Aug. 29, 2016

CBC News – Aaron Wherry
How Justin Trudeau plans to deliver on ‘deliverology’ – PM a devotee of Michael Barber’s result-oriented management theories

Barber is a British political consultant who thinks that the way to govern is to practice a results-oriented management that has been called deliverology.  The government has a number of high profile goals and those involved meet on one of these expectation every two weeks for stock taking around progress.

Toronto Star – Allan Woods
Canadian Forces probes spate of deaths at Royal Military College

Three officer cadets from the Kingston Military College has died within days of each.  One, a fourth, a graduate of RMC from some time ago, is known to be a suicide but the cause of death for the other three – cadets aged 19-22 years at RMC – has not been released.  The College will conduct a Board of Inquiry.   There are about 2600 enrolled at the college and some are speculating that some sort of resilience training may be appropriate to deal with stresses.

Toronto Star – Editorial (Aug. 29, 2016)
Close the wage gap by creating a province-wide child care program: Editorial

The wage gap between men and women in Ontario is 29%.  Two years ago Premier Wynn directed two ministers – Labour Minister Kevin Flynn and Women’s Issues Minister Tracy MacCharles – to address the issue. The committee report is recommending as first priority the establishment of a provincial child care program that is affordable and geared to income.  The move would free women from unpaid child care in favour of paid work; every dollar spent on child care brings $2.47 to the Ontario economy; and early childhood education pays off against downstream social costs.

Globe and Mail – Nicolas Van Praet
An unprepared Ontario faces imminent fentanyl crisis, groups warn

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that, in overdosing, has been at the root of a considerable spike in drug deaths.  So far, the spike in fentanyl deaths has been highest in BC and Alberta, but increasingly the problem is surfacing in US border states.  Advocates, including police in Windsor and Waterloo police, say that Ontario is facing a public health crisis and is simply not prepared. Since 2000, over 6000 people have died of opioid deaths in Ontario, a problem deriving from over prescribing by doctors as well as black market drugs. But in 2014, one person died every thirteen hours from opioid overdose, more, say the advocates, than from highway deaths.  Front line workers have access to naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose.    Related article: Globe and Mail – Peter McKnight   Canada’s opioid crisis: We are all enablers  Related article – CBC News   Gemma Karstens-Smith  Fentanyl crisis coming to Ontario, police and community groups warn – ‘Most people will be completely unaware that their substance has been contaminated by the fentanyls’

CBC North – Sima Sahar Zerehi
Inmates, public get a say on new made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act

Nunavut is going to over-haul its Corrections Act by carrying out consultations in five centres: Cape Dorset, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk.  The consultation will involve both citizens and inmates to find out what they think makes them feel safe.  The Corrections Act speaks to treatment of prisoners, to rehab programs and prison oversight.  The territory has undergone some severe criticism in recent years for the lack of adequate facilities and training for staff, especially at its one maximum security facility, Baffin Correctional Centre.

CBC News – Briggette Watson
More seniors likely to be separated if care model doesn’t change – Industry association says ‘heart-wrenching’ stories will continue if current care model remains

There have been several recent stories about the separation of long time married couples in order to provide nursing care at the level of medical services each requires.  The current policy is to fit the patient to the services, rather than the services to the couple, resulting in heart-breaking stories of sadness and loneliness on forced separation.  “We haven’t got a model where there are a sufficient number of care campuses that offer a variety of different levels of service,” says Diane Fontaine, CEO of the B.C. Care Providers Association.