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More isn’t always better when it comes to prescription medications

More isn’t always better when it comes to prescription medications

Canadians are living longer than ever, and we are also taking more medications than ever before. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada are taking 10 or more medications. That’s a total of 1.6 […]

The Age of Consent

The Age of Consent

Time for #MeToo to shift to the #IRegret movement   Strangely, in this weird moment in history that we are all living in, it’s a good time to be alive. I’ve been a feminist most of my adult life, at least since I realized the power imbalances that were rampant in present and past societies. […]

Too many Indigenous women are in prison

Too many Indigenous women are in prison

Judges need more flexibility in sentencing There is no justice for Indigenous women in the current Canadian justice system. Indigenous women are violently victimized at almost three times the rate of their non-Indigenous counterparts.  Indigenous women are also more likely to commit criminal offences — but nine times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be […]

It’s time Canada had an official Poverty Line

It’s time Canada had an official Poverty Line

Poverty is hard to measure.  There are many aspects beside living on low income, including having disabilities or costly health problems, not being able to find decent housing, not being able to understand and communicate in an environment with increasing technological and legal complexity and being unable to find nutritious food at reasonable prices. Still, […]

Where do the Ontario political parties stand on prescription drug coverage?

Where do the Ontario political parties stand on prescription drug coverage?

Medication access may help to decide an election for the first time in Canada — it is one of several prominent issues garnering public attention as Ontarians head to the polls June 7th. The Ontario NDP have pledged to publicly fund a short list of prioritymedicinesfor all Ontarians.  The PC party has said little about […]

Prevention decreases demands on the health system

Prevention decreases demands on the health system

We can’t afford to ignore this Provincial Ministers of Health and Ministers of Finance seek to “bend the health care cost curve” but year after year, provincial budgets bend the cost curve in the wrong direction, adding billions of dollars to provincial health spending. In fact, we’ve doubled spending on our medical treatment system in […]

We make them, you take them

We make them, you take them

The reality of mothers who give birth in care There is a well-known connection between teen pregnancy and child protection services.  Girls who spend time in the care of child protection services have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers are more likely to have their child taken into care. Teenage mothers who give […]

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

A global uprising against rape case injustices

A global uprising against rape case injustices

Tens of thousands of people marched in Spain in April, protesting for three days over a court’s failure to convict five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016. The men had offered to walk the teenager to her car, but instead they took her to the […]

Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

How to shorten hospital wait times in Canada Long wait times are the vulnerable soft underbelly of the Canadian health system. Canadians treasure our single-payer, publicly funded program of physician and hospital care, virtually as a defining part of our national identity. And yet, increasing legal and political pressure over quick access to elective surgeries […]

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