Tag: Health Care

Starr’s Point Index #6

Pandemic Number of countries reporting more cumulative cases of COVID-19 than Canada to Nov. 30, 2020: 28 Number of Countries reporting more cases than Canada to Jan. 15, 2021: 21 Canada’s increase in cumulative COVID-19 cases Nov. 30-Jan. 15: 85.3% Number of top 30 countries with faster rates of increase than Canada Nov. 20-Jan.15: 3 Country with fastest rate: Turkey 272.6%[1] Number of reported COVID-19 deaths in England as of Jan. 18, 2021: 78,636 [2] Number of reported COVID-19 deaths African continent to Jan. 14, 2021: 76,480[3]   Business insolvencies Number of insolvency filings by Canadian businesses second and...

Read More

New Health Minister doesn’t mean better health deal

Although last week’s federal cabinet shuffle generated little excitement here, it was a different story in New Brunswick. There, the surprise appointment as Health minister of Ginette Petitpas Taylor, a rookie backbencher from the Moncton area, created considerable buzz. Aside from the fun fact that the appointment gave the province with 2% of the population 6% of cabinet posts (Trudeau friend and Fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc is the other New Brunswick cabinet minister) there was the added possibility that the new Health minister would be sympathetic to the health funding concerns of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the other...

Read More

Unfulfilled health care promises piling up

During the 2013 provincial election campaign the Liberals made three big health care promises. They were going to amalgamate nine district health authorities into one, improve wait times for hip and knee replacements and ensure a doctor for every Nova Scotian. Since any one would be hesitant to argue against the latter two planks, the promise about replacing the DHAs with a single authority drew most of the fire from their opponents. Pointing to problems that had come from Alberta’s earlier move to a super board, the NDP predicted all sorts of chaos would ensue. But the amalgamation has...

Read More

Cuts in health funding framed as a success

According to reports, wide grins and high fives were the order of the day in the House of Commons on Friday when Health minister Philpott announced that three more provinces – all big ones – had agreed to “take” Ottawa’s “take-it-or-leave-it” new health care deal, leaving only Manitoba as a hold out. The question that came immediately to mind was “why the festivity?” Unless they are deluded into believing that provinces are somehow divorced from the people who live in them the Liberal parliamentarians were essentially congratulating themselves for sticking it to the Canadian people, particularly those living in...

Read More

Campaigning Liberals sowed seeds of health discord

Health transfers crept back into the news this past week with a call by the majority of provinces for a meeting between the premiers and the prime minister to settle the issue left hanging after the pre-Christmas dust-up involving health and finance ministers. It’s hard to predict how things will turn out, but what we’ve seen so far does not reflect well on the Trudeau Liberals. After strutting into the pre-Christmas meeting with a take-it-or-leave-it offer the feds seemed surprised that the provinces and territories (with the regrettable exceptions of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland) decided on the...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Richard Starr, The man behind the Point

About Richard

RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

Subscribe to Starr’s Point

Support Provided by