by Terrance Hunsley Another election season with its caricatures of professional wrestling. Personal insults. Skeletons in closets. Spending promises with unstated conditions and no accounting for results. Financial treats for major voting groups. Sound bites. Political theatre. It’s what we might call Pandering Politics, and it distorts democracy because it ignores how well Canada is … More Could Elections be about Measurable Goals?
By Terrance Hunsley Surely one of the biggest concerns of people all over the world is the disruptive transformation of work and jobs. There are so many commissions, consultations, conferences and books, on the future of work. You would think that intelligent people would have figured out what to do by now. But … More Who works for workers in the new world of work?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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