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22 Jan 2019
Jan
22
The American economy is adrift, like a huge sailing ship. When tides are high and winds are favourable, it can be headed in the right direction. But when conditions darken, the U.S. economy will have no mooring or anchor to rely upon. It could even end up crashing on the rocks once again as it did in 2008. The U.S. economy is now a decade into a sustained growth cycle, and it is essentially back to its potential growth path. Near-term economic conditions are generally positive, notwithstanding the trade war with China and the recent meltdown in share prices for many profitable and well-performing companies. U.S. economic growth was robust in 2018, fuelled by a tax cut that advantaged firms and higher-income individuals, and the...
17 Jan 2019
Jan
17
Canada’s unemployment rate remained at its lowest recorded level at the end of 2018, but it does not reveal the whole story. Although a low unemployment rate points to a strong labour market performance, it masks variations among the provinces. The jobless rate in Atlantic Canada, for example, is significantly higher than the national rate, but the majority of unemployed persons reside in Ontario, where access to unemployment benefits is more limited because of eligibility criteria. More balanced Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility – both regionally and toward workers in non-standard jobs – would better recognize the labour market reality in Ontario. With no month-over-month change, the national unemployment rate in December stayed...
17 Jan 2019
Jan
17
Ontario Premier Doug Ford uses the term “hallway medicine” to describe the overcrowding in hospitals, with patients languishing outside for want of beds. The image creates a potent picture of people needlessly suffering because of an ill-organized and poorly funded non-system in which institutional interests are put before patients. This image has defined the problem to be addressed. The appointment of a thoughtful and respected membership to the Premier’s Council on Improving Heathcare and Ending Hallway Medicine, under the leadership of the distinguished Dr. Rueben Devlin, creates a real opportunity for major change in how we organize and fund our health-care system in Ontario. Previous approaches tinkered with incremental change...

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