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Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives a press conference at Queen’s Park regarding the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The death of caremongering: Canadians are tired and most believe getting COVID-19 is inevitable

After Premier Doug Ford announced “positive news,” I think about the widening inequality in our province, who the news is “positive” for and the death of caremongering.
Legislation on the right to disconnect sounds promising. But does it really address why workers are putting in so many hours long after their work day should be done? (Victoria Heath/Unsplash)

The right to disconnect: Why legislation doesn’t address the real problems with work

The right to disconnect can be the catalyst an organization needs to review its workplace policies. But what’s really needed is a cultural shift that gives workers more control over how they work.
A homeless man sits with his dog as people walk past in Toronto in January 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

What if we treat homelessness like a pandemic?

This approach would cause an outcry, but when it comes to homelessness, addressing only the symptoms has been the norm.
Back to the drawing board? The Ontario government’s changes to third-party election spending laws could be amended to fairly balance people’s Charter rights with meeting legislative objectives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins

How Ontario can rethink its election spending law to ensure fairness, equality

Provincial regulations have major implications for the freedom of expression exercised by individuals and organizations in Ontario in the months leading up to the June election.
Unstructured outdoor play is an important part of a healthy childhood, but Ontario schoolyards are falling short. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

‘Playground politics’ are anything but: For health’s sake, Ontario students need better schoolyards

Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
Canoes are stacked for the winter on the Fort Hope First Nation in Northern Ontario, located in the Ring of Fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Will debt, liability and Indigenous action see the sun set on the Ring of Fire?

Noront Resources share prices are climbing, but so too is Indigenous opposition to its proposing mining projects in the Ring of Fire. Now the mine’s viability is being called into question.
Six-year-old Makai'ryn Terrio, centre, cools off with his brothers as they play in water fountains in Montréal. The city had its hottest August on record. The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec

Southern Québec is warming twice as rapidly as the rest of the world due to the progressive loss of snow cover. An average annual warming of 3 C to 6 C is expected by the end of the century.

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