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    Canada’s unheard aboriginal narrative

    … aboriginal peoples have been making a remarkable recovery and are now on the verge of taking a prominent place in this country… There’s a new aboriginal elite. We have Inuit and Cree corporations. Supreme Court victories are giving aboriginals more control over the commodity-rich lands of the North. Climate change is playing to their agenda. The aboriginal population is rapidly increasing, as is aboriginal youth enrolment in universities and colleges.

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    Premier Kathleen Wynne’s apology to Huronia survivors offers fresh start

    This was a signature moment for the former residents, many of whom suffered at the hands of caregivers and other residents… “unchecked physical and emotional abuse by some staff and residents.” Former residents carry those scars to this day. And that made for an emotional scene in the legislature… An apology cannot change the past. But hopefully, Wynne’s gesture will help heal the hurt and allow Huronia’s former residents to move on.

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    Newly released case files reveal details of Huronia Regional Centre children

    The two children arrived in the institution a month apart. They died a month and one day apart. Each of their stories, as documented in letters, medical notes and admissions records… provide a window into how Ontario treated people with developmental disabilities for more than 100 years… a $35-million settlement… promise[s] to disclose 65,000 documents such as police reports, witness testimony and internal incident reports.

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    Case study highlights conflict between bureaucrats, Minister Kenney on direction of multiculturalism programs

    … bureaucrats embraced a set of assumptions laid down in the days of Pierre Trudeau and maintained by every Conservative and Liberal government that followed: Multiculturalism programs should foster mutual tolerance among cultural communities. Citizenship should be easy to acquire, and citizenship classes and programs should emphasize the federal government’s contribution to peacekeeping, the United Nations and expanding civil liberties at home and abroad. The Harper government saw things differently.

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    Ugly secret of Ontario psychiatric hospitals won’t stay hidden

    The suit was launched three years ago. In a precedent-setting move, the Ontario Superior Court certified it, making this the first collective legal action against a government-operated psychiatric facility. But it has yet to be heard. Every time a trial looked imminent, the Attorney General of Ontario delayed the proceedings… Ontario once ran 16 of these institutions. All are closed now. But shutting the doors doesn’t undo the damage provincial employees did to thousands of cognitively disabled youngsters.

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    The Power of Idle No More’s Resurgent Radicalism

    Jan. 14, 2013
    It is up against formidable odds: not just the normal difficulties of any new movement but a ruthless Harper government which responds only to power and an entrenched aboriginal leadership which is completely dependent on that same government. It is a leadership which long ago made a deal with the neo-colonial devil: you pay us and we will pretend to lead while you pretend to listen.

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    Immigrant women changed the face of Toronto

    Dec. 16, 2012
    They developed a network of support services for themselves and future generations of newcomers. They created training and employment programs for women with no Canadian experience, no connections and no way of getting a foothold in the workforce. They set up female-run businesses that employed newcomers… where they could earn a living wage, become citizens and break down the barriers that had confronted them. They made multiculturalism work.

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    The poor ain’t what they used to be

    Sep. 29 2012
    … everything has changed. The poor are still with us, but they aren’t who they used to be. And “ending poverty” doesn’t mean what it used to mean… now that the inequality is no longer international but within nations, there’s a “need for a fundamental reframing of global poverty as largely a matter of domestic distribution… Growth by itself isn’t going to do it… There will still be a lot of poor”.

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    Ottawa’s Indian policies stick with tried and tested failure

    9 August 2012
    The Indians did not give up being Indian, as bureaucrats expected they would, for the simple reason that they did not want to. Over and again the principal outcome of top-down, Ottawa-knows-best paternalism was another generation of consternated policy wonks and impoverished reserves whose inhabitants nonetheless resisted outside pressures to cease and desist all things Indian… to introduce voluntary fee simple property ownership to Indian reserves… is one step’s remove from conducting the discussion entirely over the heads of the people affected…

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    Unsung heroes of the Third City

    Dec 22 2011
    The Third City – is made up of Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods, with their high concentrations of racialized poverty… [where] incomes… have declined 20 per cent or more since 1970… the Third City can also be understood as an urban condition: a set of experiences that together amount to exclusion from the full political, economic and cultural life of our city… But behind the negative media headlines and dire poverty statistics, there are people working hard to stitch together a social fabric torn by decades of rising poverty and inequality.