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OPSEU Diablogue: New head of UK health system says centralization of hospital services a mistake

The Ontario government has frequently looked to England in setting the course of health care reform. From public-private partnerships to “commissioning” of private clinics to deliver public care, the model has also given us a preview of what mistakes are … Continue reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: National Housing Survey: News From The Senate

In yesterday’s QP, Leader of the Government Marjory  LeBreton admits that the voluntary NHS with replaced Stats Canad’s mandatory long form census survey requires improvement, and suggests a possible way forward:

This was the first time, honourable senators, that there has been a voluntary long-form census. Clearly, there are some areas that require improvement and, obviously, by the time it is necessary to conduct the next census, the areas of concern will have been addressed.And:

We have the mandatory short form as well. There have been suggestions by experts that a few more questions could be added to (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Census And Your Privacy: The Courts Speak

When Sandra Finely received her long-form census papers in 2006, she refused to fill it out because she felt that the requirement violated her right to privacy, and was therefore unconstitutional   She was taken to court for violating the Statistics Act, lost, and requested an appeal

Her arguments were heard by the Saskatchewan Court of appeals and last week they issued their ruling.  She lost again.  To get a flavor of the court’s decision, a fairly representative passage:[39]   Thus, the question is not whether Ms. Finley had an expectation of privacy or even a reasonable expectation of privacy in dictionary terms.   The (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal…

Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal friend of murderous dictator Augusto Pinochet, and idol of capitalist extremists everywhere, was in hospital just before Christmas to have a growth removed from her bladder. Unfortunately her spokeswoman said she is doing “absolutely fine”, despite experiencing serious health problems in recent years.

Meanwhile, many of her fellow citizens — and citizens of other countries who have adopted her vicious agenda of slashing and privatizing healthcare — can’t access the treatments they need in an uncomplicated and timely manner.

Give it up, evil Baroness Thatcher. You’re almost 88 years old, you’re

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