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Ontario set to sell Thornhill hospital to private for-profit US-based conglomerate - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Sale directly opposes strategy outlined in province's Action Plan for Health Care.

Ontario PCs propose massive health care privatization — coalition - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Conservatives attempt to claim increased accountability through undemocratic, self-selecting hospital boards.

Extra-billing for day surgeries continues in Vancouver - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Government inaction leading to increasingly unequal and inaccessible health care.

Cost of meds to skyrocket following Canada-European Union Trade Agreement - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Patent reform being used as bargaining chip at expense of Canadians' health.

Privatization gives the last laugh to for-profits - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Undermining the common good not funny.

BC court case could affect Medicare for all Canadians - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Private clinic pushing to permit extra-billing.

Nova Scotians fight for federal involvement in Medicare - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Canada must help ensure efficient and equitable health care for all citizens across the country.

Celebrating 50 years of Medicare in Saskatchewan - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Suggestions for the continued success of public health care in Canada.

Ontario health system not fully utilizing nurses and practitioners — report - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Expanding scope of practice of health care professionals would help patients, improve cost-effectiveness of public system.

Nova Scotia enshrines principles of Canada Health Act in provincial law - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Changes help ensure health care remains public.

Slashing health care for refugees puts lives at risks, costs more - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Health care professionals rally to fight for equitable health care for all Canadians.

Nova Scotia health department contracting out AV and print services - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Questions about public benefits of arrangement remain unanswered.

Budget cuts will hit health care and social services hard — ON health advocates - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Video of presentations made at province-wide town hall meetings.

BC rally opposes contracting out health care services - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Liberals allow privatization to drive down wages.

Saskatoon Health Region ships jobs to private, for-profit Calgary company - Posted: May 23, 2012
  Protest rally supported by community members.

Alberta P3 study — higher costs and risks with private model - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Taxpayers have to foot the bill for bankrupt for-profit company.

CETA could be putting public health care at risk - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Clause for protection of Canada's public services too weak.

P3 model too costly for Saskatchewan long-term care project — report - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Traditional public funding would have saved taxpayers $10-20 million.

BC planning to contract out medical transcription services - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Patient confidentiality at risk.

Austerity budgets aren't healthy - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Doctors tell Harper and McGuinty to raise their taxes.

Drummond report is the first step in health care privatization — OCHU - Posted: February 29, 2012
  The stage is now set for more to come.

Market-based solutions don't improve the quality of health care or the efficiency of its delivery - Posted: February 15, 2012
  England offers prime examples of policies to avoid.

Ontario health care delivery changes include assembly-line style private clinics - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Under-funded public hospitals to suffer more cuts.

Binding arbitration needed in SK cancer care since major court ruling - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Contract delay affecting cancer patient care.

Fraser Institute skews results of report on health care wait times to please donors - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Inaccurate survey methods leave room for data manipulation.

Ontario Nurses challenge Drummond Commision's crisis thinking - Posted: January 24, 2012
  Research identifies relatively small deficit and debt to GDP ratios for Ontario.

Agriculture Union seeks industry support for retaining food safety inspectors - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Safe food is in the best interests of companies as well as Canadians.

Harper's health scheme will mean 'Goin' Down the Road' for Maritimers - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Regional out-migration to increase under heavy financial burdens.

Coalition warns McGuinty to end Ontario health care privatization - Posted: December 16, 2011
  Appointed provincial commissioner on public service reform recommends nation-wide privatization.

Health coalition lobbies to strengthen the Health Accord - Posted: December 15, 2011
  With future of medicare on the line, hundreds converge in Ottawa.

Huge majority of Canadians support a public health care system - Posted: December 07, 2011
  Top issue unites the country.

Obama ensures Americans protected against insurance abuse - Posted: December 07, 2011
  New legislation puts USA on track to single-payer system.

Liberals perform worse than predecessors on long-term care in Ontario - Posted: December 07, 2011
  Increased privatization has lessened the quality of services at the expense of taxpayers.

Regina-Qu'Appelle region fared better before transition to for-profit surgeries - Posted: December 06, 2011
  Health region now paying more to serve fewer patients.

Real toll of feds transfering veterans' care to provincial hands is high — Stoffer - Posted: November 24, 2011
  Job losses, reduced access to result.

New ON Public Hospitals Act must listen to the public, not private lobby — health coalition - Posted: November 23, 2011
  McGuinty already worked with hospital execs to do away with transparency through secrecy clause.

Big Pharma paid US doctors $760 million over two years to prescribe their medicines - Posted: November 09, 2011
  Drug companies profit at the expense of patients' health.

