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Here’s what happens when the gender-gap index is adjusted for bias

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

The researchers propose a truly gender-neutral set of metrics for calculating equality scores, named the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI). BIGI focuses on three factors: educational opportunities (literacy, years of primary and secondary education), healthy life expectancy (years expected to live in good health), and overall life satisfaction which, taken together, are the “minimum ingredients of a good life.” These metrics can be applied anywhere, regardless of income level, cultural paradigm or national economic development tier.

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Not all Ontarians are being asked to sacrifice

Friday, December 7th, 2018

So far I have not seen business sacrifice. I have seen them given tax breaks, offered less red tape, offered payment not to pollute, and given lucrative opportunities to sell cannabis — and I expect private companies will be given more access to health care. In the fall economic statement the most vulnerable have been asked to sacrifice.

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The problem with #MeToo? The backlash

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

There is something disconcerting about the #MeToo movement… It’s the backlash. More specifically, it’s the assumption that women raising their voices are undermining the integrity of the justice system. In fact, it often is the opposite… The #MeToo movement isn’t about abandoning justice. It is about saying: Pay attention. We are here. It’s time to take sexual assault and harassment seriously. The legal system must be about more than just law: It must be about justice for all.

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The Trudeau government’s pay equity bill is just a start

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Women in Canada continue to earn 31 per cent less than men annually, a gap that has remained despite human rights laws and decades of efforts to eliminate it… some of the gap comes from persistent discrimination against “women’s work,” which results in women being paid less for work of equal value. That’s the gap the new legislation aims to tackle… The truth is pay equity isn’t a panacea for ending the wage gap; much more still needs to be done.

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What happened to Trudeau’s plan to fight income inequality?

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The very phrase “income inequality” has fallen out of fashion in the past few years too — certainly since the Liberals came to power… Trying to address populism with social policy, whether it was basic income, minimum wage or pharmacare, didn’t save Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in Ontario from massive defeat in June… Despite its potential to level the playing field on drug costs — which can be ruinous to those less advantaged in Canada — it’s looking like Ottawa is curbing its enthusiasm on pharmacare too.

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Should Canada have an inheritance tax?

Friday, August 31st, 2018

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in its report called “Born to Win,” says a Canadian inheritance tax “could go a long way to curbing the tendency of Canada’s tax system to heighten socially, politically and economically harmful levels of wealth concentration in Canada.” … the average net worth of Canada’s 87 wealthiest families rose by 37 per cent between 2012 and 2016 … while the net worth of middle class families increased by only 16 per cent… over the same period.

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Ontario families to launch human-rights challenge against sex-ed curriculum rollback

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Six families plan to file a case with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in the next week, noting that the old version of the curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students… The government’s decision to repeal the modernized curriculum violates the province’s human rights code and should be declared unlawful, their lawyers said… a parent from Guelph, Ont., credits the 2015 curriculum for making his daughter’s gender transition almost “seamless.”

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MMIWG inquiry gets six-month deadline extension to finish its work

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

… the extension will ensure more people can share their experiences with the inquiry, while still “underscoring the urgency” of its final report… extra money will depend on staffing and other costs that the inquiry will identify… The due date for the inquiry’s final report — meant to probe the “systemic causes” of violence against Indigenous women and girls and make recommendations to the government to address them — is now April 30, 2019.

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Turns out there is discrimination in hiring professors — but not against minorities

Monday, April 16th, 2018

If we really want to understand why blacks and Indigenous citizens might be underrepresented in the professoriate, there’s a good explanation, but it’s not discrimination in hiring. It’s that only 2.9 per cent of people with Indigenous identity and only 3.4 per cent of black Canadians hold graduate degrees, compared to 9.5 per cent of the workforce at large. Graduate degrees — and highly-specialized ones at that — are prerequisites for these jobs.

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The intolerance industry is working overtime in Canada

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Should we split each other into a bunch of identity groups squabbling over the spoils? Or should we stress our common values and do our best to make sure that everybody has a fair shot? Must we claim, as lots of people do, that Canada is rotten with every kind of “ism” and phobia? Or can we acknowledge that we really are a pretty fair and just society that’s trying to do better? … I believe the way forward should be rooted in pride and confidence, not accusations and shame.

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