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What more is needed for the Ford government to do the right thing on long-term care?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

The Ford government chose a commission over a public inquiry. Then it set a narrower mandate for the commission than what’s needed to truly fix a system that often warehouses seniors more than it helps them live in dignity. And the immediate changes it has made to long-term care fall short of the need.

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‘Dehumanizing, counterproductive, unlawful’ – Canada’s correctional system resists all attempts at reform

Monday, October 26th, 2020

… despite many calls for reform [the correctional system] remains steeped in an archaic cultural mindset, focusing on punishing prisoners instead of preparing them for a safer and healthier future. The resulting living conditions, long denounced by experts as dehumanizing, counterproductive and unlawful, are still allowed to continue.

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History suggests Justin Trudeau’s national child care proposal is already doomed. Could Doug Ford be its saviour?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

The pandemic and its dire impact on women’s participation in the workforce have given the file more impetus than at any other time in recent history… Trudeau’s cabinet similarly boasts a sizable number of women who are liable to hold their government’s feet to the fire, starting with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland… Who knows? Ford could be as instrumental in securing a more productive outcome to the latest round of child-care politics as the billions of dollars Ottawa (again) promises to put on the table.

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It’s time to get rid of civil juries

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

The Ontario government should take steps to effect much-needed changes to the civil jury system. It is possible to provide injury victims with timely and fair access to the civil courts, while decreasing the civil case backlog. The right to a civil jury should be reserved for a small subset of cases, such as those that trigger the public interest or where community values are at stake.

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Ontario and Ottawa keep failing on reforms to solitary confinement

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

The debilitating effects of solitary confinement on prisoners’ mental health are well known. There’s a reason the UN defines stints in solitary beyond 15 days as torture. It should be used only as a last resort and not, as it so often is, to put a troubled inmate out of sight and out of mind, or as a way to maintain security in the face of under-staffing or lack of appropriate mental health care inside institutions.

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Facing a huge COVID-19 backlog, prosecutors are quietly diverting more drug possession and impaired driving charges from criminal court

Monday, August 24th, 2020

TheStar.com – GTA Aug. 23, 2020.   By Betsy Powell, Courts Reporter Without fanfare, the federal and provincial governments have begun targeting drug possession and drinking and driving offences as potential charges that can be diverted out of the criminal justice system to help reduce massive backlogs that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But just […]

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Home care is key to improving care for all seniors

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Ontario’s home care system delivers more care to seniors than any other part of the health care system, which is why publicly funded home care workers must be supported in the same way as long-term care workers… to reduce the number of non-essential visits to hospitals that can overwhelm our health system… To stabilize the entire health system, home care workers must be paid at parity with those in long-term care.

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How Doug Ford failed our long-term care system

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

… the numbers 9 and 34 are cited as how many long-term-care beds were created in Ontario during Doug Ford’s first 18 months as premier… 35 is the number of in-depth reports over the past 20 years recommending ways to improve Ontario’s beleaguered long-term care system… And the number 38,400 is how many Ontario residents are on waiting lists right now for a bed in a long-term care facility… there can be “no excuse for a government not intervening actively, systematically, rigorously” to improve the sector.

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Ontario Eliminating the Practice of Birth Alerts

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Birth alerts are notifications sent by children’s aid societies to hospitals when they believe a newborn may be in need of protection… It has been reported the practice of birth alerts disproportionately affects racialized and marginalized mothers and families. Expectant mothers can be deterred from seeking prenatal care or parenting supports while pregnant due to fears of having a birth alert issued.

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Former foster child first to lead local Children’s Aid in 126-year history

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Typically, after care, foster kids experience: low academic achievement, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, early parenthood, poor physical and mental health, and loneliness… there is no tracking of life outcomes after care… The sector needs our leadership — 40 years of academic research on youth outcomes and a century of troubling history prove it.

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