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Toronto has the chance to create affordable housing, improving thousands of lives

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Toronto’s housing market is in the brutal process of evicting low-income residents from our city. Without bold action from our governments things will continue to get worse… It would only require 5 to 10 per cent of the floor area of new highrise condo buildings and 3 to 5 per cent of new highrise rental buildings to be affordable to lower-income residents… Inclusive Zoning is only one of a number of policies that, if implemented in earnest, could make housing affordable for all Canadians.

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Making the Case for Universal Basic Income

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The idea of providing a fixed income for all members of society to meet their basic needs and, in doing so, escape cycles of poverty, instability and ill health, is… a well-studied and financially viable option that would benefit Canada’s economy and social fabric immensely… Basic income programs are not tied to employment, and, unlike welfare and disability assistance, they do not require constant monitoring to determine eligibility and deservedness… basic income is about freedom. Not the freedom of unregulated capitalism… that prioritizes corporations above people — but a more expansive, human one.

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In first of three reports, charitable sector advisory committee proposes three core reforms

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The current advisory group was formed in late 2019 as a means of engaging and advising the federal government on the state of laws and regulations supporting the work and operations of charities. There is broad consensus across the sector that it’s time to review and update federal policies that define the activities of charities and govern the way they raise funds, work with non-charities, and deploy their resources.

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Assumption that institutions are best for elderly is false

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Today Ontario relies far too heavily on institutions and far too little on funding the support required to help elderly people age in place in their own homes or at least within small personalized homes, within their own community… We must challenge the negative assumptions about elderly people that are resulting in widespread institutionalization.

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Broadbent Principles for Canadian Social Democracy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

All people have equal worth and equal rights – and all benefit from living in an increasingly equal society. To achieve this in a country with a market-based economy requires an ongoing process of decommodification, a process that sees important social and economic benefits taken out of the market and transformed into universal rights, such as in health services, education, social welfare and housing.

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Our temporary residents provide a resource we can’t ignore

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

The de facto “two-step immigration process” that has emerged in recent years has been primarily driven by business demands for faster intake of newcomers, but could lead to better integration and lives for “low” and “high” skilled workers alike. If temporary foreign workers are good enough to work for us, they are good enough to live among us, permanently, if that is what they wish.

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The audacity of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Ending poverty… will be much harder than ending segregation, he correctly predicted. After all, “it didn’t cost the nation anything to integrate lunch counters,” but “it will cost the nation billions of dollars to get rid of poverty.” … King appealed for a national policy of full employment, a guaranteed income and a massive investment in affordable housing… Indeed, America has never shown a commitment to “genuine equality,” he said.

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Let’s make 2021 the year we eliminate online hate in Canada

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

the Canadian Coalition to End Online Hate, a broad-based alliance of close to 40 (and growing) organizations representing a diverse array of communities, are calling for the following concrete actions… Increasing resources for law enforcement, Crown attorneys, and judges to ensure they receive sufficient training on how to apply existing laws to deal with online hate… Creating a civil remedy to address online hate and… Establishing strong and clear regulations for online platforms and Internet service providers 

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COVID-19 changed everything, except Canada’s values of inclusiveness

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Canadians are also increasingly sympathetic to vulnerable groups such as people with low incomes… support is growing in Canada for the idea of a basic income. Although that specific policy may not win the day, support for the principle suggests Canadians are growing more interested in a backstop for those at risk of being left behind… bucking trends in other countries, we have become less, and not more, polarized.

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Our priorities must be with our most vulnerable

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

A “colour-blind approach” to the pandemic will not suffice, especially when reports show racialized minorities suffered from higher poverty rates prior to 2020, and now experience even stronger challenges to making ends meet… [Yet] the Ontario COVID-specific contingency funds have increased to $12 billion… [and] “the Province may end the fiscal year with outstanding balances… [using remaining funds to] “reduce both the budget deficit and Ontario’s net debt.”

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