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Ottawa should do better on improving parental leave

Monday, November 13th, 2017

It’s difficult enough to sustain a household for 12 months under the current rules; doing without a full income for even longer will be a struggle for many… Second, it’s still extraordinarily difficult for parents who are working part-time or in other precarious work to access the EI parental leave program… third… Ottawa amended the Canada Labour Code for federally regulated workplaces… But that covers only 8 per cent of workers.

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It’s time for Canada to measure up on kids with disabilities

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

“What gets measured gets done.” Better information on the nature and needs of children and youth with disability is essential for policymakers to predict and plan for improved provision of efficient, equitable and inclusive services and supports. Better data will also allow for a deeper understanding of the education and employment requirements, how these influence important outcomes such as income, as well as challenges in accessing services for those with disability.

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Solo living is the new norm. Let’s learn to deal with it

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The main reason people live alone today is because they can afford it. Generations ago, few people had the means to go solo. Families formed to pool resources, which they used to feed, shelter and protect each other. But two things – the welfare state and the market economy – combined to generate unprecedented levels of personal security. And how did people use their new-found affluence? They got places of their own… The other major social change that makes living alone possible is the rising status of women.

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How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

… researchers are discovering… that ongoing stress during early childhood — from grinding poverty, neglect, parents’ substance abuse and other adversity — can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids’ brains and other body systems. And research suggests that can lead to some of the major causes of death and disease in adulthood, including heart attacks and diabetes… pediatricians, mental health specialists, educators and community leaders are increasingly adopting what is called “trauma-informed” care.

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Canada’s crime rate is falling — but drug charges are rising

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The police-reported crime rate peaked in 1991 and had been declining ever since. Not so the police-reported rate of drug-related offences. They grew by 52 per cent from 1991 to 2013, according to a Statistics Canada report into drug-related offences… In roughly half of completed cases in youth and adult courts involving marijuana, the marijuana charge was the only charge. Marijuana cases across the country were “more commonly stayed or withdrawn (55 per cent) than cases involving other types of drugs (38 per cent),”

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How the Toronto police have kept unfounded rates low

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The problem with decisions being guided by instinct is that instinct can be influenced by subconscious beliefs that have been affected by long-held societal opinions about sexual assault. Instead, when it comes to sexual-assault investigations, officers must have tangible evidence or an admission from the victim before marking a case as unfounded.

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We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Really addressing sexual violence means education on the meaning of consent. And that’s where it starts to become complicated: Sure it’s serious training for all the actors in the criminal justice system: police officers, prosecutors, and judges. But it also means transformational sex education. It means changing society’s understanding of the meaning of consent, sex and sexuality.

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Abolish solitary confinement for Ontario’s children and youth

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

“… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez told the UN General Assembly in 2011… It doesn’t matter if you call it solitary confinement, administrative segregation, secure de-escalation, or anything else. Let’s just call it something we used to do, that we don’t do anymore.

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Kids’ poverty

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

… the Canada Children’s Benefit is important in significantly reducing child poverty and in helping middle-class families to invest in raising their children. If these goals are important, is it not also important for the benefit to maintain its effectiveness? … why let it erode until 2020? … isn’t it worth $300-million (the estimated cost of indexing to inflation) to protect an investment of $22-billion?

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Build a national child care system

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Federal, provincial and municipal governments across the country must work together to establish an affordable, universal childcare system. If they don’t, some parents may even be forced to quit working… three-quarters of mothers of young children are in the workforce, but there are licensed spots available for less than a quarter of children under 5… The lack of space is even tougher on the poor, who need subsidized day care spaces to afford to go to work or even look for it.

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