SOME CALL CINDY BLACKSTOCK THE "RELENTLESS AND MORAL VOICE" FOR FIRST NATION'S EQUALITY, a “rock star social worker”, and even “Canada’s Martin Luther King”. She may be all that. But what Cindy Blackstock is most is a tenacious and victorious leader in the fight for, and defender of, the rights of our 163,000 indigenous children.
Cindy leads that fight as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She is determined to have our indigenous children come to know how very much they matter in a world that tells them they don’t. Her basic premise is simple: First Nation’s children deserve to be treated the same as all other Canadian children.
WITH DOUG FORD'S ONTARIO
LIBRARIES ON THE HIT LIST
A PUBLIC LIBRARY IS AN UNQUALIFIED GOOD. It is a valuable resource for children, families, seniors and students. In other words, for everybody. Going to the library is one of the few things left that qualifies as good, clean fun. So why would anyone with half a brain cut funding for libraries? Maybe the same people who’d like a drink at 9 in the morning.
DON'T CALL 911. IT'S BUSY.
THE FORD CONSERVATIVES IN ONTARIO have plans to cut back on ambulance services. A leaked document suggests that they could save $200 million by consolidating 50 paramedic services into 10 run by a central commission.
That sounds good. Save money and cut red tape, right? Unless you happen to live outside the city core in suburban, exurban or rural areas. If you do, you are going to lose your local paramedic service. You’ll have to call into the hub. It might go like this.
“Hello, 911 Emergency.”
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