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Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the End of the Great Con War on Marijuana

As you know Rona Ambrose likes to pretend she's a doctor, a nurse, a Health Minister, and a Justice Minister.And has extreme views on marijuana and Justin Trudeau.So I'm glad to see that the Canadian Medical Association has taken some time to correct her mindless ravings about the Killer Weed.And made her look like . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the End of the Great Con War on Marijuana

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Shabby Treatment of Our Seniors

It was just a small story but it really bothered me. And it made me fear for this country's future.For just like I can't stand the way the brutish Harperite cult treats our veterans.I cannot countenance living in a Canada where our seniors are treated like this.

For that's not just an assault . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Shabby Treatment of Our Seniors

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

This and that to start your weekend.

– Robert Reich discusses how the increasing concentration of corporate wealth and power is undermining the U.S.’ democracy, while noting that there’s only one effective response: We entered a vicious cycle in which political power became more concentrated in monied interests that used the power to their advantage . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Montreal Simon: The Day Dr Chris Lectured Stephen Harper

He's been slowly killing medicare in his usual creepy stealthy way. Nibble nibble, gnaw, gnaw.Killing it with neglect, and preparing to bleed it dry. So most of it can be privatized, just like the Cons in Britain are doing to that country's National Health Service. The magnificent system that inspired our own.And most dangerously . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Dr Chris Lectured Stephen Harper

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Duncan Cameron writes that Canada needs a new political direction rather than just a new government – and offers some worthwhile suggestions as to what that might include: The inter-generational bargain needs to be renewed. Today’s workers pay for their past studies and future retirement. Investing in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Alan Pyke observes that instead of reflecting any particular merit, massive payouts to CEOs are all too often made despite (or because of) executive incompetence and illegality: The best-paid CEOs in American business have overseen companies that were bailed out, been fired, and been caught committing fraud . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Susan on the Soapbox: “Show me the money”: The Alberta Medical Association Channels Jerry Maguire

Dr Giuffre & Minister Horne

To borrow a phrase from Renee Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire, Dr Michael Giuffre had me at hello. He battled Health Minister Fred Horne for months, finally getting the Health Minister’s signature on the AMA Agreement settling doctors’ compensation. We were pleased. Tensions eased…

…and then Dr . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: “Show me the money”: The Alberta Medical Association Channels Jerry Maguire

The Canadian Progressive: Poverty the biggest barrier to good health for Canadians: Report

Poverty is making Canadians sick, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), “the national voice of Canadian physicians.”

The post Poverty the biggest barrier to good health for Canadians: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Thomas Walkom points out that while Stephen Harper managed to push the world in the wrong direction over the past few years, he may be missing the boat on where it’s headed: The Harper government’s failure is longer-term. It still operates under the assumption that free trade and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: Is the right-wing Manning Centre plotting ‘Manchurian Municipal Candidates’?

Former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of American politics, with some of his young acolytes at this weekend’s Manning Centre “Big Ideas” conference. Below: anti-medicare crusader Dr. Brian Day, a sign directing conferees to advice on how to sell their kidneys, and Mr. Manning himself.

OTTAWA

You can’t . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is the right-wing Manning Centre plotting ‘Manchurian Municipal Candidates’?

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Andrew Jackson thoroughly demolishes the argument that after three decades of wage stagnation and soaring corporate profits, Canada’s economy somehow needs to see workers suffer even more: The reality is that the pay of most workers has stagnated in real terms over the past thirty years as the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Canadian Medical Association’s new focus on inequality and the social determinants of health may be nicely timed to shape Canada’s political future.

For further reading…– Some of the CMA’s history of advocating for increased privatization can be found here, here and here.– By way of comparison, more recent documents like the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario gets worse grade than feds on CMA report card

Ontario is the only region in Canada to receive a worse rating than the federal government on how it deals with health care according to the Canadian Medical Association’s National Report Card for 2012. The report card represents a poll … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Economic downturn taking toll on health of Canadians – CMA report card

The economic downturn is taking a toll on the health of Canadians according to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual report card. The report card represents a poll of Canadians conducted in July by Ipsos Read Public Affairs. According to the … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– While a misleading “wealth equals health” headline seems to have been the main take-away from the CMA’s health polling, Iglika Ivanova frames the issue more accurately in pointing out that the non-wealth determinants of health are the areas where Canada has far more room for improvement: (L)ifestyle . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Rx for high Alberta health care costs: Not what the doctors ordered!

Alberta ponders how to increase physician productivity – house calls? Below: Health Minister Fred Horne, Alberta Medical Association President Linda Slocombe.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne’s musings he just might join Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in declaring war on physicians’ fees is proof the chickens continue to come home to roost for those foolish . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Rx for high Alberta health care costs: Not what the doctors ordered!