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Thumbs up for Ontario’s new Childcare Plan

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The new Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit, initially estimated to cost around $400 million, will incentivize thousands of stay-at-home parents (mostly mothers) to join the workforce, generating additional taxable employment income and boosting tax revenues in the long run. The credit is targeted, mostly, at low- to modest-income families, where gaps from the current childcare expense tax deduction are the greatest… The CARE refundable tax credit will fill this gap, refunding up to 75 percent of the cost.

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New parental-leave benefit inches us ever closer toward gender equality

Monday, April 1st, 2019

… women who take a longer maternity leave are seen as less committed to their jobs by co-workers and managers. This is a foundational fact in the chronic underrepresentation of women in upper management. Reducing mothers’ time away from work by shifting more child-care responsibilities on to fathers could play a major role in correcting this problem.

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Is there a ‘female’ brain?

Friday, March 15th, 2019

the idea of “male” and “female” brains is entirely too simplistic. Brains aren’t binary, and the similarities dwarf the differences. But the differences – well, they matter… On average, males are far more likely to be autistic, die by suicide, wind up in jail, specialize in competing and be interested in systems. They are more risk-taking, single-minded and status-seeking. Females are far more likely to specialize in caring and be interested in people – and to suffer from depression.

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Put free menstrual products in all women’s washrooms. Period

Monday, March 11th, 2019

the city, school boards and the province should go further. They should strive for what’s known as “period equity” to normalize the conversation around menstruation and end the shame about what is, after all, a normal bodily function for half the population. To start, feminine hygiene products should be available for free not just in shelters and schools, but in workplaces and public spaces such as libraries, concert halls, sports arenas — and even privately owned stores and restaurants.

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Ontario shouldn’t delay on closing the wage gap

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

TheStar.com – Opinion/Editorials March 7, 2019.   By STAR EDITORIAL BOARD You’d think a law aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap in Ontario by allowing men and women doing similar work to compare their compensation would be a self-evidently good thing. And not just for women, who currently earn on average close to a […]

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Wilson-Raybould and Philpott aren’t principled because they’re women. They’re just principled

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Our society will only benefit from having more female representation in all fields, not because women are “better” than men, are more “consensus-driven,” are “nicer,” are more willing to stand on principle, or can otherwise claim some higher moral ground. We will all benefit because the different experiences and different perspectives they bring permit better, broader analysis and decision-making.

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Earnings Inequality and the Gender Pay Gap in Canada

Friday, March 8th, 2019

There have been sizeable improvements in female representation at the top of the earnings distribution with the share of women in the top 9 percent increasing more than threefold. However, given the still low representation of women among top earners, those improvements have not been sufficient to counterbalance the effects of increasing top earnings inequality.

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There’s a health gap in Canada – and women are falling through it

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Simply put: The routine inclusion of sex and gender data into health research leads to better care. Equal treatment, representation and access to health services should be our country’s mandate. It’s time to bridge the health gap, so that Canada’s universal health-care system lives up to its name.

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When will Canada treat First Nations women and men as equals?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

… the change dubbed “6(1)(a) all the way,” would give all First Nations women and their descendants born prior to April 17, 1985, the exact same Indian status designation as status men and their children. The Senate passed this vital legal change but it was challenged by the government and the bill sent back to the Senate. The feds fear the “all the way” amendment could mean an extra 80,000 to 2 million people will claim to be status Indians.

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Attorney General Caroline Mulroney boosts rape crisis centre funding by $1 million

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

A decade ago, they logged 30,000 calls a year — now, more than 50,000… “This is funding that was committed to the centres last spring, which has not been disbursed … Survivors in our province deserve predictable multi-year funding that enables organizations to have stability. This one-time handout falls woefully short of what is needed to tackle staggering waiting lists across Ontario to access counselling.”

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