Curb inefficiency in health care to avoid bankrupting Albertan taxpayers - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Privatization not the solution.

Over 80 EU, CDN civil society groups demand an end to CETA - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Negotiations for sole benefit of transnational corporations.

P3s don't transfer risks to the private sector - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Bank crises drive up costs of private financing.

CETA threatens the generic pharmaceutical industry in Canada - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Trade agreement would cause loss of jobs and $1 billion per year in exports.

European and Canadian organizations join together, call for public debate on CETA - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Condemnation for lack of transparency in negotiations spreads.

Ontario still lacks patient transfer industry standards despite 2002 warnings - Posted: October 13, 2011
  Province's ministry of health only one in Canada that does not regulate patient transfer services.

Quebec to crack down on private staffing agencies in health care sector - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Ruling to be used as precedent in other cases.

Koch brother encouraged right-wing think tank researcher to use Social Security, Medicare - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Opponents of the public services did not hesitate to use them when needed.

Health Canada permitted caffeine in non-cola carbonated drinks to allow import of Scottish beverage - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Department of Foreign Affairs moved to eliminate 'long-standing trade irritant'.

Nova Scotia spends $100,000 on a private firm to find out how to cut health care costs - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Firm already a proponent of more privatization, sits on P3 council.

Ontario Tories and Liberals have deep ties to for-profit health care industry - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Ontario Health Coalition accuses insiders of influencing health care policy in favour of privatization.

60 UK hospitals facing closure due to PFI debt - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Public funds to be taken out of NHS to support private deals.

Former Albertan doctor with public and private system experience favours public health care - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Politicians pushing privatization not doing their jobs.

Tea Party campaign manager died for lack of private health insurance - Posted: September 15, 2011
  Ron Paul true to his word, though revelation comes after debate.

Secret emails reveal multi-level plans to privatize health care delivery in the UK - Posted: September 15, 2011
  Concerns strongest over basic right to health care, foreign involvement.

'Freedom' abused as excuse for letting the uninsured die - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Affordability of health insurance not a question of 'taking risks'.

New report proves universal Pharmacare is affordable - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Universal drug plan would actually save us money.

CMA advisory panel under fire for recommending increased private options - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Misleading panel report suggests Canadians don't care if the health system is private or public.

Privatizing parts of the health care system will make things worse - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Profits will motivate doctors to drive patients into private system.

Current competitive bidding process failing Ontario's ailing seniors - Posted: August 30, 2011
  Aging population needs equitable and effective homecare.

For-profit nursing home shuts down, leaves residents and their families vulnerable - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Low standards in care and unforeseen closures place elderly at risk.

National drug plan — pros and cons - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Profiteers have much to lose but many citizens have much to gain.

Alberta Liberals call on government to follow Auditor General's advice on overbilling doctors - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Appeals resonate as $1.8 million in overbilling over past two years have already been found.

Close call in Calgary — Private seniors' residence nearly evicts tenants to increase profits - Posted: July 20, 2011
  Secret 60-year contract surfaces to save affordable housing for ailing elderly.

Alberta NDP calls for RCMP to investigate healthcare queue jumping - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Seven complaints made to queue-jumping hotline in first week.

European public services committee raises concerns about CETA - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Calls on European Commission to respect public services in its negotiations.

Alberta Tories say queue-jumping not an issue, contradict evidence - Posted: June 16, 2011
  Report appeared to suggest plans to privatize health after the next provincial election.

Regulations, not free market forces, keep Canadian consumers safe - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Harper's quiet erosion of civil society and public services puts us all at risk.

UK would model one of world's most efficient health services on one of the least - Posted: June 08, 2011
  British health system would look a lot like the USA's if the NHS was privatized.

Private drug insurers don't take cost effectiveness or safety of drugs into account - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Canadians have little reason to trust the health care system to private operators.

Ontario PCs plan compulsory tendering of public sector support services - Posted: June 07, 2011
  Plan would divert 10 percent of hospital budgets from front lines to administration.

Walkom rebuts privatization proponents' framing, reveals true meaning of report - Posted: May 27, 2011
  Focus not on Medicare in Canada, but on problems in US system.

Report exposes the ghostwriting practice in the pharmaceutical industry - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Big Pharma, academics guilty of skewing results for profit, prestige.

Health care efficiency reforms better option than privatization - Posted: May 12, 2011
  Positive results more feasible nationally than on 'piecemeal' provincial, local levels.

Use public health care to attract investors — Adrian Dix - Posted: May 11, 2011
  BC NDP leader pushes province to capitalize on competitive edge.

