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Hello and thank you for the questions.

 

Please see my answers below>

 

1 – According to Canadian studies in peer reviewed journals, boys are twice as likely to drop out of high school as compared with girls, consistently fall behind girls in academic achievement, and have far fewer same gender role models at all levels of public education. We know that dropouts have a 300% greater chance of incarceration. Do you believe this is a problem that needs Ministry of Education attention, and if so how would you tackle the problem?
Yes, it most certainly does. Currently, there is no budget to help Teachers and Support Staff to tackle this – and the many issues students face every day. (Human rights concerns, poverty, special needs, etc.)  The Green Party has a  very clear and proven  plan to change the way our school system is funded.

 

The Green Party would like to present and discuss the merger of the school boards. This merger could potentially save  1.2  billion a year by eliminating duplications in administration, busing and buildings. Two other provinces have already adopted this merger quite successfully.  The Green Party plans to re-invest 100% of those savings back into Ontario classrooms.  Our current school system is long overdue for an overhaul. We need to reduce class sizes, provide more support to special needs students, and address human rights concerns.

 

 

 

2 – Since the early 1970’s there have been many academics that have altered their view of the causes and remedies of domestic violence. Originating with a model where domestic violence is universally seen as female victims of male perpetrators, the current research shows a more balanced view where men and women contribute almost equally to the problem of domestic violence. Do you expect to support legislation that recognizes the new understanding of how domestic violence should be addressed?
Yes, I do.  Numbers do not lie. Violence is violence, and it is never right. The law should not be biased to age, race, sex or economic status.

 

 

 

3 – Our society is held together by a system of laws and their implementation. Without access to justice many Ontarians are left without the benefit of this fundamental system. Cases exist such as the York University Community Legal Assistance Program (CLASP), whereby men are denied legal assistance when, on the other hand, women are given full aid. In cases like this, the CLASP program does not follow the principle of promoting access to justice in a publicly funded institution and program. Would you assure that all Ontario Legal Aid programs treat all Ontarians equally and move to deny funding to programs that deny equal access to justice?

 

Justice for all, regardless of gender.  I support programs that treat all Ontarians equally.

 

 

4 –  Recent research has shown that children attach to both their fathers and mothers with equal benefit to the child. Research also shows that fatherlessness has serious negative outcomes for girls and boys. However, Statistics Canada reports that children lose access to their dads in custody judgments at a 15 to one ratio and one in five children in Ontario live entirely without their father. Do you believe that maintaining a child’s attachment to both parents after break-up or divorce is a best outcome and can be accomplished by maximizing time with both parents after separation?

 

Yes , I definitely do. This issue is very near to my heart. Children need both parents – and if possible, both should share access.  I would promote any action plan that encourages equal access.

 

 

 

5 – The most recent available analysis of the treatment men receive in the criminal justice system show that men are treated much more punitively for the same criminal behaviours as compared to women. Men are more readily arrested, charged and given harsher sentences, even for a crime done jointly by the man and a dominant woman. Do you agree that this bias is unfair and unjust, and if so how will you endeavor to balance the gender inequality in the justice system?

 

Women have been on the receiving end of sexism and suppression for quite a  long time, and have fought valiantly to change this view, and still do.  It seems that with this progression, other gender specific stereotypes have emerged, clearly to the detriment to males. This simply can’t be allowed to occur. Sentences should be passed based on the crime – not based on the crime and sex of the accused. That is my personal belief.

 

Thank you kindly,

Rachel Power

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