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Supreme Court sends signal to appellate courts on sexual assault rulings

Monday, December 14th, 2020

… the Supreme Court has sent a message to appellate courts that they should listen to lower-court judges who believe the complainant… Assessments of credibility (honesty) and reliability (accuracy) are central to the trial judge’s job. Appeal courts generally defer to these assessments because it is the trial judge who sits in court and hears directly from the witnesses. Witnesses do not testify at appeal courts.

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What if we were as serious about ending violence as ending the pandemic?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

At the beginning of the lockdowns, women found it difficult to flee their abusers; as lockdowns eased and they returned to shelters, workers noticed an escalation in the severity of violence they were reporting – more broken bones, more strangulation, more sexual violence… If this year has taught us anything, it’s our ability to work collectively to end a public health crisis. But we have to open our eyes first.

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In 2020, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre is a call to action

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

Now it’s time to move forward on a Canada-wide action plan that makes gender-based violence a national priority. Reflecting on lives lost to preventable violence is important. But the greatest way to honour stolen lives is through concrete action.

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Deliver on national child-care this time, please

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

For now, all the Trudeau government has put up for a national child-care system is a down payment and a promise… The down payment includes $420 million to help provinces train and retain qualified early-childhood educators and $20 million over five years to fund a secretariat to craft its national “child care vision.”

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‘It’s been 50 years … 50 years!’ A national child care program in Canada?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

It’s been 50 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended child-care services for women who choose to work outside the home… Since then, governments of all stripes have promised a program. None have actually made it happen… This is the value society seems to place on rearing children and granting the women who bear them an equal opportunity to thrive in the workplace: none.

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Ontario’s family law takes a step forward in protecting the vulnerable

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

The new definition in the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA) uses the language of coercive and controlling behaviour and includes sexual, psychological and financial abuse as well as threats of or actual harm to animals among the behaviours considered to be family violence. It also makes explicit that conduct need not constitute a criminal offence for it to be considered in a family law proceeding. 

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A national child-care program would be a boon to Canada’s post-COVID recovery — none more so than Ontario’s

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Ontario’s failure to build a 21st-century child-care system is holding back provincial economic recovery. Its patchwork arrangement of overstretched group care, tax-subsidized nannies and sky-high fees squanders tens of billions of dollars of GDP, income and tax revenue. Ontario, and other lagging provinces, have a golden opportunity to fix this problem — and in so doing accelerate Canada’s reconstruction after COVID-19.

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Universal child care would generate up to $29 billion a year in tax revenues, new report says

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

… investing in a “care-led recovery” — for both children and those in long-term care — would create 2.7 times as many jobs as the same investment in a more conventional construction-led recovery… Not includ(ing)… the long-term benefits that come from the “enhanced capabilities and capacities” of children who otherwise wouldn’t have received professional early learning and child care. This leads to increased high school graduation rates, improved employability, higher career earnings and also reduced health-care expenses and criminality…

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Canada needs a bold pro-growth strategy for both pandemic recovery and a successful future

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

… we need to remove the barriers that prevent some of our citizens from realizing their potential. This includes a stronger income-security framework and skills programs that are better aligned with labour market needs. Affordable and accessible child care that… can improve the participation of women in the labour force, and help close the gender pay gap. Greater workplace accessibility for disabled Canadians can also add workers. Improved integration of newcomers into the economy through better recognition of skills, education and qualifications can increase labour productivity…

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Canada’s K-shaped recovery is deepening the lines between rich and poor. Here’s how we can shift our economy toward a fair outcome for all

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

… current economic data shows that the pre-pandemic well-off are benefiting while the pre-pandemic marginalized are suffering considerably…  COVID-19 and its congruent economic crisis is an opportunity to implement key changes that will set Canada’s economic trajectory on the right path. Specifically, three things must be done: a universal basic income with automatic stabilizers; high-quality, affordable child care; and a well-designed wealth tax.

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