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Justin Trudeau and “reconciliatory federalism” – Policy Options

In the coming weeks the Canadian calendar is filled with days of celebration. On June 21, Canadians are invited to honour the contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples on National Aboriginal Day. June 24 is Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, a national holiday for Quebecers and French-Canadians across the country. These festivities will […]

by ahnationtalk on June 19, 201724 Views

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NPI: New Report from NPI says Basic Income Guarantee is an Effective Strategy to Reduce Food Insecurity

June 15, 2017 – Household food insecurity—the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints—affects almost one in eight households in Ontario. The latest report from Northern Policy Institute’s B.I.G. Series argues that a basic income guarantee would be an effective policy solution to reduce household food insecurity among those most vulnerable to […]

by pmnationtalk on June 15, 201726 Views

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IRPP: Indigenous people and the Constitution conversation

Last week, when Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard suggested that it might be time for a Constitutional conversation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasted no time in shutting the federal door on any such proposal. He said, “You know my views on the Constitution,” and then went on to remind us of those views: “We are not […]

by pmnationtalk on June 15, 201717 Views

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CCPA: History of Alberta’s oil sands policy highlights importance of government involvement

June 8, 2017 A new report analyzing the oil sands policies of previous Alberta governments reveals the critical role of government involvement and funding in ensuring more than narrow corporate interests were served in the development of the province’s bitumen resources. In Betting on Bitumen: Alberta’s Energy Policies from Lougheed to Klein, Calgary-based journalist and […]

by pmnationtalk on June 12, 201720 Views

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National Child Data Strategy: Results of a Feasibility Study – Caledon Institute

June 2017 This report presents the results of a feasibility study, undertaken on behalf of the Lawson Foundation, to determine the need for a national child data strategy. The methodology consisted of an environmental scan of major initiatives on child well-being and sources of child data as well as interviews with selected key informants. The environmental scan […]

by pmnationtalk on June 12, 201730 Views

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Reconciliation: Beyond incremental change – Policy Options

In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered a statement of apology on behalf of the Canadian government to former students of the Indian residential school system. In it, he acknowledged the primary objectives of the system (“to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them […]

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 201727 Views

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Strategies for a new world of work – Policy Options

June 07, 2017 The world of work has changed. A wave of technology, globalization and new ways of working has created employment challenges that threaten the future prosperity of our young people. Although they are accumulating skills and working hard to find employment, many young workers are struggling. Certainly, the numbers indicate that Canada is […]

by pmnationtalk on June 7, 201716 Views

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Questionnaire on national action plans to achieve the ends of the UNDRIP

Questionnaire on national action plans to achieve the ends of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are currently drafting a guidance note on national action plans to achieve the ends […]

by aanationtalk on June 6, 201745 Views

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Policy Options: A plan that promotes environmental sustainability

May 30, 2017 The report of the expert panel on environmental assessment processes, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Environmental Assessment in Canada, has been met with both scepticism and strident criticism. The most vociferous response was that of Trevor McLeod of the Canada West Foundation, who says the panel’s report should be shelved. […]

by pmnationtalk on May 30, 201733 Views

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The Cultural Appropriation Controversy – FCPP

May 26, 2017 The controversy surrounding “cultural appropriation” has received a huge amount of media attention. The newspapers are full of it, and CBC has seemingly endless panel discussions on the subject. Good people have lost their jobs, and abject apologies have been issued for offending a principle that was unknown until a few short […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 201759 Views

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Shifts in Manitoulin District’s Economy Require Shifts in Education – Northern Policy

May 25, 2017 – As the economy swings from manufacturing and resource related jobs to service and knowledge based jobs, Manitoulin District will need to examine how education is delivered if communities are to grow and be sustainable into the future. That is one of the main recommendations stemming from the latest report from the […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 201742 Views

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Most of Canada on track to miss climate change targets due to ‘underdeveloped’ policy: report – CCPA

May 24, 2017 OTTAWA—Climate change policy in Canada remains underdeveloped and plagued by a wide “ambition gap” between government promises and policy action, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by CCPA researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, breaks down climate policy success and shortcomings federally and provincially through early […]

by pmnationtalk on May 24, 201735 Views

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PPF: Meet Canada’s New Innovation Stars

May 19, 2017 Meet Canada’s New Innovation Stars Governor General David Johnston and Minister Bains to celebrate the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards winners OTTAWA, May 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Universities Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, is pleased to host the winners […]

by pmnationtalk on May 19, 201749 Views

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New Policies Needed For Indigenous Youth, Says Huron-Bruce Tory MPP – Bayshore Broadcasting News

