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COVID-19 changed everything, except Canada’s values of inclusiveness

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Canadians are also increasingly sympathetic to vulnerable groups such as people with low incomes… support is growing in Canada for the idea of a basic income. Although that specific policy may not win the day, support for the principle suggests Canadians are growing more interested in a backstop for those at risk of being left behind… bucking trends in other countries, we have become less, and not more, polarized.

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We know police can’t solve the root causes of Toronto gun violence. What’s stopping us from doing what can?

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Invest early in terms of education, child supports, health, daycare — try holistic approaches to decrease poverty and disparate outcomes for Black, Indigenous and other racialized groups — and you’ll not only improve lives, but you’ll also save money. On health care, on police, on courts, on jails.

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Ontario Providing Additional Financial Support for Young Learners

Friday, December 4th, 2020

News.Ontario.ca – News Release November 30, 2020.  Office of the Premier Starting today families can apply for the funding online VAUGHAN — The Ontario government is again providing financial relief for families facing new education-related expenses in the COVID-19 era with support totalling $380 million. Starting today, parents or guardians residing in Ontario can complete a […]

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Ontario Making Adoption Process Easier for Families

Friday, December 4th, 2020

The funding will help bring more prospective adoptive parents, children and youth together permanently through the development of a centralized intake service and expansion of online matching. It will also provide additional supports and training for families post-adoption. “It is clear that children and youth who are placed in homes through adoption do significantly better than if they stay in group homes,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues.

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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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Another week, another courtroom, another defeat for Doug Ford on climate change

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Several young people (ranging in age from 12 to 24) argued that the decision to pursue less stringent GHG reductions amounts to a violation of their Charter rights. They asked the court to order the government to adopt a “science-based” target and want a declaration that a stable climate is part of our Charter rights… It’s true that courts have been willing to make decisions with broad impacts before, but this would be something nearly revolutionary.

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‘Quadmesters’ are burning out our high school students

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

COVID-19 has shown how desperately the education system needs to offer more options for learning for all different types and abilities of students: full yearlong learning high schools for those who need in-person and more time; semesters for those who can hopscotch through high school; virtual learning for those with high anxiety created by chaotic school environments; and a hybrid option to capture hands-on skills and remote learning.

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National class action to be certified on funding levels for First Nations child welfare services

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

… the national advocacy organization said that Canada’s funding was discriminatory because the federal system created a perverse incentive to remove First Nations children from their families and communities and place them in out-of-home care… The AFN class action is seeking compensation for all those harmed by the system…

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Online classes will impoverish the university experience for students

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Students come to university because they want to change: to become something or someone they are not yet. This transformation involves looking at the world in a new way and interacting with people who have a variety of world views and experiences. This is so much harder to accomplish virtually than face-to-face. Online education is effective for a small set of students: those who are highly motivated, mature, and who already possess considerable experience learning online. Most undergraduates do not fall into this category.

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Canadians risk becoming addicted to pandemic aid

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

We have remortgaged the house to get through the pandemic, as we should, but now we must pay for it, otherwise we are creating intergenerational inequity by effectively taxing future generations for today’s crisis. The way to address this particular moral hazard is a clear and credible economic and fiscal plan.

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