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Janet McLaughlin

Health studies professor, mother, advocate

Janet McLaughlin is an assistant professor of health studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, who specializes in health policy and equity issues. She a mother of two children, one of whom is autistic.
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Deserve Right To Call Canada

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Deserve Right To Call Canada Home

For 10 years, 20, maybe 40 years, you spend more of your life away from your family than with them. You pay into that country's taxes and employment insurance programs, but you are denied access to any benefits. You're seen as a labour commodity, not a person -- permanently "temporary," forever a "foreigner."
09/27/2016 02:27 EDT
Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?
05/24/2016 11:00 EDT
Someone Tell The Ontario Liberals That Autism Doesn't End At

Someone Tell The Ontario Liberals That Autism Doesn't End At 5

When the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP agree on something, the issue must transcend ideology. On Tuesday the PCs, supported by their opposition colleagues, will move that the Ontario government restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children five years of age and over.
05/16/2016 04:07 EDT