Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State

by Terrance Hunsley First in a Series It was a nice little quip for amateur philosophers. In Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai was asked about the French Revolution and the development of democracy, and was reported to have replied “..it is too early to say.” Had that story not been debunked, those … More Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State

The Sixties Scoop Court Decision Reveals Problems in Children’s Protective Services

by Terrance Hunsley The federal government recently announced a fund to compensate indigenous people who as children were taken from their families and put up for adoption by non-indigenous families. It was in response to a class action court case filed on behalf of about 16000 children taken by child welfare authorities from reserves in … More The Sixties Scoop Court Decision Reveals Problems in Children’s Protective Services

Report of Pearson Centre Roundtable on Poverty Reduction

  By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre (Reprinted with permission of The Pearson Centre) Hosted by the Somerset West Community Health Centre, Ottawa December 8, 2016 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Executive Summary 2. Overview; Format and Objectives 3. Discussion Summary 4. Analytical Comments 5. Recommendations for the Federal Government Attachment 1. List … More Report of Pearson Centre Roundtable on Poverty Reduction

Insiders and Outsiders in Health and Social Care

Recent research by Naomi Lightman (1) of the University of Toronto paints a stark picture of the earnings divide between health and social care professionals, and non-professionals working in the same sector, in English-speaking (read “liberal economy”) countries. Lightman looked at the distribution of employment in health and social care in The USA, UK, Ireland, … More Insiders and Outsiders in Health and Social Care

What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

by Terrance Hunsley   There has been a lot of discussion about the need for a basic income of some form, in Canada as well as several other countries. Many proponents of reform call it a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), and it seems that several governments are considering it. I have already gone on record … More What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

Research Chronicles disappointments in Prevention of Dementia – Cochrane Collaboration

The Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group of a global network of evaluation scientists (the Cochrane Collaboration) recently completed a systematic review of community and in clinic research to determine if giving cholesterol – lowering drugs (statins, specifically) to older people who were considered at risk of dementia but still with normal cognition, would prevent the … More Research Chronicles disappointments in Prevention of Dementia – Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane Review of Smoking and Mental Illness: More Questions than Answers

A recently completed Cochrane Collaboration systematic review led by the Schizophrenia Group, was unable to come up with enough high quality evidence to indicate whether professional advice provided to people with serious mental illness is effective in reducing smoking among that population. However they did point out that people with serious mental illness are about … More Cochrane Review of Smoking and Mental Illness: More Questions than Answers

Understanding the Accidental American: Tina’s Story

By Allison Christians This is a reprint from Tax Analysts of a presentation by Prof. Allison Christians (McGill  Law). Politudes published an earlier paper by Prof Christians entitled “Challenging Fiscal Havens and Tax Avoidance by Global Corporations” (see recent posts). This article shows a kind of flipside, the heavy hand of US tax law for … More Understanding the Accidental American: Tina’s Story

It’s Time to Restore Canadian Democracy and Trust in Government (Politudes Commentary)

The massive election upset by Justin Trudeau with a message of hope and optimism shows that Canadians really want to trust and have pride in their national government. They voted for change and they want a working democracy. They voted bravely, to support investment in infrastructure and economic stimulus, redistributing tax revenues from the wealthy … More It’s Time to Restore Canadian Democracy and Trust in Government (Politudes Commentary)

It’s Time to Rethink Child Care: It’s Time for Pre-School

By Margaret McCain This article is reprinted with permission of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy (thepearsoncentre.ca). It is a Canadian think tank which solicits proposals for progressive initiatives to put forward during the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign. Politudes is a non-partisan publication and does not endorse any party or platform, but publishes material … More It’s Time to Rethink Child Care: It’s Time for Pre-School