April 24, 2019

On April 30 at noon, people from across Ontario will converge on Queen’s Park to oppose new legislation that will result in unprecedented changes in the province’s health care system, including the privatization of public services.

According to the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ford government has exposed its intent to undertake the “most radical health care restructuring in our history.” Bill 74, legislation that would enact these sweeping changes, passed final reading in the Ontario Legislature late last week.

The OHC says the so-called “People’s Health Care Act” does not improve a single health care service. Instead, it creates a Super Agency that gives extraordinary restructuring powers to the government. This new law will allow restructuring for hospitals, long-term care, home care, community mental health and addictions, community care, cancer care, palliative care, labs, eHealth, air ambulance, community health centres, home care, non-profit primary care and more.

April 19, 2019

While the Mueller report was making its rounds, just before Easter break, another critical report was released: the U.S. International Trade Commission report on the new NAFTA—otherwise known as the Canada United States Mexico Agreement.  The report is an essential part of the U.S. Congress fast track process which permits U.S. Congress to vote for the deal without adding amendments. 

The report showed absolutely tiny gains—less than one percent—for the U.S. economy.  With 35/100 percent GDP growth over five years. 

While U.S. President Trump lauded the agreement’s huge gains, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said this showed that the agreement was a “classic win-win outcome”, U.S. progressives remained unconvinced.

Lori Wallach from the consumer rights group Public Citizen called the gains minimal.

April 18, 2019

Peterborough - Kawarthas Chapter with the Canadian Health Coalition

In response to last Thursday's Ontario Budget, Roy Brady, representative of the Peterborough-Kawarthas Chapter and chairman of the Peterborough Health Coalition, wrote in an email to The Peterborough Examiner that he has no faith the planned spending increase for hospitals will suffice.

"Hospital hallway medicine will supposedly end, but hospital increases remain below the rate of inflation and population growth," he wrote. "Peterborough Regional Health Centre accordingly will have a difficult time providing its core services."

April 18, 2019

Canada should be open to making the new NAFTA deal better for people, not for corporations.

If you’re like me, you’re proud when Canada stands up to big U.S. corporate interests. So it may shock you to learn that right now Canada is standing up for big U.S. corporate interests.

The new NAFTA deal, still not ratified, contains troubling market extensions for a critical life-saving drug class known as biologics. These are used to treat cancer as well as debilitating chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, among others.

The market extensions will allow big U.S. pharmaceutical companies to charge astronomical prices for biologics for 10 additional years before new, cheaper generic forms of the drugs could be introduced.

April 17, 2019

Even though the election result last night was not what we hoped for, you and other Council of Canadians supporters like you came together for a better future for all Albertans.

I’m writing to say even though the election result last night was not what we hoped for, Council of Canadians supporters like you came together for a better future for all Albertans.

When the writ dropped, some thought it would be a coronation for Jason Kenney because of the merger between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wild Rose Party. Instead, it was a fight to the finish line with much care and concern expressed about how we do things here in the province.