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Why small changes to the language around addiction are so enormously important

‘Addict’ label lowers self-esteem, adds to social isolation, prevents people from getting needed care This column is an opinion by Dr. Laura MacKinnon, a primary care physician working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and in Northern B.C., and a research fellow with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please […]

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Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming

Province will be first to meet wait-time benchmarks, health minister vows The Alberta government announced Tuesday a new plan to reduce surgical wait times by funding an additional 80,000 surgeries over the next four years as it expands agreements with private facilities — a move critics called a step toward “American-style health care.” “We promised […]

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WCB approves 2020 premium rates

The 2020 rate marks the first time in 12 years the average premium rate has not dropped Regina, SK, Dec. 4, 2019 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2020 average employer premium rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll. This is the same rate as 2019, marking the first time […]

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Province plans to extend work leave for victims of sexual violence, stalking or their guardians

Status of Women Minister Cathy Cox introduced a bill in the legislature Monday that would amend employment code standards to allow anyone who suffered from interpersonal violence to take workplace leaves of absence. JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Progressive Conservative government has introduced legislation that would extend employment leave provisions to victims of […]

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Finally, a viable way to offer public toilets downtown

Most people agree downtown Winnipeg needs more public washrooms. The problem has always been the expense. It costs a lot to buy, police and maintain an array of stand-alone toilet facilities. How about this as a less-expensive alternative? Require all new buildings that receive public money to provide and maintain washrooms open to the public. […]

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