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suds last won the day on September 4 2023

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  1. Doesn't firing 5 rounds of bullets into a school sort of send a different type of message than someone spray painting or busting a few windows? It's a pretty dumb question if you ask me.
  2. Consider that if Hamas really wanted to put international pressure on Israel all they'd have to do is release every last one of the hostages. That would be the smart thing to do. But a few are profiting greatly from all the humanitarian aid that's been flooding in and don't want it to end. The 2 state solution is dead because neither side wants it, nor is it something that can be legislated by the ICC.
  3. Great. So we're stuck with an expensive mediocre healthcare system with a severe doctor shortage that's only going to get worse. And there's nothing we can do about it except throw more and more money at it.
  4. Under France's plan everyone must pay compulsory health insurance which is 5.25% of earned income. It also includes dental. After paying a doctor or dentist's fee you get back a reimbursement from the government of 70% but it could be 100% for long term illnesses. For example, you pay for a root canal you get back 70%, but with long term cancer treatments you get back 100%. There's more to it than that but that's basically it. I like the idea that everything is not free and that it includes dental. I wonder how it would go over if we introduced a similar system here?
  5. You, yourself, has stated that government does a poor job at running services. If that's the case, then why not let amazon (for example) take a crack at it? Can it be any worse?? So what's Trudeau's plan other than throwing another $200 billion into healthcare over the next 10 years?
  6. If that's the case, why not just simply privatize the entire healthcare system, let capitalism work its magic, and then regulate the hell out of them like they do the telecoms?
  7. I suppose, but one thing covid taught us is that they have to do some real serious money printing to make inflation a serious problem. On the other hand, if we were all forced to pay a percentage of the doctor's bill (depending on income) out of pocket as an extra, then that could be seen as a pay increase. No? Obviously, if we want to see more doctors get involved with family medicine then we have to pay them more, some way. some how. There's no other way around it.
  8. Under the 'Physician Services Agreement' in Ontario (which expired in April 2024), physicians billed OHIP $37.95 for a typical patient visit. When one considers staff, rent, and overhead, $37.95 doesn't exactly go a long way to cover all the associated costs. Which is one of the key reasons a smaller and smaller number of doctors are choosing family medicine. There are 2.2 million living in Ontario who don't have a family doctor and which is projected to double by 2026 unless somethings change. Consider that if you own a pet and bring it in for a yearly veterinarian exam it's going to cost you at least double that. And who came up with this wacky idea that nobody pays nothing, just simply present your OHIP card?? Everyone except for kids and those under 18 should pay something according to income. It might cut down on frivolous visits to the doctor's office. So pay the doctors more and start charging for services depending on income. And we'll see. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-family-doctors-pay-compensation-ohip-billing-fees-1.7137716
  9. We know Hamas was behind Oct 7th. We also have to presume they knew well in advance what any Israeli response would look like. So by any stretch of the imagination, how would it make life better for the average Palestinian? It wouldn't, it would have quite the exact opposite affect. The worse things get the more foreign money comes flooding in, and those in power get wealthier and wealthier. That's why Hamas has got to go, and ceasefires don't work. Unless one is under the opinion that Israel is simply going to roll over and play dead.
  10. When you thought it couldn't get any worse, at least one walk-in clinic that I know of has cut it's hours drastically (and I mean 'drastically') due to a lack of physicians. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come? It says so right on their website. Like it or not, we have a 2 tier healthcare system. Those who have a doctor and those who don't. This is really going to take years to sort out isn't it? Sort of like the mess we got into with our severe shortages of housing. I can understand why so many are so upset. The system is failing us in ways I never thought possible.
  11. The first thing we have to do is fix the doctor shortage. Whether it's public, private, or whatever, just give us something that works. It's amazing we have no shortage of dentists.
  12. My gut feeling is that the guy shouldn't be deported for doing something really stupid. So the Judge is giving him a second chance by the only means at his disposal. He still has to face an inadmissibility hearing with immigration but with the right to appeal.
  13. I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but I get the gist of where you're coming from. It would be nice to have a constitution and laws that applied to everyone equally. Equality under the law is what any society should strive for. But that should only apply if everything is fair for everyone to begin with. Personally, as long as the courts (and Parliament) don't screw around with my rights, I'm ok with with the courts treating minority or disenfranchised groups a little differently if the goal is to add some degree of fairness into the system. Just don't go overboard, which I have no reason to believe they've done. This is my last post on the subject and it's time to move on.
  14. We're on the verge of one of the largest transfers of wealth ever witnessed in the western world when the baby boomers start dying off in mass droves. How will that affect the housing market if we also cut back on immigration?
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