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The Ford government needs to protect temporary workers

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… it reversed… equal pay provisions, along with getting rid of two paid sick days for all workers and a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour… The Ford government should bring back the Liberal labour law updates it so thoughtlessly repealed and pass the necessary regulations to ensure companies who hire temp workers have an incentive to keep them safe… before tragedy strikes again.

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Ontario wants to pool public sector benefits, potentially saving millions

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… some pooling exists now, but the new plan would end the current patchwork system. The new system is being targeted at the health care sector, as well as colleges and universities… The move is part of the government’s focus on public sector compensation, which represents $72 billion, about one half of government spending.

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Blackface and an about-face: How Canada’s promise of reconciliation went wrong

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

While the tribunal’s initial nine orders focused on trying to stop Canada’s discrimination, the September 2019 order was intended to compensate the children and families who were harmed by the discrimination and would not benefit from new reforms. It was a small measure of justice for lost childhoods.

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Where is the big idea in this election?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… what would happen if our parties were focused not just on giving things to the middle class, but instead giving something for the middle class to believe in? Some say national pharmacare is just that: a vision for a changed society in which no Canadian goes without the medication she or he needs.

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Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings, with First Nations and recent immigrant children impacted the most… In the 68 ridings with the highest rates of child poverty, an average of 32 per cent of children — more than 400,000 — are growing up poor… Twenty-nine ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Ontario, with 14 of them in Toronto.

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Strike-averting deal with Ontario education workers includes $20M to bring back laid off support staff

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The provincial government will spend $20 million a year to ensure support staff who were laid off last month return to Ontario schools — and remain there for the next three years — and another $58 million annually to help create more support for special education students… educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and office staff — also retained all sick day benefits…

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Canadian doctors say political activism part of their jobs on issues affecting health

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Greater activism by physicians is “coming out of all corners right now,” Bloch said. “Doctors, on the one hand, sense their limits. But they are very aware that if they only use their traditional tool boxes they will only get so far in improving people’s health… doctors are quite aware of their privileged voice and many physicians feel some responsibility to use that privileged voice for social good.”

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Reversing cuts is just the start of what the Ford government needs to do

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Ontario’s social assistance system keeps nearly one million people living in abject poverty. It offers far too few pathways out of it. And the government has not reversed some of its other changes that have made decent low-skill jobs even harder to find. Ford kept Ontario’s minimum wage from rising to $15 an hour, as it was scheduled to do, and rolled back labour reforms designed to improve the lot of workers who need the most protection.

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Reversal of provincial welfare cuts hailed as victory for municipalities and advocates

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Municipalities, along with refugee services, community agencies and health care providers warned that without the monthly benefit of up to $230 per child, these low-income families would be forced into homelessness… But… the relief may be short-lived, adding the government’s “open-ended social services review remains a cause for serious concern and ongoing vigilance.”

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Scheer is wrong to turn back the clock on Senate reform

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Scheer apparently prefers straight-up political patronage and says he’ll appoint Conservative senators “who would help implement a Conservative vision for Canada.” No sober second thought there. Just rubber-stamping and, no doubt, more of the embarrassing antics that long made the Senate one of the most reviled institutions in Canada.

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