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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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An extra $2,000 a month helped young people struggling during COVID-19. Now we need to support them with a guaranteed livable income

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

A guaranteed livable income is one way to overcome the barrier of cost and better support those living with food insecurity as well as those living in unsafe and precarious housing conditions, facing mental health conditions, single income families, people with disabilities, seniors, and other Canadians.

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Trying to avert two Ontario child-welfare deaths a week

Friday, July 31st, 2020

… in 2016, 121 children or youth involved in the system, including those who recently aged out, had died. In 2017, it was 126, in 2018 it was 126 again, and in 2019, 99… But some of the issues… are much broader than those in the child-welfare system. Data is siloed in ways that complicate co-ordination and planning… There are major regional inequalities in available services… “The pandemic really highlighted some of the long-standing issues in the system”…

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I was Stephen Harper’s criminal justice adviser. But I now think Canada should decriminalize drugs

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Conservative politicians bear much blame for demonizing people who use drugs – derisively calling them “junkies” and “addicts” – opposing life-saving measures such as supervised drug-use sites and “safe supply,” and fearmongering for votes about drug decriminalization. Politicians must know that their action and inaction is continuing to cost lives. History will judge them for it.

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De-streaming proposal lacks understanding of how courses delivered

Friday, July 10th, 2020

… the current streaming system is set up to allow students to take a diverse set of courses. Students are not streamed into an all-applied, or an all-academic, program; rather, each course is selected at the level deemed best… Flexibility is the key, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach of de-streaming.

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Provinces pose challenge to Indigenous child-welfare reform: Bellegarde

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

… Bill C-92… recognizes the inherent right Indigenous communities have to oversee child-welfare services… one of the biggest challenges is getting the premiers and the territorial governments to accept that there is a jurisdiction that needs to be respected… Ottawa provides the funding for child protection services on reserves but those services are governed by provincial laws and in most cases, provided by provincial agencies.

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Their lives have been defined by trauma. Why kick kids out of foster care and group homes when they turn 18?

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Until COVID-19, it was the rule — now suspended until Dec. 31 — that youth in care must move out of their foster or group home when they hit 18 and live independently, whether they are ready or not… “Too many young people ‘age out’ to poverty, to homelessness. It’s a pipeline to the criminal justice system for some. And it exacerbates mental health conditions,” says Ratnam, co-founder of the non-profit Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition (OCAC).

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Ontario to end streaming in Grade 9 and change other ‘racist, discriminatory’ practices

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Ontario government plans to end streaming in Grade 9 — a long-standing practice that research has found disproportionately impacts Black and low-income students and severely limits their chance of graduating and going on to post-secondary education… The province will also introduce a ban on suspending younger, elementary-school kids — Black students are again disproportionately affected — and improve diversity in hiring and promotions.

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