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The resilient city: Why Canadian metropolises will thrive despite the pandemic 

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Previous urban pandemics have spawned major changes to the shape of the city… All big cities now face a similar moment, but the locus of contemporary intervention has to shift from the inner city to the inner suburbs, and its focus broadened from needed physical and mobility improvements to an action plan that places income support, social services, education and training at its heart.

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A new chance for disability reforms

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

An income adequate to keep people out of poverty cannot be understated as a means to social inclusion… For federal and provincial programs to provide adequate income, punitive clawbacks by one program of another’s funds must end… Benefits should stack onto each other not cancel each other out. Income supports should also work in tandem with housing, employment, childcare, and other programs to lift people out of poverty.

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It is possible to end chronic homelessness if we act now

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Our goal must be more than moving people off the street. It must be to help people live full lives and be connected, healthy and well. At a time when we are all struggling with feeling disconnected, this is more relevant than ever. Homelessness in Canada is not inevitable; it is the predictable outcome of choices we have made collectively over past decades. We must expand housing and support services to end chronic homelessness. At the same time, we need to address the forces that cause people to become homeless in the first place.

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Helping Others or Helping Yourself? The COVID-19 Pandemic and WE Charity Scandal Have Forced a Long Overdue Discussion About Volunteering in Canada

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The [2001] Accord between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector was meant as a first step in forging a deeper relationship between Ottawa and the charitable sector. It featured a commitment by the government to engage the sector in issues of legislation and the development of policies and programs, to help build its capacity, and give it a seat at the ministerial table… it’s time to revisit the accord and consider reforms like a government ministry for the sector and a joint apparatus for government and the voluntary sector to work together.

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Strengthening Canada’s disability community in a post-pandemic world

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

COVID-19 has had a seismic impact on our society, comparable to that of the Second World War and the population explosion of the 1960s. Following those historic events, Canada responded with ambitious and innovative social legislation designed to meet the needs of a changing world. Those innovations gave birth to the broad social, health and education supports that Canadians enjoy today. The current crisis demands similarly bold solutions.

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Canada needs to walk the talk on migrant rights

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Migration, and specifically the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers, is a global story as much as it is a national one… What we do at home affects how we are seen elsewhere… By truly improving migration standards at home and acting on the international commitments it has made to protect the most vulnerable, Canada will build healthier communities and stronger economies – at home and abroad.

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Why Chrystia Freeland needs to reform the charitable sector

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

If we want to ensure transparency and accountability, then charities need to… reflect the diversity of Canada and the communities they serve… Other jurisdictions like Australia have modernized to enable charities to earn revenue from unrelated businesses as long as the revenue is applied to the organization’s charitable mission.

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Healing on the land for our people and our economy

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Investing in First Nations’ stewardship can help the country heal — from the pandemic, from the threat of climate change, from the loss of biodiversity and from the scars of colonialism… Guardians programs connected to Indigenous Protected and Conservation Areas stimulate additional investments and contributions to communities… Guardian-run wellness programs build resilience across generations.

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A long-term care home is no place for younger people with disabilities

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

“We don’t know how many young people are living in LTC homes. What we do know is there are far too many”… Self-directed or self-managed care programs exist all over Europe and in several Canadian provinces… The common assumption… is that institutional care is cost-effective and self-directed care is too expensive. But that’s not true.

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Policy reflections about social assistance: Where we’ve been, and where we’re going

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

We will need to think differently about social policy, so that our social safety net puts people and their social and economic rights at the centre. We need to rebuild our systems to promote equitable outcomes across race, gender, immigration status, disability, and for every person in Canada. Now’s the time to show that we truly are in all of this together.

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