Can filing taxes be a treatment for poverty? Here’s how doctors are helping their low-income patients

Can filing taxes be a treatment for poverty?  Here’s how doctors are helping their low-income patients

While the link between poverty and poor health outcomes is well established, experts say that many health care providers feel unequipped to intervene. Nancy McPherson, a Population Health Analyst, says that one solution is for health practitioners to diagnose and treat poverty, like any other physical condition. An immediate step is to encourage patients to […]

Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

A version of this podcast appeared in the Huffington Post In a recent UNICEF report, Canada ranked in the bottom half of the world’s richest countries in overall child well-being and child equality. Experts say that a lack of access to healthcare and inadequate support for parents are reasons why Canada lags behind. Dr. Denis Daneman from the […]

Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

Over a year ago, I was invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Parliament Hill. It was attended by a dozen or more Senators from both major parties, political staffers and invited guests mostly from an assortment of autism non-profit organizations. I expected a somewhat predictable ‘feel good’ event about how far we’ve come and how far we have still to go. But an hour later there weren’t many dry eyes in the chamber.

Four things everyone should know about autism in Canada

Four things everyone should know about autism in Canada

Canadian governments have done little to address the crisis faced by autism families across the country. This sentiment was true in 2007 when it was put forward in the cross-party Senate report on the state of funding for the treatment of autism in Canada, aptly titled, Pay Now or Pay Later. And until recently, this sentiment could be used to sum up the role of the federal government which has largely left the crisis up to provincial ministries to manage.

Four things every journalist should know before writing about autism in Canada

Four things every journalist should know before writing about autism in Canada

Every week a new study on autism seems to surface, and too often, there are errors or critical omissions in some of the media coverage on the topic.