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How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’ Gray Matter

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

An abiding challenge for our civilization is to treat each human being as an individual and to empower all people, regardless of what hand they are dealt from the deck of life. Compared with the enormous differences that exist among individuals, differences among populations are on average many times smaller, so it should be only a modest challenge to accommodate a reality in which the average genetic contributions to human traits differ.

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Speaking as a White Male …

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Our whole education system is based on the idea that we train individuals to be critical thinkers. Our political system is based on the idea that persuasion and deliberation lead to compromise and toward truth. The basis of human dignity is our capacity to make up our own minds… But the notion that group membership determines opinion undermines all that. If it’s just group against group, deliberation is a sham, beliefs are just masks groups use to preserve power structures, and democracy is a fraud.

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An Open Letter To Canadian Women, From Kathleen Wynne

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

… there are still too few women running for office across Canada, and I want to see more women in city halls and parliaments in every corner of this country. I want to tell you to run.
Not because it will be easy. I have been called many names… I ask you to run because it is necessary. Because we need another slate of brave women willing to tackle stereotypes and the campaign trail in tandem.

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Bank of Canada head says subsidized child care boosts workforce potential

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Helping more women, young people, Indigenous people, recent immigrants and Canadians living with disabilities enter the job market could help the labour force expand by half a million people, he said. By his estimate, that kind of workforce injection could raise the country’s output by $30 billion per year or 1.5 per cent… Poloz highlighted Quebec’s child-care program as one model to help women, who he noted represent the largest source of economic potential, enter the workforce.

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Ontario is courting a home-care fiasco

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

the new institution: Personal Support Services Ontario (PSSO) is going to recruit, train and employ personal-support workers and provide care to a select group of home-care clients. The agencies that provide home care were gobsmacked, and now they’ve taken legal action to prevent the government from following through on PSSO… a coalition of 11 not-for-profit and for-profit home-care providers who, between them, provide 95 per cent of home-care services in the province, allege that the move “will have dire consequences for patients and their families, for service providers and their employees and for the home care and health care systems at large.”

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The double standard of driving while black – in Canada

Monday, February 26th, 2018

If you are a person of colour in Canada, you experience a profoundly different – and sometimes troubling – relationship with the law… Who you are doesn’t matter; it’s what you are. If you are black in Canada, you are subject to a different standard and, often, seemingly, different laws… We know that children are not born with prejudice. Racism is learned.

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The #metoo moment is important, but don’t forget the last one

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The #metoo moment… is a consciousness-raising fuelled in its reach and breadth by social media. It is a generation of women who feel they were sold a bill of goods when they were told they were equal. They are asking us: “How can this be true when our lives are curtailed by sexual violence?” … Let’s build on the moment of shock and dismay to create an adequately funded national strategy that uses this moment of holding politicians… and leave a changed future for the women and men who follow.

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Imagining an alternative to growing global inequality

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

If the global growth in income inequality keeps on at its current pace, populist and nationalist trends around the world will flourish… 82 per cent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest 1 per cent of the global population. The poorest half of the world’s population — 3.7 billion people — saw no increase at all… the wealth of the billionaire class has risen by an annual average of 13 per cent since 2010, over six times faster than the wages of average workers.

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Biting cold exposes deeper rot in Toronto’s attitudes to poverty

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

… fixing short-term inadequacies will have to be paired with a more sweeping strategy involving all three levels of government to improve income security, strengthen mental health, addiction, and overdose prevention services, and make affordable housing the national priority it used to be. None of these things can or will happen until we acknowledge that the austerity consensus in public policy has been a failure; that real efficiency means actually meeting human needs rather than perpetually looking for and inventing new ways to cut public spending

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It’s 2018 and time for tax reform focused on fairness

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Mr. Trudeau, will you commit in the next budget to tackling unfair tax rules, specifically through eliminating the preferential treatment of stock options and increasing the inclusion rate for capital gains for CEOs? In short, will you commit to bringing some fairness back into the tax treatment of top business executives, billionaire investors and the wealthiest in Canada? It’s time to put an end to the special set of rules that exclusively benefit the affluent and well-connected.

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