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Ontario government quietly ordered autism therapy providers to stop admitting kids from wait-list last September

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

The provincial government quietly ordered autism service providers last September to stop admitting new children for therapy and to keep parents in the dark about the move… Internal documents — from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and senior administrators of nine regional service providers — state that the 23,000-child wait-list for autism therapy was closed because of “financial pressures.”

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Ontario autism program changes ‘best for all children,’ says social services minister

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

… the government has promised to clear the wait lists for diagnosis and therapy, and will introduce a childhood budget allowing families to choose the services they want. Families will be eligible for up to $20,000 a year for children under 6 — up to a lifetime maximum of $140,000. Children older than that can access up to $5,000 a year up to age 18, to a lifetime maximum of $55,000. However, only families earning less than $55,000 in net income will qualify for the full funding amounts.

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Experts call Ontario’s full-day kindergarten ‘visionary.’ The Ford government is eyeing changes

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program is in a class by itself. With a full-time teacher and full-time early childhood educator working together, it provides a unique staffing model and two-year curriculum for the province’s 4- and 5-year-olds… a hasty change that will likely inhibit the social and economic progress being made, is irresponsible.”

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Ontario’s rape crisis centres urge Ford government to keep promise to boost funding

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

That promise, made by the previous Liberal government last March, was a 33 per cent increase in funding over three years to address skyrocketing demand for sex-assault services… With the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, community-based sexual assault centres have seen a significant upswing in calls and requests for support.”… In one year alone, centres have been swamped dealing with more than 50,000 calls, up from almost a decade ago when they took 30,000 such calls.

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Ontario to cut tuition fees by 10 per cent

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The province is set to announce a 10 per cent cut in university and college tuition fees, according to government documents obtained by the Star… The proposed changes to the Tuition Fee Framework would remain in effect for the next two academic years. In the 2019-20 school year, tuition would drop by 10 per cent from current levels, and would remain frozen for the 2020-21 year.

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Liberals warn teachers, doctors over pay

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Apr 12 2012
Mired in debt and at risk of an election by late May, Ontario’s minority Liberal government took dead aim at teachers and doctors Thursday in a bid for public support to keep their wage hike demands to zero. Education Minister Laurel Broten warned elementary teachers of 10,000 layoffs unless they accept a pay freeze while Health Minister Deb Matthews told physicians “I am here to stand up for taxpayers.”

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Ontario universities should offer three-year degrees, classes year-round and more online learning, says provincial report

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Feb 22 2012
The report — tentatively entitled 3 Cubed: PSE institutions as centres of creativity, competency and citizenship equipped for the 21st century — says post-secondary education needs to be relevant and flexible given the increased demand for college and university. The proposals would get students through university or college cheaper and faster — the report says college diplomas should be two years at most — while still offering a quality post-secondary education… The report says pilot programs for the new three-year degrees should begin in September 2013, with rollout by 2015.

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Drummond Report: School boards fear loss of independence

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Feb. 16, 2012
School boards say Don Drummond’s recommendations, if implemented, would not only affect the quality of education but also further erode their independence… “I don’t think any minister sitting at Queen’s Park can begin to have the knowledge that we have here of our facilities, our schools”… [But} boosting class sizes slightly, as Drummond recommended, the Toronto board alone could save $40 million to $50 million.

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Start school at 2, study urges

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Nov 22 2011
Early Years 3 is the second update of Mustard and McCain’s groundbreaking 1999 Early Years Study. The first update was in 2007… Provinces have embraced the overwhelming social, economic and scientific evidence favouring investments in early-childhood education and are steaming ahead with plans and programs, says the report. McCain said “the message echoes from one coast to the other,” adding that “if the federal government jumped on board, Canada would be ready to explode in this area and be a model for the world, certainly for North America.”

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Wait lists for special education double for low-income students

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

June 1, 2011
“The average number of children on special education waiting lists in high poverty schools (10) is more than double the average number of children (4) per low poverty school,” says the study by People for Education, a research and advocacy group that for the first time compared special education services and school demographics. “And 28 per cent of high poverty schools report they have identified students who are not receiving the recommended support, again, double the percentage of low poverty schools.”

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