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1/ Today is November 19, 2019. And we are still waiting for a plan from the Ontario Government.

Advocates, parents, researchers, therapists, stakeholders have reiterated to the @fordnation government, time and again, that urgency is critical.

And here we are.
2/ going on 10 months since @MacLeodLisa flogged us with her “plan” to remedy the Ontario Autism Program we are no better off than where we were.

Throughout the summer, while @ToddSmithPC was touring the province ‘listening’, the consistent answer to our questions was that
3/ ‘The Panel’ was hard at work on their recommendations, which we saw come to fruition just shy of November. The Panel recommended Needs Based Therapy. The Panel recommended Urgent Response Services. The Panel recommended reverting back to a chronological waitlist. The Panel
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1/ Tonight, maybe three blocks away from where I sit, a Santa Claus parade is still chugging it’s way down the Main Street in Barrhaven, #Nepean. I was there. But I had to leave.

My husband left maybe 10 minutes before I did. My son Jack has severe autism, and each year we try
2/ our luck with the parade, and each year, it’s no better than the last. Too late, too many flashing lights, too many bad memories from the year before. This year may have been the nail in the coffin. He doesn’t have many words to tell us, but it’s clear this “fun” Christmas
3/ activity just isn’t for him. My husband took him ahead home leaving me with my daughter who is also on the autism spectrum.

The Parade has been cause for reflection for me. A year ago, we stood roadside, and with just the right amount of happenstance, @MacLeodLisa’s
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The Road Map to Environmental Action is kicking off @SwanseaTownHall. #ParkHP residents are designing a community action plan to tackle the climate crisis. "We're trying to change the world," says Sarah Doucette, former Ward 13 city councillor and founder of @Green13Toronto. A poster saying A brochure with
The event runs from 7-9pm at 95 Lavinia Ave. It's a nearly full room and the event will be starting a minutes late.
Attendees are ticking their priorities for climate action on the local, provincial and national scale.
#TOpoli #ONpoli #cdnpoli
#climateaction #ClimateCrisis BuildingsTransportationFood and agriculture
Its not a #ParkHP event without a bit of heckling, provided tonight by someone who thinks Sarah Doucette, as a former politician, should not be MC. Sarah responds "everyone is political" + that she is MCing tonight as a member of Green13.
Tonight's hashtag is #ParkHP4Climate
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A few thoughts on the 2-tier system ("dream-hoarding" per @stephenfgordon riffing on @RichardvReeves) We shouldn't be surprised. The wealthy will always find ways to get a leg up (see @tammyschirle's tweets about selecting; she's right).… @globeandmail 1/
@stephenfgordon @RichardvReeves @tammyschirle @globeandmail What we don't have in our current "one-size fits all" system, where the gov't funds and runs almost all schools, is a means by which the poorer can get both the means to choose, and a variety of options from which to choose... 2/ @cardusca @globeandmail
@stephenfgordon @RichardvReeves @tammyschirle @globeandmail @cardusca Currently, those with the funds and means of working the system to their advantage do so, to nobody's surprise. Here's another example @OttawaCitizen… This will continue unless structural changes with real re-distributional power takes place. 3/ @cardusca
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Peter Downing of #Wexit strongly denies that his movement is pushing anti-muslim rhetoric, and is looking at legal options against those that claim it does. /1…
Let’s see what happens when we search “muslim” or “Islam” in the main group. /2
There’s more, of course. /3
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I would like to talk a little, if you will bear with me, about power and platforming.

#AutismDoesntEndAtFord #onpoli
I am a non-autistic parent of autistic children. I’m a pretty poor, disabled woman who is tired 24/7. But I have tons of privilege - white privilege, educational privilege and in the context of autism policy, parental privilege.
I’ve decided to leverage the privilege I do have to:

1) boost autistic voices with respect to autism policy specifically, and autism in general.
2) support autistic-led organizations as much as I can and
3) demonstrate that there are parents of autistic kids who oppose ABA
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[1] The autism program should be equitable, outcome focused, supported by research. It could become a model for other programs that supports all children with disabilities including ADHD, FASD, ABI, IDD, genetic disorders (and more). ⁦…
[2] Ontario psychologists made a number of recommendations to the autism panel this fall. Here is the copy of our report. #onpoli
[3] The ministry Health must consider regional disparities when in comes to providers. We mapped all psychologists, child psychiatrists and paediatricians in a Ontario. Close to 2 million Ontarians had no access to psychologists in their communities. @celliottability @ToddSmithPC
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1. Before he was elected, @FordNation promised he would see the Basic Income Pilot through...

Once elected, he killed it.

Before the #Elxn43 vote was held, he said he wouldn't fight the #CarbonTax in court if the @CPC_HQ lost.

He's going ahead with it anyway

#cdnpoli #ONpoli
2. Before the #Elxn43 vote was held, NB Premier @BlaineHiggs he said he wouldn't fight the #CarbonTax in court if the @CPC_HQ lost.

