Policy and Politics

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by Tolu Ojo

Skies are far from clear as pandemic restrictions ease

Even with travel restrictions lifting, COVID-19 isn’t going away. If you decide to travel, plan for a bumpy ride.

by Pooja Gandhi Arnav Agarwal

Health Care in Hues: Confusion remains a pandemic threat

Mixed messaging has been rampant throughout the pandemic and continues today. This has threatened public confidence in political and scientific leadership.

by Sabreena Delhon Susitha Wanigaratne

Weaponizing science: Effort to misuse evidence to drive anti-abortion policy fails

A recent bill that misused research to justify restricting abortion rights was defeated in Parliament. But skewing scientific evidence this way still threatens our democracy.

by Anne Borden King

‘This is the community in action’: Toronto’s Disability Vaccine Outreach Initiative

Disabled people are assisting their peers in gaining access to vaccines while also educating vaccine clinics about access needs. It's just one example of why involving communities in the rollout matters.

by Michèle L. Hébert Chantal Czerednikow Jonathan Lai

People with developmental disabilities have a right to better dental care and less suffering

People with developmental disabilities face barriers to dental care. It's time we took action to ensure that they do not remain invisible to dentists.

by Segun Ogundele

Global inequities intensify debate on decolonizing health care

For the decolonization of global health to succeed, there is a need for Global South countries to step up and address the legacies of colonialism within their health and education sectors.

by Juweiriya Ahmed Kevin Jia Qi Chen Dorothy Qian Laura Diamond

‘It’s hell for inmates in there’: COVID precautions in prisons are worsening mental health

COVID-19 precautions in prisons, such as extended lockdowns and reduced visits, are taking a serious toll on prisoners' mental health

by Emily Gruenwoldt Lisa Wolff

Building our children’s future today

Canada needs to show bold vision and become a world leader when it comes to the health and well-being of our children and youth. Here's how it can do that.

by Jillian Macklin

When a city program is really just another pathway to eviction

The pandemic has intensified the suffering of homelessness. Rather than applauding Toronto's band-aid solutions, like the new program Pathway Inside, we must commit to affordable, permanent housing.

by Amie Tsang

Finding shelter space like running an ‘obstacle course’

Helping someone who is homeless in Toronto access an indoor place to stay can be “like a gladiator’s obstacle course.”

by Larry W. Chambers Hanna Levy Eva Liu

COVID mortality rate highlights need to re-examine long-term care 

The tragedy of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes should catalyze a paradigm shift in Canada’s approach to promoting the health of our aging population.

by Chandandeep Kaur Bal Ripudaman Singh Minhas

As COVID ravages the diaspora, Canadian children of South Asian descent are in crisis

South Asian youth are struggling during COVID-19. Here are the supports they need right away.

by Allan O’Dette

Good things happen when governments follow doctors’ advice: OMA

Cresting Ontario's third wave is a reminder that "good things happen for people and patients when governments listen to doctors."

by Rachel Watts

‘I felt I failed them completely’: Doctor describes shame, frustration as she responds to crisis in India

Dr. Rajani Surendar Bhat talks about the toll that treating COVID-19 in India is taking on her mental health.

by Rachel Watts

The double pandemic: Canadian doctors running “parallel wards” for family and friends in India

Samir Gupta answers medical questions from family and friends with COVI-19 in India from 10 PM until the early morning. He is one of many Indo-Canadian doctors who are battling a "double pandemic" in both Canada and India.

by Laurie Proulx Hilary Brown Yona Lunsky Lesley A. Tarasoff Kate Welsh

A call for inclusive health research

We need an inclusive approach to health research, one that engages the affected communities in all aspects of the research and that meets them where they are.

by Larry W. Chambers Madeleine Smith

New MAiD legislation calls for the wise words of a pioneer

The new MAiD law should provoke reflection about our own attitudes toward death. A place to start is a wise 12-minute video produced by a prominent geriatrician shortly before his own medically assisted death.

by Max Binks-Collier

Communities are taking the lead on vaccinating hot spots

Community-health organizations are trying to make the rollout of vaccines in hot spots as accessible and equitable as possible by directly reaching out to hot-spot residents.

by Darren Cargill

Bazinga! A unified model of palliative care in Ontario

To ensure access to high-quality palliative care for all Ontarians facing a life-limiting illness, we need a unified model of palliative care across Ontario.

by Gary Bloch

Toronto doctor challenges Commons committee to prioritize ‘social recovery’

This pandemic, placed on top of the longstanding social pandemic, has created a "syndemic" – a synergistic pandemic – in which the spark of COVID has ignited a tinderbox of social inequity.

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