The early waves of COVID-19 hit long-term care homes hard, and also pulled the curtain back on problems in many of these facilities, including poor conditions and staffing issues. Calls to address these problems emerged in the aftermath of the crisis, including the suggestion that more private-sector involvement would mean efficiency and innovation.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Pat Armstrong of York University and Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University explain why the private sector is not the solution —and in fact has been part of the problem.

“For-profit services do nothing to address the major crisis in labour force supply, do nothing about public costs and do too little about public access to care. In fact, they do the reverse; they drain the public system of both people and money,” they write.

They argue that privatization of health services is an old idea that just won’t die, and it needs to be put to rest for good.

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All the best, and Happy New Year!

Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility in Scarborough, Ont. during the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2020. This LTC home was hit hard by the second wave of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Why for-profit homes won’t solve long-term care issues: Privatizing health services is a bad idea that just won’t go away

Pat Armstrong, York University, Canada; Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University

Privatization is an idea that — like a zombie —just won’t die. It’s re-emerging with calls to solve the long-term care crisis with for-profit care homes. Evidence refutes the same old arguments.

Following historic drought in 2021, reservoir levels dropped down in the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, which gets its waters from the melting snowpack from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. (

Scientists dig deep and find a way to accurately predict snowmelt after droughts

Dana Ariel Lapides, Simon Fraser University; Daniella Rempe, The University of Texas at Austin; David Dralle, University of California, Berkeley; Jesse Hahm, Simon Fraser University

Unprecedented droughts leave the subsurface drier than usual, affecting water supply in subsequent years.

Schooling models designed for the industrial revolution need to change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Student and teacher involvement in reforming schooling matters — how Montréal schools are tackling this

Aron Rosenberg, McGill University; Lisa Starr, McGill University

A schooling reform project is taking lessons from innovative high schools and educators in New Zealand, Southern California and Canada to make schooling more relevant for students today.

Gender diversity on company boards of directors has been improving over the years, but it still has a long way to go. (Shutterstock)

Gender diversity on corporate boards can improve organizational performance

Hanen Khemakhem, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Manel Maalej, Université de Sfax; Richard Fontaine, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Men and women both offer unique, valuable contributions to company boards. To reap these benefits, organizations should continue to increase gender diversity.

La Conversation Canada

Les parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique ont adopté leur nouveau cadre mondial pour la biodiversité post-2020 le 19 décembre 2022. La Presse canadienne/Paul Chiasson

La COP15 a été un succès. Mais les cibles ambitieuses de protection de la biodiversité seront-elles atteintes ?

Lauren Touchant, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Elie Klee, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Erin Dobbelsteyn, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Lynda Hubert Ta, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Nessan Akemakou, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Thomas Burelli, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

La COP15 peut être considérée comme un succès avec l’adoption d’un cadre qui vise notamment à protéger au moins 30 % des zones terrestres, côtières et marines d’ici 2030.

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