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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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New study finds the developmentally disabled are vulnerable in Ontario

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The research from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found the developmentally disabled were significantly more likely to die young, languish in hospital without plans for appropriate aftercare, spend time in long-term care, or have repeat hospitalizations and emergency room visits than their non-disabled peers… the findings held true regardless of what disability was specifically at play. They also transcended a variety of boundaries that usually serve as strong predictors of poor health outcomes, such as age and socioeconomic status.

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You can’t say inclusive education doesn’t work. We haven’t even begun to try

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Education is not a privilege. It is a human right. That means no child has more of a right to walk into a classroom than any other child. We all know that is not how the system currently works. Our education model was created to support “typically developing” children. When segregated classrooms were abolished, we invited children with disabilities and children who were neurodiverse into a space that was essentially designed to guarantee their failure.

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Ontario Government Is Fuelling Youth Homelessness Crisis, Say Critics

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The Conservative government announced the closure of the independent watchdog’s office last month. The office had a broad mandate to advocate for children, including those in government care, Indigenous children and youth, incarcerated youth and those with disabilities. Activists and advocates who work with youth saw the news as a major blow, with an increase in youth homelessness as one result… Youth homelessness is a big problem… but it’s one we can fix.

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Why not let the women and children in the Tijuana camp resettle in Canada?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Canada has set out that the treatment of women and girls is a priority of our international policy. One of the key findings of the World Refugee Council Report to be released in the new year is the extent of discrimination against women in refugee situations. Here is a clear opportunity to act against such bias… Canadian leadership in meeting this tragedy on our doorstep would be a welcome, tangible demonstration of how the compacts can be a springboard for direct action and lead to improved collaboration on migration and refugees issues.

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The contradictions at the heart of Canada’s modern multiculturalism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

So why has the issue of immigration now become so emotional, and assumed such potency? … Part of the answer lies with high levels of inequality, part of the answer with tepid economic growth, and another part lying with a cooler-looking economic future… where jobs and wages have been lost to robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, blue-collar workers, mainly males, have been driven toward racial resentment and ordered populist politics.

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Help the poor: Stop donating canned goods to food banks

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If you hand your food bank a 30 pound office hamper filled with random food, you’re handing over a miniature logistical challenge that may or may not end up on the table of a hungry family. Hand over $20, and the food bank will be able to buy $100 worth of food, they’ll save on processing costs and Ottawa will kick you back up to $6.

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Toronto seems to have learned from last winter’s shelter debacle

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

the new plan… calls for hundreds of new spaces in three prefabricated structures located across the central city that will be open 24 hours a day. It includes a temporary site with up to 200 spots at… Exhibition Place… And the city has budgeted for more staff to improve operations at respite facilities and coordination of services across the system… opening ever more permanent shelter beds is not a long-term solution… The city, along with Queen’s Park and Ottawa, must increase efforts to create more affordable and supportive housing.

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Is debate an effective way of combating extremism? Yes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Historically, the benefit of debating ideas, extreme or otherwise, seems to outweigh the harms…. Freedom of expression exists not to protect the views of those with whom we agree, but for exactly the opposite reason. It’s a freedom forged in the humble idea that no one has a monopoly over the truth… history suggests that divisions eventually have to be healed rather than conquered.

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Don’t ignore Steve Bannon, Trump’s political philosopher

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The moral capitalism that rebuilt the world after the Second World War has been replaced by new forms unlinked to the foundations of Judeo-Christian belief. These new forms include state capitalism, where rewards are siphoned off by a small elite. They also include a strain of brutal libertarian capitalism that treats people as mere commodities. The new right populism is a reaction to this. It is a revolt of the middle and working classes against what Bannon calls the “administrative state.”

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