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Province opening 50,000 free, 24-hour, child care spaces for essential workers

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Ontario is partnering with municipalities and First Nations to open as many as 50,000 child care spaces for essential workers across the province in centres that will be free and available 24-7… All licensed child care centres in the province were ordered closed last Tuesday to help slow the spread of COVID-19… Free, 24-7 child care for children up to age 12 is unprecedented

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Tories to inject $2 million in new funding for rape crisis centres — one day after signalling $1 million had been cut

Friday, March 6th, 2020

In an apparent communications snafu from Ford’s Tories, the centres are in fact getting a cash infusion from Queen’s Park… The confusion apparently stems from the fact that the government is planning a new strategy to curb human trafficking expected to be announced Friday… Still, last year’s one-time $1-million funding announcement by the Tories was far less than the $14 million over three years the centres had been promised by the previous Liberal government.

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Ford government axes $1M funding boost for rape crisis centres

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

The province has axed an additional $1 million in funding for the province’s 42 rape crisis centres, which are now warning that supports for survivors will have to be cut while wait lists for services will grow… Centres across the province will now have to let staff go, and end drop-in or after-hour programs for survivors… News of the funding cancellation came hours after the province’s financial watchdog reported that the government had underspent by $2 billion in the first three quarters of this fiscal year.

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A shocking report details how Ontario’s most vulnerable youths are shuttled from child protection to the justice system

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

The researchers developed protocols and best practices for key players in the child protection and justice system, all designed to break the child-welfare-to-prison pipeline… [including] more reasonable bail conditions, trauma-informed training for group home caregivers, “anti-oppressive” practices, the use of restorative justice, and encouraging police to simply caution youths in care when called for an incident or send them to “diversion” programs… rather than lay charges

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The Ford government should invest in Ontario’s outmoded courts

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

… the failure to modernize court proceedings actually costs taxpayers money by preventing the government from “realizing potential cost savings.” … A fair court system is a pillar of democracy. But right now, Ontario’s auditor general cannot make head nor tails of how it operates. How, then, can Downey expect Ontarians to trust it — or him?

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Only the Ford government could double autism funding and still not fix anything

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

If they had simply doubled the funding and made a few administrative tweaks to the existing program they could have had a real win on their hands, not to mention actually providing children with the care they desperately need.
But Ford… spread the existing money more thinly through childhood budgets, and made things far worse.

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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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