While he will go ahead with a Made in NB carbon pricing scheme, he is still involved in the court case.

#NBPoli #CdnPoli
3. Before he was elected, AB Premier @JKenney promised cuts wouldn't go beyond a certain point and that he'd respect city charters.

He waited until the #Elxn43 vote was held to drop a buget in which he betrayed those promises and many more.

#ABPoli #CdnPoli
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Everyone has a hilariously short and selective memory when it comes to policy.

Gather round children, and I'll explain the tragedy that's Ontario's electricity prices.

The story features a great cast of characters like the PC Party, and Enron.

#cdnpoli #elxn43 #onpoli
Let's travel all the way back to 1998. This is when a PC led government passed "The Electricity Competition Act"

This gem deregulated energy prices in Ontario. The passing of the bill ended 94 years of zero-profit energy for the province. This guaranteed you will pay more. 2/9
Later that year, the Cons setup the Market Design Committee. The most powerful company represented in it was a company, little known outside of the energy sector - Enron.

Fun fact: Kinder-Morgan is the company formerly known as Enron Canada. 3/9
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1/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

Here's the supporting docs to my podcast interview with @canadianglen

The ORIGINAL exposé by Mercedes Stephenson on Global News concealed Conservative Party as source of the racist video depicting PMJT
2/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

That disingenuous story by Mercedes Stephenson was followed up by David Akin, also from Global News

That same afternoon, he told PMJT to step aside & quit the election so someone else could take over LPC…
3/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

Global News then dramatically edited its original story by Mercedes Stephenson, to finally admit they received the PMJT video from Conservative Party

But they concealed that significant edit too #Ethics
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Reading Adam King’s piece yesterday in The Conversation made be think about @BernieSanders’s workplace democracy plan and what a similar plan might look like in #cdnpoli…
@BernieSanders First, many of Bernie’s plans are uniquely American. #canlab does not have to worry about public medicare (already exists!) or right-to-work laws (don’t exist in #cdnpoli). Bernie’s plan is so radical in part because the situation for workers in the US is so bad.
@BernieSanders And some of Bernie's plan has been in place in #cdnpoli provs for decades: first contract arbitration; right of public workers to strike (#skpoli since 1944); banning replacement workers (#bcpoli & #qcpoli since 1990s); stopping companies from shifting ownership to avoid a union
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This is really starting to piss me off. #Trudeau literally created the most diverse cabinet in the history of #Canada, giving #POC the highest jobs in the country. He’s welcomed #Syrian refugees, he’s increased funding to #Indigenous people, he’s marched with #LGBTQ in #Pride...
...Parades. He’s supported #women’s rights, stood with #feminists & created the most gender balanced cabinet in the history of this country. His record on #humanrights, #multiculturalism & #diversity speaks a feck of a lot louder than some 20 year old photos. Wake up #canada!...
This is not #racism it is character assassination plain & simple. Don’t believe me? Look at Scheer’s record on #multiculturalism, #diversity & #inclusion. Look at the #whitenationalists, #bigots & #racists running in his campaign & ask yourself why they got a pass & JT doesn’t...
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In response to @MaximeBernier being invited to the leaders’ debates in October, the Liberal party stresses that the debate commission is independent. See full statement below 👇🏻 #cdnpoli #onpoli
From the Conservatives: “It’s no big surprise that Justin Trudeau’s hand-picked debate panel used a Liberal-friendly pollster who attacks Andrew Scheer to ultimately justify Mr. Bernier’s attendance at the debate.”
Full statement here👇🏻 #cdnpoli #elxn43
From the NDP on Bernier’s attendance at the debates: “we still think that giving Maxime Bernier a national platform to spread hate and division in our country is wrong.” Full statement 👇🏻 #cdnpoli #elxn43
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The Ford government said it inherited a $15 billion deficit from the Wynne government for 2018-19. The final numbers are in, and the deficit was actually $7.4B. #onpoli…
Some fascinating tidbits in the public accounts about the health of the Ontario economy in fiscal 2018-19. Corporate tax revenue grew by $1B from 2017-18 because corporate profits grew 9.6%. #onpoli
Household disposal income increased 5.4% in 2018-19 from the previous year. The province’s revenue from personal income tax increased by $2.5B over 2017-18. #onpoli
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This student's story resonates so deeply with me because it echoes so much of my own lived experience.

