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Where do the major parties stand on family and child care?

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Besides the rising cost of housing, child care fees are a major source of financial pain… child care often costs another rent- or mortgage-sized payment… The rates of individuals diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorder continue to edge higher… Several of the major parties have pledged to support families caring for individuals with disabilities, but to date, their promises have largely been “piecemeal,” falling far short of the concerted, large-scale efforts that are needed..

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Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Michael Mendelson looks at Ontario’s experience to offer lessons on how to – and how not to – set up future Basic Income trials. The report focuses in particular on three aspects of the pilot in which the experimental design fell short: lack of a “saturation” site, problems of enrollment, and use of the income tax system to test recipients’ income… The author also suggests a five-step process for governments considering another Basic Income experiment…

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The tax cuts you might vote for, but might not notice

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Would someone earning over $60,000 notice that they got another $420 a year by 2023 through the Conservative Party’s Universal Tax Cut? … if someone handed you $420 in 2023, you’d notice. But that’s not how this tax cut is going to be delivered. It’ll be incremental… Surely there must be a better way to spend over $5.5 billion a year. Couldn’t this money be better spent on healthcare, housing, infrastructure, and/or paying down the deficit?

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A primer on Indigenous issues and the pledges in this election

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Indigeneity is intrinsically linked to the environment, and vice versa… One of the issues at the forefront of Indigenous health and wellness and the all-too-frequent inequities in care is the lack of clean, safe drinking water in many communities… Mental health is also a major issue: the suicide rate among Indigenous youth is five to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth… Indigenous children are still falling through jurisdictional cracks, and… equitable care should involve [Jordan’s] principle being expanded to family services, education and even the justice system.

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Where is the ‘how’ in all of the federal election policy promises?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

No voter expects every detail regarding the implementation of a new proposal to anticipate every twist and turn of how events might unfold… But… the judgment, balance, capacity and relevant experience of those seeking to hold the highest elected office in the country are defogged when there is more robust disclosure on how they intend to put into effect the promises they have been selling.

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Where do the parties stand on pharmacare and drug prices?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

“Instead of announcing that the recommendations of the national advisory council would be implemented if the Liberals are re-elected, they’ve instead used softer language,” said Nav Persaud, a family doctor and a University of Toronto professor who holds a Canada Research Chair in health justice. “That raises the concern that they’re not prepared to stand up to the pressure.”

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A Brief History of Canada’s Failure to Fund Indigenous Kids Equitably

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bill C-92, which cedes Indigenous child welfare control back to Indigenous communities, is now law, which should change Indigenous child apprehension rates. But so far there’s no federal funding for implementation… While government after government pays lip service to doing better, millions on legal fees to avoid fulfilling obligations tell another story.

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Poverty costs Ontario up to $33B annually, new report says

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The study, entitled The Cost of Poverty in Ontario, examines the relationship between poverty, poor health, the justice system and lost productivity. It makes the economic case that investing in people by reducing poverty is not only socially responsible but financially sound. The loss of what’s known as “opportunity income” accounts for the largest chunk of the cost of poverty — $19.4 to $25 billion — followed by health care with $3.9 billion.

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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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Ford government cancels $28-million budget cut to children’s aid societies, wants to ‘listen and learn’

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

For the past several years, the government has in essence clawed back money from a society’s budget to basically force administrative efficiencies, such as reducing costs by cutting overhead or sharing services with another agency. Last year, efficiency clawbacks from agencies totalled $10 million overall. This year, the budget clawback is $15 million.

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