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At MMIW report’s heart, a contradiction that’s impossible to ignore

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

… the data… suggests a truth airbrushed by the commissioners: Indigenous men commit the majority of acts of violence against Indigenous women… Not always, but most often. There are mitigating circumstances — crimes are committed by people for whom violence has become normalized, often because they themselves were victimized in childhood. The residential schools system’s legacy is with us still, affecting generations of Indigenous people and their children.

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Let’s end the period taboo: Making menstrual products available is about dignity, nothing less

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Even with the products being tax exempt, they are unaffordable and inaccessible to some. Affordability and access need to be separately considered… Despite hoarding menstrual products in every nook and cranny possible, we all get caught from time to time without access to products. This is about helping women who are caught be able to finish their day without bleeding through their pants. It is about dignity.

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The economy is on the rise. So why aren’t we getting happier?

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

In an age when the global economy keeps growing at a steady pace and poverty keeps falling, why isn’t humanity getting happier? … once essential needs are met, it’s other factors, such as the strength of community bonds and social trust, that often matter most… it’s high time to start thinking about new ways of assessing social progress… Canada, as a country, has yet to start thinking seriously about new benchmarks and measures

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There’s nothing moderate about this Ontario budget

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

… the cuts are large. But so, too, are the tax cuts that rob the province of billions… the government took billions of dollars from the budget. That lost revenue, plus new corporate tax breaks, will drain an average of $3.6 billion a year from provincial coffers over the next three years. That money could have stayed in vital programs; it could have reduced the deficit. It did neither… But as a public relations exercise designed to conceal bad news, the budget did its job.

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Provincial legal aid cuts are senseless economic and social policy

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Defending the cuts, the attorney general states “there are two stakeholders that must always be front-of-mind: the clients LAO serves and the taxpayers who pay the bills.” But neither stakeholder is served by the cuts. The cuts certainly do not serve legal aid clients… The cuts also do not serve taxpayers… The court system will be further weighed down with subsequent appeals in these matters to fix the damage caused by initial subpar representation.

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How raising the age for CPP and OAS to 67 would benefit the whole country

Monday, April 15th, 2019

It’s past time we updated a retirement-income system conceived in the days when people lived just 10 to 15 year after retirement… “This isn’t a recommendation to assist the government in improving sustainability or save the government money.” … Retirees will need more savings than previous generations because they will live longer, because company pensions have become more scarce and because saving is made more difficult by low interest rates.

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Is there a ‘female’ brain?

Friday, March 15th, 2019

the idea of “male” and “female” brains is entirely too simplistic. Brains aren’t binary, and the similarities dwarf the differences. But the differences – well, they matter… On average, males are far more likely to be autistic, die by suicide, wind up in jail, specialize in competing and be interested in systems. They are more risk-taking, single-minded and status-seeking. Females are far more likely to specialize in caring and be interested in people – and to suffer from depression.

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Ontario shouldn’t delay on closing the wage gap

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

TheStar.com – Opinion/Editorials March 7, 2019.   By STAR EDITORIAL BOARD You’d think a law aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap in Ontario by allowing men and women doing similar work to compare their compensation would be a self-evidently good thing. And not just for women, who currently earn on average close to a […]

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Wilson-Raybould and Philpott aren’t principled because they’re women. They’re just principled

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Our society will only benefit from having more female representation in all fields, not because women are “better” than men, are more “consensus-driven,” are “nicer,” are more willing to stand on principle, or can otherwise claim some higher moral ground. We will all benefit because the different experiences and different perspectives they bring permit better, broader analysis and decision-making.

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There’s a health gap in Canada – and women are falling through it

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Simply put: The routine inclusion of sex and gender data into health research leads to better care. Equal treatment, representation and access to health services should be our country’s mandate. It’s time to bridge the health gap, so that Canada’s universal health-care system lives up to its name.

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