Making our pan-Canadian health organizations ‘Fit for Purpose’

Making our pan-Canadian health organizations ‘Fit for Purpose’

Canadian Medicare would not exist without the actions of the federal government. But in recent years, there has been an atrophy of the imagination about Ottawa’s role in health policy, as if federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories were the beginning and the end of everything.  Last week, we submitted a report to […]

Purdue Pharma given free reign in Canada as it is sanctioned in the United States

Purdue Pharma given free reign in Canada as it is sanctioned in the United States

Opioid manufacturer admits to illegal activity in the United States but faces no penalties in Canada   Purdue Pharma recently announced that it will stop advertising opioids to doctors in the United States after pleading guilty to misleading marketing more than a decade ago. This is a major, albeit belated, departure from the company’s playbook […]

Federal government moves to strip power from top public health scientist

Federal government moves to strip power from top public health scientist

Buried in the current omnibus budget bill being studied by Parliament is a plan to demote the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. He will no longer hold a deputy minister rank, he will have no direct line to the federal minister of health, he will be subservient to a bureaucratic agency president and he will have no secure public funding.