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Albertans have been very clear as I go across the province that they understand that they should be paying something for healthcare.” - Albertans want to pay for healthcare, says finance minister


Choice? by Don Ford and Hugh MacLeod. Focus: Why can't patients have choice?

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OMA President Ved Tandan says provincial government cuts are ‘irresponsible’ and will decrease ability to find a family doctor

BC Health Ministry calls off RCMP probe into researchers

Measles virus circulating in Ontario is a variant previously unknown to WHO

John Robert Evans (October 1, 1929 – February 13, 2015)

Could a "thinking cap" help us learn?

Robot doctors: coming to a clinic or hospital near you

Welcome to Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. . .  guidance created by Canadian journalists for journalists. 
Mindset is all about better journalism. Stories that are more factual, more complete and don't contribute to stigma
Hospital, healthcare, foundation and association executives are always aware of the need to “sell” their organizations. Here is sound advice from one of the world’s leading thinkers on managing organizations. Those who read his writings, know his focus is on 'how to create and keep a customer'.

Choosing the Best ADR Process for your Dispute and Maximizing the Chances of Success at Mediation

Just looked this up: Metis mine knowingly employs addicts

Here are job cuts found online this week. They cut across multiple industries including healthcare
Last Week in Healthcare History
Feb 17, 1911
: The Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League organized.
Feb 20, 2007: Government announces $139 million Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative.
Feb 21, 1941: Frederick Banting killed in an air-crash

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Sponsored by: HIROC and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

National Telemedicine Conference – April 27-28, 2015. Evolving the Future of Healthcare Delivery in Canada. Clinician-led case studies from across the country will provide hands-on, practical advice on how to plan, implement and manage Telemedicine programs.

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February 25-26, 2015: Vancouver, BC. National Canadian Forensic Nursing Conference
February 26, 2015: Toronto, ON. Ways and Means: Health Links
March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015: Online: Health Informatics Bootcamp 2
March 9-10, 2015: Toronto, ON. The Change Foundation Capstone Summit
March 9-11, 2015: Toronto, ON. The Baycrest Rotman Research Institute Conference – 25 Years of Brain and Aging
April 1 & 8, 2015: Online: Health Informatics Bootcamp 2
April 19-21, 2015: Richmond Hill, ON. 2015 HPCO Annual Conference
April 24-25, 2015: Vancouver, BC. Thriving in Complexity: Physicians Enabling Transformational Change
April 27-28, 2015:  Toronto, ON. National Telemedicine Conference
April 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. 2nd Annual Activity Based Funding Conference
May 7, 2015: Toronto, ON. MaRS HealthKick 2015
May 19-22, 2015: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute
May 26-27, 2015: Dartmouth, NS. The Atlantic Learning Exchange 2015
May 26-29, 2015: Ottawa, ON and Online. The Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course
May 27-29, 2015: Toronto, ON. OACCAC Achieving Excellence Together 2015 Conference
May 29-30, 2015: Toronto, ON. Global Telehealth 2015
June 15-16, 2015: Charlottetown, PE. National Health Leadership Conference


  • Valerie Wiebe to President and CEO, Concordia Hospital, Winnipeg, MB
  • Doug Currie to P.E.I. Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister Responsible for Municipal Affairs, Charlottetown, PE
  • Cathy McLeod to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Dr. Walter Gotlieb to Co-Lead Gynecological Disease Site Team, Rossy Cancer Network, Montreal, QC
  • Dr. Xing Zeng to Co-Lead Gynecological Disease Site Team, Rossy Cancer Network, Montreal, QC
  • Dr. Susan King to Medical Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, Physician Care Network, St. John’s, NL
  • Tom Sampson to Director, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Calgary, AB
  • Sudha Kutty to Director, Quality Improvement Strategies and Adoption at Health Quality Ontario, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Kevin Imrie to President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Sharon Lee Smith to Assistant Deputy Minister of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Fellow, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy & former ADM, Ministry of Health, Gov. of Saskatchewan
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