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Ford government’s education playbook: manifest a crisis, ignore research, abandon educators

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

With significant efforts on behalf of the government to manifest a crisis, ignore research, and leave educators to fend for themselves, there seems to be an insidious plan to dismantle publicly funded education… Ontario deserves a government that believes in public education and values its educators, students, families, and communities.

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Ontario is first province to make mental health lessons mandatory in Grade 10

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

Now, the government will be providing consistent, required learning materials on mental health in Grades 7 and 8, including videos and activities about how to handle and recognize stress. In Grade 10, students — as part of the mandatory career studies — will be taught the signs of anxiety and being overwhelmed, and where to go for help. 

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Once a school troublemaker, Charles Pascal died a visionary for transforming education in Ontario

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

… the first full-time executive director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation… was key in establishing the Ontario Child Tax benefit, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and early learning policy… The genesis of full-day kindergarten began with a pilot project led by the foundation… providing a model that has been adopted in other provinces.

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Doug Ford has plunged colleges and universities into crisis with historic funding cuts — and no plan for their futures

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

… Ford’s Tories have been systematically freezing and defunding the higher education sector since taking power in 2018, leading to a cash crunch unlike anything in the past… The crisis in colleges and universities is undermining Ontario’s education reputation… It is perpetuating a hollowing out of higher education for Ontarians, while hosting unlimited enrolment for international students.

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‘Don’t just publish another paper. Let’s do something,’ says scholar-advocate Cindy Blackstock

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

… [Dr. Blackstock] wants to see more emphasis at Canadian universities on teaching students about advocacy: how to do it and how to continue doing it throughout their careers. “So often we get students in social work and law who say they are doing advocacy, but we don’t train them, and we don’t teach them about the courage it takes to do it,”

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A bitter truth: 30 years of child welfare data collection reveals deep systemic inequities, racism and harm

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

The data in this study told a different story from the shocking, high-profile physical and sexual abuse cases covered in media. “The majority of situations we were documenting in Ontario had to do with neglect rather than physical or sexual abuse… most cases revealed toxic combinations of struggling parents trying to raise children within a context of poverty, systemic racism, substance abuse and lack of support.

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Ontario reforming process for kids aging out of child welfare system

Friday, February 24th, 2023

Youth in Ontario’s child welfare system will soon see a new support network with more services and money to help them better prepare for life outside the system.  They’ll also be able to stay in the system until they’re 23, up from 21… Direct payments to young adults, which are based on age and start at 18, will also go up.

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We know better, so why aren’t we doing better in supporting the health of children and youth in care?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

The complex health and social issues faced by children and youth in care call for a comprehensive cross-sector collaborative approach to health care… children and youth with child welfare involvement are at risk of bearing a heavier burden of illness than their counterparts who do not have child welfare involvement, as a result of an inequitable system of health-care provision that fails to address their unique circumstances. 

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Why hasn’t medical care in Canada included teeth?

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

… when Canada’s Medical Care Act was passed in 1966, only physician services were covered — even though the 1964 Royal Commission on Health Services report (considered the blueprint for Canada’s universal health insurance program) had recommended free dentistry for all children and eventually for all adults. The Canada Dental Benefit, which received parliamentary approval on October 27, will provide free dental care for uninsured Canadians with an annual family income of less than $90,000, starting with children under 12 in December 2022.

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Landmark Dental Benefit Act passes House of Commons final vote – so, what’s next?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

Bill C-31… the Dental Benefit Act is an interim step toward the much fuller and more comprehensive public dental program… the new public dental program will be a federal program without cooperation from the provinces and territories. The NDP agrees with the Liberals’ go-it-alone approach to avoid the new program becoming embroiled in federal-provincial wrangling over health care dollars…

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