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First published on CBC online Dec 3, 2016 Increasing tragic deaths from Fentanyl are raising calls to deal with this crisis. Evidence shows that controlling supply and criminalizing drug users does not address the root causes of addictions, which are complex and multi-faceted. Research shows that supports to those experiencing addictions, both harm reduction and treatment, are needed as this piece will discuss
This book provides concrete examples of promising practices for physical environments in long-term residential care: everything from the location of a nursing home and the structure of gardens to the floor coverings, chair arms, and spaces for memorials. Physical environments are about more than setting the conditions for living and care provision. They also shape and reflect how care and life in nursing homes are understood. They construct limits and possibilities for residents, staff, families and volunteers.
UBC economist Robert Evans calls user fees in health care zombies, a policy option that keeps surfacing despite being killed over and over again by the evidence.   During Manitoba’s recent provincial election Brian Pallister invoked zombies anew by saying that he would not rule out the introduction of private sector options in health care.  This would be a mistake.
(Vancouver) The majority of British Columbians would come out ahead under a plan to scrap MSP and replace the $2.5 billion in public revenues it currently brings in with fair taxes scaled to income.
This short paper offers two options for replacing the MSP in BC with a fairer system. It originally appeared as a post on our Policy Note blog.
Inside this issue: Time to do away with MSP, by Iglika Ivanova Yes, let’s lower the voting age in Canada, by Seth Klein Housing budget? Not so much, by Marc Lee Getting serious about good jobs Refugees are bringing new attention to the gaps in our social safety net, by Suzanne Smythe BC government’s spin cycle on LNG, by Marc Lee
The BC Minister of Health needs to go on record: Will the government go ahead with plans to allow private clinics to perform major surgeries requiring up to 3-day stays? This will drastically change our health care system and put BC at the forefront of hospital privatization. British Columbians have the right to know.   
(Vancouver) A new study lays out detailed recommendations for tackling the province’s growing surgical wait times – now among the longest in Canada – and warns against plans to increase contracting-out to private clinics.
Have you had to wait months for surgical consultation, let alone the surgery itself? If so, you’re not alone. British Columbians are waiting an unacceptable amount of time to receive the care they need. Since 2010, surgical wait times have increased significantly for key procedures, including hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery. BC has some of the longest waits in the country.  Why are wait times getting longer?