FROM THE EDITOR
Spring may represent a new beginning but autumn is closely associated with turning over a new leaf. With summer’s end and school resuming, students (and parents) are looking to get a fresh start on a great year. And with a new session of Parliament, you can add politicians to that mix too.
Having shuffled the cabinet and added new posts in July, the Liberal government is hoping to finish its term on a high note. But with many issues still unresolved, the question is: how much more can the government accomplish this year? And will voters be satisfied with what they have seen?
Helping you make sense of it all is Before the Bell. Starting September 20th, Before the Bell will look at key issues that remain outstanding on the government’s agenda. Among the topics we aim to cover include trade, the environment, health, transportation, the economy, and innovation. Be sure to check out the event and streaming schedule at SixthEstate.ca.
In this issue of The Review we look at some of these pressing files on the government’s agenda. Starting with privacy and data security, our Dale Smith begins with “Greater Transparency Required to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age,” reporting on a Before the Bell event that examined how policies must adapt to reflect the new realities of the digital era.
Next, David McGown, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, reminds us that companies and individuals are most susceptible to data loss and privacy breaches, and explains how insurance industries are leading the development of technological initiatives to protect consumers in “Data, Electronic Documentation and Innovation in the Insurance Industry.”
A matter of ongoing concern is improving health outcomes for indigenous Canadians. In “Medicine Wheel not Medical Approach Required for Indigenous Health,” the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, joins a panel on Before the Bell to talk about combining new solutions with traditional and holistic approaches to indigenous health care.
Sticking with the health file, Susan Delacourt led a Sixth Estate Spotlight session to look at the need for a health systems transformation that will better improve health outcomes. While the concept has been tested in various regions across the country, we try and understand why it hasn’t taken hold. Dale Smith takes a closer look in “Renewing Emphasis on Health Systems Integration.”
Finally, Mike Villeneuve, CEO with the Canadian Nurses Association, adds his thoughts to both the issues affecting indigenous health, and improvements needed in the health system.
Just as students and the government are preparing for the year ahead, we at the Sixth Estate are delivering regular assessments so that next year you – the voters – can deliver the final grade. Report cards come out in October 2019. We love a new year.