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30 May


Bringing human rights back into balance

May 30, 2017 | By |

The case for social and economic rights in the Charter

With all the commotion around the Charter’s 35th birthday this year, you would be forgiven for thinking that human rights in Canada are a fait accompli. You would also be forgiven for, upon reading the words “human rights” just now, thinking first and foremost of the civil and political rights that our constitution explicitly sets out to define and protect. After all, most conversations around rights in Canada revolve around our civil and political liberties. Read More

02 May


Mature Medicare

May 2, 2017 | By |

A Prescription for Canada’s 150th

In 1957, Canada was just ten years shy of celebrating its centennial—still an adolescent nation, wrangling with domestic soul-searching and trying to carve out a name for itself in the international community. That year would see government pass the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act. Read More

22 Feb


Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

February 22, 2017 | By |

Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. Read More

20 Dec


When it comes to health care, the federal and provincial governments are arguing over growth rates. Here’s why that’s the wrong conversation.

December 20, 2016 | By |

Canada’s federal and provincial governments failed to reach a long-term agreement on health care funding in Ottawa yesterday. Time will tell whether this failure represents an impasse, or just one of many rounds of negotiation to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. Read More

05 Dec


The federal government is retreating from health care. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea.

December 5, 2016 | By |

Provincial and Territorial Premiers have called on the Prime Minister for a meeting dedicated to the issue of health care funding. The call comes against the backdrop of federal plans to decrease the growth rate of federal health transfers to the provinces. Without federal action, the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) funding escalator will fall to the 3 per cent floor currently set out in federal legislation starting next year. Read More

19 Oct


Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

October 19, 2016 | By |

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges.
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01 Jun


What will the “sharing economy” mean for health care?

June 1, 2015 | By |

Boomers have marveled at the return of bellbottoms, skinny ties, mullets, and moustaches.

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06 Nov


Doomsday consensus on health care costs proves false

November 6, 2013 | By |

We need to give credit to the reformers who have been making progress to improve our health-care system — and continue to support their efforts.
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10 Jan


Reframing Federalism

January 10, 2012 | By |

It’s been years since a First Ministers meeting was convened. And just as the premiers were gearing up for national conversation on health care, the new majority government in Ottawa delivered its non-negotiable funding deal. Read More