May 19, 2017 Lisa Thompson calls for policy updates, after four aboriginal youth missing from group home die. Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson hasn’t received the answer she was looking for, to her call for an inquest into the death of the fourth Aboriginal youth in six months who went missing from a group […]

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 201757 Views

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How to reignite the Ring of Fire and mining in Northern Ontario: MLI paper by Heather Hall and Ken Coates

OTTAWA, May 18, 2017 – The potential of the Ring of Fire, a large-scale mineral deposit in Northern Ontario, to bring prosperity to Indigenous communities remains trapped under a simmering conflict. First Nations, governments, and mining companies continue to debate issues such as the responsibility for infrastructure development, support for First Nation communities across much […]

by pmnationtalk on May 19, 201742 Views

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Ontario Middle-of-the-Pack Performer On Food Report Card – The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, May 18, 2017— Ontario is in the middle-of-the-pack among the provinces when it comes to the performance of its food systems and industry, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s first provincial food report card. Canada’s Food Report Card: Provincial Performance presents data and analysis on five categories: industry prosperity, healthy food and diets, […]

by pmnationtalk on May 18, 201736 Views

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Uncaging adolescent creativity – Policy Options

May 18, 2017 Human creativity is the fuel of an innovative society. It is a natural, expandable, and infinitely renewable resource. However, rather than fully developing this resource in our young people, we are caging and stifling it. We must grow the strengths of individual students, not force-feed them predetermined, age-based, arbitrary subject-matter that they […]

by pmnationtalk on May 18, 201764 Views

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Saskatchewan Top Ranked Province on Conference Board of Canada’s Food Report Card

Ottawa, May 18, 2017—Saskatchewan is the top performer on The Conference Board of Canada’s food report card. Canada’s Food Report Card: Provincial Performance assesses the performance of the provinces’ food systems and food sectors based on five categories: industry prosperity, healthy food and diets, food safety, household food security, and environmental sustainability. “Overall, Saskatchewan is […]

by pmnationtalk on May 18, 201749 Views

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Local Data is helping Communities in Northwestern Ontario tell their own Stories at the very Local Level – Northern Policy Institute

May 17, 2017 – The Community Labour Market Report Series – a partnership between Northern Policy Institute and the North Superior Workforce Planning Board – Your Local Employment Planning Council, has now contributed to evidence-based conversations in 20 communities across Northwestern Ontario, by providing collected data in a model that allows for – and encourages […]

by pmnationtalk on May 17, 201759 Views

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Returning our voices to us – Policy Options

May 16, 2017 Cultural appropriation has always been a divisive subject, one on which artists and academics have opined for years. Last week in Canada the topic exploded around the spring 2017 issue of Write Magazine. The Writers’ Union of Canada gave underrepresented Indigenous women, men and Two-Spirit writers an opportunity to have their work […]

by pmnationtalk on May 17, 201745 Views

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Will a basic income guarantee be beneficial for First Nations communities in Ontario? – Northern Policy

May 16, 2017 – As Ontario moves ahead with the implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee (B.IG.) pilot, it will be critical to consider how this type of program will impact First Nations communities. The first report of Northern Policy Institute’s B.I.G. series, Basic Income Guarantee and First Nations: Cautions for Implementation, by Dr. Gayle […]

by pmnationtalk on May 17, 201764 Views

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Restore Independence of the National Energy Board – C.D. Howe Institute

“It is vital that the government take the required steps to restore public trust in the NEB.” May 16, 2017 – The federal government should restore the independence of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decisionmaking authority for pipeline applications, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In How to Restore Public Trust […]

by pmnationtalk on May 16, 201788 Views

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Understanding the Indian Act – Policy Options

May 11, 2017  Policy Options hosted a workshop to help build basic understanding of the Indian Act’s history and how it affects First Nations people today. The Indian Act has structured the government’s and the Crown’s legal relationship with First Nations people for the past 146 years. It’s an outdated law that has its roots […]

by pmnationtalk on May 12, 201736 Views

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Policy Wins for Greater Sudbury

May 10, 2017 Media Release: Policy Wins for Greater Sudbury Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Policy Resolutions are passed at Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM Greater Sudbury, May 9, 2017: The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) introduced two policy resolutions at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) Annual General Meeting and Convention, held May […]

by pmnationtalk on May 10, 201741 Views

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Lack of Focus Means that Regulatory Hearings Lead to Frustration, Concerns over Legitimacy – C.D. Howe Institute

