Drug coverage in Canada is a patchwork; an inequitable inefficient and unsustainable patchwork with no coherence or purpose. Some people think that we can solve the problem by adding more patches, but the core of the problem is that it is a patchwork. For the working population, access to medicines is still organized as privileges offered by employers to their employees. Universal pharmacare would not only provide better access to needed prescription drugs, but also eliminate waste, ensure value-for-money and help improve drug safety and appropriate prescribing. Opponents fear that a universal pharmacare plan would ration drugs, and impede drug access for some patients. However, these claims misunderstand the reality of drug coverage, pricing and access. Opponents propose, instead, to “fill the gap” of current drug coverage by implementing catastrophic coverage, which would serve commercial interests without maximizing health outcomes for the Canadian population. In spite of overwhelming evidence and consensus in the academic community in favour of universal pharmacare, the battle is far from over.
As we enter a new era, with a return of isolationism, the battle against pandemics has become more problematic. The early responses to the coronavirus outbreak demonstrate some of these emerging challenges. This talk will discuss the emergence of the current approach to battling global public health emergencies and warning signs for managing future such threats.
This year’s Trade and Development Report suggests that meeting the financing demands of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires rebuilding multilateralism around the idea of a Global Green New Deal, and pursuing a financial future very different from the recent past. Richard Kozul-Wright, UNCTAD Director of Globalization and Development, presented highlights from the report and the… Read More »
Date: February 19, 2020
Reception 3:30-4:00, talk begins at 4:00 pm
Location: FSS 4004, 120 University Private, Ottawa
Presented by: CIPS and the Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament, bluntly warns that the struggle for nuclear arms control and disarmament is “going backwards” and calls for “a new vision” to re-establish arms control dialogue and negotiations.
The Rideau Institute, Group of 78 and the World Federalist Movement – Canada invite you to celebrate the 2019 holidays and the 70th birthday of Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute. To get everyone dancing, we will be featuring the fabulous Ottawa band, Three Times Lucky. There will be a cash bar, lots of delicious nibbles and the odd fundraising activity to keep you on… Read More »