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Ford still doesn’t understand the difference between charity and government

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Almost a year into the job, Ford still doesn’t seem to understand the difference between an act of personal charity and the necessary role of government. If Ford is a decent citizen who spends his personal time doing good deeds in the community, that’s really great. But it doesn’t absolve him, as premier, of leading a government with policies that help people, rather than hurt them.

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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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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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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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