Welland hospital to sell extended and long-term care beds to private company - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Beds may or may not reopen, at the company's discretion.

McGuinty sneaks hospital secrecy loophole into provincial budget - Posted: May 11, 2011
  'Reprehensible' process benefits vested interests.

New AB Health Act would limit rights to challenge government decisions, promote more privatization - Posted: April 28, 2011
  Public inquiry more important than ever to ensure the system looks after those who pay for it.

Canada Health Act violations occur nationwide, but provinces and feds illegally turn a blind eye - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Enforcing law is government's responsibility, regardless of whether in agreement with it.

P3 hospitals cost taxpayers more money, offer fewer services at lower quality - Posted: April 27, 2011
  New report highlights how and why public hospitals are far superior.

Harper government hands $10 million over to former Fantino campaign fundraisers - Posted: April 27, 2011
  New medical industrial park not the hospital Fantino promised in by-elections.

Reality check — Claiming that competition will improve healthcare quality defies all common sense - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Solutions lie in training more healthcare workers.

Privatization proponent to review Ontario health spending - Posted: April 08, 2011
  Emergency motion asks government to rescind appointment.

Health Accord in hands of unelected senate — Canada Health Coalition - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Advocates fear undemocratic move to bypass Parliament.

New documentary highlights seniors' care gaps in BC's health care system - Posted: March 10, 2011
  Investigation fuels need to address nationwide problems as boomers age.

CETA a "bad drug trip", Pharmacare a salve - Posted: March 09, 2011
  CETA would add $2.8 billion to annual drug expenditures.

Videos debunk health care myths - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Medicare less expensive, privatization not cheaper.

Wildrose leader's private model a flawed remedy for health care - Posted: February 22, 2011
  Privatization rhetoric justified by misleading claims.

Have your say on health care - Posted: February 22, 2011
  Introducing a new online avenue for meaningful discussion.

More complaints against concierge medical services surfacing - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Two BC clinics facing investigations.

Big Pharma may get speed-up of new drug approvals - Posted: January 30, 2011
  Health Canada putting private profit before public health.

Quebec health insurance board investigates clinics charging annual fees - Posted: January 29, 2011
  'Concierge' medical services contravene Canada Health Act.

SK CT scans contracted out despite underused public scanners - Posted: January 28, 2011
  32-month contract signed even though public delivery more cost-effective.

Calgary possibly to stop adding fluoride to public water supply - Posted: January 28, 2011
  Committee votes 5-1 against fluoride despite proven dental benefits.

Privatized health care could make businesses less competitive - Posted: January 15, 2011
  Canada Health Act needs to be more inclusive to remedy problems.

Invest in public hospitals, help poor — Saskatchewan polls - Posted: January 14, 2011
  57 percent oppose investing public funds in private clinics.

Reduce inequality to improve health of Canadians - Posted: January 06, 2011
  Health disparities play a significant role in health system costs — Health Council of Canada.

Naysayers are principle threat to Medicare — Dosanjh - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Harper should have dispelled myths and lies, and acknowledged national pride in health care system.

Brad Wall and the privatisation of Saskatchewan's health care - Posted: December 19, 2010
  Transfer of surgeries to private clinics won't cut costs or reduce wait lists.

Privatization fosters black market, Quebec MD says - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Controversy erupts in province over claims surgeons are slipped thousands to move patients up the list.

Alberta government denies privatization plan despite "smoking gun" - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Citizens rally at legislature to protest.

Compare health workers to sports stars – Ontario nurses - Posted: November 25, 2010
  ONA launches campaign to reframe how people see public servants.

30 percent of UK hospital's spending pays private finance supplier - Posted: November 24, 2010
  NHS will ultimately pay more than £50 billion for buildings worth £11 billion.

New BC drug review 'jeopardizing lives' - Posted: November 24, 2010
  Province went from best to worst in evaluating pharmaceuticals - Canada Health Coalition.

Alberta health care needs action, not a new health act - Posted: November 24, 2010
  Report identifies health care challenges and proposes real solutions.

Private health care is risky for all of us - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Private health care would be almost as bad for the wealthy as for the poor.

Programs to keep seniors living at home will require shifting public attitudes – again - Posted: November 17, 2010
  For 25 years, OCSCO has worked to put seniors' rights and collective needs on the public agenda.

"Mad Max" Bernier advances Conservative plan to end Medicare - Posted: November 05, 2010
  He sounds like the Harper who was at the NCC says Harper's former boss.

Peterborough Regional cuts more registered nurses, making 153 cut to date - Posted: October 26, 2010
  More than 2,400 RN positions cut across Ontario.

