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Mentorship-programs-for-youth-see-results Mentorship programs for youth see results
By Suzanne Tough and Nicole Letourneau

Those of you who read The Lord of the Flies likely remember when the character, Piggy, broke the glasses of the most vulnerable kid in the group and pushed him to his death.

Three nutrition trends to stay away from – based on the best evidence Three nutrition trends to stay away from — based on the best evidence
By Dylan MacKay

If you follow health tips in the media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or is it bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or maybe should I eat more like a bird?

Why we don’t need a ‘Caregiver Recognition Day’ Why we don’t need a ‘Caregiver Recognition Day’
By Laura Funk

Organizations advocating for family caregivers are hoping our Prime Minister will soon issue a proclamation recognizing family caregivers and establish a National Caregiver Day (the First Tuesday in April).

Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada? Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada?
By Nicole Letourneau and Mary Lougheed

According to Statistics Canada, while Canada has made significant strides toward breastfeeding as a cultural norm — for example 89 percent of women initiated breastfeeding in 2012, compared to 69 percent in 1982 — we still have a long way to go.

The-never-ending-saga-of-medical-user-fees-in-Quebec The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

On January 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA).

Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada? Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada?
By Jino Distasio

In North American cities like New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and countless others, we have grown accustomed to seeing people who are homeless walk among us, often in the shadows, often with visible signs of duress from addiction, mental illness or basic hopelessness.

How the Ontario government traps those with disabilities into lives of poverty How the Ontario government traps those with disabilities into lives of poverty
By Helen Ries with Jihan Abbas

In August 2016, Ontario’s Ombudsman released “Nowhere to Turn,” a report outlining multiple systemic failures in provincial supports and services that lead to crisis for many adults with developmental disabilities.

It's-time-to-change-the-way-we-view-exercise-for-frail-and-critically-ill-patients Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too
By Michelle Kho

Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay.

Celebrate-a-New-Year-by-putting-end-of-life-wishes-at-the-top-of-your-to-do-list Celebrate a New Year by putting end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list
By John Muscedere

Kicking off the New Year is a good time to put the task of making your end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list.

Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care
By Daniel Niven

Canada has a mismatch between the world class quality of research we produce on health every year and how that research is implemented into our healthcare system.


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