Hang in with me for a bit of a thread:
Growing up in poverty - as the daughter of a single mom with a disability - I learned very early on that the easiest bill not to pay when you need groceries or new shoes is the phone/internet bill.
I remember how the unopened past due bills would collect on the bookshelf month after month. When I was about 12 or 13 I remember asking my mom why she never opened the envelopes.
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Today was my son’s #FirstDayOfSchool Instead of the public school down the street I drove him 40 minutes to a private school for children with disabilities. With a ratio of 30:2 (30 four year olds!) with NO supports public education is out of the question. #CutsHurtKids
The past week has been hard. On Thursday I spoke with the public school and told them that no, my son would not be attending the school with the rest of his community. Today I drove in the opposite direction of the children that would have been in my sons class
I do not feel he could be safely supported with only 2 adults for the entire class. He has ASD, PICA, is non-verbal, is not toilet trained and a flight risk. There are two other high needs kids in his class, 27 other NT kids and no EA. #CutsHurtKids
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1/ For those of you who don't support the PCs but have been wondering how "Sarah" got your number, here's a PSA:
2/ The list comes from the Canadian Numbering Administrator & it's publicly available. People accessing this list receive the area code + first three digits of a phone number. For example, 647-484-XXXX. After that, it's guesswork: 0000, 0001,etc. That's why even Jagmeet got this:
3/ As the robocaller dials all possible combinations of the last 4 digits, a computer waits for your response. If you respond at all, they now know that your number is real and that information gets put into their database.
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Since July I've written 47 posts analyzing Sidewalk Labs' plans for Toronto, with my final post (barring some new twist) coming on Friday. So it's an appropriate time for some reflections.
#ONpoli #TOpoli #smartcities #cdnpoli…
I'm not sure that Torontonians realize the extent to which other countries are following, often in disbelief, the ongoing #Quayside debacle (which is what it is by any objective measure).
Over the past yr I've made several presentations in Europe to smart-city and internet scholars re Quayside. To a person they expressed disbelief that any of this, from the shoddy RFP to the Potemkin consultations to playing fast and loose with data definitions, is even happening.
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Thread: Noticed a pattern in the recent spate of parachuted Conservative candidates for the upcoming Federal Election. It seems that they all share strong pro-life views. Just a coincidence? Decide for yourself. #Ableg #Cdnpoli #Canpoli #Onpoli #BCpoli #Mbpoli #Saskpoli 1/5
George Canyon – Parachuted to Central Nova Scotia. Strong Religious background. Has performed at many churches and pro-life events. 2/5 #Cdnpoli #Canpoli…
Nelly Shin – Parachuted to Port Moody-Coquitlam in B.C. from Ontario. Strong anti-abortion stance. 3/5 #BCpoli #Cdnpoli #Canpoli…
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A short thread about #cdnmedia the role of journalism (as I see it) and partisanship in Canada. #cdnpoli

Here we have a prominent Ottawa journalist denouncing his union head for taking an anti-Conservative position in the upcoming federal election.
I get it, and I understand it. The media - and "journalists" in particular - have an important role to play in a free and democratic society, particularly in the lead up to an election. Their role is to inform the public.
Ideally, they should be cutting through political rhetoric and party spin, and providing context, so that voters can make their own judgements.
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1. To ignore what #AndrewScheer represents, is to ignore the serious threat Canada is facing in this coming election. & it is a serious threat. Let's begin with a past tweet from Scheer. #cdnpoli #Brexit
Why is this #Scheer #Brexit tweet important? Because by all markers assessed by experts in the field, Brexit was a malign influence operation, fueled by #DarkMoney.… #cdnpoli
3. Russia has played a major role in helping to elect right wing chaos agents: Trump, #BorisJohnson, #ViktorOrban & others across Europe. In 2015 the US treasury department estimated $300B is laundered annually into the US via a variety of #DarkMoney sources.
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A thread on the Conservative Way! You’d think by reading Twitter that @JustinTrudeau purchased a $50,000 custom van, cut OSAP in half, axed student fees that support countless groups, clubs and initiatives in universities, put 26,000 children on an indefinite waitlist...2 #onpoli
... fired 3,000 teachers, cut billions in healthcare, cut minimum wage, hired countless friends for cushy appointments, slashed funding to rape crisis centres in lieu of funding for horse racing, killed 50 million trees, axed 200 green incentives...3 #onpoli #cdnpoli
.....slashed $6B in revenues from Cap & Trade, paid $100 million to rip up a HydroOne contract, another $30million to fight the Feds, created Ontario News Now to produce his own propaganda, paid $80,000 to redo the Ontario brand because of his own homophobia...4 #onpoli #cdnpoli
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1/ Suppose we woke up tomorrow morning feeling 100% optimistic and satisfied in the @fordnation government’s promise for the Ontario Autism Program. The anger is gone, the trust is there, and come April 2020, our kids will begin transitioning into a Needs Based Program. Cool.
2/ For the first time in a year we wouldn’t feel compelled to protest, rally or advocate constantly for the well-being of our kids. I bet it would feel good, just to trust, to relax, to appreciate what we’ve been promised.

Let’s sit with that for a moment.

3/ Ok. Now what?

⏰If your child is on the list, you’ll wait for a call. Or a letter in the mail. If you had a waitlist rank before April 1, it doesn’t mean much anymore.

⏰A private therapy centre calls and has an opening for your child. Should you take it? Should you pass
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/1 Con free speech warriors are the most ironic free speech warriors.

#UCP #abpoli #CPC #pcpo #cdnpoli #onpoli
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