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A bitter truth: 30 years of child welfare data collection reveals deep systemic inequities, racism and harm

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

The data in this study told a different story from the shocking, high-profile physical and sexual abuse cases covered in media. “The majority of situations we were documenting in Ontario had to do with neglect rather than physical or sexual abuse… most cases revealed toxic combinations of struggling parents trying to raise children within a context of poverty, systemic racism, substance abuse and lack of support.

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We know better, so why aren’t we doing better in supporting the health of children and youth in care?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

The complex health and social issues faced by children and youth in care call for a comprehensive cross-sector collaborative approach to health care… children and youth with child welfare involvement are at risk of bearing a heavier burden of illness than their counterparts who do not have child welfare involvement, as a result of an inequitable system of health-care provision that fails to address their unique circumstances. 

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Ontario should live up to child care deal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

… within months of pledging to partner with the federal government, the province was already stripping a series of checks on funding rules that guarded against “undue profits” and “ineligible expenditures” by operators… The federal government, meanwhile, must make clear that Ontario must live up to the deal it signed, in both detail and spirit.

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Ontario weakened its $10-a-day child care funding rules. Now the federal government is demanding answers

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

…the federal government… raised worry that some taxpayer money won’t be used for its intended purpose of reducing parent fees and improving child care services… Ontario revised its guidelines in August, removing a provision that would have limited “undue” profits, eliminating some “ineligible expenditures,” and relieving some of the financial reporting requirements.

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Alternative Federal Budget 2023: Rising to the challenge

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

… The ongoing impact of Covid-19, inflation gnawing at stagnant paycheques, a health care system squeezed to the limit, the climate crisis, and the ongoing need to dismantle colonialism and systemic racism… The AFB  advances solutions and places the responsibility for change squarely on the federal government, working with the provinces and territories, to rise to the challenge…

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Ontario extending $10/day child-care opt-in deadline to get more operators to apply

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Just a few weeks ahead of September, uptake varies widely across municipalities, with some — particularly smaller areas — seeing all or nearly all operators apply, while other regions are seeing less than half of operators applying so far… In Toronto, the largest region, 587 out of a total of 1,042 licensed child-care centres have applied to opt in — and 32 have opted out — though the percentage of for-profit operators that have applied is much lower than the non-profits.

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Why doesn’t Canada let schools provide child care?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Canada’s policy-makers could take lessons from other countries who have streamlined early learning and child care within their schools.  Instead, they are putting up roadblocks, preventing provinces and territories from using federal child-care dollars to transform schools into one-stop centres for young children. 

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Ontario’s for-profit child-care owners demonstrate why they can’t be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child-care system

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

As families in Ontario wait for child care fee relief, some for-profit child care owners seem more interested in continuing the status quo of sky-high parent fees and rock bottom wages for early childhood educators. They take issue with the new Canada-wide child care system, complaining that it threatens their bottom lines. In doing so, they are proving exactly why they cannot be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child care program. For them it’s profits over parents, every time.

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Ottawa should stop clawbacks of pandemic benefits

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Groups such as Campaign 2000, which advocates to eliminate child and family poverty, have… pressed the federal government to ensure that benefits and refundable tax credits such as the Canada Child Benefit are not clawed back and that any lost benefits are restored. (Ottawa did act to restore Guaranteed Income Supplement payments that had been reduced or eliminated because of pandemic benefits.)

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Children across Canada deserve a professional early childhood education workforce

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Children depend on educators who are skilled and knowledgeable… Decent work for Canada’s child-care workforce should be more than just a slogan; it must be the foundation of Canada’s early learning and child-care plan to ensure that children receive the high-quality care they deserve. 

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