Why compassion needs to be the new normal in public policy
The repeated failure of policy-makers to address known risks to residents of long-term care homes and deal with the root causes of an epidemic of opioid overdoses, are symptoms of a systemic collapse in the duty of governments to protect the most vulnerable. These are landmarks in institutional betrayal.
In her economic and fiscal update on Dec. 14, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced $742-million in one-time payments for seniors who saw their guaranteed income supplement payments clawed back this year after receiving pandemic supports. That sudden reversal is one more indication that compassion is becoming the new normal, writes Kathleen Finlay.
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