“Canada’s public utility regulators, such as the National Energy Board, are under attack,” stated Church. May 9, 2017 – Canada’s public utility regulators, in sectors ranging from energy to telecommunications, are facing a crisis of legitimacy because they promise more than they can deliver and do not deliver what they should, according to a new […]

by pmnationtalk on May 9, 201758 Views

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Opportunities for the Sudbury District can be found within a growing Indigenous population – Northern Policy

May 9, 2017 – The latest report from the Northern Projections: Human Capital Series recommends the Sudbury District build upon partnerships with Indigenous communities, to build capacity and address projected labour shortages. Authors James Cuddy and Bakhtiar Moazzami project the Sudbury District’s total population is expected to decrease by 18 percent from 2013 to 2041. […]

by ahnationtalk on May 9, 201753 Views

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Media Advisory: Business After-Hours taking place May 9th in Terrace Bay

May 2, 2017 – Here’s your opportunity to join the discussion. Northern Policy Institute and Aguasabon Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend Business After-Hours Tuesday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Join community members from the Thunder Bay District to find out more about what projects Northern Policy Institute is working on, meet the people behind […]

by pmnationtalk on May 5, 201779 Views

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Ending controversial political audits, panel recommendations to free up charities “good news for Canadian democracy”: CCPA

May 5, 2017 OTTAWA—Following a panel’s recommendation to allow charities more freedom to speak out, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) welcomes the federal government’s decision to suspend the Canada Revenue Agency’s controversial political activities audit program. But the CCPA still awaits closure on its own political audit. The CCPA was one of dozens […]

by pmnationtalk on May 5, 201760 Views

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Telecommunications: Ottawa must not hold back the 4th industrial revolution – MEI

Montreal, May 4, 2017 – The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will soon revolutionize every aspect of our economy and our lives, will force Ottawa to reconsider its telecommunications priorities and policies, argues the 2017 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, published today by the MEI. This “fourth […]

by pmnationtalk on May 4, 201771 Views

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Practical realities of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems across Canada undermine potential benefits – Fraser Institute

May 04, 2017 CALGARY—Governments across Canada fail to properly implement carbon-pricing schemes, which could, in theory, both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank. “Carbon-pricing in Canada doesn’t work the way ivory tower economists envision, and instead has […]

by pmnationtalk on May 4, 201768 Views

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Speech: Towards a new Defence Policy for Canada

From National Defence May 3, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Battista and the whole CDA Institute team, for hosting today’s event. It’s a pleasure being here with you today. I understand the CDAI had a productive exchange with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, in February about a range of issues facing the Canadian […]

by ahnationtalk on May 3, 201791 Views

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Petronas subsidiary failed to get regulatory approval before building at least 16 large dams in BC to trap freshwater for fracking operations, CCPA investigation reveals

May 3, 2017 VANCOUVER – A subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned Petronas, the company behind a massive Liquefied Natural Gas plant proposal near Prince Rupert, has built at least 16 large unauthorized dams in northeast BC to trap water used for fracking operations, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has learned. Two of the dams built […]

by pmnationtalk on May 3, 2017102 Views

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Policy Options: Changing expectations around Indigenous health

The following is an abridged transcript of a speech delivered April 20 by Alika Lafontaine, the collaborative team lead at the Indigenous Health Alliance. Lafontaine was the recipient of the 2017 Indigenous Emerging Leader, at the 2017 Public Policy Forum Testimonial Dinner and Awards. April 26, 2017 I’d like to share two stories, one about […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201761 Views

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MLI’s impact and influence 2016

At MLI our goal is to influence better federal public policy by positioning ourselves as thought leaders on the issues that are most important to Canadians. Therefore measuring our influence is essential to measuring our success. This section reports on MLI’s considerable influence in 2016, particularly in the areas of Aboriginal affairs, justice, the economy, […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201762 Views

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CCPA: Metro Vancouver families face increasing child care and housing costs

April 26, 2017 (Vancouver) The wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is virtually unchanged in the past year, however, child care and housing costs are major challenges for many families, a report released today finds. The 2017 Metro Vancouver living wage is $20.62 per hour for each parent […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201761 Views

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Open Media: Ahead of unveiling of FCC plans to scrap Net Neutrality, Congress urged to hold oversight hearings into FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s proposals

House and Senate leaders warned about the loss of Net Neutrality as Pai is widely expected to announce plans to dismantle common carriage safeguards this week April 26, 2017 – Leaders in Congress are being urged to hold oversight hearings into attempts by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai to undo Net Neutrality safeguards […]

by pmnationtalk on April 26, 201739 Views

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Carleton Professor to Participate in Institute for Research on Public Policy’s Workshop on the Indian Act

