Globe editorial questions whether Ontario's economic platforms are good for workers

Provincial economic platforms, including jobs programs and income supplements touch on Catholic Social Teachings relating to the common good, the dignity of work, solidarity, good stewardship, and the universal destination of goods. All jurisdictions must be competitive on wages in order to attract business. However, they also need to attract and keep low-wage workers by treating them fairly and not exploiting their economic vulnerability. Some question whether the Ford government has fairly considered both sides of the question.

Source: Globe and Mail - October 24, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-globe-editorial-ontario-is-open-for-business-but-on-the-back-of/

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Star Editorial supports Trudeau Government's action on Carbon Pricing

Care for the environment is viewed by many as one of our time's critical issues; and care for the earth is an important teaching of the Church. The Star argues, along with many economists, that imposing a price on carbon emissions is a smart and efficient way to reduce emissions.

Source: Toronto Star - October 23, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2018/10/23/the-trudeau-government-is-right-to-impose-carbon-pricing.html

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Economic approaches to environmental sustainability

Care for God's creation is among the Church's fundamental social teachings. Both respect for the Creator and wisdom would seem to dictate a concern for leaving a viable world for our children. Wise application of economic tools can offer just routes to a fairer and more sustainable world, while offering dignified work through innovation.

Source: The Globe and Mail Newspaper - October 9, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-to-avoid-catastrophic-climate-change-we-need-carbon-pricing/

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The Globe and Mail reviews Ontario Primier Ford's economic policies, including action on basic income

Among the principles and virtues espoused by Catholic Social teachings are solidarity, good stewardship, and the universal destination of goods. The Globe and Mail reviews the Ontario government's recent action actions on economic programs such as basic income.

Source: Globe and Mail - August 1, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-doug-ford-speaks-for-the-people-just-not-low-income-people/

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Praise for non-partisan comments by Canadian Conservative leader Lisa Raitt

The Toronto Star praised the "sunny, high road" response of Conservative leader Lisa Riatt to a Cabinet shuffle by Canada's Liberal Government. Charity, truth, solidary, and respect for the common good are critical elements of Catholic social thought.

Source: Toronto Star - July 20, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/07/20/did-a-high-ranking-mp-actually-say-that-lisa-raitts-comments-a-departure-from-the-mean.html

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Comments of Canadian immigraiton minister Ahmed Hussein on border controls

Forced migration, immigration, and options for refuge arise from Catholic social adherence to principles of seeking the common good, solidary, and the dignity of human beings. Minister Hussein's comments shed light on current Canadian efforts to protect human rights.

Source: Toronto Star - July 17, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/07/17/canadas-border-control-system-is-working.html

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Toronto Star: Asylum Seekers not to blame for shelter crisis

Pope Francis has repeatedly warned that concerns for the dignity of life, the common good, and solidarity suggest strongly that asylum seekers are often not to blame for their need for asylum.

In his address to the crowd at St Peter's Square on January 1 this year, Pope Francis appealed for compassion and support: "Please do not extinguish the hope in their hearts; we do not suffocate their peace expectations! It is important that everyone, civil institutions, educational, welfare and ecclesial realities are committed to ensuring refugees, migrants and everyone a future of peace," the Pope said.

Source: Toronto Star - July 10, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/07/10/asylum-seekers-not-to-blame-for-shelter-crisis.html

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Religious, business groups step up legal fight over summer jobs program

The new challenges move beyond the right to advocate against abortion, and more squarely into arguments about religious freedom and compelled speech, and are expected to appear in provincial courts and human rights tribunals.

Source: Calgary Herald - June 26, 2018
Full article at: http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/legal-fight-over-summer-jobs-attestation-grows-as-religious-business-groups-file-new-challenges/wcm/13cb0497-604c-43fd-b7b1-56523b0e47b4?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1530059187

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Canadian Catholics warn against recreational use of marijuana

"The very significant health risks associated with the use of cannabis are widely recognised, particularly in young people,” a statement issued by the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops says. “They include the heightened risk of heart attack, stroke, all of the respiratory and carcinogenic pathologies associated with tobacco smoke, and a multitude of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia.

Source: Catholic Herald (UK) - June 26, 2018
Full article at: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/canadian-bishops-marijuana-use-is-sinful-despite-legalisation/

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Young voters in Ontario should make sure their voice is heard this week

In this election, the main issues go well beyond health care and taxes, the perennial ones that drive older, more established voters. This time, affordable housing and daycare, cheaper university tuition, free dental care and prescription drug coverage and a higher minimum wage – all issues that directly affect a younger voting demographic — are in play.
Governments elected with the support of a wide population base, one that includes young people, are likely to be more responsive to them all once in power. In short: voting matters.
For the past four weeks, the party leaders and candidates have had their say. On June 7, it’s your turn. Please take it.

Source: Toronto Star - June 4, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2018/06/04/young-voters-in-ontario-should-make-sure-their-voice-is-heard-this-week.html

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