First in a Series It was a nice little quip for amateur philosophers. In Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai was asked about the French Revolution and the development of democracy, and was reported to have replied “..it is too early to say. …

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Income Security Reform in Ontario (Ottawa, Dec 5)

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Discussion on Income Security Reform in Ontario with Special Guest George Thomson Tuesday, December 5, 2017; 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm REPORT Pearson Centre Discussion on Income Security Reform in Ontario By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Cen …

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Avancons / Moving Forward: Disability Strategy

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English follows the French. A noter: La coalition de Chaque canadien compte est en train de promouvoir l’adoption d’une stratégie nationale pour les personnes handicapées. Le format de leur document aurait changer un peu sur notre site. – Terrance Huns …

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