By Brandie Weikle Special to the Star Thu., March 7, 2019 Toronto mom Jodi Echakowitz has been advocating within the mental-health system since her child, Alex, was in kindergarten. “I was literally getting called almost daily to go and pick Alex up because the teachers couldn’t cope,” says Echakowitz, whose child, now 21, identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun they. Alex was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder in senior kindergarten, but at the time the teachers simply just “had no clue how to deal.” At one point Echakowitz would joke that she really should have a bed at the school since she practically lived there. Echakowitz was running a public relations business out of her home office at the time and had a few consultants working with her who could pick up the slack. “If I was working in an office environment, I have no doubt I would have been fired.” Alex would later be diagnosed with Asperger's … [Read more...] about Kids’ mental health struggles impact gender wage gap for moms
Shift worker syndrome
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Like too many young people on the autism spectrum, Nazarenus Rimando struggled with the transition from high school to adulthood. After failing most of his college courses in computer repair maintenance, he retreated to the family’s Scarborough apartment, where he grew increasingly withdrawn and depressed. Rimando’s mother Maria, who searched frantically for help between shifts at her factory job, says it “felt like watching a slow death. It was heartbreaking.” The turning point came in the spring of 2016 when the provincial Developmental Services Office suggested the family try independent facilitation, a service that since 2015 has helped more than 1,700 young people like Rimando create a meaningful adult life. Through independent facilitation, Rimando was able to re-enrol at Centennial College, start volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, join a local martial arts … [Read more...] about Provincial cuts leave adults with disabilities ‘hanging on a ledge’
By Sandro Contenta Feature Writer Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 When serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to murdering eight nursing home residents under her care, government inspectors scrambled to find evidence of more victims. By Oct. 7, 2016 — two days after the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was notified of Wettlaufer’s confession — inspectors had obtained a list of all the residents who died during her scheduled shifts at two southwestern Ontario nursing homes. At the Caressant Care home in Woodstock, where she worked as a registered nurse from June 2007 to March 2014, Wettlaufer confessed to killing seven elderly residents. Inspectors learned that another 180 residents died during her shifts, according to ministry documents obtained by the Star through a freedom-of-information request. Wettlaufer’s method of killing was a lethal injection of insulin, which can result in many hours of physical distress before the victim … [Read more...] about 180 people died on serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s shifts in one nursing home. Was that a red flag?
The European Union today is experiencing a revival of the very political conditions that its formation was ostensibly designed to eliminate. Although the creation of the euro, in particular, was deemed to be a key component helping to move the EU to an “ever closer union,” ridding the continent of centuries of historic enmities, in reality, it has done the opposite. The monetary union, and the austerity-linked conditions governing membership in the eurozone (EZ), continue to create conditions ripe for extreme nationalist movements in Italy, France, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere. As Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has observed, the common-currency project is responsible for exacerbating an increasingly dysfunctional marriage, which has failed to deliver what was promised at the time that the marriage vows were taken. “[The] two principal goals of prosperity and political integration … are now more distant than they were before the creation of the eurozone.” … [Read more...] about If the euro cracks, blame Germany, not the Italians
BEIJING: The Chinese economy is at a pivotal point in its modern history. On the occasion of this 40-year anniversary of reforms and opening, it is tempting to look backward and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of economic development.The greater challenge is to look forward to 2050 and the aspirational goals of what the Chinese Communist Party and its leadership have dubbed as China’s New Era.READ: A commentary on China’s visions of a new era. Gazing that far into the future is always a leap of faith, but never more so than when China’s most important trading partner, the United States, throws down the gauntlet of a potential trade war.READ: A commentary on the US upending the post-war international trade consensus. DAUNTING TRANSITION DESPITE PROGRESS IN REBALANCING The transition ahead is daunting to the say the least.On the one hand, it entails a full complement of internal adjustments aimed at the structural rebalancing of the Chinese … [Read more...] about Commentary: As trade war looms, China’s growth strategy in great peril