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Here's the Solution for Canada's Rural Doctor Shortage

By Sandra Banner

Timely medical care is all too rare for many Canadians.

Fewer than half can get a same-day or next-day appointment with their family doctor, according to a recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information. Fifty-six percent of Canadians have to wait more than a month to see a specialist.

These statistics are a bracing reminder of the nation's growing shortage of physicians, especially primary care doctors. More than 4.5 million Canadians lack a regular doctor. That's nearly 15 percent of the population.

Canada's leaders must act to reverse these shortages. Doing so will require an aggressive effort by medical schools and governments to encourage more young people to consider careers in family medicine -- careers that have an outsized impact on the health of Canadians.

Canada is short primary care doctors in part because graduates of Canadian medical schools are growing more reluctant to pursue careers in family medicine.  Just one-third of Canadian medical graduates go into primary care.

These shortages take a toll on Canadians' health. Patients with no regular doctor are less likely to get annual exams or other preventive care. And the evidence shows that there's a strong correlation between a population with access to effective primary care providers and positive health outcomes.

The primary care shortage has hit Canada's rural communities hardest. One hospital in Preeceville in rural Saskatchewan, which serves 60,000 locals, recently began suspending emergency room services on a regular basis.

On Prince Edward Island, 4,000 patients are without a primary care doctor.  According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, over 25,000 residents are currently waiting to see a family doctor throughout the province -- up from only 6,000 last fall.  More than 200,000 residents of British Columbia have no family doctor.

Last summer, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada recommended a dramatic increase in the number of emergency room residency slots. They say that the current shortfall of nearly 500 ER doctors could triple by 2025.

Since 2004, medical schools have been opening campuses all across the country. These are meant to encourage students from rural communities to enroll in medical school -- and hopefully return to practice in smaller communities.

Despite all these changes, millions of Canadians still cannot find a family doctor. Perhaps it's time to look outside our borders.

Institutions outside Canada can make a difference, just as they have in the United States. One-quarter of our southern neighbor's doctors are graduates of international medical schools.  And among doctors practicing in the United States, half of those educated at med schools in the Caribbean are working in primary care.

St. George's University, a school on the Caribbean island of Grenada for which I serve as a consultant, has trained more than 1,200 Canadian doctors.  Two-thirds of those grads are in primary care -- twice the share of graduates of Canadian medical schools.

Over 600 of our current students hail from Canada. Many are eager to train and practice in their own communities.  That's why St. George's has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan Hospital and the Vancouver General Hospital -- to arrange clinical rotations for these doctors-in-training.

It's time to end Canada's doctor shortage. Provincial governments could fund more training positions for family medicine. Medical schools inside and outside Canada have a role to play, too -- by graduating and training more family physicians, and steering them to the underserved communities that need them most.

Sandra Banner is the consultant for St. George's University relations in Canada.

Digital Bookmobile Comes to Brampton Library!



Don't miss this exciting one-day event powered by Overdrive…


What: Interactive Computer Stations – 1:1 support with Brampton Library and Overdrive staff – Instructional Videos – Gadget gallery for iPod touch/Android/Nook & more!


WhenWednesday, July 19, 2017

            2-8 pm


Where: Cyril Clark Branch Parking Lot

             20 Loafer's Lake Lane, Brampton


Why:    The Digital Bookmobile is family friendly event that will show you just how easy it is to read eBooks for free with your Brampton Library card.


Brampton Library Membership: Got your card? It's a must-have for free use of our extensive collection of bestsellers, DVDs, books, magazines, and a wide range of digital products, including eBooks! Your card is waiting at any of our six city branches. Apply online and stop in with ID to complete your application today! It's free.

For more information on the Digital Bookmobile and to book interviews, please contact:

June Dickenson

Marketing & Communications Manager

(905) 793-4636 ext. 74368 or jdickenson@bramptonlibrary.ca


Brampton Library's branches house a vast collection of borrowable items and computer workstations, Chromebooks with free Internet access, and wireless connectivity. Reserve your items online for pick-up and return at any branch. Our website offers access to a full range of digital products, including eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers from around the world, online courses from Gale, Lynda.com and Mango Languages, and free music downloads. Our staff provides helpful assistance and presents programs for all ages and interests. Find out more at bramptonlibrary.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform, supplying the industry's largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, periodicals and streaming video to libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive offers all digital media on a single platform, and offers APIs to streamline a seamless user experience. OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, now supports fixed layout and narrated eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Join us Thursday 13th July for Art Show "Beyond!" Opening Reception at Mississauga Central Library

Join us this Thursday at the 
Opening Reception for Beyond!

Visual Arts Mississauga in partnership with the Mississauga Central Library is pleased to host Beyond! a new exhibition exploring Canadian creative identities.

Join us at the Opening Reception held this Thursday, July 13 at 5 pm to 7 pm at Mississauga Central Library located at 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West in Mississauga. The exhibition is featured in the Arts and History Department located on the third floor. Admission is free.

Have your say! A People's Choice Award will be awarded on August 21, 2017. Ballots are available at the Central Library. All are welcome to vote for their favourite work in the exhibition. The exhibition is currently on display and will close on August 27, 2017.  

