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New website aims to improve access to counselling services

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Family Service Ontario, with the help of Caredove, an Orillia-based software company, has launched the Ontario Counselling Finder website using Caredove’s WebBuilder, where members of the public can enter their home address to find the nearest Family Service Ontario member agency. Member agencies can optionally allow the public to request an intake appointment through the secure e-referral platform… “Our hope is to increase awareness that these services are available, and to reduce the barriers in accessing them,”

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Are there ever really ‘financial reasons’ to fire faculty? Laurentian University, academic freedom, and the disciplining of the professoriate

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Academic April 2022.   By Honor Brabazon, St. Jerome’s University The 2020–21 academic year saw two incidents of Ontario professors being effectively fired: the termination of 116 of the 345 professors at Laurentian University in an unprecedented use of the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA) at a public institution and the donor interference that […]

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Close to home: The Canadian far right, COVID-19 and social media

Monday, April 4th, 2022

The far-right benefited from social media’s tendency to privilege reductionist and simplified narratives… algorithmic dynamics helped the far-right in propagating the binary populist framework — “we, the people” versus “the corrupt and evil elites,” “bad politicians and leaders” who implemented COVID-19 measures versus “good politicians and leaders” who don’t — to foster and incite rage among discontent Canadians. 

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50 years, 50 moments (part 1)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

… we’ve compiled 50 milestones that together create a snapshot of a fast-growing sector moving into maturity… navigating turbulent and often adversarial relationships with government, fighting for the funds and licence to fully come into its own, and able to fuel progressive shifts in spite of significant obstacles… broken out into four broad categories: movements and shifts, advocacy and systems change, funding and giving trends, and government-sector relations. 

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The fearless Canadian firebrand shaking up Britain’s schools

Sunday, March 13th, 2022

… one of Britain’s top-ranked schools, free to attend and catering almost entirely to underserved low-income, minority kids… Its practices are openly assimilationist. But then again, so are most private schools, elite universities, high courts, corporate boardrooms and political legislatures. For decades, the progressive liberal elite have debated the merits of these castles in the sky while safely ensconced inside them. Meanwhile, inequality has deepened across the globe.

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Laurentian’s collapse driven by Ford government’s agenda of austerity and privatization

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

The Ford government’s obsession with austerity and privatization was a major driver of Laurentian University’s insolvency and collapse… Northern Ontario deserves better. The Ontario government must recognize the important mandate of northern and bilingual institutions and increase special purpose grants for those institutions while also making additional investments in universities that serve Indigenous communities.

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Toronto’s community crisis plan is a welcome shift away from policing mental-health care

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

When people slip through the cracks of our broken mental health care system, they fall right to the police. And then it falls to police to deal with the situation, even though they’re ill-equipped to do so.  A functioning community framework, on the other hand, would provide people with the necessary support right in their communities — not locked away in isolated institutions — and from people they know and trust.

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Decolonising is about adding, not cancelling, knowledge

Monday, September 13th, 2021 – story 11 September 2021.   Ali Meghji The past few months in Britain have seen a growing ridiculing of calls to decolonise the curriculum. However, these criticisms have failed to understand what decolonising the curriculum is about. From the prime minister claiming that Britain needed to move on from the “cringing embarrassment” it […]

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Worried about your charity? Why WE Charity’s practice is atypical

Monday, August 30th, 2021

The WE controversy… offers a number of lessons. There is some urgency to update the regulations and oversight of charities that conduct business activities, particularly those using social enterprise arms rather than doing this work within the charity… Finally, it warns charities to be cautious where their conduct may trigger conflict-of-interest legislation or bring to light their practices under lobbying legislation. Being ethical is a broader concept than being legal…

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We can re-define Canada’s health systems because we already have

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

We know we can build better health care because we did. When the pandemic forced us to pivot, our health systems learned quickly. This must continue… The best solutions are often the simplest, rooted in both evidence and common sense. We have seen care models that are trauma and culturally informed, offered by people who have roots in the community. We have seen a smarter use of existing resources, including a leveraging of virtual care. 

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