Neoliberalism vs Global Health

Neoliberalism vs Global Health The Edmonton launch of Global Health Watch 4, featuring Ron Labonte Please join the Global Health Initiative and the Parkland Institute for the Edmonton launch of Global Health Watch 4: An Alternative World Health Report, featuring one of its major contributors, Dr. Ronald Labonte. Recognized internationally as the critical voice for a more health-equitable future, Global Health Watch 4: An Alternative World Health Report provides health activists with the tools and mobilizing ideas to challenge the pathologies of a persisting neoliberal political economy. The report begins with a detailed account of the health crises of neoliberal globalization and the health-damaging fiscal policies of austerity in Europe and around the world. There are signs of hope on offer, by way of evidence-informed policies that, if chosen, could steer the toxic ship of finance capital and rampaging inequalities through re-regulation of global finance, rejection of austerity, increases in progressive national and global taxation, a clean break with the fossil fuel economy, and continuous efforts to reclaim public discourse. GHW4 concludes with stories of resistance and struggle from around the world from India’s right to food movement to Australian Aboriginal controlled health services. GHW4 covers a range of issues that currently impact on health, including the present political and economic architecture in a fast-changing and globalized world; a political assessment and concrete country experiences regarding the drive towards Universal Health Coverage; broader determinants of health, such as gender-based violence and nutrition and food sovereignty; stories of struggles, actions and change; and a scrutiny of a range of global institutions and processes. Like its three predecessors, Global Health Watch 4 is a collaborative effort by activists and academics from around the world, coordinated by the People’s Health Movement, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Medicina Social, Health Action International, Third World Network, and Medact. Copies of Global Health Watch 4: An Alternative World Health Report will be available for purchase at the event. About Ronald Labonte Ronald Labonte holds a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health. He is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to his appointment in 2004 at the University of Ottawa, he was founding Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university interdisciplinary research organization that was committed to “engaged research” on population health determinants at local, national and global levels. For the past decade, Ron’s work has focused on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization. This has included reviews of globalization and health analytical frameworks undertaken for the World Health Organization, an ongoing study of G8 health and development commitments, policy measures to mitigate the negative health impacts of global health worker migration, the impacts of globalization on the health of Canadians and participatory research to advance comprehensive primary health care in many parts of the world. Ron is a founding member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and a past board member of provincial and national public health and international health associations in Canada.  Most recently, he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Ron was also a member of the research team that advised the 2002 Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada on the impacts of globalization and trade on health. Ron has over 150 scientific publications and several hundred articles in popular media. 

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Berzerkhers vs Slice Girls
The Edmonton Sports Dome
Doors at 6, game at 7
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Whoops. It’s been a week since I’ve journalled.

May 12th, 2015 - Had the day off work, since I already did everything I could. I went to Queen Elizabeth Park, and took in the beautiful trees and gardens. Later that evening, went to Chantal’s fundraiser for relief in Nepal after the earthquake and met a delightful lady who’s doing her PhD in public health. And it was AMAZING meeting her and talking about women, their role, what she did. I really really missed that.

May 13th, 2015 - Went to my first ever soccer game! Like for realz soccer game at the stadium where we saw BC Whitecaps vs Edmonton FC - and we were literally in the second row. (Adam’s company got him free tickets). It was super cool! I’ve never been so close. Then, we went to a Japanese tapas bar thing, I think it’s called an Izakaya bar? We had plum wine for the first time, and it was amazing! 

May 14th, 2015 - I got to read! I got a UBC library card, and I took out books from the library and had a quiet night in, and it was amazing. I read Neil Gaiman’s book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I forgot how much I missed reading. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to read for leisure.

May 15th, 2015 - Went to The Park at the English Bay with a bunch of people, met some really cool people. This 40-year old guy started hitting on me, so Adam saved me and we went to the English Bay together and sat and enjoyed the beach! Left early because Benajir (my roommate) was locked out of the house at midnight, so I ran home to let her in.

May 16th, 2015 - A super ideal magical day. Adam and I went to Gastown again and walked our fill. We had amazing brunch at L’Abbatoir and equally amazing seafood (like the best oysters I’ve ever had) at Cork and Fin. Magical day. James Vincent McMorrow concert was happening, and he was phenemonal. Coupled with the setting sun, the talent in the live music, and the delicious sea food in a beautiful restaurant - it was amazing. Then later that evening, we impulsively went took the Seabus to North Vancouver, which there wasn’t anything to do, so we went to Shoppers’ and also to a Menchies-like place to get frozen yogurt. We took the Seabus back home, and it turns out the 25 bus doesn’t run past midnight. I bumped into this really cute guy, Tom, we walked for a bit and exchanged numbers, but no texts have happened between us since. :| Eventful evening back, I called the police - nuff said.

May 17th, 2015 - Chore day. Boring, and needed.

May 18th, 2015 - Beach day at Kits beach! Beautiful, but I tanned like a… something that tans very easily. And I met Adam’s coworkers. They’re kinda boring. And Adam mentioned he was going to spend all of Tuesday and Wednesday with me after work, and I told him I needed space.

That brings us to today! All caught up-ish. Really really quick summaries, I’ll expand on everything later! 

Friday, May 15, 2015 Canadian TV Listings (Times Eastern)

Still in Ottawa, but now I’ve been taught to kill a man 20 different ways AND in two languages.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Catch a double dose of “Bob’s Burgers” with “Itty Bitty Ditty Committee” and “Eat, Spray, Linda” at 8:00pm and 8:30pm. Also, if you are so inclined, “Sex Sells: TV’s Hottest Commercials” is airing also on Global at 9:00pm.

OHL HOCKEY (SN360) 7:00pm: Erie Otters at Oshawa Generals

MLB BASEBALL (SNO) 8:00pm: Blue Jays at Astros

YOU GOTTA EAT HERE! (FOOD NETWORK CANADA) 9:00pm: It’s meat on top of more meat for host John Catucci at a Vancouver burger bar, flaming saganaki, fresh calamari, and homemade baklava make for sharing in Greektown, and John visits pie royalty in the Lone Star State.

NLL LACROSSE (TSN2) 9:30pm: West Division, Finals: Edmonton Rush vs. Calgary Roughnecks