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Canada’s health system serves as model for Sanders but faces troubles of its own

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Experts warn of major threat of privatisation and point to concerns over gaps in coverage, even as Canadians are widely proud of their healthcare system Bernie Sanders will arrive in Toronto this weekend for a crash course in an released a report documenting 136 private clinics across the country and highlighted that 71 of these were selling faster access to services covered by the countrys health care system. Whats more, the report suggested that many of the clinics were charging patients while also billing the public health care system a practice that runs contrary to Canadian law. Relying on volunteers […]

Canada has spent $110,000 to avoid paying $6,000 for indigenous teen’s orthodontics

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As Justin Trudeau highlights struggles faced by First Nations, report reveals costs of court battle after family sought government help paying for care Days after Justin Trudeau told the United Nations that his government was working hard to improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada, it has emerged that his government spent more than C$110,000 ($88,000) in legal fees to avoid spending C$6,000 on orthodontics for a First Nations teenager suffering from chronic pain. The figures, released through the Access to Information Act, determined that the denial of payment was reasonable. During a span of 16 months, […]

‘We stand to wipe out a whole era’: how the 1970s could vanish from Vancouver

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The Empire Landmark Hotel is the latest brutalist icon set to be demolished in a frenzy of property speculation. Is it wrong to destroy an entire decade? For nearly 40 years from his vantage point at the top of the Empire Landmark Hotel, Yunus Khan has watched Vancouver grow up. You would barely recognise it, he says of the city as it looked when he took his first job at the hotel, doing maintenance. Beyond the 42nd-storey window, the jagged silhouette of the North Shore mountains, the lush surprise of Stanley Park, and the cobalt passage of Burrard Inlet are […]

‘The help never lasts’: why has Mexico’s education revolution failed?

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Education was meant to be president Enrique Pea Nietos flagship policy. Yet salaries are still being paid to ghost teachers who never enter a classroom, while children lack the tools and even the food they need to learn Its almost four in the afternoon, and a quarter of the fifth-grade pupils at ngel Albino Corzo primary school in Buena Vista havent eaten all day. The children are fidgety and distracted as their teacher explains decimals on the white board. They are counting down the minutes until break time, when they will be given a small portion of beans with tortillas […]

Canada offers places for addicts to shoot up safely. Can the US copy the model?

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North Americas first supervised injection clinic opened in Vancouver in 2003, and now several US cities are hoping to emulate its success in saving lives Whenever Dean Wilson walks people through Vancouvers Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, he leads them past an unassuming glass door on Hastings Street before stopping at a community garden. Its here that hell casually mention that they just passed North Americas first supervised injection clinic. People go, What? Where? Wilson said. And thats what we wanted. We dont want some blinking sign saying junkies line up here. Its just another medical office door you can walk in […]
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