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COVID-19’s impact on women investigated by Canadian government

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

The pandemic has revealed the importance of essential services… that’s what we’re learning — that childcare is an essential service, and so is drugs, dental and vision. It shouldn’t be tied to whoever your employer is… Boosting spending power will be essential to the economic recovery, and one way to do that for women whose marginal service- and retail-sector jobs have disappeared is for government to take over paying for and providing essential services…

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Ottawa has the Tools to Replace the CERB

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Two groups of Canadians face particular difficulties – low-income Canadians and families with children. Low-income Canadians have been hit hardest, as they make up the largest proportion of a service-sector led shutdown… Extending the CCB and GSTC boosts will allow low-income Canadians and families with children face the post-CERB knowing that they would have the income security they need to face the likelihood of a slow and uncertain recovery.

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Child care is essential to our economic recovery

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Even before the pandemic there wasn’t enough regulated child care, and in most communities it was far from affordable. This is the time to change that. Government funding for child care provides direct jobs for women, who have suffered higher job loses and reduced hours in the pandemic, and it enables other women to rejoin the workforce… How Ottawa and the provinces move forward will be evidence of whether governments have learned from this crisis…

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Don’t grandfather machine guns, eliminate them

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Trudeau’s subsequent reference to “grandfathering” rules after a post-ban two-year transition period is alarming… A ban means no guns; it doesn’t mean keep the ones you have. It shouldn’t mean large payouts to gun owners…

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Ontario’s front-line workers getting pay hike of $4 an hour during pandemic

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Effective immediately, employees who are providing front-line and support services, including cleaning and meal preparation at health-care facilities, are eligible for a raise of $4 per hour for the next 16 weeks… Staff who work more than 100 hours per month would receive an additional $250 per month for each of the next four months… The money is also intended to help “front-line providers attract and hire extra staff they need to continue taking care of patients and residents,” Ford said.

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Ontario Delivers Action Plan to Increase Protection for Vulnerable People and Those Who Care for Them

Friday, April 24th, 2020

“The action plan we are delivering today lays out a set of interventions, tailored by sector, to enable prevention and infection control, while maintaining service continuity for the benefit of our vulnerable clients and staff… “The COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People focuses on three specific areas: Enhanced Screening and Reduced Exposure to Prevent Spread… Infection Control: Managing Outbreaks and Limiting Spread… Sustaining Staffing and Managing Staff Shortages

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COVID-19’s impact: not recession, but a completely different economics

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

… sectors hit first like education and child care, retail, personal services and restaurants [are] more female-dominated… They are paid less, are more likely to have part-time or temporary work, and are less likely to have or be able to enforce protections like sick leave and sick pay… the service sector’s gender-skew challenges governments to improve existing income supports to prevent desperate and counter-productive economic survival plans.

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Women, younger workers bear brunt of one million job losses in March

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

… slightly more than one million people lost their jobs in March, easily the largest one-month decline in data that go back to 1976… Another 2.1-million people worked less than half their usual hours, or were away from work, bringing the total number of affected workers to 3.1 million… Young workers endured a brutal month. The number of employed people aged 15 to 24 dropped by nearly 400,000, or 15.4 per cent, with the decrease almost entirely in part-time work.

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Ford government axes $1M funding boost for rape crisis centres

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

The province has axed an additional $1 million in funding for the province’s 42 rape crisis centres, which are now warning that supports for survivors will have to be cut while wait lists for services will grow… Centres across the province will now have to let staff go, and end drop-in or after-hour programs for survivors… News of the funding cancellation came hours after the province’s financial watchdog reported that the government had underspent by $2 billion in the first three quarters of this fiscal year.

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These unfair tax policies are putting a burden on women and seniors and need to be changed now

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Many of the policies are particularly harmful to older women because they hit those who are single/widowed and over the age of 65 — a group that contains a much higher percentage of women than men. As we head into a new decade, and in the spirit of eternal optimism, I am providing a list of four main offending policies in the hope that some political titans vow to fix them

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