• Don’t abandon impoverished people who need legal aid

    An independent audit released on Tuesday found little to criticize about how the organization has handled its budget. And Legal Aid itself has argued that the deficit is a result of increased demand for services. As a result, the provincial and federal governments must come up with the money to cover this year’s deficit so that impoverished people caught up in the court system are properly represented.

  • Why rich kids deserve free drugs from pharmacare

    … the rich don’t get a free ride either way. They pay more than their fair share in our (still) progressive tax system, for which they derive the same benefits as everyone else under medicare… Pharmacare isn’t charity, it’s efficiency. In future, as the private sector slowly rolls up drug benefits the way it has phased out pension plans, the pressure will increase on governments to pick up the slack.

  • To improve Indigenous health, change expectations

    We have created a state of perpetual crisis for many First Nations. Yet, in recent decades, we have become more benevolent; we have started responding to these crises, especially when things get so dire they pop up in the mainstream media, i.e. La Loche, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, etc. But all we’ve done really is become more efficient at responding to crises, not at fixing fundamental structural problems

  • Tribunal can’t enforce Indigenous child-welfare ruling, Ottawa says

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal does not have the power to ensure its rulings are followed or to dictate how public money is spent, the federal government has argued in response to accusations it has not met a tribunal demand to end the discriminatory underfunding of Indigenous child welfare… “the tribunal does not have the statutory authority to enforce its own orders.”

  • Ontario government unveils 3-year plan to battle racism

    Queen’s Park will introduce a framework for collecting race-based data across various institutions, including in the justice, education, health and child welfare sectors — a move that anti-racism activists have long called for. The directorate will also introduce an action plan for black youth and new legislation to “ensure future sustainability and accountability of the government’s anti-racism work.”

  • Black health needs to become a priority

    Black communities are disproportionately affected by health-related issues such as mental health, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, sickle cell, stroke and hypertension. But they have yet to be adequately addressed effectively within the Canadian health-care system… policy-makers need to recognize that racism and violence along with the social determinants of health play a role in the health outcomes of black communities in Canada.

  • Liberals revive funding for groups that take government to court

    The new program will offer a minimum of $1.5-million a year for the defence of minority-language rights. The remaining funding will go the defence of equality rights, democratic rights, freedom of religion, expression and association, and the right to life, liberty and security of the person… the new program will be administered by an independent body, with two panels of experts determining the funding that will go toward official-language rights and toward human rights.

  • Ottawa accused of failing to provide for indigenous children

    Last January, 26, 2016, after a near nine-year legal fight, the [Canadian Human Rights Tribunal] ordered Canada to comply with Jordan’s Principle, which unanimously passed in Parliament in Dec. 2007… Canada was ordered… to stop discriminating against 163,000 indigenous children and grant them equal access to services. But two national indigenous organizations say Ottawa has failed to properly respond

  • Ottawa should stop wasting billions on stock benefits for the rich

    Since its introduction in 1984, the loophole has primarily benefited the very rich at a great cost to the public purse… Despite the tax break’s stated purpose, its beneficiaries are not primarily the employees of small, risky start-ups. They are, for instance, top bankers or the heads of mining and telecommunications corporations, the richest of the rich. In fact, more than 90 per cent of the benefit goes to the top 1 per cent of earners.

  • Ottawa asks provinces to help reform First Nations child welfare

    There are more children in care today than at the height of residential schools, [Minister Bennett] added. “That has to stop, and that will only stop by engaging with the provinces and territories and the agencies that deliver those services…” … bureaucrats listening to the people who provide this service as to how best to reform the program so as not to discriminate… how best to inform the program so that First Nation children and families are getting the service that they need”