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How I was recruited into sex trafficking

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

In reality, 93 per cent of victims of human trafficking in Canada are Canadian themselves, most often lured, groomed and eventually trafficked by someone they know… My trafficker didn’t have to restrain me with physical chains; his skilful manipulation was enough to hold me captive. He isolated me to the point that I had no one else to turn to… We can no longer ignore that this is happening right under our noses.

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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 According to unpublished data from the most recent Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2018, in 85 per cent of investigations conducted for First Nations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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Where do the major parties stand on family and child care?

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Besides the rising cost of housing, child care fees are a major source of financial pain… child care often costs another rent- or mortgage-sized payment… The rates of individuals diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorder continue to edge higher… Several of the major parties have pledged to support families caring for individuals with disabilities, but to date, their promises have largely been “piecemeal,” falling far short of the concerted, large-scale efforts that are needed..

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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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Prison breaking-point: Canada’s jail system is in crisis, and that affects all of us

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Prison conditions have become abject… and fixing that will cost money. But investment now, as well as work to reduce the prison population – namely, by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and expanding supervised community programs – will vastly reduce prison costs, keep people in their communities and save Ottawa from costly legal challenges in the future.

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Why cutting taxes on EI benefits for new parents may not be good policy

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

To the Liberals’ credit, their EI maternity/parental benefit proposal… a 15% boost to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)… a refundable tax credit… to families with children under one, families across the lower end of the income distribution would benefit regardless of tax liability or EI eligibility.

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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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Families suing Ontario government over cut to autism services

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Previous governments “promised that the funding would not end until a co-ordinated transition to other services had been made, in a way that provided alternative services with which the families were satisfied.” … “They are people who work and are doing their best to take care of their kids. They are not looking for a court battle. They are looking for decency. They are looking for accountability and honesty,”

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What Bermuda’s 50-year-old gun ban can teach Canada

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Unlike Bermuda… Canada seems unwilling to acknowledge its failings and pursue anything but a gun-violence strategy centred on police action and blunt restrictions. “Don’t focus on the gun,” Mr. Caines offers up as advice. “Focus on society’s challenge … and put mitigating factors and life-changing factors that allow our young men to get connected to society.”

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Ford government’s child-care tax credit not much help to low-income families, watchdog says

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

… two-thirds of the estimated $460 million annual cost of the tax credit will go to families who make more than $63,700 a year. That is because low-income families pay very little income tax and are unlikely to spend their limited income on child care… Ontario’s tax credit would need to triple to bring women’s labour force participation up to the level of Quebec… where 86.7 per cent of women with young children are working

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