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Time to jettison outdated welfare system and start afresh

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

November 01, 2012
… a 10-year plan to replace the province’s overloaded, barnacle-encrusted safety net with a program designed to get people the right kind of help — mental health and addiction services, affordable housing, accessible child care, post-prison reintegration programs and practical employment training — to become as self-sufficient as they can. Many social assistance recipients are employable and want to work. All can live purposeful lives.

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eHealth Ontario back on track

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

October 31, 2012
Today two out of three Ontarians have an electronic health record… Over 65 per cent of all primary care physicians use those records to provide better care to their patients. Today, more Ontario doctors use electronic health records than in all other provinces combined… We are making steady progress — continuous improvement that starts with primary care physicians and EMR adoption.

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Anne Golden’s stern warning of growing rich-poor gap

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

October 31, 2012
Golden has focused on the rich-poor gap, which is bad for social cohesion, hard to justify and which is rising faster in Canada than in the United States… into an all-out plea for the corporate elite to stop sitting on the sidelines when it comes to growing social inequalities in Toronto… a measure of equality is an important factor in sustaining economic growth and… overall quality of life, in such areas as health, education and general well-being, is better for everyone in more equal societies.

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Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh give Ontario an affordable plan to modernize social assistance

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

October 30, 2012
Not only did the two commissioners… come up with a way to transform Ontario’s social assistance system from an $8.3-billion program that perpetuates poverty into an $8.6-billion strategy that reduces it; they won endorsements from business leaders, health professionals, community activists and social analysts. That is a monumental achievement — but not enough to guarantee its success. Four daunting hurdles stand in the way:

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Ontario needs a comprehensive network of Community Health Centres

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

October 28, 2012
… there are just 73 CHCs scattered throughout the province and they deliver… a complete circle of support around the individuals, families and entire communities… the CIW predicted that if a comprehensive network of CHCs was created across the country, the result would be “a better start for children, fewer avoidable hospital visits, better prevention and management of mental illnesses and complex chronic diseases, and improved opportunities for seniors to age at home.”

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Where would Tim Hudak take Ontario?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

October 29, 2012
in his new economic plan (unveiled just days before McGuinty’s announcement), Hudak still clings to panaceas: Unspecified tax cuts to goose economic growth, ramp up total revenues and magically balance the budget at warp speed. Note that Hudak never says which taxes he’d cut… he wants a “flatter personal income tax structure” that squeezes out the last remnants of progressivity from our system.

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Omnibus II: PM’s hidden agenda becomes clear

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

October 27, 2012
His agenda is to take us right back to small government with few of the benefits and services in place to catch those who most need help. Basically we’ll be on our own. He knows this will be against what most Canadians stand for and that this route is unpalatable to most of us, hence the secrecy… If you can’t see where Harper’s Conservatives are taking us then you are being willfully blind.

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Governing in the Dark: Good policy-making requires reliable statistical data

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

October 27, 2012
Statistics Canada was doubly cut in that it faced a slice from its budget as large as several other government departments. However, added to those cuts were surveys funded by other departments whose budget cuts no longer allow them to fund surveys… the data it collects and its capacity to analyze that data has been diminished, and Canadians are the worse for it.

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Filmmaker Vac Verikaitis offers unique perspective on poverty

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

October 27, 2012
Usually, he said, media come down to the mean streets, talk to the homeless person and drive cheerfully away. “I know exactly the internal struggles and mindset, because at the heart of poverty it’s not just about social injustice. More importantly, it’s about social exclusion… It is hope’s absence that’s “the greatest fallout of living in poverty,”

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Ontario welfare reform plan is on the right track

Friday, October 26th, 2012

October 24, 2012
…the existing system doesn’t accomplish either of its goals – making sure the poorest Ontarians have a decent minimum income, and helping those who can work start supporting themselves as quickly as possible. Even those inclined to blame people on welfare for their own misfortune should agree that if we’re going to spend billions, let’s make sure it’s for something productive.

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