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Giving parents money directly the best approach to financing childcare

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The financial hurdle for a parent considering the merits of working versus staying at home to care for young children can be extremely high… decentralizing the provision of child care by giving money directly to parents provides the advantages of competitive consumer markets: greater choices, innovation in staffing, various facility types, and more flexible hours and modes of care.

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Ontario’s top judges slam Ford government over cuts to legal aid

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Ontario’s most senior judges delivered a rare public rebuke Tuesday of the Ford government’s cuts to legal aid funding… Critics had already said that for years the legal aid system has been underfunded, resulting in individuals being turned down for assistance as they made too much money to qualify, yet also did not make enough to hire their own lawyer.

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Is giving parents money directly the best approach to child-care funding?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

… decentralizing the provision of child care by giving money directly to parents provides the advantages of competitive consumer markets: greater choices, innovation in staffing, various facility types, and more flexible hours and modes of care. // … giving money to parents won’t create more safe, high quality licensed child care… [which] most parents would choose if it was better funded to make it more available, affordable and designed to meet their needs.

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Long-term care cuts harming seniors

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

“Respect the vulnerable …” These words were buried in Doug Ford’s campaign “Plan for Ontario,” along with a promise to, “Commit resources to combat … elder abuse.” Really? As shown by the initial results of the latest cuts to long-term care, it seems the Ford government is more focused on committing elder abuse than combating it

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Innovative dementia care models show the way forward

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

… we can and should think about how to bring… core principles — a life with some purpose, individualized care and more choice — into our long-term care industry writ large… Long-term care homes operate in a provincial system that focuses them on tasks and regulatory compliance rather than the broader health and happiness of residents.

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Cancelling the Transition Child Benefit in Ontario is bad policy

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

… the TCB has provided support for children who are among the most vulnerable in our society at a time when their families are most in need… it goes to about ten per cent of children receiving social assistance, at less than one per cent of total social assistance program costs… elimination of the TCB will undeniably have downstream impacts not only on social assistance, but on other services, like housing, education, and health care.

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Family law cuts affect more than the poor

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

… many middle-class Ontarians who used to qualify for free legal help are now faced with the intimidating challenge of appearing in court without advice or paying hefty private legal fees… When people come to court unprepared, it also places an additional burden on court resources… Wasted court time is also a waste of public funds… Ford’s Legal Aid cuts hurt everyone, regardless of income. To view it otherwise is simply wrong.

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Doug Ford announces that cuts to municipal public health and childcare programs will go ahead

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Under his revised plan, local municipalities will be forced to cover 30 per cent of all their public-health costs, starting next year. The province currently covers 100 per cent of the cost of certain public-health programs, and 75 per cent of others… the Premier is going ahead with a move to renege on the previous Liberal government’s pledge to fund 100 per cent of the costs of new daycare spots, instead offering municipalities 80 per cent.

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Laurentian University to waive tuition for students who grew up in child welfare system

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Laurentian University is offering to waive tuition for students who have been in the child welfare system, regardless of their age, the latest addition to a movement that aims to provide more educational opportunities to former kids in care. The program, in conjunction with grants from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), will cover the full cost of tuition for low-income students who have spent at least one year in the care of a children’s aid society.

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Ontario must fund the fixes to long-term care homes

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Ford’s administration has pumped up the provincial deficit and fears of it to such heights that it makes spending money seem like a failure of government rather than a proper and necessary response to public need… there’s no excuse for the Ford government to delay concrete improvement by claiming the whole system needs to be revamped… Changes designed to prevent another healthcare serial killer also provide a path to improve the quality of life in these homes.

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