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Ontario has undermined its Ombudsman’s independence

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

… not everyone will agree with the reforms just announced by the Ford government… One matter… is the introduction of a new clause in the Ombudsman Act, which allows the governing party to suspend an ombudsman if they are “of the opinion the suspension is warranted”… It is not uncommon for ombud statutes to contain provisions for removal with cause, but to contemplate the suspension of an ombudsman based on the government’s opinion takes a jackhammer to the foundation of our work.

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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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Years after landmark case, some Ontario inmates with mental health issues still segregated for months at a time, ministry data dump reveals

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Last month, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services quietly posted an unprecedented volume of data on 3,086 inmates who spent time in segregation in Ontario jails over a two-month period earlier this year. It was part of a five-year-old settlement in an Ontario human rights case… The bad news is nothing much has changed in five years. In fact, it has grown worse for people with mental illness

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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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Axing Ontario’s child advocate puts our most vulnerable kids at even greater risk

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Ontario had the first child advocacy office in Canada, created in 1978, the International Year of the Child. It received its first legislated mandate in 1984… The child advocate now has powers of investigation… [with] an impressive advocacy office, trusted by children and youth and the people working in the sector. Now this government wants to tear it down, buried in a budget bill.

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Workers’ rights advocates push back at PC bill to derail labour reforms

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Bill 148 was introduced following a two-year consultation and a 400-page independent report informed by 10 academic research projects. Ontario Federation of Labour president Chris Buckley said the changes would result in workers “working full time and still living in poverty.” … Critics lashed out at the short time frame for consultation on the bill — pointing out that the new labour protections introduced in 2017 involved 12 public consultations, 200 oral presentations, and nearly 600 written submissions.

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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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Toronto seems to have learned from last winter’s shelter debacle

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

the new plan… calls for hundreds of new spaces in three prefabricated structures located across the central city that will be open 24 hours a day. It includes a temporary site with up to 200 spots at… Exhibition Place… And the city has budgeted for more staff to improve operations at respite facilities and coordination of services across the system… opening ever more permanent shelter beds is not a long-term solution… The city, along with Queen’s Park and Ottawa, must increase efforts to create more affordable and supportive housing.

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Let’s not forget that our medicare system was also born of war

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Canada alone operated 10 large hospitals in England and France to tend to its wounded, along with 10 stationary hospitals and four casualty clearing stations. Back home, the federal government also took control of 11 hospitals for the care of returning soldiers, and built the first state-run hospital… It also fuelled political debates about the need for a “national sickness plan,” to extend public health insurance beyond veterans.

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CMHA Ontario welcomes implementation of Police Records Check Reform Act

Friday, November 9th, 2018

… police are not permitted to disclose non-conviction mental health records, including those that stem from apprehensions under the Mental Health Act… non-conviction mental health records will no longer appear on police record checks… People have been turned down for volunteer work, jobs, school placements and cross-border travel because authorities shared non-conviction records and personal mental health information showed up on police record checks.

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