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Ford’s Healthcare Privatization — A Slippery Highway to Hell

Well folks, he’s done it again. Ontario Premier Doug Ford retrieved the major tool in his toolbox: privatization. This time, Ford brandishes privatization to hammer on the nail that is the province’s healthcare system. As reported by the CBC last week, “Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones are planning to make an announcement next week on expanding the number and range of surgeries performed in independent health facilities outside of hospitals.” Independent health facilities are generally for-profit clinics operated by the private owners.

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Socialist Digest –  January 2023

Canada’s 100 highest-paid corporate executives made an average of $14.3 million in 2021, exceeding the previous record of $11.8 million set three years earlier.  By January 3, the average CEO on that list made $58,800, the amount an average Canadian worker earns in an entire year, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Ford Begins

By Mitchell Shore Socialist Action – Toronto members proudly joined the June 13 People's Rally at Queen's Park to protest some of the first actions of the Doug Ford-led Progressive Conservative Party government.  On June 7, the Tories won 76…

OCAP Says No to Welfare Merger/Cuts

by John Wilson On New Year's day 2014 there's not much to celebrate for those who are unemployed, low-waged, who rely on welfare, or live on disability benefits in Ontario. To make matters worse, only 35 per cent of the…

Inquiry Puts Ontario Premier Wynne on Trial

by Malu Baumgarten Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne ended 2013 nearly tied in popularity with her main opponent on the left, New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath, according to a recent Abacus Data Poll. But 2014 may be the year when…

Jobless Youth In Ontario: Canaries in Coal mine?

The rate of Ontario youth unemployment rivals those of the European Union and the U.S. Rust Belt states. So says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in its recent report, “The Young and the Jobless”. Joblessness among people aged 15…

Disarm the Cops! Abolish the SIU. Fire Blair

    Bowing to enormous public pressure, the Special Investigations Unit of the Toronto Police Service on August 20 charged Constable James Forcillo with second degree murder in the death of 18-year old Sammy Yatim, three weeks after the shooting on…

Labour Day 2013 marred by unions bowing to austerity

  by Barry Weisleder And the downbeat goes on. In sector after sector, from auto to steel to forestry to railways to the Ontario and Federal Public Service, to the federal postal service, bosses usually get the concessions they demand…

BC election, Ontario budget show failure of NDP ‘moderation’

The obvious lesson from the May 27 British Columbia provincial election is 'don't trust opinion polls'. But what can we learn from the NDP campaign, besides the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs is not the only team capable of…