Did local community service centres (CLSCs) fail or did the Quebec Health Department forsake them?

In an interview that aired on Radio-Canada, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette invoked the “failure” of the “initial concept of CLSCs” to justify significant activities and resources being transferred from local community service centres (CLSCs) to family medicine groups (FMGs). The Minister’s statement suggests that CLSCs are primarily responsible for this…
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No need for FOMO: Canada would be better off ditching TPP

We’ve consistently argued that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will bring high social and environmental costs and few economic benefits to Canada. The deal privileges multinational corporations and foreign investors while failing to protect the public interest and promote inclusive economic growth here at home. A new report from the C.D. Howe…
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Pipelines vs Paris: Canada’s climate conundrum

The push for new pipelines to bring Alberta bitumen to “tidewater” is on, even as the ink is barely dry on the Paris Agreement, and its call to action on climate change. Alberta Premier Notley argues that “We’re not making a choice between the environment and the economy. We are building the economy.”…
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A carbon tax comes to Alberta

Alberta’s 2016 Budget presents its plan to price carbon, in two parts: a new Carbon Levy applied to transportation and heating fuel, at $20 per tonne of CO2 (4.5 cents per litre at the pump) starting January 2017, rising to $30 (6.7 cents per litre) in 2018; and, changes to…
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Permanent austerity in Québec

As the Premier is fond of saying, the worst is behind us, and Quebec is now set to enjoy more prosperous days. Despite Mr. Couillard’s assurances, it was hard to take his word for it at the beginning of the year. The announcement last month that daycare funding is under review…
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