Yanick Labrie


Private Health Care Could Benefit Canada

Yanick Labrie | August 30, 2014 | Canada Business
Canada is the only country to limit the role of private health insurance exclusively to the coverage of services not insured by the public system. Canada is also alone in prohibiting doctors from practicing in both the public and the private sectors. Whereas 99 per cent of hospitals in Canada are public, in all other countries, private institutions have an important role to play in the provision of hospital services. Private, for-profit hospitals make up over one third of all hospitals in Germany (42 per cent), France (39 per cent) and Australia (36 per cent). Beyond any doubt, patients would be the first to benefit from such a pragmatic, evidence-based outcome.
Russell Williams


This Computer Program Can Diagnose You By Analyzing Your Picture

Russell Williams | August 29, 2014 | Canada Living
The NewScientist reported on a computer program that can identify rare conditions by analyzing a photograph of a face. The software developed at the University of Oxford can recognize 90 disorders by analyzing facial features such as lips, brows and the shape of eyes.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Quebecers Want to Fight Climate Change But Worry About the Bottom Line

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
Quebecers want to fight climate change. But according to a new Léger Marketing poll, they're also concerned about the economic costs of doing so.
Dina Vardouniotis

What Labour Day Really Means to the Modern Day Worker

Dina Vardouniotis | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
Arguably industrialization revolutionized the workplace, but so has digitization. Working smarter and faster does not always mean easier however. Expectations have increased. I remember working in advertising and spending countless hours faxing creative proofs to clients for approval.
Stephen Cornish

South Sudan Has a Choice... Between Horror and Misery

Stephen Cornish | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
Overcrowded, disease-infested and sometimes flooded by sewage, the POC sites are failing to truly protect the civilians in their care. A true commitment to protection must include safeguarding vulnerable people against hunger, disease, sexual violence, unnecessary mental anguish and being forced back out into conflict zones merely to survive.
Dan Kelly


Canada's Free Trade Needs Some Work

Dan Kelly | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
In the midst of this new day of free trade between nations, it is precisely the right time to take a close look at our own back yard, and frankly, it needs some work -- particularly given the renewed discussion back home in Canada regarding the difficulty of doing business from one Canadian province to another.
Peter Hall


Why Companies in These Markets Are in a Buying Mood

Peter Hall | August 28, 2014 | Canada Business
As America is the world's growth engine, it's critical to know what its buyers are saying. The news is not just good; it's great. Manufacturers were discouraged by the poor winter weather, but they got over it; the index is now back to the heights seen last fall, and rising. New orders are leading the charge, up sharply in the last three months.
Gerard Montpetit


Mr. Mulcair, the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence Is As Important As the Pacific Coast

Gerard Montpetit | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
If you hope to repeat the success of May 2, 2011, I invite you to take a firm stand against the TransCanada East pipeline and you must demand that the National Energy Board hold public hearings that are not mere rubber stamps for the oil industry.
Mark Milke


Improving the Lives of Aboriginal Canadians Starts With Solid Data

Mark Milke | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
The data shows that spending for First Nations people has risen dramatically, especially when compared with per person spending on all Canadians. Well-intentioned debates over how best to improve the lives of Canada's Aboriginal population are critical. Such debates must start with actual, solid numbers.
Canadian Co-operative Association

How Youth Savings Clubs Empower Students in Ghana

Canadian Co-operative Association | August 28, 2014 | Canada Business
It made an impact on me to witness the eagerness of these savvy young people to build their savings -- I wish I'd learned such a valuable lesson at their age. The students showed pride in the youth savings program and seemed to feel empowered by it.
Travis Gordon


Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | August 28, 2014 | Canada Business
As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.
Matthew Held


If You Want Better Business Solutions, Take More Vacations

Matthew Held | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
People working overtime without breaks often reach a point of diminishing returns. Air traffic controllers and other high-attention jobs usually require frequent breaks to maintain performance. The next time you are struggling to solve a problem, consider switching off.
Rob Henderson


How To Get Millennials To Pay Attention To Your Product

Rob Henderson | August 28, 2014 | Canada
To put it simply, cars have changed dramatically over the last century, but marketers are still doing the same old thing: using the 'one colour approach' in an attempt to draw in an audience whose wants and needs differ vastly from their predecessors.
Peter Lewis


Skip the Back-to-School Gadgets and Invest in Your Kid's Future

Peter Lewis | August 27, 2014 | Canada Business
Yes, folks, back-to-school season is here. And with it comes a frenzy of shopping. This year, however, may be a little bit different. Almost half of Canadian parents say they expect to spend less than $200 on back-to-school items, with one-third of moms saying they plan to spend less than $100. So where are parents' priorities shifting to? Their children's future.
Stuart Trew


The Government's Approach to Trade Barriers Could Be Dangerous

Stuart Trew | August 27, 2014 | Canada Business
Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about. According to their line of thinking, which is fuelled by letters from a list of business lobby groups, interprovincial trade is hampered by barriers too numerous to count.
Richard Perron

Let's Start Using Real Numbers To Discuss Public Employee Pension Plans

Richard Perron | August 27, 2014 | Canada Business
The order of the day was to question the very existence of defined benefit pension plans. Yet these plans not only provide much-needed income to hundreds of thousands of retirees, they also benefit society as a whole. People who have paid into these plans throughout their lives acquire a level of financial independence that makes them much less dependent on government assistance in old age.
Candice Malcolm

By 2040, We Won't Need Subways

Candice Malcolm | August 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
Premier Kathleen Wynne's solution to the transportation infrastructure problem is to spend a whopping $50 billion of taxpayer money over the next 25 years to build an expansive rail network. By 2040, Toronto may finally have the subways that other cities built nearly 200 years earlier. But can you imagine what the world will look like in 2040? We are on the cusp of explosive new technologies that will revolutionize how we commute. Innovative tech startups are fixing the problems we currently have with cars: that they pollute too much, are too expensive for many, and congest our overcrowded roads. Here are three notable examples of ideas and companies that will change transportation as we know it.
Mark Taliano


Our Universal Health Care Needs Reform, Not Corporatization

Mark Taliano | August 25, 2014 | Canada
The dismantling of our emblematic health care system is happening beneath our very noses. We are assured that it is in or best interests, and that corporate, multi-tiered health care, like corporate globalization, is inevitable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Each promise about corporate healthcare is false. Comprehensive documentation shows that a "two tier" system is inferior to a universal publicly funded system, by any measure.
Tina Mak

Chinese Real Estate Investment Reflects The Promise Of Canada

Tina Mak | August 25, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
There's lots of talk these about how "terrible" it is that "the Chinese are driving up housing prices" in Canada, especially in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. As usual, when people jump on a bandwagon or take hold of a hot button issue, some perspective is a good idea.
Michaël Lessard


Free Trade Agreements Attack Democracy And Human Rights

Michaël Lessard | August 25, 2014 | Canada Business
At the Peoples Social Forum, six representatives of prominent civil organizations were heard. These organizations consider that the agreement does not seek to improve trade between countries, but instead are give new special rights to corporations, which undermine the democratic rights of peoples.
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