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Ontarians need a bolder new approach to home care

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

… here are four simple yet transformative ways to make it work better for patients, families, and those providing care: Return nurses to home care… Allow direct referrals… Focus on patient needs, not patient time… Create a “long-term care at home” option… It means changing the way our organizations are paid… and holding providers accountable for costs as well as results for those receiving care.

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Governments have been under investing in youth for decades

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Since 1976… Had public investments in younger Canadians kept pace with investments in retirees, governments would invest over $19 billion more per year on younger residents. That’s enough to pay for a national child-care program twice; or increase post-secondary spending by 50 per cent; or rapidly accelerate the national housing strategy in response to the growing gap between rents, home prices and young people’s earnings.

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Cuts to legal aid continue to harm vulnerable families and youth

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Last spring’s devastating cuts to legal aid impacted a wide swathe of programming, including efforts to support families challenging school suspensions and expulsions far too often meted out to racialized youth. The repercussions continue to reverberate… fewer people are eligible for support… That makes it harder for vulnerable families to find help addressing poor housing conditions, unjust treatment at work or school, or other legal issues.

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On gangs and guns, politicians are missing the point

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

History has taught us that this is not just a policing issue, or just a gun issue, or just a crime issue. It’s all of these, and a lot more. It’s not something that can be fixed by spending more money on a narrow set of priorities, or by talking tough at a news conference… They need long-term, considered help, not grandiose political posturing

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Why does the Indigenous rate of incarceration only grow?

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Conservative policies stripped sentencing judges and parole boards of discretion, adding mandatory minimums and other limits on their ability to consider specific facts and risks of individual cases. While the Liberals opposed many of these reforms during campaign season, they have done little to address the harmful legacy… we have not learned enough from community-based and Indigenous legal traditions that offer more promising methods of responding to wrongdoing.

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Minister says change won’t come ‘overnight’ as Indigenous child-welfare law takes effect

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

“Each community has different capacities and preparedness… Until Indigenous communities pass their own child-services laws, Miller said, services currently provided to Indigenous children will continue as before… Some Indigenous communities have expressed concerns that no stable funding to help them take over child-welfare services

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Care for Canada’s seniors shouldn’t be offloaded onto foreign multinationals

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

There are areas in which the federal government should undoubtedly play a role in this country. Senior care is not one of them… Surely, this needs to be the sole purview of the province. Why are private care homes protected from facing fines when they fail to live up to their obligations? They can only be temporarily taken over or closed down permanently… Maybe if they were fined they’d clean up their act before that was necessary.

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Reforming the Child Care Expense Deduction

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

… a substantial proportion of lower- and middle-income Canadian families are not able to fully deduct their childcare expenses… The problem is greater in Ontario, in relation to the province’s new childcare tax credit… For the CARE credit alone, raising the claim limit from two-thirds to 100 percent of the lower-income parent’s earnings would benefit about six in 10 two-parent families earning less than $50,000.

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Rape crisis centres call on attorney general to reverse cuts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

… the province phased out the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which helped assault victims access services including psychotherapy… Under this program, brought in Oct. 1, an applicant must have visited a “victim service agency” within six months of the crime against them, or within six months of disclosing that crime to authorities.  The new system, called the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), isn’t available to victims of historical crimes.

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It’s time for a national ban on owning handguns

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Since the Harper government made it easier in 2012 to amass large stockpiles of guns, the number of privately owned handguns has skyrocketed to close to a million. And police say many of those guns find their way into criminal hands… The notion that municipalities can pass and enforce an effective handgun ban is ridiculous… “This is a national issue.”

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