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Former foster child first to lead local Children’s Aid in 126-year history

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Typically, after care, foster kids experience: low academic achievement, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, early parenthood, poor physical and mental health, and loneliness… there is no tracking of life outcomes after care… The sector needs our leadership — 40 years of academic research on youth outcomes and a century of troubling history prove it.

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Canada’s bail system is broken and unjust. The Supreme Court shows how to fix it

Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Court says the default position should be to automatically grant bail with no conditions, other than that the person attend their next court date. Other conditions should only be imposed to the degree they address three questions: “Is this person a flight risk; will their release pose a risk to public protection and safety; or is their release likely to result in a public loss of confidence in the administration of justice?”

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Thoughts on forestalling the coming childcare crisis

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

… the childcare sector requires an immediate injection of capital and a rapid expansion of space(s) in this critical phase of re-opening the economy… the Multilateral Early Learning and Childcare Framework… should immediately be boosted to pay some or all of the costs of a temporary injection of much-needed capital… provinces should actively support childcare providers to make use of community spaces that can accommodate satellite locations for childcare

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Clean clothes, decent food: Ontario’s inmates deserve this much

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

… decent water to drink; food that’s not expired or mouldy; clean clothing delivered on time and not covered in feces, urine and blood stains; books from outside; adequate time for phone calls so inmates aren’t left to fight among themselves for the chance to talk to family, friends and lawyers; some video visits; access to rehabilitation programs and exercise. Those are pretty basic standards that any jail in Ontario should be able, and expected, to deliver.

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Ottawa urged to earmark billions for child care as provinces reopen

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

“It has taken a public health crisis for the essential role of child care to be widely recognized, and for the fragility of child care services in Canada to be laid bare”… “The priority is to make sure (federal) money for child care is used to ensure capacity returns to pre-COVID levels… If you do it right, you are going to build more spaces that become a platform to begin building out a public system,”

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Nursing Home Fatalities Expose Weakness in Long-Term Care Provision

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

While there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution to improving the safety of residential care, some common factors should be addressed over the long-term: the dependence on part-time and contract workers, consistent underfunding relative to hospitals, lower wage rates, among others.

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In the stay-at-home era, why have we so sorely neglected home care?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The carnage in congregate care… obliges us to rethink elder care fundamentally. A good starting point is prioritizing home care. Ontario… has a $64-billion annual health care budget, of which $3-billion goes to home care and $4.3-billion to long-term care. (Individuals supplement those costs, often paying thousands of dollars out of pocket.) There are a little less than 100,000 residents in long-term care, and more than 700,000 who get home-care services.

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A strong child-care system is essential to our recovery from the pandemic

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Early learning and child care is a powerful equalizer, narrowing achievement gaps that emerge before children even start school. Educational child care is needed more than ever to help families address the trauma of the pandemic, to support parent employment and to ensure children aren’t left behind.

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Stephen Lecce’s letter to parents doubles down on the Ford government’s half-baked child care plan

Monday, June 15th, 2020

… if Premier Ford and Minister Lecce are scratching their heads and wondering why so many child care centres are refusing to open their doors until this hot mess is fixed, perhaps they should put their listening ears on. Instead of doubling down on the current child care reopening plan, it is time to think hard about how we could create a better child care system for Ontario.

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‘Defund the police’ should be a conservative rallying cry, too

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Police forces… are an expensive and wasteful way to make people feel secure. Crime rates in cities have been plummeting for decades, and in most big cities are at historic lows. Yet the number of cops, and the cost of policing, has not fallen, nor has anger at police discrimination… A smart policy would use a small professional force for things that police do well…

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