By Ratna Omidvar (Maytree Opinion, November 2013)
As we look to the massive rebuilding effort that lies ahead for the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, let us also think of the many Filipino Canadians who play a critical role in building Canada. Live-in caregivers play a critical yet undervalued role in our society – they raise our children, care for our seniors, and support our family members living with disabilities. And yet, Canada’s treatment of live-in caregivers does not reflect the importance of these contributions.
Jazz.FM91 documentary series shows that Canadians are ahead of their government in welcoming refugees
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, October 2013)
For us at Maytree, we find the Identities stories inspiring. To feel that we can attract people like these great musicians to help in the task of community and nation building gives us confidence. But we are also aware that every day hundreds or thousands of others arrive in Canada to join us, often with different and less visible talents than those featured in Identities. As a country we can do a lot better job at welcoming them and including their gifts in the national fabric. Identities shows clearly that Canadians are way ahead of their government in their willingness to reach out and help.
By Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar (Maytree Opinion, September 2013)
A separatist Quebec premier has managed to unite Canadians – doctors, nurses, child care workers, university staff, politicians, journalists, academics, and citizens, to name a few – something that has eluded every other political leader for at least half a century. Without intending to, we just had a national conversation in which Canadians from all walks of life joined. What makes this remarkable is that Canadians, from East to West, seem to agree in their overwhelming rejection of the divisive policies of Premier Pauline Marois by speaking out against the proposed ban on religious symbols worn by public employees.
By Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar (Maytree Opinion, August 2013)
Summer reading is a fine Canadian tradition. Finding a warm place under a tree, maybe in a public park near a lake or stream, and indulging in the luxury of an hour with a good book feeds the mind, body and soul. At Maytree, we are readers and love to share our latest “finds” with each other. So, what have Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar been reading this summer?
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, July 2013)
The recent public dust-up between David Suzuki and Jason Kenney over Canada’s immigration numbers points to an interesting question: Is Canada actually “full”? As Alan Broadbent writes, we can’t really tell. Since currently Canada doesn’t seem to have a national population policy, there’s no way of really knowing whether the current population number should be bigger or smaller.
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, June 2013)
They say a bad apple will spoil the barrel. If we look at press and newscast accounts of the City of Toronto and The Canadian Senate these days, it certainly seems to be the case. Government in Toronto is deemed “a mess” and the Senate is judged so broken that it should be altered or abandoned. But is it true? Has the barrel been spoiled in Toronto or in the Senate?
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, May 2013)
As Alan Broadbent writes in this month’s Maytree Opinion, we all have become used to the notion that we can get most things cheap or free. But when we are faced with the true cost of things, we don’t like it. We only have to look at areas such as housing, transit or maintenance of public spaces to see what happens when we expect high quality while preserving the fiction that we can have things cheap.
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, April 2013)
When it was revealed last week that the federal government was ending its funding of the Health Council of Canada, there was outrage but few found it surprising. In the wake of cutbacks to agencies that collect and share information, such announcements have lost their shock value. In this month’s Maytree Opinion, Alan Broadbent asks: What can be done to preserve the soon to disappear data sources, and who is going to do it?
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, March 2013)
At the present time, the waiting list at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is over 160,000, representing over 85,000 households. This is roughly the population of St. John’s, Kingston, or Kelowna. In this month’s Maytree opinion, Alan Broadbent wonders why this number doesn’t produce the outrage that a similar number would do in a smaller place. Housing is a vital platform for successful lives. People who have success at work, in their family, and in their neighbourhood and community will be productive citizens. It is time for all our governments to act.
By Alan Broadbent (Maytree Opinion, February 2013)
Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s new Premier, and quite appropriately much is being made of her victory in the Liberal leadership race and her being Premier. We at Maytree are delighted, and congratulate her. One of the things we celebrate in our new Premier is a triumph of civility, which in many places is becoming lost. Throughout her public life, as in her private, Premier Wynne has displayed respect and courtesy. It has won her allies and friends, and some commentators have said it brought other leadership contenders to her side at the end.
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