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The province committed $132 million to a program called 'A GP for Me' during the 2013 election campaign. At that time, 200,000 British Columbians needed family doctors, an increase of about 25,000 over 2010. Negotiated with the Doctors of B.C., the program aimed to match all British Columbians with a family doctor by 2015.
However, Health Minister Terry Lake admitted last year the program wouldn’t meet its goal. Health Match B.C., a health-professional recruitment service funded by the province, has postings for 329 permanent family-doctor positions in B.C. Of those, Vancouver Island accounts for 57 postings, 11 in Victoria.
“Was it a very stretched target? Yes. There is not a jurisdiction that I know that’s been able to achieve it,” Lake said.
That makes it sound as if the whole exercise is beyond our capacity to plan. But doctors are not like truffles. We don’t send pigs to forage for them under trees. We train them at our universities. If we have too few, we must educate more.
It costs the government about $500,000 to educate a general practitioner. That means training 200 more doctors would cost about $100 million — not a huge amount for a ministry that spends $18 billion a year.
The province has already more than doubled the number of spaces for medical students, from 128 in 2003-04 to 288. Certainly, all those new doctors would have to be paid after they graduate, but paying general practitioners is a far cheaper way to treat people than looking after them in emergency wards. Read more by clicking on title.
Can't find a doctor?
The main reason we have long wait times is that our training facilities don’t turn out enough physicians to meet demand.
B.C. needs to add about 450 additional doctors every year to keep up with our growing and aging population. But we graduate only 300.
Let's make this an election issue!
The B.C. Supreme Court is hearing a case that, however it turns out, will reshape the face of Canada’s health-care system. Dr. Brian Day, who runs the Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver, is arguing that various limitations on private care should be removed. Lawrie McFarlane exposes some of Day's myths.
Pipelines and fracked gas are not the pathway to Paris solutions; they are the path to increased wildfires, water shortages and other disasters. Read more by clicking on title.
The Leap Manifesto is non-partisan social and political initiative supporting the idea that we could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities. A leap to a non-polluting economy creates countless openings for similar multiple “wins.” We want a universal program to build energy efficient homes, and retrofit existing housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods will benefit first and receive job training and opportunities that reduce poverty over the long term. We want training and other resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring they are fully able to take part in the clean energy economy. Please visit their website
Gives resons why we should have Canada Post. Please send your MP a message urging a public review of Canada Post.
The pressure is now on Justin Trudeau to perform and to make good on all his election promises. His promises are listed.
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See Elizabeth May's to-do list
The new Liberal government has indicated it will revamp "problematic elements" of C-51, for instance by ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the charter. It also plans to create a security-cleared committee of parliamentarians who could see any relevant information held by federal agencies. Please read more by clicking on title.
You-tube video:Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100%.
Please see Trade Agreements for information on Trans Pacific Partnership
Watch this moving speech by retired Kootenay MLA Corky Evans at The Common Sense Canadian's "Take Back Our BC" townhall tour event in Nelson, BC. Once again Corky was teamed up with the touring Rafe Mair. The inimitable Evans discusses globalization, the loss of our social democracy, and the need for citizens to become engaged in the political process to reclaim their environment and public resources. Note that it was at the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities’ conference in 2008 called “BC for $ale” that the dynamic duo of Rafe and Corky made their first appearance.
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|Alberta tarsands produce 2 % GDP
providing only 112,000 jobs.
Renowned Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki speaks about the environment, the economy, climate change and our future. In this six part video, Suzuki makes strong case that the economy must include the environment. See his six part speech video by cliking on the links below:
Visit the site a group called Voices-voix- are speaking out about the Harper government's past attempts trying to kill our democraacy and science research..
This group is monitoring whether the government is implementing its promises, going far enough in their solutions, or causing damage. If you're interested in volunteering with Voices, find out how here. And if you have tips on updates to our case studies or information on areas where the government is harming dissent and democracy, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Social Forum is coming to Montreal in August 2016. The World Social Forum brings together thousands of people looking for concrete alternatives to the neoliberal economic model and the imperialist policies that undermine human dignity and the environment. Become involved. Read more on the above webpage.
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