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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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Child care is an integral part of our post-pandemic recovery. Let’s go big and act now

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Provinces will need to meet two tests of credibility in response to the federal offer. The first is one of commitment… because previous efforts haven’t built an accessible system, new commitments need to be significant… The other test is one of detail, of viability. Does the plan actually build up a high-quality, accessible child-care system in the province, led by well-trained and well-paid workers?

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National child-care system must support child-care workers

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

ECEs are the heart of the child-care system; without them, there is no system. Women’s economic empowerment can only be realized through policy that aligns the interests of working parents with those of child-care workers. The well-being of children, the quality of the care they receive, and the ability of parents to work all depend on the essential child-care workforce.

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Defund the Police? Let’s Tackle Toxic Masculinity First

Monday, April 12th, 2021

In addition to clarifying the role of the police, we also have an opportunity in North America to promote a more justice-oriented style of police leadership and to put in place long-term mechanisms of accountability to support and sustain change. At the same time, we need to be active participants in challenging societal norms that continue to equate policing with manliness and aggression.

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