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A shocking report details how Ontario’s most vulnerable youths are shuttled from child protection to the justice system

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

The researchers developed protocols and best practices for key players in the child protection and justice system, all designed to break the child-welfare-to-prison pipeline… [including] more reasonable bail conditions, trauma-informed training for group home caregivers, “anti-oppressive” practices, the use of restorative justice, and encouraging police to simply caution youths in care when called for an incident or send them to “diversion” programs… rather than lay charges

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The Ford government should invest in Ontario’s outmoded courts

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

… the failure to modernize court proceedings actually costs taxpayers money by preventing the government from “realizing potential cost savings.” … A fair court system is a pillar of democracy. But right now, Ontario’s auditor general cannot make head nor tails of how it operates. How, then, can Downey expect Ontarians to trust it — or him?

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Minister says change won’t come ‘overnight’ as Indigenous child-welfare law takes effect

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

“Each community has different capacities and preparedness… Until Indigenous communities pass their own child-services laws, Miller said, services currently provided to Indigenous children will continue as before… Some Indigenous communities have expressed concerns that no stable funding to help them take over child-welfare services

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Only the Ford government could double autism funding and still not fix anything

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

If they had simply doubled the funding and made a few administrative tweaks to the existing program they could have had a real win on their hands, not to mention actually providing children with the care they desperately need.
But Ford… spread the existing money more thinly through childhood budgets, and made things far worse.

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Care for Canada’s seniors shouldn’t be offloaded onto foreign multinationals

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

There are areas in which the federal government should undoubtedly play a role in this country. Senior care is not one of them… Surely, this needs to be the sole purview of the province. Why are private care homes protected from facing fines when they fail to live up to their obligations? They can only be temporarily taken over or closed down permanently… Maybe if they were fined they’d clean up their act before that was necessary.

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Reforming the Child Care Expense Deduction

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

… a substantial proportion of lower- and middle-income Canadian families are not able to fully deduct their childcare expenses… The problem is greater in Ontario, in relation to the province’s new childcare tax credit… For the CARE credit alone, raising the claim limit from two-thirds to 100 percent of the lower-income parent’s earnings would benefit about six in 10 two-parent families earning less than $50,000.

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A better way to keep kids safe

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Now a new pilot program run by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto called “Journey to Zero” will focus on early intervention in an effort to keep children in their own homes and out of care… “We shouldn’t design a system where we are raising children”… The solution? Putting much more emphasis on supporting families in need so they, not children’s aid societies, can do the job themselves.

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Rape crisis centres call on attorney general to reverse cuts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

… the province phased out the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which helped assault victims access services including psychotherapy… Under this program, brought in Oct. 1, an applicant must have visited a “victim service agency” within six months of the crime against them, or within six months of disclosing that crime to authorities.  The new system, called the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), isn’t available to victims of historical crimes.

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It’s time for a national ban on owning handguns

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Since the Harper government made it easier in 2012 to amass large stockpiles of guns, the number of privately owned handguns has skyrocketed to close to a million. And police say many of those guns find their way into criminal hands… The notion that municipalities can pass and enforce an effective handgun ban is ridiculous… “This is a national issue.”

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Let’s fix broken system for suspending criminal records

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

After a certain period of crime-free years, individuals with a prior conviction, regardless of what that conviction was, are no more likely to be convicted of another offence than the rest of the population. Continuing to allow criminal records to bar their access to employment, education, housing and other community involvement extends their punishment beyond the end of their sentence.

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