Health more than healthcare
Another kind of poverty
More than one in seven Canadian children currently lives in poverty. That number has climbed steadily since the 1990s, and comes with very real consequences — both social and economic. Children raised in poverty suffer from a disproportionate amount of health problems, have less education, and are more likely to live in poverty as adults.
The great Canadian experiment to house the homeless
That health is more than health care was a point I heard many times on my recent Fulbright fellowship visit to Canada. Right now in the U.S., you'd never know that though, what with all the hullaballoo over dysfunctional websites and failed efforts to get more people covered by insurance. You'd think the only thing that matters is a cheap premium that somehow equates with good health outcomes.
What the rest of Canada can learn from Winnipeg’s new crime reduction strategy
In the recent federal throne speech, the Harper government proposed a law to ensure that people like Paul Bernardo will never get out of jail. Sounds good -- except the truth is that he, and others like him, will almost certainly never get out of jail under current laws. In other words, it was nothing more than symbolic legislation that plays well to the general public.
This doctor treats poverty like a disease
What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?