Five former mayors of Toronto on why it is time for the city to decriminalize simple drug possession

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

As the death toll mounts, in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada, it is crystal clear that the criminalization of drug use has been a costly public policy mistake that must be remedied. Criminalization is costing human lives at a merciless pace. Racialized minorities and the poor are disproportionately arrested, convicted and incarcerated for possession. And taxpayers pay the costly policing, courts and corrections bills.

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COVID-19 presents lessons in how a guaranteed basic income program could work

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Basic income can be designed to target only those who need a top-up to provide for and maintain a very basic standard of living. And it can be implemented with speed, simplicity and efficiency by the keepers of our tax files, the Canada Revenue Agency… Fifty members of the present Senate (from the left, right and centre) have written to the government recommending that transition planning work be done now…

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World-class city or mediocrity?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Jul 29 2011
All of these reports point to an increasing threat to the social fabric and social cohesion of our city. We can’t afford to abandon the vulnerable in our society. We shouldn’t balance the books on the back of the poor. We will pay a lot more in the long run if we do… Much has been written about the world-class status of Toronto. There are many components to that reputation. The safety, cleanliness and liveability of our city. The arts and cultural life, our education systems, our parks and ravines, our distinct neighbourhoods, how we treat our most vulnerable citizens, to name a few…

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In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

December 8, 2009
“As our research evolved, so too did our frustration and concern as we repeatedly heard accounts of policies and programs only making living in poverty more manageable – which essentially entraps people.” (Sen. Art Eggleton)
“The Committee’s recommendations demonstrate the crucial difference between spending, and spending wisely. By breaking the cycle of poverty once and for all, we will be investing in human empowerment – which will drive the health and prosperity of our cities and yield benefits for all of us.” (Sen. Hugh Segal)

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