Category: Public Goods

  • COVID-19 and the Future of Public Transit

    Whether we are frontline workers or relying on transit to get our groceries, we need public transit to keep us moving. But with ridership falling, some transit agencies are cutting back on service because they depend on fares for operating funding. Watch video »

  • Covid-19, the Climate Crisis and Lockdown

    With the coronavirus, we are really trying to mitigate the revenge blow from nature. It’s a moment to be humble and realise our finitude in a wondrous and infinite natural order. Keep reading »

  • Viruses and Care

    It is not surprising that the first recorded deaths from COVID-19 were in nursing homes. But the contributing factors cannot be attributed solely to age. Long-term residential care shares with other healthcare organizations the negative impacts of neoliberal policies, namely cutbacks in government funding and a failure to keep up with demand for public services, … Keep reading »

  • Global Health Crisis: They Are at War… Against Us!

    Governments and bosses claim to be at war with coronavirus. In reality, it is a war against our social class that they are waging. A war against us for their profits! The global health crisis is largely a consequence of the capitalist system. Of course, we do not mean by this that the virus was created … Keep reading »

  • This is a Global Pandemic – Let’s Treat it as Such

    In the face of the COVID-19 tsunami, our lives are changing in ways that were inconceivable just a few short weeks ago. Not since the 2008-09 economic collapse has the world collectively shared an experience of this kind: a single, rapidly-mutating, global crisis, structuring the rhythm of our daily lives within a complex calculus of … Keep reading »

  • IMF Refuses Aid to Venezuela in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

    On March 16, 2020, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva wrote a blog post on the Fund’s website; it represents the kind of generosity necessary in the midst of a global pandemic. “The IMF stands ready to mobilize its $1-trillion lending capacity to help our membership,” she wrote. Countries with “urgent … Keep reading »

  • The Official Story of the Coronavirus Hides a Systemic Crisis

    A View from Spain The new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) has many faces. The health-related facet has been thoroughly examined for weeks or, better said, scrutinized by the media, especially in countries like Spain and Italy, among others. From the last week of January to the time of writing this text (March 9), the coronavirus is known to … Keep reading »

  • Austerity and the Crisis in Healthcare

    Analysis of the Ontario Government’s Economic Statement Ontario’s government released its economic statement today (March 25). Overall, they are providing $3.3-billion for healthcare, another $3.7-billion in supports for people and businesses, and $10-billion for other deferrals and tax “relief.” The Ontario Health Coalition’s key message: The overall funding announcement for healthcare of $3.3-billion amounts to a … Keep reading »

  • How Market Reforms Made the NHS Vulnerable to Pandemics

    A 2014 report warned that reforms to the National Health Service (NHS) would make it vulnerable to pandemics – by making staff redundant, undermining public health and defining spare capacity as waste. It was ignored. Keep reading »

  • Covid-19 – Build Capacity in Public Non-Profit Healthcare

    Canadian Healthcare Coalitions Joint Statement The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been eroded … Keep reading »

  • Building Universal Healthcare in South Africa

    Wittingly or unwittingly, the proposal for National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa has created two camps: pro-NHI and anti-NHI. But as I argue in a recent article in the International Journal of Health Services, there is much more to improving health and healthcare in South Africa than the NHI. In 1939, Dr. Salvador Allende, … Keep reading »

  • Safety Is Not Negotiable for Anyone – Including Healthcare Workers

    The following is a joint statement issued March 13 by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As labour organizations representing close to a million healthcare … Keep reading »