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Ontario is ducking the biggest thing that would keep students safe this fall: mandatory vaccination

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

TheStar.com – Opinion/Editorials Aug. 4, 2021.   By Star Editorial Board It’s safe to say that no education minister in the history of Ontario has ever learned more about school ventilation systems than Stephen Lecce. On Wednesday the minister spoke in great detail about all the money that’s being spent to ensure the highest quality filters are […]

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If employers can’t find workers, they should stop complaining and start offering better jobs

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

The pandemic provided some unexpected benefits.

It freed workers from soul-crushing commutes. People found more time to prepare healthy meals, to get more exercise. They spent less on clothing and styling and worked harder to explore and support local businesses… Perhaps that is what the workforce is doing, imagining a better way to live. Rather than casting insults and wishing for the old normal, perhaps business should do some reimagining, too, about improving an economic model that left most people too stressed to live well and struggling to make ends meet.

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Those who care about math education for all should focus on results, not rhetoric about colonialism

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

To the government’s credit, it took a big step in that direction vowing to end streaming in Grade 9 — making young teenagers choose between “academic” and “applied” tracks in high school. There are stacks of evidence that this has had a disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous and poor students, limiting their opportunities for the future… The real test will be if the government follows through and makes sure the intent in that paragraph is translated into action and results.

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A global minimum corporate tax is an important step toward fairness

Monday, June 7th, 2021

The whole idea of a minimum global tax is to prevent multinationals from tax-shopping, so it will be effective only to the extent that many countries agree to it. The next step is to get the bigger G20 group on board, and then there’s the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation… the biggest companies that have flourished during the pandemic, should pay their share.

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With big bonuses, Air Canada gives us all a $10-million slap in the face

Friday, June 4th, 2021

The airline disclosed… that it gave the bonuses last December to executives and managers “for exceptional performance” over the past year as air travel plunged during the pandemic… What surely leaves Canadians flabbergasted and furious is that this is not one firm making one bad decision… Freeland should… find a way to withhold public funding for Air Canada until the airline rescinds bonuses that stand as a $10-million insult to the country.

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All in this together? Greedy CEOs and corporations abuse our trust

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

… many top Canadian CEOs saw their compensation soar in pandemic year 2020… Companies that got CEWS money when they didn’t really need it may well have followed the rules as they were written. But the government shouldn’t simply ignore abuse. It should call out companies, especially big ones, that violated the spirit of the program. It should see if any of those millions that went to companies that didn’t need them can be recovered. And it should tighten the rules for the remainder of the life of the program.

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The Ford government has landed on the wrong fix for long-term care — again

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

There are compelling reasons — beyond just reducing the dangers of spreading COVID — to limit the practice of long-term-care homes relying on a revolving-door workforce of part-time staff with few benefits and temporary agency workers with too little training… it will always be hard to attract workers, and harder still to keep them, until the government truly takes steps to improve working conditions.

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The Ford government needs to press pause on plans to permanently expand online education

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Ontario has needed remote learning in the pandemic but it’s a long way to go from saying online education is better than no education to deciding that it’s so good it should be permanently expanded. Most especially if doing so risks destabilizing or further underfunding the school-based system that the vast majority of students will continue to need… the province needs to review what worked well with online learning and figure out how to address the shortcomings…

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The Ford government’s second pandemic budget is another missed opportunity

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

The budget unveils plans to “establish a task force to advise the government on how to address the unique and disproportionate economic barriers women face.” It’s ridiculous — the government already knows what to do. It should be making meaningful changes for women and other vulnerable workers now, not delaying action with a task force that will repeat what has been said before.

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Youth ‘aging out’ of care deserve better. The Ford government needs to deliver real reform

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Some 12,000 children and youth live in foster homes and group homes in Ontario. About 2,000 of them turn 18 every year at which point they are usually forced to move out of their foster or group home to live independently, whether they’re ready or not. (There is financial assistance and other supports beyond 18 for some youth but it’s not universal and it’s not enough.)

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