Social Programs for a Stronger Canada

This is a link worth reviewing and it also provides you with the option of sending a letter to your Provincial Minister of Social Services: http://www.defendingsocialprograms.ca/. The Canadian Social Transfer(CST) is the primary source of federal funding in Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs. Without this federal funding, provinces would be unable to provide…

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The Best Way to Get Help is to Give It

Now in all honestly, who better than one who works in the helping profession to know the importance of gratitude? I could not resist sharing two links to articles on INC. titled: The Stuff Strong Relationships are Made Of  and The Power of Gratitude, both written by Jeff Haden. There are wonderful messages of gratitude from writing hand written ‘thank you’…

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2013 Canadian Budget

This link is worth reading: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/andr-picard-budget-likely-to-be-another-opportunity-lost-for-health-care/article10040747/ It is very unfortunate that health is not foremost in the minds of the federal government as it is the number #1 concern/priority according to Canadians! In the coming year, the Canada Health Transfer, the tax money Ottawa gives the provinces for health, will reach $30.3-billion – about 15…

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Waitlists in Canadian Healthcare

Perhaps because I work in social services with seniors, I am drawn to any information that focuses on Canadian healthcare. The most recent article I read focuses on the cost of waitlists. Imagine you have a ‘non-urgent’ health condition, would you want to wait months to see a specialist? If you are in constant back…

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The Value of Canadian Health

I came across an article from the Health Council of Canada which announced the shortlist for the fourth annual Health Innovation Challenge. In September of 2012, a challenge was initiated and directed to university students to find innovative practices in Canadian health care, state why the innovations were working and how they could be applied…

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Recipe for a Happy Day

A client gave me this ‘recipe’ for happiness in life. I wanted to share it with others as I consider the ‘recipe’ words of wisdom. Ingredients: 1 cup of friendly words 2 heaping cups of understanding 4 heaping teaspoons time and patience A pinch of warm personality Dash of humor Mixing: Measure words carefully. Add…

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Life and Death by Neighborhood

I came across an article in Maclean’s this past weekend which focused on Canadian healthcare, and how where you live may influence when you die. As I read further into the article, investigative reporter Steve Buist collaborated with Neil Johnston, an epidemiologist and faculty member in McMaster University’s department of medicine, and found: The social determinants of health—income,…

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Canada’s Two-Tier Health System-Part I

Canada’s Health System is a bit different than that of the United States or other countries, and contains many levels of coverage. Canada has socialized medicine which is available to all permanent residents and citizens, and which provides basic coverage of medical and health needs. Beyond that there is also private access to health care which…

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In Praise of Our Aging Population

I recently read an article in Zoomer Magazine titled: “Age Before Beauty” which focused on the show Downton Abbey. The character Dowager Countess of Grantham played by Maggie Smith, age 78, is seen as the family matriarch who makes witty comments. As a professional who works with older adults or seniors, I am happy to see…

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6 Words with so Much Potential

For any helping professional, it is important to remember these 6 words; strengths, passion, dreams, love, listen and leap. Know your own strengths as a professional and know or learn the strengths of your clients. Be passionate about your work. Follow your dreams both professionally and personally. Love what you do. Listen to what your clients…

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