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Imagine that your child has a broken arm and you have to wait two weeks to seek medical treatment. Imagine giving birth at the IWK and not having access to immediate medical insurance coverage for your baby, who is a Canadian citizen. Imagine being told you have to pay $330 to see a physician to get a prescription for asthma medication - and have to pay the cost of that medication. Imagine being separated from your children for two years or more, or being told you would have to pay $10,000 for one year of public high school?
Contemporary Canadian fiscal and social policy reforms have been accompanied by the progressive disappearance of the gendered subject, both in discourse and practice. Indeed, the minority Conservative government of Stephen Harper has gone so far as to declare that the goal of gender equity has been achieved in Canada. However, as Brodie and Bakker argue in Where Are the Women?
OTTAWA—Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released The Harper Record, the most comprehensive analysis of the Conservative minority government’s record to date. “Scheduled for broad release in early October, we are releasing the electronic version of this book today, to help Canadians make informed choices about the future of their country,” says CCPA Executive Director Bruce Campbell.
This book is one in a series of CCPA publications that have examined the records of Canadian federal governments during the duration of their tenure.
In looking forward, we need to make health care the objective rather than the problem. And instead of seeing expenditures on health care as the primary issue, we should look at the contributions health care makes, not only to the overall economy and corporations, but also to employment and communities. To do so in ways that are equitable and effective, and thus efficient, we need to recognize that gender matters and understand the ways gender matters in health and care.
TORONTO— Twenty years after Ontario introduced pay equity, a new study finds the practice is dying on the vine – starving from years of government neglect. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ study, Putting Fairness Back Into Women’s Pay, shows most Ontario employers ignore their obligation to pay women fairly; and the government is failing to fully fund the pay equity adjustments owed working women.