All eyes on Parliament as MPs vote on C-304 (national housing plan) Wednesday

All eyes are on Parliament on Wednesday as Members of Parliament vote on C-304, a private member’s bill from MP Libby Davies that would require the federal government to consult widely and create a national affordable housing plan within six months. This is the closest …

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Federal government needs to take action on poverty, housing: New all-party Commons report

“The federal government has an important role to play in reducing poverty in Canada,” according to the Commons HUMA committee in an important new report Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada. The HUMA (Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills …

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Hidden emergency: Poor housing leading to poor health for many Canadians

Precarious housing is a ‘hidden emergency’ that is affecting the health of a large number of Canadians, and the population health of the entire nation, according to a powerful new research report from the Health and Housing in Transition Study (HHiT). “The number of people experiencing the …

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Commons wraps third reading debate on national housing bill as NDP, Lib, Bloc all back C-304

Good news: Another step forward in the campaign to create a comprehensive affordable housing plan for Canada. The House of Commons has wrapped up debate on the third, and final, reading of Bill C-304 – a private member’s bill from MP Libby Davies that would …

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Building Equity Into Health Reform: Innovative Primary Care

Two success conditions for equitable reform of the healthcare system are to increase access to high-quality primary care, especially for the most health disadvantaged populations, and to build on the potential of the many effective front-line and community-based innovations addressing the impact of health disparities …

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E-health’s potential for health promotion and equity

Today’s article in the Globe and Mail’s series on healthcare rightly stressed the crucial importance of electronic health strategies to progressive health reform.  Unfortunately, this issue has been tainted by scandals around consultants and inefficient spending.  But we shouldn’t let that distract us from e-health’s …

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Gaps in provincial healthcare: not just a matter of fees but a matter of coverage

Today’s article in the Globe and Mail series on Canadian healthcare highlights how a gap in fees among provinces has lead to reduced access to care for Quebec patients in other provinces.  While certainly this speaks to a lack of portability of Medicare, a perhaps …

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Maytree's Alan Broadbent: Canada's urban areas need more power, autonomy

Canada is an urban nation – 80% of Canadians now live in urban areas, a big change from our founding in 1867 when 80% of Canadians were in rural areas. But while the nation has changed, our governing structures remain stuck in the 19th century. …

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