For additional details, please contact Visual Arts Mississauga by calling 905-277-4313 or visiting www.visualartsmississauga.com.

Visual Arts Mississauga | 4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga , ON L5C 2S7 Canada

Monday, July 10, 2017

Living in Recovery and Taking Action: CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2017




Living in Recovery and Taking Action:

CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2017


WHAT:               The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) will announce the 2017-2018 Faces of Mental Illness


WHO:                  Special guests:

Michael Landsberg, TSN Host and event emcee

Fred Phelps, CAMIMH Campaign Chair 2017

Mary Deacon, Bell Let's Talk Chair

Faces of Mental Illness 2017-2018


WHERE:             St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre

                              150 King St. West, Toronto, ON

                              Conservation Gallery, 16th Floor     


WHEN:               Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 11:00-12:00


CAMIMH would like to thank its generous sponsors who make this campaign possible:  Bell Let's Talk, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Lundbeck Canada, Innovative Medicines Canada, and Impact Public Affairs.



Friday, July 7, 2017

150 Dancers come together for an electrifying dance tribute to Canada 150 at the Canadian Colour Festival, Rung De’ ONE this Sunday July 9

On Sunday July 9th the Greater Toronto Area will celebrate the spirit of Being Canadian with a bang at the Canadian colour festival, RUNG DE ONE (RDO). One hundred and fifty Canadian dancers and dholis will participate in DANCE 150, a unifying celebration for Canada 150 in the heart of the City of Mississauga.

Rung De' ONE is a pioneer interactive event which uniquely celebrates 'Being Canadian' and embraces the true spirit of 'Being One'. This year's festival will be held near Square One at 4219 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga from 12 to 6 p.m.  In its fourth year, the outdoor colour festival expects a resounding response as Canadians come together this year to commemorate 150 years of Canada.
The natural, non-toxic, water-soluble & environmentally friendly colour powder has been especially arranged for the festival keeping in mind the well-being of festival audiences. RDO is a kids and family friendly event. The festival grounds are free for admission and RDO Colour Zone passes with unlimited colour included are available for $20.
Bollywood's acclaimed singer & composer Manj Musik, will entertain audiences with his hits and latest chartbusters. In addition to the headliner Manj, popular DJs playing Top 40, EDM, Bollywood, dance performances and a wide variety of festive food options will comprise a fun filled day for attendees at the colour festival. 
The highlight of this year's festival is sure to be, for the first time ever 150 dancers will perform together for Dance150 at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm to celebrate the monumental moment of Canada150 on RDO grounds. This act is choreographed by the renowned dance academy, Shiamak Toronto.

RDO festival is a colourful celebration of Canada's multicultural heritage, which uniquely celebrates the oneness of all Canadians. At RDO, attendees play outdoors with colour powder, indulge in festival food, dance to their favourite tunes and enjoy the spirit of Being Canadian with fellow Canadians.

For more information on the festival please visit www.r

Twitter & Instagram @RungDeONE I I Hashtag: #RungDeONE

Thursday, June 29, 2017


  • The Living Arts Centre is selling tickets for SHIAMAK'S SUMMER FUNK 2017 from Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 11:00am. Tickets are being sold on a reserved seating basis. Tickets, once purchased, cannot be refunded, returned or exchanged.
  • As this is done through the Living Arts Centre, SHIAMAK Toronto is not responsible for ticket purchases or seat preferences. Please book your tickets early to avoid any disappointments!
  • Tickets are priced at:
    • Orchestra: $25.00
    • Dress Circle: $23.00
    • Balcony: $21.00
    • Children 12 and under: $12.00
    • Children 2 and under (Babies in arms): $0.00
  • Please note that service charges and/or other applicable fees will be charged by the Living Arts Centre. Please contact the Living Arts Centre Box office for more info.
  • Babies in arm are free. However, you will need to purchase a ticket priced at $0.00 for your child along with your tickets. Please note the service charges and/or other applicable fees will be charged on the $0.00 ticket.
  • Please note: No group discount is being offered for this show
  • Kids and pre-teens who would like to watch the show after their performance will need to purchase a ticket to enter and sit in the auditorium. If students do not have a ticket to watch the show, they can stay with the volunteer until the end of the entire show or the parents can take them home after their performance ONLY DURING THE INTERVAL TIME.
Rehearsal Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Rehearsal Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Rehearsal Venue: RBC Theatre, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

Performance Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Call Time: 11:00am
Venue: Outside Sheridan College

Important Information
1. Participants must register online to be a part of the event.
2. Must be 16 years or over to participate.
3. Participants must attend rehearsals.
4. This event may be covered by the media. By registering for the event, participant confirms that he/she has no objection to the same and will co-operate with SHIAMAK & RungDeOne for all such publicity, television and media coverage.
5. SHIAMAK & RungDeOne reserve the right of admission.
6. Registered participants will receive a FREE Unlimited Colour Pass to RungDeOne - Canadian Colour Festival (Total Value: $20.00)
7. Participants may also use promo code: DANCE150 and avail 50% discount for friends and family to purchase the Unlimited Colour Pass. Click here to buy the pass now.
We look forward to celebrating 150 years of Canada with you!
Shiamak Davar International (Canada) Inc., 16 Yonge Street, Suite 3908, Toronto, Ontario M5E 2A1 Canada

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