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Opinion: Health care must emphasize prevention

By Roy Romanow – Published in the Edmonton Journal: Albertans and all Canadians cherish medicare. It’s part of our identity. For our health care system to be effective and sustainable, governments must adapt to the changing needs of the country.

Jim Gray: It’s time to take wellness off Alberta’s waiting list

power-over-poverty-launches-at-churchill-square-in-edmontonBy Jim Gray – Published in the Edmonton Journal: Premier Rachel Notley and her government face a considerable challenge in bending down the cost curve on health care while improving health outcomes. The 2017 provincial budget reflects the severity of this challenge as health-care costs continue to consume a larger portion of government expenditures.

The Economist: Taxes on fizzy drinks seem to work as intended

20151128_FNP002_0AROUND the world, governments and beverage makers are locked in battle over taxes on sugary drinks. Hungary has been taxing them since 2011. In 2012 the French government introduced a tax on all drinks with added sugar or artificial sweetener, now €0.075 ($0.08) a litre. The Mexican government followed suit last year, with a tax of 1 peso ($0.06) a litre on all sugary drinks. Chile and the city of Berkeley, California introduced similar measures in January; Barbados followed suit in June and Dominica in September.

Calgary Herald Editorial: Ounce of prevention

eau-claireCalgary oilman and philanthropist Jim Gray deserves credit for drawing attention to the importance of encouraging Albertans to live healthy lives. Gray is chairman of the Wellness Alberta coalition and is calling on the provincial government to create an independent foundation funded annually by $60 million from the public’s coffers.

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