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Ontario’s for-profit child-care owners demonstrate why they can’t be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child-care system

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

As families in Ontario wait for child care fee relief, some for-profit child care owners seem more interested in continuing the status quo of sky-high parent fees and rock bottom wages for early childhood educators. They take issue with the new Canada-wide child care system, complaining that it threatens their bottom lines. In doing so, they are proving exactly why they cannot be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child care program. For them it’s profits over parents, every time.

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Forget motives. The Trudeau government is getting it right on gun control

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

… it plans to introduce a national handgun “freeze” — not a ban — that will bar future sales, purchases, transfers and importation of handguns by anyone across the country… It would cap the number of handguns held legally by Canadians and prevent them from being sold or otherwise moved around. Over time it would reduce the number of legal guns that find their way into the illegal market and end up being used in crimes…

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US shootings: Norway and Finland have similar levels of gun ownership, but far less gun crime

Monday, May 30th, 2022

European societies that come close to US rates of gun ownership, in terms of gun owners per 100 people, (but with hunting rifles and shotguns rather than handguns), such as Finland and Norway, are among the safest societies internationally with regards to gun violence… Interestingly, the evidence is now indisputable that more guns in a given country translates directly into more gun violence.

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Canada Underinvests In Community Care

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Canada’s per capita spending on homecare and other outpatient and day program services falls below the international average. In general, countries that direct higher proportions of health spending to seniors care than Canada also spend more per capita on home care, outpatient care and day programs for seniors.

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How Baby Boomers will change the way Canadians die

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Expanding access not only to doctors and nurses but also to counsellors, social workers and grief experts, as well as special management of medications in the home environment where more people want to die is key, Sumner says… “One thing that members of my generation have taken for granted is that they’re in the driver’s seat as far as their lives are concerned,” he says. “I want to hope that they can drive a lot of this change as well.”

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Liberals promise to end for-profit long-term care in Ontario

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Calling the warehousing of seniors in long-term-care homes “one of the greatest mistakes” of the last century, Ontario’s Liberals are pledging a multibillion-dollar shift to caring for the elderly in their own homes as long as possible… The $2-billion “home-care-first” plan would provide more supports to seniors who could move on to smaller, more-homestyle facilities when they need higher levels of care…

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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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Trudeau and Ford to sign $10-a-day child care deal…

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Ottawa is looking at spending hundreds of millions more to create additional child-care spaces.  The cash would be provided under a separate infrastructure fund and offered to all provinces based on their share of the population under age 12. It was considered “a game changer” by those close to Ford… that’s separate from the child-care deal so Ottawa can still say it’s $10.2 billion (for Ontario)…

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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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