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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 Continue Reading…

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 Continue Reading…

Back to the Future? Spectre of Clintoncare hangs over Obama’s Health Care Reform

As a Canadian who has studied U.S. health policy but now works as a policy analyst at the Wellesley Institute in Toronto, I find that Canadians are very Continue Reading…

Welcome to Canada – don’t get sick!

Canadians pride themselves on the universality of our health care system. Despite the obvious room for innovation and the need for improved health equity, we Continue Reading…

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 Continue Reading…

President Obama’s News Conference on Health Care Reform

Yesterday, in an attempt to win over both the American public and political opponents (both Democratic and Republican) of ambitious health care reform, Continue Reading…

Toronto (and Ontario's) huge housing needs require a major provincial commitment

Do the math: Ontario housing minister Jim Watson's day-long commitment - along with members of his staff - to take up hammer and nails and help build 16 new Continue Reading…

Pandemic Flu action plans

The WI has been working to raise the awareness that organizations need to develop concrete action plans for the upcoming pandemic flu possibility. These focus Continue Reading…

US Health Care Reform: An Update before the Speech

Canadians continue to watch with interest and concern as policy-makers in the United States debate how to best reform the US health care system. Canadians and Continue Reading…

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, Continue Reading…