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Ontario eliminates Indigenous Culture Fund as government cuts millions of dollars in arts funding

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Arts sector support is cut from 18.5 million dollars to 6.5 million, and the Ontario Arts Council, which awards grants, is receiving 10 million dollars less from the government this year. Five million dollars of that comes from axing an Indigenous Culture Fund… Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the arts, including music and storytelling, are a very important part of Indigenous culture, and cutting this fund sends a terrible message.

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Federal government will implement Senate proposals to strengthen accessibility law, Minister says

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective. Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented in all areas under federal jurisdiction by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.

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Federal government moves to lift alcohol trade restrictions, urges provinces to do the same

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

… the legislation, once passed, will remove the federal requirement that alcohol moving from one province to another go through a provincial liquor authority… The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled last April that provincial and territorial governments have the authority to restrict imports of goods from other jurisdictions and that Canadians do not have a constitutional right to buy and freely transport alcohol across provincial and territorial borders.

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Ottawa rolls out funding for small business to hire people with disabilities

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Oct. 10 2012
… to encourage the hiring of people with disabilities. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley was in Calgary today to announce a call for proposals that will see $30-million spent over the next three years. The money is expected to create 1,600 jobs at small and medium-sized businesses, providing employment to people who have had a tough time cracking the labour market.

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Public Service Cuts: Jobs Slashed In Canada’s Federal Government

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

April 12, 2012
Hundreds of policy analysts were also among those told that their jobs are on the block as the Conservatives seek to slash spending by $5.2 billion over the next three years. The tension between the political and policy branches of government has been palpable since the Conservatives were elected in 2006… “What we’ve seen over the past little while is a change in what’s expected of advisers… in the past they wanted advice that was independent. We don’t feel that’s still what is being asked. It depends on the department but they’re often told to find information that will support particular positions.”

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Historic First Nations summit may not yield concrete outcomes

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Jan 19, 2012
First Nations chiefs want to negotiate a cabinet-approved timeline with the federal government that would see concrete improvements for native communities…. Immediate challenges could include inadequate funding for housing, child welfare, education and water. Long-term issues include crafting a pathway to self-governance and recognition of treaty rights, creating a more reliable fiscal framework, economic development, financial transparency and speeding up talks on comprehensive land claims.

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Tuition rebates for 310,000 Ontario students to begin in January

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Dec. 27, 2011
The majority of college and university students in Ontario will be eligible for 30 per cent tuition rebates starting in the new year… rebates of $730 to each college student and $1,600 to each university student from families with incomes under $160,000 a year… but the Canadian Federation of Students says all students should get a tuition cut. The students’ group presented a 40,000-signature petition to the legislature asking that the $423-million annual cost of the rebates be used to pay for a 13 per cent across-the-board reduction in tuitions.

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Recession, what recession? Company directors see pay soar 33 per cent during downturn

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Dec. 7, 2011
A survey by the Conference Board of Canada suggests remuneration for directors on boards of publicly traded companies rose significantly between 2008 and 2010, when the general economy was struggling and unemployment was mostly on the rise. The findings of the semi-annual survey show the average total compensation companies paid to outside directors soared to $112,651, a 33 per cent jump from the $84,452 average in 2008.

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Is our EI system broken?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Nov 15 2011
… the EI system is complex, opaque and not easily understood by contributors. It says the current program has failed to keep up with societal and economic change and it’s widely recognized that there are deep problems at the core of the system. Too many people, it says, are being left out of the social safety net, too many are carrying an unfair burden and too many are not achieving their potential.

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Recession stalls progress on poverty; almost one in 10 Canadians poor: StatsCan

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Jun 15 2011
… the poverty rate edged up in 2009 to 9.6 per cent — the second straight year that poverty has grown after more than a decade of steady declines… In the past, recessions have deepened poverty in Canada for years, and exacerbated the gap between rich and poor… So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case. While the national poverty picture isn’t pretty, the number of people in the top, middle and bottom echelons of income in Canada remained fairly steady as the recession took hold.

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