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Who gets left behind when we are forced to triage scarce health resources?

By Roxanne Mykitiuk and Trudo Lemmens      

It always requires some effort to safeguard human rights. But it can take a pandemic to force our hand and lay bare the depth of our commitment.

Canada's federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Feb. 6, 2020. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With rapidly rising infection rates due to COVID19, provincial and territorial health care officials are bracing themselves for situations of extreme shortage of critical care beds, medical equipment and personnel necessary to treat the sickest of the sick in hospital settings. In a pandemic setting, triage is the allocation of treatment and scarce resources to patients according to a pre-determined set of criteria or priorities in order to achieve a specific goal.

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MacAulay says ‘progress’ being made cutting veterans’ benefit backlog amid COVID-19

News|By Palak Mangat
After vowing to hire about 350 new workers and extend the contracts of roughly 160 existing staff members last summer, teams will be simultaneously ‘up and running’ in the next quarter, the feds say.

‘Enough is enough’: new group aims to open path for Filipino-Canadian candidates in next federal election

Filipino-Canadians could rally voters in closely-contested ridings across the country, say the founders of the Filipino Canadian Political Association.

MPs call for re-vamp of federal role in long-term care system devastated by COVID-19

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With the most anticipated budget in recent Canadian history just around the corner, MPs from both sides of the aisle are calling for desperately needed infrastructure funding for long-term care homes across the country.

Thirteen suburban ridings will be key battlegrounds in next election, say former Liberal MPs and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
If an election were held today, the Liberals would win most of the 13 suburban ridings decided by the closest margins in the last election, say pollsters.

Feds brushing ‘crumbs’ to Black Canadians, says former Liberal MP Caesar-Chavannes

In appointing her successor as parliamentary secretary, Celina Caesar-Chavannes says the prime minister is continuing a ‘pattern of behaviour.’

In election-style address, Trudeau pits Liberals’ appetite for change with Conservatives’

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In his Liberal convention address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took several direct swipes at Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole.

Liberals endorse basic income, whistleblower protections, ‘green new deal’ at convention

News|By Beatrice Paez
There were a number of resolutions that were immediately shot down by grassroots members, including one urging the government to create a program for student-loan recipients to reduce their debt through volunteer work.

Digital-first campaigns come with competitive advantage, Democratic organizers tell Grits

Remote staffing can be a ‘game changer’ to bring in diversity of skills and organizers for key roles are among the lessons learned by U.S. Democratic organizers during a pandemic election.

Liberal MPs Fergus, Ien reflect on death of George Floyd nearly a year since his killing

News|By Beatrice Paez
As the only Black female MP in Parliament, the Liberals' Marci Ien says it was equally important for her to demonstrate to young people that she had a place in politics.
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