The Sixties Scoop and steps toward reconciliation

The term “Sixties Scoop” has been widely referenced in the media for much of 2017, often in passing and without much discussion of the dark history behind it. This term references Canada’s child welfare policies from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, which supported the forceful removal of Indigenous children from their families, and resulted in…

Unveiling Bill C62

On October 17, the Liberal government of Quebec passed Bill 62, titled “an Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality.” The bill received a staggering 66 votes in favour and 51 against. The bill mandates how employees of “public bodies” – that is, government employees – and those receiving public services should dress, specifically…

Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis: A Necessary Tool for Policy Work

Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative (GDPP) at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these…

Unpacking Equity: “Equal” Policies Are Not Always Fair

Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative (GDPP) at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these…

Reproductive Freedom is a Fundamental Human Right, Not a Political Playing Card

by Kayla Ishkanian Here we are, in 2017, and we still have politicians using reproductive rights for their own political gain. This past spring, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced Ontario would be introducing legislation that would create “safe access zones” around abortion facilities across the province, in response to escalating protests and physical intimidation outside…