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Report outlines case for investing in mental health in Canada

A report released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada shows that the economic cost of mental health problems and illnesses in Canada is at least $50 billion per year. This represents 2.8% of Canada’s 2011 gross domestic product.

New reports highlight health and economic benefits of new medicines

Three new reports released today by Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) provide a combined snapshot of the enormous impact the discovery and development of innovative new medicines play in the lives of people across the country. The reports—prepared independently by KPMG, RiskAnalytica and SECOR—were commissioned by Rx&D to get a firmer understanding of the health and economic benefits generated by research-based pharmaceutical companies in Canada.

Ontario Lung Association: New Research Supports Accelerated Closures Of Coal Plants

The connection between lung health and air quality was strengthened even further today as the Ontario Lung Association used the occasion of Clean Air Day to release results of its latest research. The Lung Association, with other partners, is calling on the provincial government to accelerate closings of Ontario's remaining coal-fired power plants and to place them on standby reserve until they can be permanently shut down.

RiskAnalytica report says infrastructure spending critical to economic growth

Underinvestment in infrastructure could hurt economic prospects and job growth in Ontario, says a recent report commissioned by the RCCAO. The report, “Public Infrastructure Investment in Ontario: The Importance of Staying the Course” by RiskAnalytica, reveals that over the next 50 years, that average real GDP growth could rise by over one per cent per year if the increases in the province’s “Building Together” plan continue.

RCCAO: Province needs to stay the course in public infrastructure investment

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario has a message for the province regarding investment in infrastructure: keep it coming.

Ontario government has made improvements in public infrastructure investment but needs to stay the course

A report released today reinforces that increased public infrastructure investment in Ontario will alleviate many future economic risks. The report found that increased investment over the past several years is a move in the right direction. The Ontario government's "Building Together" document proposes a more strategic, long-term approach to capital spending, including infrastructure asset management.

New Report Indicates Arthritis is a $33 Billion burden on Canadians

Although it has been described as an invisible disease, the impact of arthritis on the Canadian economy can’t be ignored. A new report from the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) estimates that osteoarthritis (OA) – the most prevalent form of the disease – and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) costs the Canadian economy $33 billion through (direct) healthcare expenses and (indirect) lost productivity and taxes.  

Good timing helped save hundreds of lives in H1N1 pandemic

B.C.'s health care system lacks the capacity to handle a full-blown influenza pandemic, according to a new analysis of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak. "We were lucky last year because of the timing," said Paul Smetanin, president and CEO of Risk Analytica, a top scientific statistical analysis group that has gathered data on the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.

Paul Smetanin presides as witness in a parliamentary proceeding

Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Third Session, Fortieth Parliament, 2010

Current infrastructure deficit puts Canadian economy at risk

A report released today by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) reveals that Canada's current long term spending levels on infrastructure, even with increased investment over the past decade, are inadequate.