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New report shows province needs to double current funding to Ontario universities

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

… the province would have to increase funding from just under $8,300 per student to more than $16,000 per student just to reach the average funding level of other provinces. The report found between 2018 and 2022, university operating revenues from the provincial government and domestic student fees was reduced by $3,200 per student… [with] domestic students paying tuition fees that are 24 per cent higher than the average for the rest of Canada… over-reliance on international students to fund universities, exploitation of low-paid contract faculty, reduced funding for research and growing class sizes.

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Hospitals plagued by staff shortages and ER closures under Ford government, auditor general finds

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Plagued by shortages of doctors and nurses and persistent emergency room closures, Ontario lacks a province-wide strategy to fix the problems, the watchdog agency said in a wide-ranging audit of government performance… The worsening staff shortages have been fuelled by the Ford government’s Bill 124, which limited nurses and many other public sector workers to maximum annual pay hikes of one per cent, the auditor found.

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Learn these three simple numbers to help prevent suicide

Friday, December 1st, 2023

Responders at 9-8-8 are trained in suicide prevention and are based at existing helplines across the country. They will listen with compassion and empathy and give callers and texters space to share without being judged. Responders will work with callers and texters to explore ways to cope and pathways to safety when things are overwhelming… It is important to note that while 9-8-8 will help keep people safe in the moment, it is not a replacement for mental health care provided in primary care, in communities and in hospitals.

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Ford government’s bottomless determination to convert our drinking into private profit should concern us all

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

… making alcohol cheaper and easier to purchase unsurprisingly leads to higher levels of drinking and increases in harm… Our drinking is big business — almost $10 billion a year — and multiple players are fighting to grab a larger slice of that pie. And while the industry winners may be about to waltz off with a record windfall, the likely losers — the Ontario taxpayers — may be left to deal with increasing social and health harms, all on a shrinking budget.

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Ontario’s colleges and universities are strapped for cash. A panel has wisely proposed a fix

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

… salary and benefit costs in Ontario’s universities are, per full-time equivalent student, among the lowest of any province. And as the report said, all organizations that made submissions “emphasized the value of post-secondary education in creating and maintaining a highly qualified and relevant talent pipeline in Ontario.” As has become obvious, the government’s lack of vision on this file does not just fail a sector. It fails the future.

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Federal government’s new fiscal guardrails ‘helpful’ for monetary policy: Macklem

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

The fall economic statement made new commitments on how the federal government will approach its finances, including setting a goal to keep deficits below 1 per cent of the GDP beginning in 2026-27… The governor said Canada has two advantages today compared with the 1970s. The first is that people expect inflation to come back down in the long run; the second, that the Bank of Canada responded forcefully this time with aggressive rate hikes.

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After years of work, Ontario faculty say major victory achieved on protecting public universities

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

… the Federal government is reforming harmful corporate bankruptcy legislation—a crucial move that will protect public universities from corporate-style restructuring policies… “What happened at Laurentian should never have happened, and now we can ensure that it will not happen again to another public university in Canada.”… In 2022, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk stated the CCAA/BIA process was an inappropriate method for dealing with the financial challenges of public institutions.

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Ontario’s regional universities are in jeopardy — and so are the future of our communities

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Increasingly… regional universities are alone in shouldering the costs of educating our future citizens and supporting our communities due to funding freezes from the province… Operating grants from the provincial government have been frozen since 2006 and the province has not funded for net new students since 2016… Then in 2019, the province cut domestic tuition fees by 10 per cent and has frozen them since… These cuts are not sustainable.

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We are walking down the dangerous path of health care privatization

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

… medicare restrictions on physicians are provincially and territorially imposed, so many virtual clinics skirt the rules by employing physicians licenced in a different jurisdiction than the patient lives. Resolving these loopholes is not impossible — simply fold nurse practitioners into the same medicare legislation physicians work under and bring in nationwide physician licencing. Yet there seems to be no appetite on the part of health ministries to address these issues.

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Canada poised to create public company registry to curb financial secrecy

Monday, November 20th, 2023

The new registry will require companies to publicly disclose beneficial ownership information of federally registered companies — a move experts say will help expose criminals and tax cheats who anonymously create companies or purchase property… Panama Papers dataset, revealed how Canada had emerged as a popular tax haven, touted by corporate service providers as a “reputable” destination to hide wealth.

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