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Women cannot afford another conservative government

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Saving money does not lead to increased safety for vulnerable populations; it leads to increased violence and the increased costs associated with that. Any cost savings are short-term… Women in Ontario are seeing firsthand what happens when politicians don’t include gender-based violence and women’s equality on their list of platform priorities.

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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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Civil servants get the Rolls Royce of pharmacare while party leaders can’t even muster a decent plan

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

… opinion polls show most Canadians do support a national insurance scheme for prescription drugs. Will election promises bring the benefits Canadians need?… Unless whoever forms the federal government after the election provides: adequate resources for good-quality national pharmacare, a guarantee of long-term funding, and a roadmap for integrating it with existing provincial programs, Canadians hoping for improved access to medicines are unlikely to be satisfied.

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First and foremost, the homeless need housing

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Despite some notable success stories, most people don’t magically get better when housing is available… people with severe mental-health issues, substance-use disorders and the other illnesses and social challenges that come along with them need a lot of support… Housing first is a way of saying we haven’t given up on people and on the belief that homelessness can be, if not eliminated, at least managed more effectively and humanely.

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Prison breaking-point: Canada’s jail system is in crisis, and that affects all of us

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Prison conditions have become abject… and fixing that will cost money. But investment now, as well as work to reduce the prison population – namely, by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and expanding supervised community programs – will vastly reduce prison costs, keep people in their communities and save Ottawa from costly legal challenges in the future.

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Ontario government earmarks $40M for more mental health workers in high schools

Friday, October 11th, 2019

The $40 million doubles what the provincial government spent on student mental health two years ago and should “better prepare those people on the front lines” such as teachers and principals into handling troublesome situations and speed “early intervention and assessment,” Lecce said… 70 per cent of mental health and addiction problems begin in the teen years.

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The neutering of Doug Ford

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Ford has reversed his stand on sex-ed, on a French-language university, on cuts to social services, such as a child benefit that pays for essentials like diapers and food for children in vulnerable families, on cuts to children’s aid societies and more. Ford also caved in during the last-minute contract negotiations with the 55,000 school support staffers, who had threatened to strike this week.

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Liberals prove they don’t value Indigenous kids as much as other children

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Government spokespersons say they simply want more time to discuss how best to deal with compensation to victims and restorative justice for discrimination against First Nations children and families… But they didn’t ask. Instead, they went into court and filed arguments that said no compensation whatsoever should be paid.

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Canadian doctors say political activism part of their jobs on issues affecting health

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Greater activism by physicians is “coming out of all corners right now,” Bloch said. “Doctors, on the one hand, sense their limits. But they are very aware that if they only use their traditional tool boxes they will only get so far in improving people’s health… doctors are quite aware of their privileged voice and many physicians feel some responsibility to use that privileged voice for social good.”

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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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