David Macdonald's articles

Missing teeth January 17, 2024

Missing teeth

Canada is expanding public health coverage to dental care—but it's not universal.

Measuring matters October 26, 2023

Measuring matters

Provinces must move towards a set-fee model, with an eye on capacity expansion

Can’t afford the rent July 18, 2023

Can’t afford the rent

There is no province in Canada where workers can afford an apartment at minimum wage. The neighborhood-level data paints a dire picture of out-of-control rents.

Dawn of the Debt June 29, 2023

Dawn of the Debt

Governments aren’t households—and their budgets don’t act like them

Not done yet May 16, 2023

Not done yet

Canada has made big progress on child care costs—but has a lot of work to do on availability of spaces.