Michal Rozworski: Ours to own, not theirs to profit

It seems the public sector is under attack from all directions these days. Despite historically low public financing costs, despite proven efficiency and innovation, the public sector gets a bad rap in the public eye—something all manner of politicians from hardened right-wingers to cosmpolitan neoliberals take advantage of, letting markets further seep into the very ...

The Canadian Progressive: TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical costs in Canada, government admits

A Trudeau government official recently admitted that TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical costs in Canada. According to the official, it’s “correct” to suggest that the two trade deals “will likely increase the costs of drugs in Canada and we just don’t know how much”. The post TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in keynote NDP Convention speech

Former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis sharply criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on key Canadian policy issues during an electrifying address to the New Democrats’ 2016 convention in Edmonton. The post Stephen Lewis blasts Justin Trudeau in keynote NDP Convention speech appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Michal Rozworski: Will Sanders’ rise be felt in Canada?

Co-written with Derrick O’Keefe and originally published at Ricochet. Even if he’s really only offering a pragmatic form of social democracy, Sanders has created a political space in the mainstream left that’s sorely missing in Canada. His insurgent campaign for the Democratic Party nomination has put inequality and systemic injustice front and centre in the ...

Things Are Good: Pets Can Improve Patient Care

Having pets around is already a pretty fun idea, and now it can also be healthy idea! It’s known that pets can help kids by lowering the chances of them developing allergies, particularly if the pets are allowed outdoors (be careful with letting cats outside though since they kill millions of birds needlessly). Now research ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

In 2009, Brad Wall said he would never allow someone “to use a bulging wallet to jump the queue.” Now his government is doing exactly that. – CUPE Health Care Council – Saskatchewan

Larry Hubich's Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

In 2009, Brad Wall said he would never allow someone “to use a bulging wallet to jump the queue.” Now his government is doing exactly that. – CUPE Health Care Council – Saskatchewan

Larry Hubich's Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

In 2009, Brad Wall said he would never allow someone “to use a bulging wallet to jump the queue.” Now his government is doing exactly that. – CUPE Health Care Council – Saskatchewan

Things Are Good: Cuba Creates Great Doctors

Cuba is a beautiful country filled with nice people. Many of those people are educated doctors who go around the world saving lives for free, and they do the same at home. Al Jazeera has a nice long piece looking into the quality and motivations behind these great Cuban doctors. Spoiler: it’s not about money, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Anti-Vaccination Position – Chickens be comin’ home to roost all over this…

Vaccination is one of those medical topics in which people tend to lose their shit.  As it happens, you can also risk losing your children if you decide to embrace the foolishness that is the anti-vax movement.  Here is a story of a mother’s close encounter with easily preventable childhood diseases. Learning the Hard Way: ...

The Canadian Progressive: Alabama: A Public Hospital Serves the Poor — with Lawsuits

Southeast Alabama Medical Center, a public hospital in rural Alabama, forces poor patients to surrender their legal protections before they can receive treatment, clearing the way for the facility to seize funds from their pay or bank accounts to cover medical debts. The post Alabama: A Public Hospital Serves the Poor — with Lawsuits appeared ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Project:Community – We can do more, together

Larry Hubich's Blog: Project:Community – We can do more, together

Larry Hubich's Blog: Project:Community – We can do more, together

Progressive Proselytizing: Government’s dominant role: redistributing wealth

The dominant effect of government on society is to redistribute wealth from the richer members of society to the poorer. One can support or oppose this idea, but as a simply descriptive point about what the effect of governments are, this is by far the dominant one. We live in a capitalist society that has ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Government’s dominant role: redistributing wealth

The dominant effect of government on society is to redistribute wealth from the richer members of society to the poorer. One can support or oppose this idea, but as a simply descriptive point about what the effect of governments are, this is by far the dominant one. We live in a capitalist society that has ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Government’s dominant role: redistributing wealth

The dominant effect of government on society is to redistribute wealth from the richer members of society to the poorer. One can support or oppose this idea, but as a simply descriptive point about what the effect of governments are, this is by far the dominant one. We live in a capitalist society that has ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: The Water

Larry Hubich's Blog: The Water

Larry Hubich's Blog: The Water

atypicalalbertan.ca: What’s the Status of the PC’s 2012 Mandate

  So, you’re a former capital region mayor, who was popular as mayor, has good progressive credentials and now finds themselves on the inside of provincial government. You might be looking in the mirror today, thinking about the health portfolio and wondering how the world unfolded to put you where you are today. If this is you, then you’re not ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Taxes = Healthcare

I’m on vacation in Copenhagen and I will also be spending some time in Stockholm before returning home, which explains the dearth of posts here. When attempting to cross a street in Copenhagen, I was stopped at the intersection by a long parade of bicycles that filled half the street fairly densely. With the aid ...

Melissa Fong: Xenophobics out to get Chinese-language Acupuncturists AKA Idiots volunteering to be discriminatory, racist idiots

  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that Canadians have the PRIVILEGE of using as an alternative medicine. But some idiots who VOLUNTEER to see an acupuncturist wants to enforce […]

ParliamANT Hill: Baby born into mom’s pAnt leg during roadside delivery

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/baby-born-into-mom-s-pant-leg-during-roadside-delivery-1.2465900   and  http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/chip-wilson-lululemon-founder-steps-down-1.2457958

LeDaro: Senator Ted Cruz gone crazy

He is one of those tea-baggers. He spoke for 23 hours in the U.S senate to block Obamacare. Amongst developed world U.S has about the worst healthcare system. The Obamacare gives some hope although it failed to legislate public healthcare. But this Crazy Cruz wants no changes. Even his own Republican colleagues are opposed to ...