British expert joins coalition in warning about Ontario hospital funding changes - Posted: October 21, 2010

Julie Mason was a passionate medicare defender - Posted: October 20, 2010
  Investigative journalist said she was born with QUESTION AUTHORITY on her forehead.

Conflict of interest "infects" BC drug review panel - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Big Pharma helps OK drugs for sale in province.

Hospital staff rally to fight cuts in Peterborough - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Hospital staff from across Ontario assembled to protest deep cuts to services.

Private BC clinics violating the Canada Health Act - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Explosion of for-profit clinics jeopardizing equality and fairness of the health care.

Pharmacare central to preventing and eradicating poverty - Campaign 2000 - Posted: September 23, 2010
  The working poor and self-employed usually do not have work-based plans and are ineligible for provincial income-tested programs.

"Streamlining" Medicare - Posted: September 23, 2010
  Critics charge proposed Alberta Health Act a cover for privatization.

Privatization: the wrong direction for patients - Posted: September 23, 2010
  TV ads aim at Brad Wall government's plan to turn health care over to business.

Outgoing CMA president pumps private health insurance and user fees for patients - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Private approach would be to dismantle more than 60 years of progress - activists.

Systemic health reforms may be a prelude to privatization, warns new CMA president - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Sustainability is about providing universal access to high quality health care, delivered in a cost-effective manner - Jeff Turnbull.

National pharmacare plan could save up to $10.7 billion a year - study - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Private drug plans do poorly in comparison with public.

Maternal health funding could be a shell game – Oxfam - Posted: June 26, 2010
  It sounds like a lot of money, for five years, but Canada has spent a similar amount, in three days, for summits.

Canadian women demand action on G8 Muskoka Health Initiative - Posted: June 23, 2010
  36 prominent Canadian women have signed onto a letter urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protect the rights of women.

Economists who won't name winners and losers from dismantling medicare should be shamed - Posted: June 11, 2010
  Claim that medicare is too costly to maintain is based on economic and political myths.

SK contracts-out surgeries and tests - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Plan will harm the public health system because there are not enough resources to staff two parallel systems.

Canada-EU trade accord could erode health care - Posted: May 13, 2010
  British Medical Journal covers Canada-Europe trade deal controversy.

Private orthopedic clinic goes belly up - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Public purse to rescue bankrupt beacon of privatized health-care.

Healthcare surpasses jobs as top issue - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Returns to traditional place in list of Canadians' concerns.

Ontario's damaged home care system at risk again - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Ontario government lifts ban on competitive bidding.

Drug lobbyist resigns from Alberta public health panel - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Albertans have said time and again they want publicly delivered health-care - Brian Mason.

Keep Alberta health privatization out of Saskatchewan - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Costs of surgery in for-profit clinics will escalate and exceed cost of public non-profit facilities after introductory offer.

Walkom: Ontario's phony war against druggists - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Real health care cost drivers are the big multinational pharmaceuticals firms.

False assumptions behind health care user fees - Posted: April 30, 2010
  An open letter to the Prime Minister from Canadian Doctors for Medicare .

Weakened Ontario home care system put at risk if contract bidding resumes - Posted: April 13, 2010
  CUPE and Ontario Health Coalition warn against bringing back twice-suspended system of corporate competition for home care contracts.

Saskatchewan's surgical plan puts profits first, not patients - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Government fails to fund public surgical centre for $3 million but finds $5.5 million for private-for-profit care.

Recall of common food additive reveals government failures on food safety - Posted: March 15, 2010
  Contaminated protein was distributed for six weeks after contamination was detected

SK public servants settle, ON college teachers narrowly accept contract - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Agreement comes after five months without contract for SGEU members.

PM urged to "put people first" in budget - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Economic recovery needs quality public services, retirement security, adequate EI benefits.

Paris water public again, California resisting privatization - Posted: March 01, 2010
  California groups to launch media campaign against water bond, Victoria poised to reject sewage privatization.

Ontario home care contracts expiring, McGuinty may lift ban on competitive bidding - Posted: March 01, 2010
  Media campaign makes case for building public system, better working conditions.

Alberta budget spending shell game gets losing grade - Posted: February 23, 2010
  Increases to health care, infrastructure were financed by cuts to other areas, elimination of 800 public service jobs.

Time for Canada to get serious about pharmacare - Posted: February 19, 2010
  Courage needed to eliminate private health insurance tax subsidy, focus on income-dependent premiums for public insurance.

Social networking supports campaign for more nurses - Posted: February 18, 2010
  London nurses among groups to use Facebook to spread the word.

