Now don't get me wrong, I'm still extremely lucky and grateful to live in a country where our healthcare is free and no politicians are trying to take it away. That being said, aside from the United States, every single other developed country in the world has a single payer system similar to Canada's. That means it's time to stop bragging about that one fact and start wondering why ours is so bad compared to other countries'.
Want to know exactly how bad? The CommonWealth Fund, which is a foundation dedicated to making healthcare more accessible to lower income portions of the population. They recently went through an extensive examination and concluded that we raked #9 out of 11 high-income countries.
They evaluated 11 countries and these are there rankings:
1) United Kingdom
4) New Zealand and Norway (tied)
6) Sweden and Switzerland (tied)
11) United States
They based these ratings from fivedifferent categories when conducting their study:
Care Process (Our rank: 6)
Care process is basically how well and at what standard you're being treated and is an important measure of not only how well a healthcare system works as a whole, but also how well trained the doctors and staff are.
Access: (Our rank: 10)
Access covers two sections: Affordability and Timeliness. With the wait times that we have, it is no surprise that we finished near the bottom in this category.
Administratve Efficiency: (Our rank: 6)
The administrative aspect measures how available to see patients doctors are and how efficient the rest of the staff is with regards to dealing with paperwork and proper documentation.
Equity: (Our rank: 9)
Equity measures the difference between the health levels of higher-income and lower-income individuals. The lower the difference, the higher the level of equity.
Healthcare Outcomes: (Our rank: 9)
Healthcare Outcomes measure straight up the percentage of people that are properly treated and that are kept alive with timely and systematic healthcare resources.
While you may take comfort in knowing that the neighbours to the south are dead last by a long shot, it's high time we turned to our politicians and demand that we make our healthcare systems something worth bragging about once again.
For more data as well as the entire study, their findings, and their conclusions, check out the Fund's article right here
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.