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Public health measures, better food labelling should be a high priority

By David Crane      

Preventive measures will not only reduce the demand or need for costly healthcare treatments but will enable more Canadians to live healthier lives and be more productive members of society.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jane Philpott. Canadians spend about $250-billion a year on health care. With an aging population, the prospects are for a continuing rise in health-care costs, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

TORONTO—When we calculate how well off we are, it’s not just a matter of money. Our standard of living depends on our health as well as our income. In fact, one could argue that the single best measure of human progress is the gain in life expectancy—particularly the gain in healthy lives.

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‘Natural attrition’ can absorb most jobs in fossil fuel industry in managed phase-out, says economist

News|By Beatrice Paez
Most of the job losses would be concentrated in 18 communities in Western Canada, according to the report, with Wood Buffalo, Alta., where Fort McMurray is located, and Estevan, Sask., expected to be hit hardest.

Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle yet another indication Liberals ‘clearing the decks’ for a spring election, say political watchers

News|By Abbas Rana
One of the jobs of a minority government is to look for an opportunity to win a majority government, says Liberal strategist David Herle.

Conservatives need to chart ‘uniquely Canadian’ vision of party in wake of Capitol Hill riot, say political players

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Mr. O'Toole needs to have a 'blanket position that is against violence, that is in favour of law and order, and in favour of stable democracy,' according to leading pollster Nik Nanos.

Pandemic election bill far from the finish line, as talk of spring vote continues

PM Trudeau says he doesn’t want an election. ‘Prove it,’ says ex-chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley. 

As Ford declares second state of emergency, some federal Ontario MPs say situation at ‘critical point,’ looking for more clarity

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Ontario provincial government has declared a second state of emergency in the wake of spiraling cases of the pandemic.

With Trump leaving and Biden taking over as U.S. president, ‘stars aligned’ for Canada on having a ‘stable, experienced partner,’ say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden will face a number of daunting challenges, including uniting a divisive America, and the best way to do that is to tackle the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the U.S.

Prisoners owed ‘remedy’ for harsh conditions in prisons amid COVID, says watchdog

The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.

Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

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The changes weren’t made in a vacuum, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

100 days in, Greens’ leader Paul says she’s close to homing in on where to run

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mobilizing younger voters, especially millennials, would be a 'political windfall' for the Greens, especially in ridings where left-leaning voters have a say in the outcome, says Nik Nanos.
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