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The lessons of Harry Leslie Smith: The fight never ends

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Harry lays out in pungent and unsparing detail what exactly it was like to be poor and hopeless when those things were considered ineradicable conditions or moral faults, not social failures that could be improved… he’s in a province, Ontario, that has just frozen the minimum wage and is skewering workers’ rights… Many people have heard Harry’s message. Acting on it, and honouring those memories – that’s something else.

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Bill 47 passes, Ford shows he is NOT for the people

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Over 77% of Ontarians — including 64% of Conservative voters — oppose Ford government’s decision to eliminate paid sick days. Over 66% of Ontarians — including 62% of small businesses — support a $15 minimum wage… Over 77% of Ontarians — including 64% of Conservative voters — oppose Ford government’s decision to eliminate paid sick days. Over 66% of Ontarians — including 62% of small businesses — support a $15 minimum wage.

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Child care called key to ending child poverty

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

In Ontario, 545,000 children — or 19.5 per cent — are living in poverty… poverty among First Nations children in Canada is a staggering 40 per cent, while those in visible minority families experience poverty rates of 25.5 per cent… the coalition is calling on Ottawa to invest $6 billion in the 2019 budget and commit to cutting poverty by 50 per cent in five years instead of waiting until 2030, as set out in proposed poverty-reduction legislation introduced earlier this month.

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Unpaid caregivers do a lot of heavy lifting – and they deserve more support

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Stats Can also reports that 8.1 million Canadians are providing some level of care to a loved one, suggesting that the majority of care, especially of seniors, is being done on an informal basis… A large number of caregivers, 44 per cent, said their loved ones have “aging issues” that require help, but a significant number, 17 per cent, care for someone with dementia, and as many care for someone with a significant physical disability… if caregivers were paid the equivalent of Ontario’s minimum wage ($14 an hour), their economic contributions would range from $26-billion to $72-billion a year.

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B.C. advances on child care while Ontario takes a step back

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

In 2016 the Ontario government began its plan to help create 100,000 new child care spaces. Then in early 2018… there was finally movement on making these spaces more affordable for Ontario families — who current pay the country’s highest child care fees… But oh, the difference an election makes… the prevailing Ford PCs have promised only a small tax credit that will do almost nothing to alleviate the financial pressure faced by families…

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Funding pro bono legal services a no-brainer for Ford government

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Increasingly, the justice system has become less accessible to low-income Canadians, who simply cannot afford the cost of legal advice. They are left with no choice but to represent themselves, doing their best to determine whether they have a valid legal claim or defence, in which forum it should be argued, what steps need to be taken to advance it, and how to frame it persuasively… helping those in need in the midst of an increasing access-to-justice crisis is simply the right thing to do.

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Is debate an effective way of combating extremism? Yes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Historically, the benefit of debating ideas, extreme or otherwise, seems to outweigh the harms…. Freedom of expression exists not to protect the views of those with whom we agree, but for exactly the opposite reason. It’s a freedom forged in the humble idea that no one has a monopoly over the truth… history suggests that divisions eventually have to be healed rather than conquered.

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The culture war has been won, so now we fight about words

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

The long-running fight over language – in which the words and phrases of the ideologically earnest are rejected as “politically correct” – is being mistaken for some larger and more irreconcilable battle over underlying ideas and beliefs. Those who are truly intolerant and opposed to pluralism – those who think social justice is not just an awkward phrase but a bad idea – are a small and declining group. But that group is manipulating language conflicts to their political advantage.

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On safe injection sites, why can’t conservatives just let people not die?

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Once conservatives get past the ideological hurdle of harm reduction, they ought to be impressed by its simplicity: Two volunteers in a tent with a bunch of naloxone kits and $200 in supplies from any pharmacy can provide the most basic service, which is ensuring that people do not die

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New federal law creates official definition of poverty line

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The six-page bill sets targets of reducing poverty to 20 per cent below 2015 levels by 2020 and 50 per cent below 2015 levels by 2030. The target is based on a measure that lists 4.2 million Canadians as low income in 2015. Until now, discussions of poverty reduction have focused on three different ways of measuring poverty. Tuesday’s bill selects one of those – the market-basket measure – as Canada’s official poverty line… A third element of the legislation creates a national advisory council on poverty.

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