• New charity wants Canada to put children first

    … statistics show one in five children are living in poverty, one in three Canadians have experienced some form of child abuse and one in five kids have considered suicide… The charity is calling on Ottawa to appoint an independent children’s commissioner to champion kids at the federal level and to publish an annual children’s budget to track federal funding.

  • Give kids in child welfare system a voice

    The proposed legislation would put children at the centre of the decision-making process about their own welfare. It would require that children be consulted about decisions affecting their well-being, “listened to and respected.” … Taylor’s bill reminds authorities not only to listen to the child, but to be an advocate for them.

  • Want to address gun crime? Tackle root causes

    Bigger police budgets won’t solve the alarming rise in shooting deaths in Toronto… The people who carry guns do so, almost invariably, as part of the illegal drug trade… the vast majority of the participants in the illegal drug trade at its most violent street level come from desperately impoverished backgrounds. These, then, are the two causes of gun violence: illegal drugs and poverty.

  • Kathleen Wynne has the chance to do the right thing and support autistic children

    … the government still has time to get one priority right, by reversing this decision. And it doesn’t have to spend more money to do so, just change the way existing dollars are spent. For years, the OAC has shown how a direct funding model — allocating money to families instead of providers — would support more kids with the same amount of resources. Children over age five would thus not need to be cut off IBI to shorten the waitlist for younger kids.

  • Universal child care the perfect Mother’s Day gift

    With regulated child care spaces for less than a quarter of children and the highest fees in the country, it is the policy solution that could make a difference for Ontario’s moms… And it’s the gift that keeps on giving: benefiting children, communities and the economy… For both mothers and the child care workforce, a child care system is key to closing the wage gap… A belated gift – even one that’s 40 years overdue – is far better than another year of inaction.

  • Ontario to spend $90M for daycare spaces, family supports

    The Ontario government on Friday announced almost $90 million for new daycare spaces — as well as new daycare space — in schools… Some $20 million will go toward child-care spaces and $18 million to renovate child-cares themselves. The remaining $50 million will be used to upgrade or renovate space in schools for public use, such as mental health supports or other community agencies, to provide a base for creating so-called “community hubs.”

  • Parents urge province to ban daycare wait list fees

    TheStar.com – News/GTA – Parents already facing sticker shock over the cost of child care want the province to ban daycare wait list fees which […]

  • Supervised injection sites are imperfect – and better than the alternative

    In a perfect world, no one would be abusing intravenous drugs. But in the messier reality we inhabit, people are overdosing and dying in disturbing numbers while communities are degraded by the consequences of a look-away, not-my-problem approach to drug use… Supervised injections sites won’t make drug abuse disappear. They may not even cut addiction rates. But they promise to cut the number of overdoses and deaths while reducing broader social and medical problems

  • Child-care proposals come up short

    What happened to that commitment to “a system of responsive, safe, high quality and accessible child care and early years programs and services will support parents and families, and will contribute to the healthy development of children”? … unsafe daycare environments and insufficient caring centres… oblige parents to sacrifice their careers and salaries in order to compensate for the inadequacy of provincial policy.

  • Ontario budget leaves Ontario’s poorest children behind

    There was no money for affordable child care… There was no money for Ontario’s 47 children’s aid societies… There was a miserable 1.5-per-cent increase in social assistance rates for Ontario’s poorest families… There was no funding to alleviate the massive backlog in the province’s courts… it is hard to square Sousa’s talk about “a more compassionate Ontario” with the fact that 550,000 children in this province live in poverty.