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While mental illness accounts for about 10% of the burden of disease in Ontario, it receives just 7 per cent of health care dollars. Relative to this burden, mental health care in Ontario is underfunded by about $1.5 billion. This needs to be addressed.
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Gordon Cressy and Isabel Bassett will officially become members of the Order of Ontario. I nominated Cressy because of his commitment to social justice, defence of minority rights and idealism. I became a fan of Bassett when she was a noted progressive cabinet minister in Mike Harris's ultra-Conservative government.
Paikin offers up another reason women guests are so hard to come by, and this one will floor you. He says "we've also discovered there also seems to be something in women's DNA that makes them harder to book." I think the last time I read something along those lines was in my undergraduate women's studies critical theory course, but it was something written in the 1800's. According to Paikin: "No man will say, "Sorry, can't do your show tonight, my roots are showing." I'm sure these words will find their way in a women's studies course someday too, to be picked apart by clever students who won't believe for a second it was written in 2014.
Don't blame the messenger, folks: When Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda blogged and tweeted recently about the show's difficulties in recruiting female guests, he elicited a firestorm of protest. But what he says rings true to me. Our experience is that women decline interviews much more often than their male counterparts. The data in the chart below was drawn from surveys of university professors, business and NGO leaders from all over Canada. We asked them to identify why they turned down media interview requests. Their answers fall into three main categories.
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Since females make up 52% of the population, can women pundits be so difficult to find? In a city oozing with competent women in practically every field of activity, it begs the question: how hard are TVO's The Agenda producers really trying?
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Steve Paikin, host of TVO's current affairs show "The Agenda," has angered plenty of people with his recent blog post entitled, "Where, Oh Where, Are All The Female Guests?" In it, the host questions...
TVO, for the past 21 years has been home to one of Canada's top journalistic interviewer/hosts. The host's name is Steve Paikin. So who the hell is this Hamlin Grange to tell Paikin how to improve the sainted Agenda? Right up front on his own program!
Last week saw the end of the tenure of Canada's first and, so far, only Parliamentary Budget Officer. He is a genuine Canadian hero. While so many other Canadian civil servants (and politicians) went along with the Harperite parliamentary thuggery, Page simply did his job.
It's not often that I get to publicly tell three of the big bosses of Canada's main TV news networks that too many of their journalists are lousy storytellers. And have the bosses listen. And even (more or less) agree.
Approximately 7,500 Ontario civil servants joined the province's $100,000 club last year, the provincial government says. The government's so-called "sunshine list," released Friday, shows nearly 79,...
Is the traditional marriage in its death throes? Do we need to rethink the institution that we once thought to be age-old and rock-solid and replace it with new definitions of what it means to be coup...