Agree or Disagree: Health Care Premiums


If you missed Jim Prentice’s Alberta Address, you can listen to it here.

As always, there were a number of different thoughts from this. However, there were 2 main ones.

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2) Health Care Premiums.

After this speech, there was a lot of conversation around the possible reinstatement of health care premiums in Alberta. Health Care Premiums were suspended in 2009.

For a further information. I will link this article from the Globe and Mail  which looks at some possibilities of what this might look like.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with Health Care Premiums?

Agree or Disagree: Save and Rebuild the Tom Baker Cancer Centre


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I’m not sure if this story is getting the notice it should.

Due to the current economy, there is concern about the future of the Tom Baker Centre. There is a delay in building in much needed cancer centre in the city. There is no question that many people have been positively impacted by their work.  There is also no question about the difficulties and struggles those with cancer have had.

As a matter of fact, there was a rally from a group called Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre. This was on Wednesday January 28. You can read that here.

What do you think? Should we save and rebuild the Tom Baker Cancer Centre?

Agree or Disagree: Alberta should tax “soda pop and sugary drinks”


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The Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention would agree.  The APCCP is compiled of 17 provincial health groups, including The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

They are suggesting that the Provincial Government tax soda pops and sugary drinks.

The reason is “”Decreased sugary drink consumption has major benefits for Albertans, such as reduced risk of chronic disease, improved quality of life, increased productivity and academic performance for students, as well reduced health care costs.”

You can read the article here.

I just want to make a small point. Smoking prices increased. They have even put bans on where you can smoke! But, people still smoke.

My instant reaction is this. How would a tax  prevent people from drinking soda pop and sugary drinks?

Agree or Disagree: Sabrina’s Law


Every once in a while, I get requests to do an Agree or Disagree. This is one of those times.

You may or may not have heard of the term Sabrina’s Law. For that, I would like to show you this video from CTV Edmonton.

Click here for video.

Here’s also a perspective from the person putting forth the request.

I don’t want my child to be segregated or different because of her allergy. Each school has a policy in Alberta, the standards are very loose and up to the individual school. So as a parent with a child it makes it difficult to trust or to investigate what is best for our child.
 
Children have died because of the lack of information. I don’t want to risk my child life, I also want her to be able to have a life.
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.
I will also put forward this article for you to read.
Do you think Sabrina’s law can help children with severe allergies? Or, are there other options available?
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.

Agree or Disagree: Ban E-Cigarette’s


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Let’s face it. You and I both know are I’m pretty cool. I’m hip! I’m trendy!

But, I must admit I’m not cool enough to smoke E-Cigarettes.

You might be! It’s the latest little thing that many are smoking now.

However, as you can read in This Article from the Calgary Herald, there is a discussion about banning them.

Why?

Because some critiques have argued that it “normalizes smoking for youth”. They also argue that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco but vapour. In other words, there are some health concerns.

However, some would argue that there are benefits. Some argue that E-Cigarettes actually help people Quit smoking. They would also argue that there are no health risks to this at all.

My questions are this.

Are you one of the cool kids who smoke E-Cigarettes? Compare them to cigarettes?

Should we ban E-Cigarettes? Why or why not?

Agree or Disagree: Seriously Disabled War Veterans deserve lifetime benefits


Agree or Disagree: Seriously Disabled War Veterans deserve lifetime benefits

In the midst of our eyes and hearts impacted by what is going on in Moncton, this story might have fallen under the radar.

It is also a reminder that June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day the Allied invasion  A turning point in World War  2.

Time and time again, we say we honour our war veterans for the freedoms we enjoy. We say that we are grateful for the sacrifices they have made for us. Every November 11 in Canada, we take a moment of silence for them.

And yet, it takes this long for us to take the steps to support the veterans in need? We still have veterans who need to go to a food bank!

The above link is a story from CTV News. A House of Commons Committee has unanimously decided to go forward with this. However, if you listen, there is a concern that there are actually getting less than they were before.

Currently, disabled veterans receive 75 % of their gross income. Under the new policy, they will get 85 % of their net. It actually adds up to less for the veterans,

So, two questions.

The first one is does this policy help seriously disabled veterans?

The second one. Why is it tough for us to support our veterans?

Agree or Disagree: There should be concern about Canadian’s nutritional health.


Agree or Disagree: There should be concern about Canadian’s nutritional health.

 

The above link is a report on Canada’s obesity rates. According to the Organization for Economic Development, 25% of Canadians are classified as obese. Which is higher than the average rate of other OCED countries. Some of the countries include, Mexico, Norway, United Kingdom and of course, our neighbours to the south, United States.

Now, what this particular article doesn’t clarify is a definition of obese. And while some may see that this would be clear, there are some people that may not. As an example, you may have known someone who thinks they are obese and aren’t.

The other thing I would note is that it seems when we analyze health, it seems we focus on the topic of obesity. However, there are other, and this is my word , eating issues out there. Some are not commonly spoken of as much. However, The Canadian Mental Health Association does site other eating disorders out there. Some include Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating. It also discusses the impact of them. You can read that here.

http://www,cmha.ca/mental_health/facts-about-eating-disorders/#.U40Q3n-9KSM

So, the question I bring to you is this.Would you be concerned about Canadians overall nutritional habits? And if you could, how would you change Canadians nutritional habits?