News - Health

January 23, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its 2015 Gates Annual Letter this week. The letter, titled “Our Big Bet for the Future,” makes a bold prediction: “The lives of people in poor...
Keywords: Health, Human Rights, Media, Poverty Research, International
January 21, 2015
People in Canada’s northern territories continue to be troubled by food prices that are dramatically inflated relative to other parts of the country. Statistics Canada data from 2009, the last year...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Health, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
September 9, 2014
Talk by Dr Gary Bloch, a strong advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through primary care and political advocacy. Register for the event: http://bchealth.eventbrite.ca *Not in...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia
July 23, 2014
Being poor can make you sick. Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect...
Keywords: Health, Housing, United States
July 7, 2014
The Conservative government’s latitude to choose its own policies was curtailed yet again on Friday when a judge called health-care cuts for failed refugee claimants a form of “cruel and unusual...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
June 9, 2014
Is it in the public interest to ensure that prisoners have access to life saving medication? That was the situation faced by the Community Legal Assistance Society's client. He was denied his HIV...
Keywords: Health, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
June 6, 2014
The B.C. auditor general’s recent report, "Disability Assistance: An Audit of Program Access, Integrity and Results", indicates that B.C. adults who have developmental disabilities — such as Down...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
May 27, 2014
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced “Ward 10C” at St. Paul’s Hospital will no longer be dedicated to AIDS due to a steady reduction in cases. There’s been a 90% drop in AIDS cases in B.C. since...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
May 12, 2014
All British Columbians will be offered a blood test for HIV/AIDS every five years as part of new testing guidelines that are the first of their kind in Canada. Until now, only pregnant women have...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, British Columbia
March 25, 2014
A home designed to keep people off drugs and out of jail is about to close its doors as federal funding is set to expire on March 31. The transitional home is a spot where people going through...
Keywords: Health, Housing, Manitoba
March 19, 2014
The City of Vancouver is trying to help find ways to connect the 100,000 city residents without a regular doctor to a primary care physician. The City has launched a provincially-funded citizen...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
March 17, 2014
People who work in homeless shelters in Surrey, B.C., say the demographics of those accessing their services are changing. Jonquil Hallgate with Surrey Urban Mission, which offers programs and...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, British Columbia
March 13, 2014
Over the last few months, the provincial government has been consulting on issues impacting people with disabilities. CLAS, BCCPD, Inclusion BC, BCANDS, CMHA-BC and SPARC BC have prepared a joint...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
March 12, 2014
Residents of a rural B.C. town believe the local health authority’s search for a replacement physician amounts to a prescription for mismanagement. The community’s sole general practitioner, Dr....
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
January 29, 2014
Fed up with the continuous stream of federal government misinformation on refugee health policy and Minister Alexander’s repeated attacks on government critics, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is...
Keywords: Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 15, 2014
A group of health-care professionals is urging the Ontario government to raise the minimum wage to $14 from $10.25 an hour, saying poverty is a real health issue, especially for children. Doctors,...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Health, Ontario
September 30, 2011
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the federal government's appeal of an exemption which has allowed Insite, a supervised injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, to operate. PHS...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Legal Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
August 31, 2011
Quest Food Exchange operates its low-cost grocery store model at three locations in the Lower Mainland: 611 E Hastings - In the Union Gospel Mission building (This location has wheelchair access)...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Organizing, British Columbia
October 20, 2010
The P.E.I. Department of Health is moving forward with plans to expand its needle exchange program to Montague. Read more: Needle exchange expanding to Montague | CBC
Keywords: Health, Prince Edward Island
May 14, 2010
York University health researchers produce public primer on who gets sick and why in the report, Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. They find the primary factors that shape the health...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, All of Canada
March 31, 2010
The BC Liberals are cutting dental support, medical diagnostic equipment, and birth control for the disabled and those on welfare. The $75 monthly Shelter Allowance for people who don’t pay rent will...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Health, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
December 9, 2009
Dr. Wong, a specialist in community medicine, is being investigated after a complaint by a city councillor for signing special diet forms for people on welfare. Dr. Wong has been involved in special...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Ontario
November 20, 2009
Nov 18th, 2009 by Michael Shapcott Poverty is cutting almost eight years off the average life expectancy of Canadian men, and almost five years from women. Only half of the poorest men in Canada can...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, All of Canada
July 17, 2009
A study from UBC and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, stroke...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Health, Poverty Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
May 7, 2009
Street Health, a community-based agency that provides physical and mental health programs to homeless people in Toronto, has released their final research bulletin from their award winning research...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, Ontario
November 17, 2008
A report by the Saskatoon Health Region looks at poverty-reduction policy and programs in other places to determine how Saskatchewan could lift people out of poverty and reduce the health gap between...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, Saskatchewan
October 28, 2008
A new report from Toronto Public Health links health and income, and shows that people with low income experience greater risk of illness, higher rates of disease and death at an earlier age than...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, Ontario
June 8, 2008
Vancouver's safe injection site, Insite, has been given respite from closure after a BC Supreme Court ruling found that it is protected by the Canadian Constitution. According to a press release from...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
May 21, 2008
An interesting article in the Tyee, "Dying for the Rich" looks into a widely researched correlation between a wide income gap and a shorter overall life expectancy. Although in Canada, public health...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia, All of Canada
February 26, 2008
A study done by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS has found that 40% of people who died of HIV-AIDS in BC never accessed treatment mainly due to poverty. The study found homelessness, mental...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
February 13, 2008
The Caledon Institute has released a policy paper, Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (in PDF) discussing the possibility of a new sickness or disability benefit. The...
Keywords: Disability, Health, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
August 1, 2007
The BC Government has been hosting want they call a Conversation on Health (Link removed - No longer exists) with the residents of BC. In response, a coalition of community groups called the Women's...
Keywords: Health, Women, British Columbia
January 7, 2007
An article in the Dominion,"Race and Waste in Nova Scotia" outlines the struggle of a small black community in rural Nova Scotia to fight the opening of a second landfill in their area. The residents...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Health, Nova Scotia
September 16, 2006
The Canadian Association of Social Workers has released a new report entitled The Declining Health and Well Being of Low Income Women in Canada: A Preventable Tragedy. This CASW report, the fourth in...
Keywords: Health, Welfare, All of Canada
September 4, 2006
According to an article, "GPs 'fob off poor with sedatives,' (in PDF)" (Link removed - No longer exists) people in the poorer areas of Dublin are more likely to be prescribed potentially addictive...
Keywords: Health, International
July 6, 2006
A new study provides evidence that the higher mortality rate of poorer men compared with that of wealthier men could be caused by the higher number of poor male smokers. One researcher suggested a...
Keywords: Health, All of Canada
April 1, 2006
A report written in 1912 indicates the importance of housing: "It is from the standpoint of the health of the people that the all-important question of housing must be approached. Housing conditions...
Keywords: Health, Housing, All of Canada
November 5, 2005
Interventions providing coordinated treatment and support for homeless adults usually results in greater health improvements than does the prevailing sporadic and substandard care, according to a new...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, United States
October 2, 2005
The rising price of nutritious food is making it difficult for low income families to eat healthily. A doctor proposes ways in which government funding could be used to ensure the health of...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Ontario
May 21, 2005
A study by Statistics Canada examined the effect of income and education on healthy aging. It suggested that those with higher incomes will be healthier than those with lower incomes as they age....
Keywords: Health, Saskatchewan