Cancer-care nursing cuts in London, 20 per cent loss of critical nursing knowledge - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Cuts to nursing staff will result in longer wait times, risks in complications.

New resources, research to help battle privatization in BC - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Lengthy contracts signed with private corporations to operate previously public services.

Premier Williams cross-border health care, world class cardiac unit in Toronto - Posted: February 12, 2010
  More Americans come here for cardiac care than Canadians going south.

Canada spends one-half per capita on health than US does, yet we are healthier - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Government pleads poverty, yet proceeding with tax cuts to Ontario corporations.

Sask health care providers have conciliatory talks canceled by province - Posted: February 02, 2010
  Union looks for collective agreements, launches tv ad in support of public services.

BC public-private partnerships (P3s) questioned by Auditor General, independent review called for - Posted: February 01, 2010
  "Bill of goods" being sold to Canadian taxpayers with privatization.

Nova Scotia school, hospital workers have tentative deals, Montreal starts strike - Posted: January 25, 2010
  Montreal blue collar workers start rotating strikes, without contract since 2007.

Nova Scotia hospital, school board workers set to strike - Posted: January 07, 2010
  Wage parity, inferior contracts issues before January 11 strike date.

Flaherty plans Walkerton medicine for Canadians - Posted: December 23, 2009
  Defends his record in Ontario that led to water contamination, hospital and school closures, cuts to protective services.

The business case and the human case both support public health care, says health economist - Posted: December 04, 2009
  But Canada loses its health-care edge with a pharmaceutical regime you could call "Little America" - Bob Evans

Public education, combatting complacency are key to maintaining medicare - Posted: December 04, 2009
  Clinics, nurse practitioners, and pharmacare combine to offer the forward - Linda Silas, CFNU

Medicare supporters should stick to values arguments - Nik Nanos - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Pollster says Canadians are too complacent about universal health care.

Many American doctors openly envy Canadians for their working conditions - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Private clinics in Canada undermining universality of health care.

How Sault Ste. Marie avoided massive line-ups and anger at their H1N1 clinics - Posted: November 09, 2009
  More effective care in Canada needed to seamlessly link primary health care to public health.

Private clinics looking to expand into Saskatchewan, saying they can reduce waits - Posted: November 06, 2009
  Progress is being made in wait times, says CUPE.

Defend access to health care based on need: Medicare Pledge from Canadian Health Coalition - Posted: November 06, 2009
  On-line initiative to demonstrate support for public insurance.

Hospital union leaders question ability of Ontario hospitals to handle H1N1 surge - Posted: November 06, 2009
  Province has the fewest beds per 1,000 of the population of any province in Canada.

Albertans distrust those running their health care - CBC poll - Posted: October 26, 2009
  Professionals get higher marks than politicians and senior managers.

Government continues to withdraw resources from federally-supported science - Posted: October 11, 2009
  Medical doctors and scientists now have severely reduced access to an important research tool.

New film: You, Me and the SPP - Posted: October 05, 2009
  What was the real agenda behind North America's overreaching security agreement? Market accessibility.

Front line justice workers call for changes in how mentally ill are treated - Posted: October 04, 2009
  Increasing incarceration of people with mental issues is cruel and unusual punishment - NUPGE.

BC Health Sciences Association blasts government for cutting autism support - Posted: September 27, 2009
  Says "improvement in service" is really $3 million in cuts.

Saskatchewan Crowns (corporations) on endangered species list - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Grassroots group fights to save affordable, accessible services from extinction.

Public-private partnerships put corporate paws in public pockets - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Bargain basement highways, meter-collecting revenues and public buildings give complex tax advantages to investors.

Tell the USA the truth about our healthcare system - Posted: August 22, 2009
  Avaaz petition aims to cause a stir in US media before congressional vote.

New poll shows overwhelming support for public health care - Posted: August 13, 2009
  CMA president's privatization agenda goes against Canadian current.

Do our federal politicians still believe in Canada? - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Bold, visionary national leadership needed, not more off-loading of responsibilities.

New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit - Posted: July 31, 2009
  US commentator asks: when did the profit motive become the new patriotism?

Quebec to expand private health care - without debate - Posted: July 31, 2009
  Province has gone further than Supreme Court demanded.

Overwhelming majority of Canadians back public health care - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Canadians have no appetite for further privatization, pollster finds.

US Businesses and economists back public health care with petition - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Public health care seen as saviour of the economy.

Quebec walking away from privatization partnerships - Posted: July 02, 2009
  P3 agency president has stepped down, following half his board in recent months.

Canadian health care: fact or myth? - Posted: June 14, 2009
  Canadian psychologist working in US helps sort facts from fantasy.

