Pandemic Flu Planning through an Equity Lens

The possibility of an H1N1 pandemic is quite properly receiving a great deal of policy and health system attention.  This is not just a question of system preparedness and monitoring; the potentially unequal impact of any pandemic needs to be addressed from the outset:

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Britain, Australia, U.S. all recognize importance of non-profit sector – but not Canada's federal government

The Australian government has announced a new initiative to create a ‘National Compact’ with the non-profit sector. The Obama administration has set up the Office of Social Innovation in the White House to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and the non-profit sector. The …

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Pretty words, ugly implications: deconstructing the language of advocates of health care privatization

In my July 3rd blog posting, I was critical of B.C. Health Minister Kevin Falcon’s views on financial ability as a determinant of access to health care. Now, in an article in the Times Columnist entitled A prescription for the minister of health: ‘Individual choice’ …

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Three important Ontario housing facts: Highest housing costs, lowest provincial spending, worst municipal download

As the Ontario government’s province-wide consultations for a comprehensive provincial housing plan open the first of three sessions in Toronto this evening, here are three housing facts to consider: Highest housing costs: Ontario has the highest housing costs of any province (median household shelter costs …

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Both private and non-profit enterprises fall short in pandemic planning

Both private companies and non-profit enterprises are struggling to deal with the current recession, and many don’t have proper pandemic flu plans in place, warns Wellesley Instititute CEO Rick Blickstead in a front page article in today’s Toronto Star. “Many organizations have not done proper …

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