Time for National Consultation on Poverty Reduction to Bear Fruit

by Terrance Hunsley When the Trudeau government was elected, Jean Yves Duclos was appointed to cabinet with a mandate to implement increases to children’s benefits, and to consult with Canadians on further measures to reduce poverty and strengthen the middle class. The consultation has been underway for a year and a half, and Minister Duclos … More Time for National Consultation on Poverty Reduction to Bear Fruit

The problems are getting clearer; the solutions, ah… not so much: OECD in Canada to talk work and social policy

  by Terrance Hunsley The OECD social policy ministers were in Canada on May 14 to talk about some familiar themes – economic inequality, precarious work, job destruction by automation, and how to adjust social protection and income redistribution. Underlying the exchange of views was the spreading concern about voter backlash and the disappearance of … More The problems are getting clearer; the solutions, ah… not so much: OECD in Canada to talk work and social policy

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