Why Doug Ford’s COVID-19 balancing act won’t save small business

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s desire to keep small businesses afloat and the economy open through the pandemic–even as COVID-19 cases soar–is evident in his government’s budget. Unfortunately, there is a fatal flaw in Ford’s approach. It won’t work. In the spring, the first-wave lockdown in Ontario targeted those businesses where…
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1492 Land Back Lane: Respect for Indigenous land protectors

People everywhere should be watching what’s happening on Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) territory at 1492 Land Back Lane in Caledonia, Ontario. The basic facts of this latest confrontation are plain enough.  In 2015 Foxgate Developments paid $4 million for 10 hectares of land bordering the town of Caledonia. The development company…
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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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Ontario’s “nearly $900 million” for safe schools is actually much less

An August 26 news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Education reads, “Today’s federal announcement provides $381 million to Ontario, on top of the nearly $900 million provided by the province to support provincial back-to-school plans.”  This statement is disingenuously inaccurate.  A more accurate headline would be, federal government to transfer…
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Terminating the Hamilton Police Liaison Program in the HWDSB: Four Years in Review

Photo courtesy of HWDSB Kids Need Help A History Of Us On Monday June 22nd, after hosting a sit-in on the street for almost seven hours, we celebrated and danced as we listened in on the school board meeting, where trustees ultimately voted to terminate the Police Liaison Program for…
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