Equality means equality for everyone.
candidate, Green Party of Ontario, KW
Stacey Danckert, Ph.D.
Green Party Candidate, K-W
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?
I believe that we need to be aware of what studies tell us about our children’s learning
outcomes as they relate to the school system. With the Ontario government in charge
of creating curriculums and training teachers, both should be done with a focus on what
will best benefit our children. I think there are many aspects of our education system
that should be reassessed with our current needs in mind. Even something as simple as
integrating more physical-activity during the day may help all students, but especially
boys with achieving their full potential. Learning styles must be taken into account and
research may help us identify how we can accommodate more variety in our current
system. More funds and increased staffing will allow for more tailored instruction that
will meet individual needs. By merging our school systems, there will be additional funds
($1.6B/yr) available for increased teaching staff and support for boys or girls that need
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?
Of utmost importance, when dealing with issues of domestic violence, is identifying the
underlying causes of the violence and address those. Addressing issues of poverty, social
support and education are all important.
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?
It is shocking that this is not already the case. The GPO supports equal rights for all and
would lobby for equal access.
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?
The child’s safety is first and foremost. If both parents show themselves as competent
caregivers, then we should optimize the time of both with their children. If they both
choose to divide the time in another fashion (mother having more time or father), so long
as it is mutually agreeable, then they are the best people to determine what is in the best
interest of their child. Children need both parents so long as safety and care requirements
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?
Men and women should be treated equally in our legal system. There should be no
gender bias when it comes to sentencing and treatment. But there should be an avenue to
review cases that reflect this inequality.