The last “normal” election?

Outwardly, election night looked “normal”. The polls were pretty reliable, the pundits offered their usual platitudes, politicians appeared jubilant or contrite in front of the cameras depending on how voters had treated them. But while it looked mostly familiar, there were a few signs that things weren’t quite the same….
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Ontario’s plan to deregulate child care is a bad movie that parents have seen – and rejected – before

Parents, children and the child care sector are facing an extraordinary crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. So you might reasonably hope that the Ontario government would use a scheduled five-year review of the Child Care and Early Years Act to directly address these challenges: beef up health, safety…
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Federal government signals important changes in throne speech, but may buckle to demands of elites

As it should, the coronavirus pandemic took centre stage in the Liberal government’s speech from the throne. Getting through this global crisis, which affects us all, must take precedence. With some notable gaps and a last-minute push from the NDP to ensure workers affected by COVID do not see their incomes reduced…
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If not now, when? The throne speech and long term care

Wednesday’s throne speech offered hints of promising changes to long term care policies—something COVID-19 has exposed as urgently needed. Specifically, the federal government promises “to work with provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long term care.”  There has been growing public pressure for federal leadership to address…
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