• Ottawa should name a children’s advocate

    … according to UNICEF our children are falling behind those in other affluent countries in four key areas: income, health, education and life satisfaction… Campaign 2000, which measures child poverty annually, found it had actually gone up to 18.3 per cent in 2016 from the level of 15.8 per cent it was at back in 1989.

  • Don’t let seniors’ care become a private equity money maker

    Research shows that the typical business model for such arrangements is associated with offering a high return on capital and maximizing cash extraction. The property assets owned by the private equity firm are separated from the daily operations of providing resident care… The evidence is clear: Large-scale private equity investments in nursing home facilities too often jeopardize the quality of care and put seniors’ health at risk.

  • Judge rules in favour of ’60s Scoop victims

    “Canada had a common law duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent on-reserve Indian children in Ontario, who had been placed in the care of non-aboriginal foster or adoptive parents, from losing their aboriginal identity. Canada breached this common law duty of care” … The next phase will now be to determine how much in damages the government owes the survivors, who were taken from their homes as children in the 1960s and 1970s and placed in non-indigenous care.

  • How the Toronto police have kept unfounded rates low

    The problem with decisions being guided by instinct is that instinct can be influenced by subconscious beliefs that have been affected by long-held societal opinions about sexual assault. Instead, when it comes to sexual-assault investigations, officers must have tangible evidence or an admission from the victim before marking a case as unfounded.

  • We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science

    Really addressing sexual violence means education on the meaning of consent. And that’s where it starts to become complicated: Sure it’s serious training for all the actors in the criminal justice system: police officers, prosecutors, and judges. But it also means transformational sex education. It means changing society’s understanding of the meaning of consent, sex and sexuality.

  • John Tory presses premier to address daycare crisis

    Tory urges… the following measures: Fund at least 4,918 new subsidies for low-income parents to help reduce the city’s subsidized child-care wait list of more than 18,000 children… make the services affordable for families, and… Embed child care as part of early learning and give kids in care the same opportunities and supports as kids in the elementary school system; also fund school boards directly for the cost of space used for early-years programs and care before and after school.

  • Why are police calling so many sexual-assault complaints ‘unfounded’?

    … police classify an average of 5,500 sexual-assault complaints as unfounded every year. That means these cases are not included in statistics about sexual assault… Experts blame inconsistent police training for the discrepancies… Unfairly dismissing their complaints as unfounded only adds to the sense that the system is weighted against sexual-assault victims from the start.

  • We are failing the community of sexual assault victims

    … the independence, detachment and consistency that are core virtues of the justice system are at the same time the root causes of one of the justice system’s most profound failures: its dramatic inability to deliver justice to survivors of sexual violence. We in the justice system value precedent, which means we tend to stick to the same old ways for far too long… we decline to listen deeply to constituent groups like sexual assault survivors because we convince ourselves they are ill-informed laypersons with suspicious agendas.

  • Needle exchanges in federal prisons can save money and lives

    It is simply unfeasible for CSC to lock down a prison to such a degree that no drugs will ever get inside… The problem is that inmates using injectable drugs share the limited number of contraband needles and syringes available to them. People in federal prisons are consequently far more likely to acquire AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C than the general population. They arrive in prison healthy and leave with chronic diseases that cost society millions of dollars to treat. Sometimes, they die.

  • Abolish solitary confinement for Ontario’s children and youth

    “… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez told the UN General Assembly in 2011… It doesn’t matter if you call it solitary confinement, administrative segregation, secure de-escalation, or anything else. Let’s just call it something we used to do, that we don’t do anymore.