Listeria crisis reveals conflict of interest - Posted: June 14, 2009
  CFIA's mandate split between managing food safety and industry promotion.

Municipal governments organize for protection from NAFTA, WTO - Posted: June 13, 2009
  Delegates to national conference demand open public consultation, protection for democratic governance.

Report: "significant downsides" to privatization - Posted: June 11, 2009
  Examines risk, responsibility, accountability, effect on jobs, exit strategy of P3s.

British National Health Service would save $4.4 billion CAD if P3s bought back - Posted: June 03, 2009
  Research shows public-private building contracts no bargain.

Drug advertising allowed Canada that is prohibited in US - Posted: May 28, 2009
  In US, medications with serious risks carry warnings on packaging, cannot be advertised.

UK health researcher tells Canada: contracting-out hospital cleaning a big mistake - Posted: May 22, 2009
  Health care associated infections are fourth leading cause of death in Canada.

Universal health care drives the economy - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Employment, spending linked to access.

Video of protest, arrests at Ontario hospital raises questions - Posted: May 21, 2009
  P3 approval, centralization based on deception, resident claims.

Children's mental health facility in Ottawa on brink of bankruptcy - Posted: May 15, 2009
  15 years of provincial underfunding called "slow moving train wreck".

Swine flu shows need for good public health systems world-wide - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Beleaguered Mexican health care system ill-equipped, slow to respond to crisis.

Poll shows majority of Albertans oppose health cuts - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Staying the course, not delisting services, desired by 62 percent of respondents.

Rural Ontario hospital cuts will cost lives, residents charge - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Province's move to consolidate emergency health care in urban centres creates outcry.

Health Canada's drug safety procedures lacking, says study - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Rapid approval of drugs, no recall mechanism, puts public at risk.

Senate report says Canada lags in care of seniors - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Finds "serious gaps" in health care, transportation, housing and support systems.

EU farming studies may shift public policy - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Farming, food, health and environment need integrated oversight, author says.

Canadians get more public services than they pay for - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Families in middle 50 percent receive at least half their private incomes in benefits most take for granted - CCPA.

Privatization is not the answer to health care costs: properly adjusted public funding is - Posted: April 09, 2009
  With passing decades, federal cost-sharing with provinces has dwindled from 50 percent to the current 25 percent.

Ending privatized medicare in the USA - Posted: April 08, 2009
  US government subsidies enrich insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers and beneficiaries.

Court-ordered private health insurance in Quebec finds no takers - Posted: April 03, 2009
  Health minister claims medicare works so well that private options irrelevant.

Quebec hospitals to cost $4 billion more as P3s than if publicly-owned - Posted: April 02, 2009
  Not to late to cancel the process, PQ critic says.

Private clinics: Medical scans or marketing scam? - Posted: April 01, 2009
  "Preventative" scans often neither safe nor highly accurate.

BC government taking action on illegal medicare fees - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Attempted crack down at some for-profit clinics.

3,000 Ontario Red Cross home care workers begin strike - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Home health service professionals left living below poverty line after months of bargaining.

Deregulation of BC sewer system setting the stage for disaster: report - Posted: March 19, 2009
  Self-regulatory system open to conflict of interest, removes health officials' power to protect the public.

Court challenge to health-care privatization in Quebec - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Lawsuit contends Bill 33 undermines medicare.

US privatized food safety inspections graded: Fail - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Third-party audits for food safety likened to mail-order diploma mills for education.

Home care workers face increased squeeze - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Health corporations were paying poverty wages even before conservative meltdown hit.

Food safety: Time to rethink control by the WTO - Posted: March 11, 2009
  For over a decade, governments forced to overturn public-interest laws or face trade sanctions.

CMA elects public-system champion for president - Posted: March 10, 2009
  Last two presidents owned, campaigned aggressively for private clinics.

Federal budget cuts bad for your health - Posted: February 18, 2009
  Why go for lowest corporate tax rates in the G7 when we have bills to pay?

Ending the hidden agenda behind tax cuts - Posted: February 17, 2009
  What happens in the real world when this reasoning is taken to its logical conclusion?

Texas " a battleground" over privatization of health and human services - Posted: February 12, 2009
  Child Protective Services, Medicaid, food stamps on the block to lowest bidder.

BC poverty election issue as 200 organizations demand government action - Posted: February 11, 2009
  Open letter and petition gives concrete plan for taking on highest poverty rates in country, despite years of growth.

Ontario Auditor General: $614-million Brampton Civic P3 cost $394-million too much - Posted: February 05, 2009
  There is no doubt P3s can be done better. But no one is asking whether they should be done at all.

