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Laurentian’s senior leadership and Minister of Colleges and Universities should step down in wake of financial crisis

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

The devastating cuts at Laurentian are the direct result of negligence on the part of Minister Romano, who was well aware of the financial challenges Laurentian was facing at least six months before they became public. Faculty no longer believe that Romano is listening to their concerns, or those of staff or students. As a result of the Minister’s inaction, Ontario’s university faculty and academic librarians have lost confidence and trust in Romano’s commitment to the university sector.

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Laurentian University is in peril, and it’s not alone. Governments have systematically underfunded universities and colleges across the country for decades

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

It is not due to faculty salaries, as the number of full-time faculty has actually declined over the last decade. Nor is it due to enrolment which has remained stable over the last decade… In addition to the government funding drought… campus modernization has left Laurentian with big mortgages on still half-empty buildings… [Laurentian] provides jobs for around 1,000 people, educates over 9,000 students and undertakes world-class research.

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Ontario’s vision for social assistance is encouraging – but the budget tells a different story

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Last week’s provincial budget did not include significant funds for housing or other services that contribute to well-being… Current rates are woefully inadequate. The last time rates were increased was 2018. As the cost of living has continued to rise, this means that people have, in effect, had their rates cut during this period. To support people to live with dignity, social assistance must provide both sufficient income and access to services.

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Childcare Reform Key to Post-Covid Economic Recovery

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

“We need immediate attention and incremental but aggressive reforms to get this right, for women, for families and for Canada as we emerge from the pandemic.” … the authors recommend… a more generous, progressive and more frequently paid refundable tax credit… increasing operating and/or capital grants for licensed providers… new federal dollars for childcare be consolidated into a single, dedicated and permanent transfer to provinces.

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Taxing extreme wealth to offset the costs of the pandemic would be unquestionably fair

Monday, March 29th, 2021

… we should look to new tax measures on extreme wealth transfers, including inheritance taxes, and to changes in the tax treatment of investment income to ensure more equitable treatment in relation to employment income. But for now, as we look to Budget 2021, we should ask those with extreme wealth to pay for our national recovery.

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Finally, everyone agrees that Canada needs better child care. But what should it look like?

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

High-quality child care gives children an early, productive start on their educations and a more certain path to prosperous careers… It’s an equalizer … It increases the labour force participation of women by giving mothers more certain options to go to work… Tax incentives or fee limits to help families pay the child-care bills are a moot point if there aren’t enough spaces to go around.

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2021 budget a missed opportunity to invest in Ontario’s future

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

The budget doesn’t increase operating grants for universities, which continues the chronic underfunding of Ontario’s public university system. Under the Ford government, per-student funding for universities will drop even further, as institutions will be expected to increase enrolment over the next three years without any additional money… further destabilizing a sector already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and jeopardizing our economic recovery.

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Tax Index 2021: Line by line break-up of who’s paying and dodging taxes

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Canada’s top 20 billionaires made $37 billion during the pandemic, while thousands lost jobs and took pay cuts… Canada’s income gap is at its widest since the 1980s and upward income mobility has significantly reduced for most of us… A 1% tax on wealth over $20 million would raise $10 billion in the first year alone.

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How much COVID help did the Ford government give Ontario schools? An analysis reveals the real numbers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

… in Ontario’s public and Catholic school boards, each school was able to add just 1.5 new staff members on average. In terms of teachers alone, that works out to less than one per school…. most of the funding announced by the province for COVID-19 help in schools actually came from school boards themselves or the federal government.

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Is it time for Ontario to end Catholic school funding?

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

… such a move would save taxpayers an estimated $1.6 billion a year… And school boards across Ontario are facing huge financial crunches, with dropping enrolment often resulting in half-empty schools… a single public system would also mean thousands of students could attend schools closer to home and put a permanent end to calls for public funding for schools operated by Jewish, Muslim and Christian fundamentalists groups.

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