The Trudeau government is making your life even harder

Increases to the Marginal Effective Tax Rate taking even more of your hard-earned money

The Trudeau government is making your life even harderNew Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is correct when he says governments discourage work with taxes and clawbacks. The Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR) measures what government takes from each new dollar earned in taxes and clawbacks of income-related government benefits. In his leadership acceptance speech and an August 19 video called “Make work pay,” Poilievre…

Helping young learners bounce back from COVID disruptions

Literacy lessons tailored to early grade-schoolers with reading difficulties show promising results

Helping young learners bounce back from COVID disruptionsAs educators around the world assess how school disruptions and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected students, a project led by a University of Alberta researcher is showing that targeted interventions can help make up for learning loss among students with reading difficulties and set them up for educational success later on. George…

Making parasport more accessible to all is essential: former Paralympian

Paralympian Danielle Peers questions how to eliminate barriers that prevent athletes from getting involved in parasport

Making parasport more accessible to all is essential: former ParalympianThe 2022 Winter Paralympics will shine a brief spotlight on Canada’s elite athletes in China over the next 10 days. But much more is needed at the community level to get athletes involved in parasport before they can even dream of competing at an elite level, according to former Paralympian Danielle Peers. While changes are needed at the…

New spinal anesthesia study contradicts accepted wisdom

No difference between spinal and general anesthesia in primary outcomes with patients with hip fractures

New spinal anesthesia study contradicts accepted wisdomSpinal anesthesia is not safer or more effective than general anesthesia in patients who undergo surgery for hip fractures, according to a major study. The finding, which challenges the accepted view, offers doctors and patients better information in choosing the method that’s best for them. “The assumption of the anesthesia and surgical communities based on…

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologies

Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or wheelchairs with their minds

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologiesImagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Think2Switch is designed to be a simple and nearly universal bridge connecting brain signals to switch-enabled devices such as a wheelchair,…

Helping parents navigate the challenges of a sick child

Edmonton researchers provide the tools parents need to make informed decisions about their children’s health in a crisis

Helping parents navigate the challenges of a sick childIt’s midnight and your four-year-old child is congested and struggling to breathe, with a barky cough. Do you go to the nearest hospital? The children’s hospital across town? Do you wait and call your family doctor in the morning? Many parents experience situations like this, and it’s terrifying. Edmonton researchers Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott…

Private schools treated like outcasts in Ontario education system

Ontario's single public school system will never adequately meet the needs of all of its families

Private schools treated like outcasts in Ontario education systemRecent controversy over the provincial government’s provision of rapid tests to independent (private) schools but not public schools stems from the fact that independent schools in Ontario exist in a policy no-man’s-land. If education policy throughout the pandemic has proved anything, it’s that the provincial government doesn’t have the framework to make adequate provisions for…

Canada’s quick, painful descent into a culture of death

And is accelerating the process with disturbing speed

Canada’s quick, painful descent into a culture of deathAlthough euthanasia was illegal in Canada until five years ago, our country is on the verge of having the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world. Canada has shifted gears from a culture of life to one of death and is putting its foot to the pedal to accelerate the process with disturbing speed. How…

How MAID aids discrimination against the disabled

Ableism - discrimination in favour of able-bodied people - is a poisonous rot that eats away at the roots of care and life-giving supports for the disabled

How MAID aids discrimination against the disabledIn my work with Christian Horizons, I regularly provide grief training and debriefing in times of significant loss for people close to those with disabilities. In these profound moments of remembrance and mourning, it is evident that the human passing from life to death should be one of the most social and interconnected experiences of…

What happens when a hospice rejects medical assistance in dying?

‘This is about the B.C. government destroying a sanctuary for dying patients who want the choice to stay in a facility where MAID is not offered’

What happens when a hospice rejects medical assistance in dying?You might think the middle of a global pandemic is less than an ideal time to disrupt the operations of a hospice where palliative care patients receive comfort as they approach death. If so, you would not share the apparent thinking of the B.C. government or its local Fraser Health Authority, which is forcing layoffs…
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