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Are You Inadvertently Amplifying Anti- Immigrant Racism?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Incorrectly focusing on the wages of migrant workers — instead of ensuring permanent status and full rights — distracts from the real authors of exploitation and increases racism… Canada’s permanent resident intake as a percentage of the population has been stable for the last decade. Today, most migrants are on temporary permits, the largest grouping being “international students,” who spent an estimated $12.8 billion in Canada in 2015, and $15.5 billion in 2016.

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Non-profit groups get five-year freeze on WSIB premiums

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

… non-profit organizations are getting a financial break with a five-year freeze on their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums as the Ontario government agency lowers its average premium rate for all employers by 17 per cent. The freeze will help almost 2,700 non-profits while another 1,600 will see premiums drop…

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I live in Quebec, and wish I felt connected to the rest of Canada. Here’s how we can come together

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinion September 22, 2019.   Fabrice Vil Fabrice Vil is founder and executive director of Pour 3 Points, an organization that transforms sports coaches into life coaches for youth in low-income neighbourhoods in Montreal. He is also an Ashoka Fellow, a columnist at La Presse and was a lawyer in civil and commercial […]

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That Sun Column Was No Outlier. Postmedia Has Embraced Dishonest, Dangerous Propaganda

Monday, September 9th, 2019

The right is becoming radicalized. Many of the movement’s loudest leaders and members are strangers to truth, reason and empathy. … from their denial of climate change reality to their inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees and other minorities. But right-wing commentators and parties across the world, including in Canada, have also demonstrated this irrationality and absence of empathy.

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Public Health Agency of Canada announces funding to support mental health of adults on the autism spectrum, caregivers

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced it has awarded a strategic fund to Autism Ontario to launch Mental Health Matters, a mental health program for adults on the autism spectrum and their caregivers that will be delivered in partnership with CMHA Ontario, McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), SAAAC Autism Centre and the York ASD Partnership.

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Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Rosling explains how one billion people around the world still live in extreme poverty, but that number has halved since the UN last set development goals 15 years earlier. Rosling uses holographic projection technology to present data that give an upbeat assessment of our ability to end world poverty by 2030.

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Liberals committed $13B to affordable housing, report says

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Legislation passed in June requires Ottawa to advance a human rights-based approach to housing that prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable and requires regular reporting to Parliament on progress toward meeting its housing strategy goals… “It promotes diverse communities, and builds housing that is sustainable, accessible, mixed income, mixed use and that is fully integrated into the community — close to transit, close to work and close to public services.

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CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

… the CRA says more than 835,000 returns were filed by people who are homeless, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors or disabled. The boost is double those seen in previous years, before the Liberals increased annual spending on the “community volunteer income-tax program” to $13 million in the 2018 budget… “It’s a different program and we get to see the direct impact that we have on lifting people out of poverty.”

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How Finland slashed homelessness by 40 per cent

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

… about 15 per cent of the population are paid an allowance to help pay for rent… Such policies are more effective… than rent controls popular in many countries… because they push up housing supply, while rent controls tend to discourage investment in rental properties… “It’s more expensive not to provide the homes and have people on the streets. And when they’re off the streets, there’s more social harmony.”

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Why Canadians need to wake up about populism

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Ordered populism… has four key conditions: A declining middle class, wage stagnation and hyper-concentration of wealth at the very top of the system; Major shifts in social values which see more progressive values displacing traditional social conservative values which… produce a cultural backlash by those seeing themselves falling victim to loss of identity and privilege; A growing sense of external threat…; Declining trust in public institutions plus a rise in ideological polarization. All those conditions are present in Canada. They predominate among less-educated males

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