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Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, in Ottawa on September 4. Bernier is associated with the populist movement in Canada. The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

What place does populism have in the current election campaign?

In this election campaign, it would be a good idea to recognize the existence of social inequalities and to rethink the issues of redistribution and social justice without giving into populism.
Sex education includes both formal and informal education, so schools should not be afraid of reaching out to parents. (Shutterstock)

Parents can benefit as much as their kids from Ontario’s new sex ed

Progressive responses that problematize Ontario's new opt-out policy for sex ed might reinforce the misleading idea that parents are an obstacle to their children’s sex education.
The Doug Ford government has introduced a new sex education curriculum in Ontario, and it’s not much different than the controversial one rolled out by former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne five years ago. (Shutterstock)

Doug Ford’s reboot of sex education in Ontario: Same as it ever was

Doug Ford's unveiling of a new Grade 1-8 sex education curriculum is strikingly similar to the maligned 2015 version. The result is confused Ontario parents.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford faces the Toronto skyline as he attends a recent event. Ford’s campaign slogan was ‘for the people,’ but his first year in office suggests he’s not paying attention to their anger about his government’s cuts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Doug Ford: Continuing to turn his back on ‘the people’ despite new faces

Despite the Doug Ford government's claim that it's now listening to 'the people,' there's little evidence anything has changed.
Members of Black Lives Matter Toronto take part in the annual Pride parade in Toronto on July 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Queers and trans say no to police presence at Pride parade

Many in the LGBTQ community want a different Pride, one that lays claim to the movement's history, celebrates revolution and liberation and acknowledges the violence that many LGBTQ face.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford returns to his office at the Ontario legislature after announcing the cancellation of retroactive cuts that have hit public health, child care and other municipal services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

A year of Doug Ford: Retreating on cuts or just taking a break?

A year ago, Doug Ford’s election was seen as a harbinger of a populist realignment in Ontario and Canadian politics. Now polls suggest Ford has abysmally low personal approval ratings.
Ontario budget provisions aiming to limit Crown liability would also apply retroactively, thereby extinguishing existing lawsuits, including a class action by juvenile inmates who were placed in solitary confinement. Ye Jinghan/Unsplash

Ontario government seeking to insulate itself from lawsuits

Proposed new legislation in Ontario will make it much harder to sue the provincial government for its negligence or bad faith.
Reducing the number of child care subsidies will mean that some parents will not be able to support their families or continue their studies. (Shutterstock)

Ontario’s child-care cuts will hurt low-income parents working or studying full time

For better childhood developmental outcomes and better economics, and in the absence of other long-recommended child care policies, the child care subsidy system should be expanded, not cut.
Policies that cut school expenditures under the premise of “doing more with less” can also contribute to a decrease in high school graduation rates that could easily cancel out those savings. Shutterstock

High school dropouts cost countries a staggering amount of money

While the purpose of education can't be reduced to promoting economic growth, every child out of school represents both lost opportunities — and huge economic costs — for countries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks with Toronto Mayor John Tory before a recent news conference announcing funding for affordable housing in the Toronto area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The Ontario government’s shameful snub of affordable housing

Canadians should invest in affordable housing. It's a commitment to lifting the most vulnerable members of our society from the ground up — and lifting our entire country up in the process.
Doug Ford speaks during a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ont., in May 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

What Doug Ford could learn from Wisconsin about higher education

Citizens of Wisconsin were widely opposed to former governor Scott Walker's attempts to make higher education serve the business community. Doug Ford and Ontario citizens should take note.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford laughs as Finance Minister Vic Fedeli presents the 2019 budget at the legislature in Toronto in April 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Doug Ford doctrine: Short-term gain for long-term pain

There's an apparent emerging Doug Ford doctrine in Ontario of short-term gain for long-term pain. It threatens to embed long-term structural costs for the province and its taxpayers.
In a political dispute with Ottawa, Doug Ford’s Ontario government has stopped funding legal aid for refugee claimants. This 2017 photo shows a young asylum seeker being held by an RCMP officer and her father after crossing the border into Canada from the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Racist, xenophobic and possibly unconstitutional

The recent decision by the Ontario government to drastically cut funds for legal aid will cause hardship for many low-income residents of Ontario and for refugees claimants.
From multiple points of view, the proposed tax-rebate child care plan does not add up. (Shutterstock)

Why an Ontario tax credit for child care is a bad idea

An economist who researched and recommended free preschool child care in Ontario says there are multiple reasons why the province's anticipated child care plan, based on tax credits, is flawed.
Many provinces are focused on constraining the growth of teaching and staffing costs in education. Here, Ontario Premier Doug Ford with United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, in Calgary, Oct. 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta election shows the threat to public education in Canada

In calls for dramatic action to overhaul education in the name of improvement and efficiencies, we see the impact of global trends in privatization.
Early intervention could make a difference. Here, protestors gather at Queen’s Park in Toronto on March 7, 2019 to protest changes to Ontario’s autism program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

I’m an ‘Autism Mom.’ Here’s why Ontario is choosing the wrong path

An inclusive education researcher says the government's consolation plan to boost school funding for autism services with no investment in early childhood education flies in the face of evidence.

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