Did local community service centres (CLSCs) fail or did the Quebec Health Department forsake them?

In an interview that aired on Radio-Canada, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette invoked the “failure” of the “initial concept of CLSCs” to justify significant activities and resources being transferred from local community service centres (CLSCs) to family medicine groups (FMGs). The Minister’s statement suggests that CLSCs are primarily responsible for this…
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Permanent austerity in Québec

As the Premier is fond of saying, the worst is behind us, and Quebec is now set to enjoy more prosperous days. Despite Mr. Couillard’s assurances, it was hard to take his word for it at the beginning of the year. The announcement last month that daycare funding is under review…
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Living below the line

We all know that there is a line below which we cannot fall, a minimum income short of which we are unable to live decently. It’s like sinking under the surface of water: it leads to drowning. Living with less than the required minimum is damaging for one’s physical and mental…
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The Green Fund: funding polluters

Since the beginning of the new year, Quebec’s departments of Environment and Transportation have demonstrated that their management of the province’s Green Fund is opaque and characterized by improvisation. The ever more apparent lack of economic and environmental vision is striking. The Green Fund, like the Generations Fund, is a crafty…
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Bill 70: stepping outside the law

Slyly making dire changes to social assistance legislation “to allow a better match between training and jobs and to facilitate labour market entry,” Bill 70 is set to be the worst infringement upon the Act to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion since it was passed with unanimous support from Quebec’s National…
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The Unbearable Lightness of Professional Corporations

The media often talks about workers’ and student unions, but rarely about professional corporations. In a study published late in 2015, we asked ourselves if they we functioning properly, i.e. if they were aptly fulfilling their mission to protect the public. We realized that there were a number of important…
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Anticosti, the SEA, and Profitability

Late last month a governmental study was released, ordered by the Quebec’s strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on Anticosti. It attempts to estimate the profitability of oil and gas drilling on Anticosti Island despite there being no proof at the moment that there are enough fossil fuels in the area. Since…
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Public consultation: Talk to the hand!

The schedule for the global strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on hydrocarbons (fossil fuels) tells us that it was on October 28th, that the population gained access to the documents that will inform the whole string of policies related to the exploration, drilling, and transportation (by pipeline, train or boat) of…
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