In The Community

Our community consists of not just our physical environment, but also the many institutions and customs that make up our social environment.When we foster diverse, inclusive communities with effective, proactive social services, in harmony with the natural environment, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Coalition launches campaign to reduce Sask. poverty

By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix Poverty doesn't just hurt those who experience it. Poverty places a huge burden on the province's health care, education and justice systems. Reducing poverty could save Saskatchewan taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year and give a multi billion dollar boost to the economy. That's... read more
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No room for shaming in public health system

In a recent article, Nova Scotia’s Health Minister, Leo Glavine, floated the idea that people should have to demonstrate healthy lifestyles before accessing our health care system, much like a bank assesses a customer for a loan. Sadly, this is not a new idea but has been floated by others pundits... read more
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Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presents an alternative federal budget, one that "shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns." What do you think we should be focusing on?  Read the CCPA's Alternative Budget report. read more
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Why racism is a public health issue

  Ranking among the social determinants of health are issues of equality and diversity. Your experience of inequality, because of things like gender, race, and sexual orientation, can have a serious impact on your health outcomes. This article, set in an American context, argues that racism is at the core of... read more
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Elimination of poverty requires a dedicated plan

Surrounded as we are by the tunes and decorations of the holiday season, Industry Minister James Moore’s recent uncharitable comments about child poverty and hunger invoke inevitable comparisons to Charles Dickens’ famed miser Ebenezer Scrooge. One could easily imagine Scrooge haughtily asking his nephew, “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s... read more
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‘Super users’ of health care system the target of reforms

Building on local strengths key to cooling medical hot spots An intriguing idea was recently put forward by the Government of Saskatchewan, that of addressing medical hot spots. It has been reported that just five people were responsible for visiting Saskatchewan emergency rooms over 500 times in the last year.... read more
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Canada’s doctors call for action on healthy equity

Doctors link income, education, housing and nutrition to health inequities The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) held its annual General Council in Calgary this week (August 18-21, 2013). Last summer in Yellowknife, I attended this meeting as a representative of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. It was not at all what I’d... read more
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