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A better way to keep kids safe

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Now a new pilot program run by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto called “Journey to Zero” will focus on early intervention in an effort to keep children in their own homes and out of care… “We shouldn’t design a system where we are raising children”… The solution? Putting much more emphasis on supporting families in need so they, not children’s aid societies, can do the job themselves.

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Some harsh lessons on the failings of eldercare from Down Under

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The 272-page Australian report, in striking contrast, uses blunt language to reflect the frustrations and fears of patients and family members. It also demands immediate action, including an injection of funding for long-term home care services as a way to keep people out of institutional care.

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Restorative justice lets sexual-assault survivors take back their power

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Within Canada’s legal system, restorative justice has existed since 1974. It has been used primarily in cases involving young offenders and, within the past decade, has been increasingly used for sexual crimes. Prof. Wemmers says restorative justice allows victims to control their healing and take back their lives. Victims can question and get direct answers from their offenders… Victims also reported significantly higher rates of satisfaction and less post-traumatic stress.

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Can legal aid be improved while its budget is slashed? Ontario’s attorney general says yes

Friday, October 25th, 2019

“We’re not talking about doing more with less, we’re talking about doing things differently… how we can deliver service to more people, the vulnerable population, in a really different way… The cuts have meant that Legal Aid Ontario will generally no longer fund private criminal lawyers to handle bail hearings… As a result, duty counsel services have been reduced in other areas at courthouses.

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Spotlight needed on urban Indigenous child welfare

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

There is a critical gap in Bill C-92 that fails to address the need for urban service providers to be involved in the federal transformation of Indigenous child and family services. According to unpublished data from the most recent Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2018, in 85 per cent of investigations conducted for First Nations children, the family resided off-reserve. Collaboration with urban service delivery experts is paramount to achieve the desired outcomes of this legislation.

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More than 30 people arrested in multi-province human-trafficking investigation

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

From 2009 to 2016, there were 1,099 reported incidents involving a human-trafficking offence, with incidents rising steadily since 2010… The vast majority of trafficking victims are women under 25… “[The victims] are broken inside… They’ve suffered severe stress and oppression… They need therapy, counselling, individual supports… We need our governments to understand that there needs to be more investment in this.”

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Ford government cancels $28-million budget cut to children’s aid societies, wants to ‘listen and learn’

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

For the past several years, the government has in essence clawed back money from a society’s budget to basically force administrative efficiencies, such as reducing costs by cutting overhead or sharing services with another agency. Last year, efficiency clawbacks from agencies totalled $10 million overall. This year, the budget clawback is $15 million.

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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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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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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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