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Passing Bill C-81 is critical to making Canada accessible for all Canadians

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

… only three provinces – Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia – have accessibility legislation in place to remove barriers and mandate a minimum standard that enables meaningful access in the built environment and helps create a place where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. While the Charter offered a profound statement of equality for people with disabilities, we still have a long way to go to achieve the outcomes Canadians expect.

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Ontario abandons property ownership as source of jurors

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Ontario is making a fundamental change to the province’s justice system by vastly expanding the pool of potential jurors to better reflect economic and racial diversity… “Serving on a jury effectively means giving up income in a large number of cases… That barrier still exists. Hopefully this (change) indicates the government is open to making other changes that will help our juries better reflect our communities that they sit in judgement of.”

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Province pledges $1 billion for social housing, plans to restrict access to wait-lists

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Ontario has pledged to invest $1 billion to help repair social housing and reduce homelessness and plans to propose new rules restricting access to housing wait-lists, including a cap on how much potential tenants can be worth financially… Housing providers will also be empowered to “turn away tenants” who have been evicted for criminal activity… to reduce crime and gang-related violence in community housing so that all residents feel safer in their home,”

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On the spectrum, Part 1: What makes the autism debate in Ontario so complicated

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

“… now we realize it’s not a single gene. It’s maybe 200 genes.” Add to that the possibility that environmental factors may contribute to autism… and determining the possible causes of autism becomes even more complex… That leaves us, Hollander said, with only intensive, personalized therapy as a viable option for the children of today. And it’s also what brings us to the debate raging across Ontario.

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First Things First: What non-Indigenous Canadians need to know

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

In the first episode of this four-part TVO video series, Anishinaabe educator and public speaker Eddy Robinson talks about the importance of taking time to listen to Indigenous stories. He recounts leaving home as a teenager, getting in trouble with the law, being disappointed with his parents, and how he ultimately came to an understanding of their traumatic past in residential schools.

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Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

… this guide was written to support poverty-reduction groups to meaningfully engage people with lived/living experience. It celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive antipoverty work… 10 stories that inspire; 10 useful resources; and 10 ways to get started. It highlights leading practices, inspires new thinking, and serves as a reminder of how critical engagement of people with lived/living experience in poverty reduction truly is.

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Ford government must fulfill Ontario’s promise to people with disabilities

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

As it stands, 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities are receiving the message that “you don’t belong here”… That should be viewed as a violation of both human and civil rights… investing in accessibility is both the right thing to do and also provides social and economic benefits for everyone, including the province’s increasing numbers of seniors… It’s time the government listened and acted.

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Ontario nowhere near goal of full accessibility by 2025, review finds

Monday, March 11th, 2019

“This is a matter of civil rights, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against on a daily basis in multiple ways,” Onley said… “The message is: you don’t belong here.” … Even the definition of “disability” is problematic, he said, saying AODA’s current language positions disability as a medical issue rather than one of social exclusion.

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Next Steps for Non-Profits in Canada’s Evidence Ecosystem

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

If a non-profit is interested in improving its use of evidence-based practices, one of the easiest and most cost-effective approaches is to dedicate staff resources (or hire an external researcher or partner with an academic institution) to consolidate existing evidence… lack of evidence capacity among frontline practitioners and policymakers remains a significant barrier for the adoption of evidence… service users have an important role in guiding evidence-based program design and policymaking.

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Toronto council falling behind on election pledges to reduce poverty, report finds

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

“Rather than fully funding council-approved strategies and plans, the budget reveals the real priorities of Council — low property taxes that especially benefit the affluent, no new revenue tools (i.e. taxes from other sources), and expensive capital projects that don’t deliver on the critical needs of Toronto residents… The current budget is designed to serve the most affluent Torontonians at the expense of everyone else, especially the poorest residents of our city.”

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