Ontario Auditor General slams P3 hospital financing - Posted: January 29, 2009
  Total of $394 million more to build Brampton through private consortium; audit sought for Royal Ottawa's P3 deal.

Letter from front line to Flaherty - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Instead of NSA corporate tax cuts, give tax credits for real investments in Canadian economy.

Half-hearted budget won't help the hard-hit - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Tax cuts, corporate handouts, minor benefits seriously underestimate the job at hand.

Social infrastructure creates three times more jobs than tax cuts - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Frontline workers tell first ministers to reinvest in public services.

How Canada can beat tough times - Posted: January 20, 2009
  Government bonds would give citizens a choice as to where they direct their support.

BC: Privatized hospital cleaning a failure - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Health and Safety reprimands, public complaints dog multinational contractor.

Canadians value public services over tax cuts: new poll - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Nanos Research shows broad support for social safety net in tough times.

Private company abandons contract at Ontario hospital - Posted: January 07, 2009
  Ontario Public Service Employees Union wins against controversial decision to privatize in-patient services.

Progressive policy leader Quebec winning the baby race - Posted: January 05, 2009
  Family and child-friendly policies help bring birth rate above national average.

US needs trillion dollar recovery package - Posted: January 03, 2009
  'You can't put out a forest fire with a squirt gun,' says Congressional Progressive Caucus.

On the heels of federal-provincial budget talks: a real plan to deal with the economic crisis - Posted: December 18, 2008
  Cutting interest rates is not enough

The plan: strong economy, fair society, clean environment - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Reports, petition, Facebook group promote ways to change Canadian society for the better.

Financing health care: is long-term sustainability possible? - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Report shows maintaining medicare is a matter of choice and political will, not government's ability to pay for it.

Ontario Auditor General slams Brampton P3 hospital - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Could have been built for millions less as fully public project.

UNICEF flunks Canada on child care - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Report card on Early Childhood Education and Care program ranks Canada at the bottom.

Georgia may completely privatize troubled mental-health system - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Deaths of patients linked to already insufficient, poorly-trained staff.

PEI nursing homes stay public - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Government scraps privatization plan in wake of widespread backlash.

Canadians can't afford not to have a public drug plan - Posted: December 03, 2008
  Canadian Health Coalition releases report on public hearings.

Health Coalitions across Canada ask Federal, Provincial Health Ministers to do their jobs - Posted: November 28, 2008
  Report cites violations of the Canada Health Act and their consequences nationwide.

Campaign 2000 releases new report cards on child and family poverty - Posted: November 23, 2008

Ad campaign takes on violence against hospital workers - Posted: November 12, 2008
  Twenty-three reported assaults in September alone at targeted hospital.

Winnipeg families speak out on nursing home shortages - Posted: November 10, 2008
  Manitoba study last year reported that the ratio of patients to staff was 80 to one.

McGuinty government wiping out elected hospital boards - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Ontario Health Coalition gets no answers from Ministry as to reasons.

Federal scientists launch campaign to end self-policing in food industry - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Research, regulation, power to act in the public interest need to be restored.

Calculating risk in public-private hospitals - Posted: November 05, 2008
  CMAJ examines the pros and cons of public-private hospital construction.

Aggressive medical billing techniques confusing Canadians - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Friends of Medicare, OHC both report increase in calls and complaints.

Private clinic in Victoria routinely charged $1200 'facility fee' for MRIs. - Posted: October 30, 2008
  One of 29 found violating Canada Health Act in BC, says Canadian Health Coalition.

Quebec ombudsman denounces hospital's offsite, private surgery deal - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Fears patient rights not protected.

Ontario MPP irate over illegal health charges - Posted: October 30, 2008
  PC member was charged $125 to book appointment.

Ontario hospitals condemn privatization of outpatient services - Posted: October 29, 2008
  Public labs cost only two-thirds that of private clinics.

Many P3 hospital deals, but little public scrutiny - Posted: October 28, 2008
  In Ontario alone, 19 hospitals are being financed and constructed by private sector.

Study: Private clinics cause public waiting lists to swell - Posted: October 23, 2008
  Wait times longer where private clinics poach staff from public system.

Privatizing health care is not the answer: lessons from the United States - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Why the US spends more and gets less.

Scotland bans privatized hospital services - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Privatized support services connected to rise in superbugs.

Private clinics eroding fairness and equality of public health care - Posted: October 08, 2008
  New report: 89 suspected violations of the Canada Health Act in 5 provinces.

Thousands rally for public health care across Ontario - Posted: October 05, 2008
  Marchers in five cities protest cuts to dozens of hospitals.

