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Ontario weakened its $10-a-day child care funding rules. Now the federal government is demanding answers

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

…the federal government… raised worry that some taxpayer money won’t be used for its intended purpose of reducing parent fees and improving child care services… Ontario revised its guidelines in August, removing a provision that would have limited “undue” profits, eliminating some “ineligible expenditures,” and relieving some of the financial reporting requirements.

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Ontario extending $10/day child-care opt-in deadline to get more operators to apply

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Just a few weeks ahead of September, uptake varies widely across municipalities, with some — particularly smaller areas — seeing all or nearly all operators apply, while other regions are seeing less than half of operators applying so far… In Toronto, the largest region, 587 out of a total of 1,042 licensed child-care centres have applied to opt in — and 32 have opted out — though the percentage of for-profit operators that have applied is much lower than the non-profits.

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Why doesn’t Canada let schools provide child care?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Canada’s policy-makers could take lessons from other countries who have streamlined early learning and child care within their schools.  Instead, they are putting up roadblocks, preventing provinces and territories from using federal child-care dollars to transform schools into one-stop centres for young children. 

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What Ontario parents really need to know about the new early learning and child care agreement

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

… with the largest share of the country’s youngest children, Ontario is creating only one new space for every 12 children under six years old in the province… the province will need another 9,000 ECEs, plus support workers to staff new classrooms. As the least generous supporter of its workforce, Ontario won’t achieve its goals until it gets serious about compensation… Increasing college enrolment only adds water to a bucket full of holes.

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On child care, don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

If the plan rolls out as described, it will improve early education for kids, cut costs for families at a time when they are badly pressed, and give the economy a boost by making it easier for women to participate fully in the workforce… All that being said, it’s still true that the Ontario deal is not all it could be. And, indeed, in some ways it is less than advertised… All this will be worked out in the years ahead.

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With deadline looming, why hasn’t Ontario signed a child-care deal yet?

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Morna Ballantyne, executive director of Child Care Now, said Ontario’s funding of full-day junior kindergarten is irrelevant. “The idea is to use this federal money to build on what already exists,” she said. “If Ontario wants to argue that the federal government should pay a share of public education, then they should make that proposal.”… Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said the $27.2 billion the Liberals have budgeted for the Canada-wide program would not be enough to meet expected demand.

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Toronto’s community crisis plan is a welcome shift away from policing mental-health care

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

When people slip through the cracks of our broken mental health care system, they fall right to the police. And then it falls to police to deal with the situation, even though they’re ill-equipped to do so.  A functioning community framework, on the other hand, would provide people with the necessary support right in their communities — not locked away in isolated institutions — and from people they know and trust.

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Home child care should be affordable, high-quality — and licensed

Monday, October 18th, 2021

… we propose a system under which every home child-care provider serving more than one unrelated child has to be individually licensed. A provincewide coalition of independent home child-care providers argued precisely for this path of individual licensing when Ontario modernized the legislation governing child care in 2014. In addition to oversight of every home child-care provider, our model involves substantial support for quality improvements for all home child care.

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Advancing justice: Human rights, poverty, racism, and Canada’s criminal justice system

Friday, July 30th, 2021

… Maytree will explore the interface between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system by inviting various researchers, practitioners, and those with lived experience to deepen our understanding of the issues. The series will explore themes including the historical roots of the present-day realities, the challenges associated with the lack of race-based data, issues specific to Indigenous communities, lack of access to justice, as well as potential solutions and promising practices.

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‘An important beginning’: Toronto police to divert some 911 mental health calls to civilian crisis centre

Friday, June 25th, 2021

Amid growing public pressure to send social workers and health care professionals to mental health calls — not police — city council voted earlier this year to launch a separate pilot program to see civilian dispatched to mental health crisis calls where violence is not being threatened… The cost of the project, estimated to be $522,000, will be absorbed by the service’s operating budget, police said.

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