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Canadians with disabilities fell through the cracks in the pandemic response. Here’s what needs to change as Omicron surges

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

… living with a disability is one minority group that anyone can join.  Disability Without Poverty is led by people with disabilities and came about around the end of 2020 in response to gaps in how the government served their communities during the pandemic and to push for a national disability benefit, which has been slowly moving through Parliament and would provide support besides existing provincial programs. 

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… here’s what you need to know about the $40B child welfare agreements

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

… these legal victories would not have been possible without the support of Canadians. After the graves of children who died in Indian Residential Schools were found, countless Canadians stood in solidarity with Indigenous communities and demanded the government not repeat mistakes of the past.  public support will be needed more than ever to ensure that the spirit of the agreement is respected and translated into meaningful change for First Nations children.

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How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected abortion care in Canada

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Pandemic-related travel restrictions and facility closures initially jeopardized access to abortion care. However, the pandemic has also become a catalyst for more accessible ways to deliver abortion care, such as providing medical abortions, which are drug-induced rather than surgical, via telemedicine… Research shows that telemedicine abortion care is safe, and enabled people to seek care despite pandemic-related restrictions and personal concerns.

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Laurentian battle suggests fight for Canada’s rural higher education

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

… the hardship created by that lost public investment has fallen heaviest on northern institutions such as Laurentian. That’s because the northern population is less able to afford higher tuition… and its remote location makes its institutions relatively less attractive to outsiders – including the foreign students whose tuition increasingly subsidises Canadian higher education…

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The cost of inaction for youth ‘aging out’ of Ontario foster care is estimated at $2 billion

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

One key recommendation is to rethink the norm of independence at 18. From interviews with youth, all describe profound isolation, loneliness and few caring relationships underpinning the challenges they face. We must shift to a model of interdependence — fostering non-professional caring relationships for youth under state guardianship that extend long after 18.

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Is there a made-in-Canada solution to high inflation?

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Inflation and the pandemic have a lot in common: both attack household incomes, both hit low-income households hardest, and both demand government action to support incomes. Social assistance rates must rise, as they should have years ago. Minimum wages must rise. Federal transfers to low-income Canadians should increase. Painful 20th century policy prescriptions to cut inflation by squeezing the life out of the economy, through increasing interest rates and reducing government supports, are no answer to our 21st century problems. They will only make our problems worse.

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What football tells us about the future of workers

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

The Care Economy is huge and growing. We all rely on it at different points in our lives. There is a labour crisis in this sector, and it is a gendered crisis. And nobody’s talking about it.  We’ve been hearing about these shortages, on and off, since the 1990s, and still don’t have a national strategy for human resources in health care.

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Federal Liberals slash criminal pardon application fee to $50 as of new year

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

The Fresh Start coalition, comprising over 60 groups, said the reforms would help people with records reintegrate into society, promote workforce participation and improve community safety… the minister’s office said that by reducing the fee and shortening the wait periods to apply for a record suspension, “we will significantly reduce barriers to reintegration and rehabilitation.”

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Why in-person learning matters: A dispatch from the front lines

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

As pediatricians working in school-based clinics in Toronto, we have witnessed the deterioration of students’ well-being with school closures… As we confront the next wave of the pandemic, we must focus on strategies to keep schools safely open, including: supporting pediatric vaccine equity and uptake, advocating for small class sizes, and access to high-quality masks and ventilation.

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The migrant worker floodgates have opened. It’s a decision we might come to regret

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

… public policy is rowing against market forces and demographic trends, to keep things cheap. The larger the share of migrant workers in a job market, the lower the wage growth. In our endless search for a cheap deal, let’s not pit ourselves as consumers against ourselves as workers… This nation of immigrants, the tenth-largest economy in the world, has two wishes, one of which will be granted: lower prices or better jobs. 

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