Health & Education

Cannabis in Canada

By Dale Smith Whether or not you’re suddenly consuming marijuana as of one second past midnight on October 17th, the legalization of weed in Canada will affect your life. On the eve of cannabis legalization, Sixth Estate’s Spotlight series discussed the ramifications of the change, and what Canadians should realistically expect and prepare for. Host Catherine

Universal Pharmacare: Prescribing a Solution

By Dale Smith A 2015 poll shows that 91 percent of Canadians support implementing a universal pharmacare program, which is likely to make this a topic that will be grabbing attention during next year’s federal election. Before the Bellhosted a panel of experts to discuss the options currently under discussion, the costs involved, and the

OPINION | Getting it right on Pharmacare

By Pamela Fralick, President, Innovative Medicines Canada It has often been cited that Canada is the only major western country with a national Medicare system that does not include some version of a national public drug plan. Last year, more than 620 million prescriptions were filled by Canadians. Pharmaceuticals are the most frequently used therapeutic

Renewing emphasis on health systems integration

While health care systems across Canada are testing innovations to improve care and save costs, they have a hard time getting widespread adoption across the country. Before the Bell spoke with a panel of experts and stakeholders to discuss what where some of the problems with adoption lie, and why it can be so difficult for good ideas to spread throughout the system.

OPINION | What will it take to leap forward and re-design health systems in Canada?

Years of the health systems transformation conversation have led to one resounding conclusion: pretty much everyone agrees things need to change. And we even agree on some changes we need to improve patient experience, population health and work life of health-care providers while containing costs. So why don’t we to make the significant leaps forward

OPINION | Reconciliation: a path forward for better Indigenous health

Indigenous peoples are highly diverse populations whose health is affected by all the same kinds of determinants as other people in Canada. But in addition, a complex history of colonialism and racism has had a substantial and ongoing impact on the types and rates of injuries and illnesses in these communities as well as access

Medicine Wheel Not Medical Approach Required For Indigenous Health: Minister

On Tuesday, Before the Bell looked at the issue of Indigenous health and how the focus needs to shift from simply adding more money to the system to giving local Indigenous communities more control over their governance, and toward building resilience in communities by strengthening their connections to their culture and language.

Cannabis: The Final Countdown

On Thursday morning Before the Bell sat down with industry and stakeholders to debate whether Canada was ready for recreational cannabis, which is set to be legalized sometime in the summer. Many challenges remain for the government, including a lack of research on impairment levels, regulations around home-growth, infrastructure in rural and remote communities, and a public education campaign. Nevertheless, the business community is ready to step up, both producers who are hiring hundreds of Canadians to meet their needs and private security companies who see the need to protect the cannabis value chain.

OPINION | 100 Days to Cannabis Regulation: Are we ready to Guide the Conversation with Young Canadians on Cannabis?

In approximately 100 days, Canada will legalize, regulate and restrict access to non-medical cannabis use. This transformation in our drug policy will require an intense educational campaign to inform Canadians, particularly young people, about the effects of cannabis use. After alcohol, cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances among Canadian youth, with 20.6%

Progress report on health

At a Before the Bell session on Tuesday morning in Ottawa, a panel of stakeholders discussed the Trudeau government’s record on healthcare. A second panel of stakeholders spoke about challenges facing their sectors, and how they reflect the different aspects of the government’s priorities going forward.