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With claims trends on the rise in workplace benefits plans, two medical professionals compare different treatment paths for mental-health care. Dr. Karen Cohen, chief executive officer of the Canadian Psychological Association When it comes to mental-health services, people get what’s available. This is sometimes, but not always, what they need. Extended private health plans typically […]

  • February 16, 2021 February 18, 2021
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The past few months have upended the traditional workplace, but whether remote working remains the norm is still up for debate. Robby Kwok, senior vice-president of people at Slack Technologies Inc. We’re never going back to the old way. The last few months have demonstrated that it’s possible for teams to thrive in a distributed […]

  • September 18, 2020 December 11, 2020
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As the global economy slogs through one of the most dire situations in living memory, some predict it will bounce right back to its old self, while others aren’t so sure. Janet Rabovsky, independent investment consultant With lockdown restrictions lifting, Canadians are wondering how quickly the economy may rebound. While none of us have a […]

  • August 14, 2020 December 11, 2020
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The limitation of prescriptions to 30-day supplies aims to protect against drug shortages, but it’s creating challenges for Canadians who are living on fixed incomes. Beverley Zwicker, chief executive officer and registrar at the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists The coronavirus pandemic has challenged us all to work together for the greater good. We now […]

  • June 19, 2020 December 11, 2020
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While many Canadians can’t wait to start drawing down Canada Pension Plan benefits when they turn 65, it’s important to consider whether that’s the right move Bonnie-JeanneMacDonald, director of financial security research at Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing Delaying CPP is the safest, most inexpensive approach to receiving more secure retirement income. Yet 95 […]

  • May 15, 2020 December 11, 2020
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Globally, many pension funds are divesting from carbon and fossil fuels, while others are staying the course and focusing on financial value and their fiduciary duties Simon Archer, partner at Goldblatt Partners LLP and co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Centre for Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy: Political posturing aside, no one seriously […]

  • April 17, 2020 December 11, 2020
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During an educational two days in Montreal, the 2020 DC Plan Summit, on Feb. 5-7, featured a range of sessions diving into today’s top issues for plan sponsors, including financial education and wellness, post-retirement solutions, sustainability, plan design and technology. Is your pension communication message getting through? A look at the different paths to ESG […]

  • April 17, 2020 December 11, 2020
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On March 3, the 2020 Employers Cancer Care Summit featured sessions on cancer-related issues and opportunities tied to benefits plans and the workplace. Many perspectives required when covering cancer drugs on benefits plans While treatment options for cancer are more than they used to be, many still aren’t covered under the public health-care system, according to Tim […]

  • March 27, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Dr. Jennifer Wild, consultant clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Oxford When we’re feeling ill, we want to be seen quickly by our doctors. Earlier access to treatment means less suffering, whether we’re dealing with a chest infection or something more debilitating like depression. Telemedicine eases access to assessment and treatment, which […]

  • March 20, 2020 December 11, 2020
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Canadian defined contribution plans offer a range of investment choices, from a single balanced fund, in some cases, to more than 25 options. Douglas Anderson, corporate services officer at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario: As a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s pension committee, I believe in offering […]

  • February 14, 2020 December 11, 2020
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