April 25, 2017 The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), in partnership with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and the School of Public Policy and Administration in the Faculty of Public Affairs, will host the workshop Understanding the Indian Act. The panel event will seek to answer questions and build knowledge of […]

by pmnationtalk on April 25, 201792 Views

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Lending volumes and credit conditions are improving for SMEs, but many firms continue to struggle to obtain financing that meets their needs – OECD

April 21, 2017 Lending volumes and credit conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have gradually improved, according to a new report from the OECD, but demand-side obstacles such as a lack of financial knowledge are contributing to holding back a stronger recovery. Moreover, SME finance through non-bank instruments is still not sufficiently developed to […]

by pmnationtalk on April 21, 201747 Views

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WRHA a Dysfunctional Model? – FCPP

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was established in the mid-1990s and it has grown into a massive, complex bureaucracy. Its budget is approaching $3 billion. Its many activities range from operating a central laundry to establishing standards while operating a multitude of regional programs, funding all hospitals, and operating some hospitals (including the Health Sciences […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 201752 Views

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We have a better budget for Nova Scotia – CCPA

April 20, 2017 Halifax—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia released its annual Nova Scotia Alternative Budget today, a week in advance of the current government’s tabling what is likely to be its last provincial budget before it calls an election. It is thus timely to hold our government to account for the choices it […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201761 Views

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Canada’s air cleanest it’s been in 40 years, stricter environmental regulation may unnecessarily harm economy – Fraser Institute

April 20, 2017 VANCOUVER—Canada’s air quality has dramatically improved over the past four decades despite significant population and economic growth and increased energy usage, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Imposing additional regulations might only harm economic growth with little or no measurable public […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201755 Views

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Site C: It’s not too late to hit pause – Policy Options

April 19, 2017 Site C is an $8.3-billion hydroelectric project in the early stages of construction by BC Hydro, the provincial power utility, on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. It is designed to produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity and 5,100 gigawatt-hours per year of energy, starting in 2024. Supporters of the project have […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201747 Views

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PPF: Canada Must Move Now to Unleash Economic Growth in the Agri-Food Sector

New report calls on federal government to create Agri-Food Growth Council TORONTO, April 20, 2017 – Canada’s agri-food leaders want Prime Minister Trudeau to create an Agri-Food Growth Council to focus on actions that will unleash growth in the industry, according to the Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse report, released today by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201754 Views

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Putting the care back into foster care – Policy Options

Youth in foster care should be nurtured and supported past the age of majority. On February 7, Bernard Richard, Acting BC Representative for Children and Youth, released a report called Broken Promises, chronicling the heartbreaking story of Alex Gervais, a Métis teenager who had been in care since he was a child. In September 2015, […]

by ahnationtalk on April 19, 201756 Views

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Selling Hydro Wires to Build Transit Lines: Cities’ $20 Billion Option – C.D. Howe Institute

..there is no compelling public policy rationale for municipalities to hold these assets. April 19, 2017 – Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs,” […]

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 201744 Views

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North needs to attract immigrants to counter population loss says think tank – BayToday.ca

‘To achieve these objectives, the North is expected to attract an average of some 6,000 people a year from next year and each year thereafter for 25 years’ A Northern Ontario think tank says the region needs a surge in population, with newcomers playing a key role. Northern Policy Institute, in a news release, predicts […]

by ahnationtalk on April 13, 201764 Views

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NPI Commissions a “Northern Newcomer Strategy”

Northern Ontario needs a surge in population, newcomers will play a key role April 12, 2017 – 75,000 workers, 150,000 people. These are the forecasted workforce and population shortfalls throughout Northern Ontario by the year 2041, even after allowing for the expected growth in the Indigenous population. In order to meet those goals the north […]

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 2017100 Views

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Fraser Institute News Release: Most wealth inequality in Canada explained by differences in people’s age

April 12, 2017 VANCOUVER—Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people’s age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. Wealth, measured by a household’s net worth, […]

by pmnationtalk on April 12, 201786 Views

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Home-Care Model is Failing Manitoba – FCPP

We know our population is aging, and a recent study by the University of Manitoba shows the province could need up to 5,000 personal care home beds by 2030, or approximately 300 to 350 beds per year. If we are successful in solving some of the patient-flow problems discussed earlier, and given the demographic wave […]

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 2017123 Views

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RCYBC: Protocol agreement signed

APRIL 10, 2017 Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing. The protocol, which was also signed by the Provincial […]

by aanationtalk on April 11, 201789 Views

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