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A national child-care system is crucial for recovery and rebuilding

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Federal leadership is urgently required to stabilize child care and build toward a system that stimulates and sustains economic recovery… The wrong decisions — or indecision — will slow economic and social recovery, and lead to a more unfair Canada. Tax credits or cash payments may seem a simple and expedient approach, but parents can’t buy what doesn’t exist; child-care services are collapsing all across Canada.

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‘This is a start’ — advocates welcome Trudeau’s commitment to build national child-care system

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

… the government will make a “significant, long-term, sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and child-care system… to ensure that high-quality care is accessible to all.” … Although details of the actual investment won’t come until the budget, advocates were heartened by the government’s apparent commitment to shift child care away from a market-based system that relies on parent fees.

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Opportunity for a privacy law that works for consumers, businesses

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

While a modern privacy framework respects privacy through meaningful consent, it is also practical and realistic. It allows for certain business practices without consent, when individuals can reasonably expect them as part and parcel of what they signed up for, subject to appropriate conditions and regulatory oversight… This is an important time to pursue a new private-sector privacy law for Ontario.

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To follow in Freeland’s footsteps child care must be a national priority

Monday, August 24th, 2020

As Freeland is briefed on the competing economic interests across sectors, and considers the disproportionate impact on women, I hope she steers us toward unprecedented child care solutions. Her uniquely strong relationships with provincial leaders could help in co-ordinating the effort across jurisdictional lines… The trajectory of a generation of women’s lives and careers — and in turn, our country’s economic future — depends on it.

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Black people more likely to be arrested, charged, shot and killed by Toronto police, Ontario Human Rights Commission finds

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The results are “highly disturbing, and confirm what Black communities have said for decades — that Black people bear a disproportionate burden of law enforcement”… although Black people represent 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population, Black people represented 32 per cent of the charges in the data set… The charges… involve a high degree of discretion on the part of the officer.

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Trying to avert two Ontario child-welfare deaths a week

Friday, July 31st, 2020

… in 2016, 121 children or youth involved in the system, including those who recently aged out, had died. In 2017, it was 126, in 2018 it was 126 again, and in 2019, 99… But some of the issues… are much broader than those in the child-welfare system. Data is siloed in ways that complicate co-ordination and planning… There are major regional inequalities in available services… “The pandemic really highlighted some of the long-standing issues in the system”…

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We need to strengthen publicly funded homecare in time for winter

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

High-quality homecare can help people transition more quickly and smoothly from hospital to home. It can help avoid potential readmissions but also reduce the number of admissions in the first place, keeping our hospital capacity open for potential COVID-19 cases. Better publicly funded homecare can also delay or avoid a transition to long-term care.

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I was Stephen Harper’s criminal justice adviser. But I now think Canada should decriminalize drugs

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Conservative politicians bear much blame for demonizing people who use drugs – derisively calling them “junkies” and “addicts” – opposing life-saving measures such as supervised drug-use sites and “safe supply,” and fearmongering for votes about drug decriminalization. Politicians must know that their action and inaction is continuing to cost lives. History will judge them for it.

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Canada updates law to allow non-biological legal parents to pass on their citizenship to children

Friday, July 10th, 2020

…in the past, children born abroad to Canadians were automatically granted citizenship if they met one of two conditions: If there was a genetic link between the parent and the child or if the parent gave birth to the child. From now on… the government will allow non-biological legal parents to pass on their Canadian citizenship… including the LGBTQ+ community and parents experiencing infertility issues

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Their lives have been defined by trauma. Why kick kids out of foster care and group homes when they turn 18?

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Until COVID-19, it was the rule — now suspended until Dec. 31 — that youth in care must move out of their foster or group home when they hit 18 and live independently, whether they are ready or not… “Too many young people ‘age out’ to poverty, to homelessness. It’s a pipeline to the criminal justice system for some. And it exacerbates mental health conditions,” says Ratnam, co-founder of the non-profit Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition (OCAC).

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