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Province opening 50,000 free, 24-hour, child care spaces for essential workers

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Ontario is partnering with municipalities and First Nations to open as many as 50,000 child care spaces for essential workers across the province in centres that will be free and available 24-7… All licensed child care centres in the province were ordered closed last Tuesday to help slow the spread of COVID-19… Free, 24-7 child care for children up to age 12 is unprecedented

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Tories to inject $2 million in new funding for rape crisis centres — one day after signalling $1 million had been cut

Friday, March 6th, 2020

In an apparent communications snafu from Ford’s Tories, the centres are in fact getting a cash infusion from Queen’s Park… The confusion apparently stems from the fact that the government is planning a new strategy to curb human trafficking expected to be announced Friday… Still, last year’s one-time $1-million funding announcement by the Tories was far less than the $14 million over three years the centres had been promised by the previous Liberal government.

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Ford government axes $1M funding boost for rape crisis centres

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

The province has axed an additional $1 million in funding for the province’s 42 rape crisis centres, which are now warning that supports for survivors will have to be cut while wait lists for services will grow… Centres across the province will now have to let staff go, and end drop-in or after-hour programs for survivors… News of the funding cancellation came hours after the province’s financial watchdog reported that the government had underspent by $2 billion in the first three quarters of this fiscal year.

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Ontarians need a bolder new approach to home care

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

… here are four simple yet transformative ways to make it work better for patients, families, and those providing care: Return nurses to home care… Allow direct referrals… Focus on patient needs, not patient time… Create a “long-term care at home” option… It means changing the way our organizations are paid… and holding providers accountable for costs as well as results for those receiving care.

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Governments have been under investing in youth for decades

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Since 1976… Had public investments in younger Canadians kept pace with investments in retirees, governments would invest over $19 billion more per year on younger residents. That’s enough to pay for a national child-care program twice; or increase post-secondary spending by 50 per cent; or rapidly accelerate the national housing strategy in response to the growing gap between rents, home prices and young people’s earnings.

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Cuts to legal aid continue to harm vulnerable families and youth

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Last spring’s devastating cuts to legal aid impacted a wide swathe of programming, including efforts to support families challenging school suspensions and expulsions far too often meted out to racialized youth. The repercussions continue to reverberate… fewer people are eligible for support… That makes it harder for vulnerable families to find help addressing poor housing conditions, unjust treatment at work or school, or other legal issues.

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On gangs and guns, politicians are missing the point

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

History has taught us that this is not just a policing issue, or just a gun issue, or just a crime issue. It’s all of these, and a lot more. It’s not something that can be fixed by spending more money on a narrow set of priorities, or by talking tough at a news conference… They need long-term, considered help, not grandiose political posturing

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Why does the Indigenous rate of incarceration only grow?

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Conservative policies stripped sentencing judges and parole boards of discretion, adding mandatory minimums and other limits on their ability to consider specific facts and risks of individual cases. While the Liberals opposed many of these reforms during campaign season, they have done little to address the harmful legacy… we have not learned enough from community-based and Indigenous legal traditions that offer more promising methods of responding to wrongdoing.

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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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