Long-delayed introduction of Pharmacare should be top priority in this election

When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own … Continue reading Long-delayed introduction of Pharmacare should be top priority in this election

Global warming rise is unstoppable while capitalism blocks prevention

The tenacious refusal of the world’s business and political leaders to heed the warnings of climate scientists about global warming raises the stark possibility that it may already be too late. The tipping point beyond which concerted preventive action becomes impracticable is just twelve years away, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. … Continue reading Global warming rise is unstoppable while capitalism blocks prevention

Capitalism worst possible economic system for a planet ravaged by global warming

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. --Oliver Goldsmith. Twenty years ago, I wrote an op-ed in which I described free-market capitalism as “the most unjust and barbaric economic system ever devised, and one that now oppresses and abuses most of the world’s people.” I was scorned … Continue reading Capitalism worst possible economic system for a planet ravaged by global warming

The decline of reading causes a decline in thinking, which in turn impairs social and political participation

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. --Joseph Addison. The number of newspaper readers is plunging by the millions in most countries, including Canada and the United States. This decline is driven by the hundreds of metro dailies that have been forced to close, merge, or drastically reduce their size or … Continue reading The decline of reading causes a decline in thinking, which in turn impairs social and political participation

CEOs, politicians no more likely to heed scientists’ latest global warming deadline than they were all their previous alarms

With few exceptions, the world’s economic and political leaders are not long-term thinkers. The CEOs seldom look beyond the next business quarter, the politicians beyond the next election. If they do occasionally peer into the future, it is usually to anticipate the increase of their profits and power. They assume that the reign of global … Continue reading CEOs, politicians no more likely to heed scientists’ latest global warming deadline than they were all their previous alarms

Global warming and corporate greed combine to destroy forests with fire and felling

The razing of millions of acres of forests by wildfires has been increasing in scale and intensity for the past few decades. This year has set new records for the number of trees and shrubs destroyed by fire – not just in the United States and Canada, but also in many other countries, including England, … Continue reading Global warming and corporate greed combine to destroy forests with fire and felling

Latest report on Canada’s shoddy child care is unlikely to reduce government neglect

A recent report on Canada’s abysmal failure to protect and care for the country’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens – its children – made headlines and stirred ripples of shame and outrage. Compiled by Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, the study found that children in Canada suffer from shockingly high … Continue reading Latest report on Canada’s shoddy child care is unlikely to reduce government neglect