Housing, homelessness, health and the 2008 federal election - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Housing insecurity at record levels.

Canada still needs child care - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Canadians have less access to services than those in 19 other countries.

Canadian Medical Association wants full inquiry into Canada's tainted meat scandal - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Death toll already double that of Walkerton E. coli outbreak.

US investor threatens first ever healthcare suit - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Will cite provincial private clinics as unfair competition.

Privatization in many forms looms as potential election issue - Posted: September 11, 2008
  Another public service nightmare story could galvanize debate.

This fall, vote for medicare - Posted: September 11, 2008
  Harper government not collecting needed data nor enforcing rules.

New Brunswick watchdogs keying in on P3 nursing homes deals - Posted: September 10, 2008
  Ombudsman, Auditor General to launch review of contract struck between provincial government and Shannex Inc.

Privatization of Texas State services a "slow-motion disaster" - Posted: September 09, 2008
  Audit shows management problems continue five years later.

Harper ignores health risks for food - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Government meat inspectors' powers reduced in March without public discussion.

NDP demands reinstatement of fired food inspection worker - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Says government attempting to hide issue from public.

Food inspection deregulation a 'disaster' - Posted: July 28, 2008
  BSE-testing cut to save cash

American health administrator says she can't protect public in profit-driven system - Posted: July 16, 2008
  Missouri state hospitals closing unprofitable mental health units.

Independent study validates Canada's medicare program - Posted: July 02, 2008
  Finds public medicare made major impact in reducing socioeconomic differences in deaths.

Welcome to 'Free Public Services Day' - Posted: June 30, 2008
  When our taxes are paid for the year, so are the benefits of civilization.

Two hundred and fifty seniors' health care workers lose jobs to privatization on Vancouver Island - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Hundreds of long-term care beds to close over summer, replaced by for-profit institutions.

PEI health care workers unite against privatized nursing homes - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Activists lead forceful opposition to P3 mindset.

Mental health care must be brought into the mainstream of Medicare - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Part of NUPGE's 10-Step Plan for improving public health care services.

New public Peterborough hospital dramatically cheaper than public-private partnerships - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Comparison of costs raises questions about P3 funding practice.

Alberta union offers $500 prize for best video about health-care privatization - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Winning video to be posted on YouTube.

Mental health expert: public sector in crisis - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Major study requested as disability claims soar in critical public services.

Public Science, 25,000 S & T workers affected by government labs transfers report - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Should government relinquish responsibility for leadership and accountability?

Alberta health boss denies plan to privatize care - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Mexican project haunts board chair Ken Hughes.

Will Alberta health mega-board create uncertainty among providers? - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Impact on health care to be monitored in coming months.

Twelve Alberta health authority boards rolled into one - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Appointed, unaccountable board addresses neither wait times nor workloads.

Alberta puts private industry in charge of public health administration - Posted: May 21, 2008
  New board chair is insurance industry investor.

Service union questions private clinics - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Federal government asked to enforce the Canada Health Act.

Health professionals seek action on national HR shortages - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Government must address growing shortage of health care professionals

Provincial, federal governments ignore private clinic violations of Canada Health Act - Posted: May 14, 2008
  Growing trend bleeds public health care system of needed skills and services.

P3 for Quebec City hospital going nowhere - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Hospital administration asks province to drop efforts to fund facility as private-public partnership.

Scotland to build UK's largest new hospital without private funding - Posted: April 29, 2008
  Strictly public financing for the 'health campus'.

Election victory no mandate to gut health care in Alberta, says HSAA president - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Messages from new Health Minister's office resemble cost-cutting of '90s.

Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care - Posted: April 15, 2008
  Health professional's group is sounding alarm bells in advance of National Medical Laboratory Week.

Water filtration P3s are election issue for Saint John - Posted: April 14, 2008
  Mayoralty candidates open the discussion, ponder becoming for-profit regional water supplier.

US health insurers' bottom line: reject odds-on claimants - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Health care covers only healthy people.

Mantra of fiscal conservatism new phenomenon - Posted: April 07, 2008
  Rather than reduce government programs during recession, we used to increase them.

Privatizing surgery is a dangerous mistake, says NSGEU - Posted: March 25, 2008

P3 hospital construction costs more, delivers less than proposal - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Specifics of cost overruns, service cuts and cover-up in the Brampton Hospital P3.

Shelve Castonguay, support medicare, says CUPE - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Report on the Canada Health Act ignores already significant inroads into private health care.

Privatization: a reality check - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Canadians really do not want to privatize the public services that are most important to them.

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