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Taxing extreme wealth to offset the costs of the pandemic would be unquestionably fair

Monday, March 29th, 2021

… we should look to new tax measures on extreme wealth transfers, including inheritance taxes, and to changes in the tax treatment of investment income to ensure more equitable treatment in relation to employment income. But for now, as we look to Budget 2021, we should ask those with extreme wealth to pay for our national recovery.

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Women, work and COVID-19: Priorities for supporting women and the economy

Friday, March 12th, 2021

This report looks at the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic security of women in Canada and the current efforts to respond to urgent economic need in the short- to medium-term, as well as demands for fundamental systemic change moving forward… Are they setting a course for an intersectional feminist recovery—one that not only recovers lost ground, but also tackles long-standing economic disparities?

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Supreme Court’s Rosalie Abella prepares to retire as her legacy of defining equality seems built to last

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Her life’s work has been about defying indifference — to inequality, to discrimination, and to injustice… Her 17-year tenure at the top court has touched on all areas of law. She is a constitutional law and human rights expert, and a fierce defender of the rights of women, people with disabilities, and religious minorities, a judge who frequently cites international law and comparative law in her rulings.

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Ontario Introduces New Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

… we worked with a wide spectrum of stakeholders to establish a comprehensive $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “These legislative changes, if passed, will reinforce the strategy’s key objectives of supporting survivors, protecting children and youth, raising awareness among parents and community partners as well as dismantling criminal networks.”

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We are not visible minorities; we are the global majority

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Describing someone as a visible minority situates whiteness as the reference standard and the norm by which all people are judged. It is a term of disempowerment that promotes the othering of racialized peoples and implies subordination to white power structures… If we are to end white supremacy in this country, we need to change our discourse on race. This requires changing the way we think and speak about Canada’s racialized population.

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Before COVID-19, inequity in healthcare was, in effect, a pandemic for Black communities. Here are five issues that need to be addressed

Friday, February 5th, 2021

“Race is not the determinant of health. Racism is”…it’s more to do with systemic barriers that make these illnesses more likely, such as disproportionate stress and lack of access to nutritious food… Dealing with small, daily instances of racism can overtime lead to poorer health outcomes… “This stress, whether it is daily stress or overt … can result in illness”… rates of under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed mental illness in the Black community, have “shocked” [Marshall]

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2020 brought ugly truths about inequity to the forefront — like how Ontario’s Medical Association still upholds structural racism

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

… patients who must engage in such unequal bargaining with their physicians… are disproportionately BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour] including immigrants and refugees, who are massively overrepresented in the lower income classes. The OMA’s billing guide is a classic example of structural racism precisely because its effects are felt most by BIPOC communities.

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Indigenous rights bill weak, but necessary

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Bill C-15 does not have any tools to help operationalize consent or create new ways for Indigenous title to be implemented. Its slow, incrementalist approach is frustrating. Nevertheless, it has merit. Despite shortcomings, the bill will provide new avenues and contestation sites for Indigenous rights movements to advance. Most importantly, it binds any future government, no matter its political stripe, to the high standard of consent and the inevitability of Indigenous self-determination.

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Reducing income inequality a top priority for 2021

Monday, January 4th, 2021

When leaders are earning hundreds of times more than their workers, especially during a global crisis, and confidently lining their pockets with government subsidies as they do it, something is profoundly wrong. We should be pushing for bold policy that promotes equity and well-being for any company’s lowest-paid workers, and most importantly, that can’t be exploited by CEOs.

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Twenty Indigenous stories that shaped 2020 — a year of racism and fear, of fighting and hope

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Indigenous Peoples across the country faced intensifying endangerment of our lands and rights and took a stand against systemic racism amidst a global Black Lives Matter revolution… Through it all, our people have continued to be resilient in the face of calamity and uncertainty… Where do we go now? Do we pull the plug on reconciliation? Or is there hope – and if so, will we see it come to pass in this generation?

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