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Canada’s Two-Parent Tax Trap and How to Fix It

Friday, January 4th, 2019

In 2017, about 9 percent of employed parents contemplating earning a few extra dollars, and about 13 percent of stay-at-home parents contemplating getting a job, faced an effective tax rate higher than 50 percent. Prohibitive effective tax rates matter because they may discourage work, particularly for the lower-earning parent in a family. Beyond not adding to the problem by piling on new income-tested benefits on top of existing ones, governments can help fix this

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How many Torontonians does it take to open a daycare?

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The most precious quailed at the thought of hearing children at play. “The idea of tolerating (it) is frankly ludicrous, and completely incongruent with this, or any other, residential corner in this city,” one couple wrote to the city. More reasonable folks claim daycare in Cabbagetown is a fine idea, just “not on this particular street,” because it is “too narrow,” with “too many cars on it.” That describes all streets in Cabbagetown, though.

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Blacks ‘grossly overrepresented,’ more likely to be hurt or killed by Toronto police, racial profiling report finds

Monday, December 10th, 2018

While Black people made up 8.8 per cent of the population in 2016, from 2013 to 2017 they comprised: 25.4 per cent of SIU investigations; 28.8 per cent of police use of force cases; 36 per cent of police shootings; 61.5 per cent of police use of force cases that resulted in civilian death; 70 per cent of police shootings that resulted in civilian death… “The interim report findings goes some way toward explaining why trust between the TPS and Black communities remains fractured…

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Ontario government loosens child-care rules, raising safety concerns

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The government is easing daycare age ratios for the province’s youngest children — loosening restrictions that were introduced five years ago after a number of baby deaths… Under the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, the province plans to allow a home child-care operator to supervise three children under age 2 — up from the current two. It also will allow two providers to look after six infants or toddlers at a time, up from the current maximum of four, with the rules applying to both licensed and unlicensed caregivers.

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Beyond Gladue: How the Justice System Is Still Failing Indigenous Offenders

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The Gladue ruling was considered an important step toward reducing Indigenous incarceration rates and encouraging restorative approaches to justice traditionally used in Indigenous communities… Ontario recently added a key piece by adding Gladue “after-care” to the process, so offenders actually have help following through on the requirements of their sentence.

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Without funding for Law Help Centres, not all Ontarians will have access to justice

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

In straightforward economic terms, it has been estimated that the $500,000 required of the government to support the existence and operation of Law Help Centres results in more than $5-million in cost savings and economic benefit associated with promoting access to justice for the citizens of Ontario. Law Help Centres have generated over $2-million of value in pro-bono lawyer time from the private sector.

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Child care called key to ending child poverty

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

In Ontario, 545,000 children — or 19.5 per cent — are living in poverty… poverty among First Nations children in Canada is a staggering 40 per cent, while those in visible minority families experience poverty rates of 25.5 per cent… the coalition is calling on Ottawa to invest $6 billion in the 2019 budget and commit to cutting poverty by 50 per cent in five years instead of waiting until 2030, as set out in proposed poverty-reduction legislation introduced earlier this month.

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Child advocate is a cruel target for Tory cuts

Monday, November 19th, 2018

… t an advocate isn’t the same thing as an ombudsman. “It outrages me that we’ve removed somebody who (people) can call who will stand beside them,” says Elman — “not an ombudsman, who’s going to look at both sides and decide whether the policy was adhered to properly, but somebody is going to stand beside that parent and be with them, or beside that child in the group home and say, ‘We’ve got you.’”

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Years after landmark case, some Ontario inmates with mental health issues still segregated for months at a time, ministry data dump reveals

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Last month, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services quietly posted an unprecedented volume of data on 3,086 inmates who spent time in segregation in Ontario jails over a two-month period earlier this year. It was part of a five-year-old settlement in an Ontario human rights case… The bad news is nothing much has changed in five years. In fact, it has grown worse for people with mental illness

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B.C. advances on child care while Ontario takes a step back

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

In 2016 the Ontario government began its plan to help create 100,000 new child care spaces. Then in early 2018… there was finally movement on making these spaces more affordable for Ontario families — who current pay the country’s highest child care fees… But oh, the difference an election makes… the prevailing Ford PCs have promised only a small tax credit that will do almost nothing to alleviate the financial pressure faced by families…

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