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Rape crisis centres call on attorney general to reverse cuts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

… the province phased out the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which helped assault victims access services including psychotherapy… Under this program, brought in Oct. 1, an applicant must have visited a “victim service agency” within six months of the crime against them, or within six months of disclosing that crime to authorities.  The new system, called the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), isn’t available to victims of historical crimes.

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The case for finally adopting a universal basic income

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Why not simplify these programs and centre human dignity within our social safety net?… We’ve got to reimagine our economy in a way that measures work, not jobs, in a way that puts human dignity at the centre of policy rather than racing to the bottom. We’ve also got to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is at the centre of this discussion rather than creating a gender blind program.

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As diabetes rates surge globally, obesity is no longer the sole culprit. It can start in the womb

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

This work brings the immune system living inside the gut to the centre stage as a new area that really needs to be investigated further.” At the very least, “it reinforces the idea of having a healthy, balanced diet, because it impacts the bacteria and the immune cells in the gut.” Others are exploring whether our personalities, and not just what we eat, may put us at greater risk of diabetes.

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To improve health care, we need to plan our work force of the future

Friday, October 25th, 2019

We need to rethink our traditional approach of strictly controlling the number of health workers we educate and train and turn to oversupply, knowing that many will be wooed away… One in five nurses in Canada leaves their job each year, and the turnover costs are enormous… [We must] ensure jobs are meaningful, appropriate and, most of all, that there are people to fill the posts that are so essential to our care.

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How I was recruited into sex trafficking

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

In reality, 93 per cent of victims of human trafficking in Canada are Canadian themselves, most often lured, groomed and eventually trafficked by someone they know… My trafficker didn’t have to restrain me with physical chains; his skilful manipulation was enough to hold me captive. He isolated me to the point that I had no one else to turn to… We can no longer ignore that this is happening right under our noses.

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UN report blasts ‘abhorrent’ housing conditions of Canada’s Indigenous people

Monday, October 21st, 2019

… housing conditions for Indigenous peoples around the world are overwhelmingly abhorrent and too often violate the right to adequate housing,” the report reads. “(Indigenous people) are more likely to suffer inadequate housing and negative health outcomes as a result, they have disproportionately high rates of homelessness and they are extremely vulnerable to forced evictions, land-grabbing and the effects of climate change.”

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Women cannot afford another conservative government

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Saving money does not lead to increased safety for vulnerable populations; it leads to increased violence and the increased costs associated with that. Any cost savings are short-term… Women in Ontario are seeing firsthand what happens when politicians don’t include gender-based violence and women’s equality on their list of platform priorities.

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More than 30 people arrested in multi-province human-trafficking investigation

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

From 2009 to 2016, there were 1,099 reported incidents involving a human-trafficking offence, with incidents rising steadily since 2010… The vast majority of trafficking victims are women under 25… “[The victims] are broken inside… They’ve suffered severe stress and oppression… They need therapy, counselling, individual supports… We need our governments to understand that there needs to be more investment in this.”

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To close the wage gap, focus on child care

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Canada could add $150 billion to its economy over the next eight years if more women entered and advanced in the workplace. That’s exactly what research shows universal, affordable child care helps women do. Child care is the most effective way to close the wage gap, but it’s about more than that. It’s also about reducing poverty, increasing employment, helping families and growing the economy.

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There are more doctors that are women, but gender equity remains elusive

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… until we better support women in their roles as mothers and physicians, gender equality in medicine will remain elusive and too much of the money and effort we put into training doctors will be lost because we refuse to acknowledge that medicine is no longer a boy’s club.

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