Laurie Monsebraaten, TorontoStar

Laurie Monsebraaten


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Laurie:

Their lives have been defined by trauma. Why kick kids out of foster care and group homes when they turn 18?

‘Imagine the most difficult thing you’ve had to go through ... and then imagine you didn’t have your parents to go through it with you. We go through ... → Read More

Coming back from COVID: How to ensure patriarchy and outright misogyny don’t thwart the ‘she-covery’

“If we get more child care only to enable women to go back to jobs where they earn considerably less than men, then that’s inadequate.” → Read More

Ontario’s COVID-19 lockdown is now harming health more than it’s helping, some experts say

“Casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke or ... → Read More

North Bay woman finally gets federal emergency pandemic benefits

Switch from EI to pandemic support means disabled woman has help to make up for job loss. → Read More

Ontario’s 58,000 non-profits call for $680 million provincial stabilization fund to weather COVID-19 pandemic

Food banks, mental health agencies and social enterprises among Ontario-non-profits in need of provincial support now and as pandemic crisis lifts → Read More

Ottawa urged to spend on child care to help economy emerge from pandemic

Child care called “magic bullet” that could drive Canada’s economic recovery by creating jobs for women and helping mothers return to work → Read More

Artists fight to save their affordable homes amid fire concerns and pandemic

‘I have had people die in fires in my ward because of situations like this,’ says local councillor. But the tenants aren’t sure where else they can go... → Read More

Ontario appeals landmark pay equity ruling for province’s midwives

Province on the hook for $135 million due to tribunal order to boost midwives’ pay by 20 per cent retroactive to 2011. → Read More

Ontario to allow people on social assistance to keep part of emergency benefits

Clawbacks to help those on social assistance not eligible for federal aid → Read More

Dozens infected, 10 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Salvation Army-run seniors home

“We blame the system,” says the daughter of an 85-year-old woman who died at Meighen Manor in midtown Toronto — one of several long-term-care faciliti... → Read More

Ontario tells social assistance caseworkers to reinstate benefits to those who lost them after receiving emergency relief payments

Loss of benefits blamed on Ontario’s indecision over how to treat CERB for people on social assistance → Read More

People with severe disabilities feel especially vulnerable in COVID-19 shutdown

Living with disabilities presents unique challenges and worries, during a pandemic. → Read More

Ontario seeks more information from Ottawa on how to treat CERB for people on social assistance

People on social assistance who report CERB payments face no clawbacks — for now. → Read More

Ottawa to the provinces: Don’t claw back CERB for workers on social assistance

Ontario still reviewing how Canada Emergency Response Benefits payments will impact provincial social assistance. → Read More

Activists fear for safety of people with disabilities after funding for mobility and medical devices deemed non-essential

The province deemed vendors who sell specialized mobility and medical devices as essential, yet not the provincial funding program to pay for them. → Read More

Open Letter urges Ontario to boost support for people on social assistance

Almost one million Ontarians living on social assistance are ‘falling through the cracks’ during the COVID-19 crisis, coalition says. → Read More

Evicted during the pandemic, a Toronto nurse pleads for fairness

A government order to suspend residential evictions protects only those covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, leaving out thousands of renters suc... → Read More

Ottawa is handing out $2,000 cheques to out-of-work Canadians. Could a basic income be next?

Experts say the global coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the limitations of existing programs and vulnerability of precarious workers. → Read More

Toronto planning free 24-7 emergency child care for essential workers

However, city plans depend on the province amending its order to allow emergency child care to operate. → Read More

Cash-strapped parents call for child-care rebates amid COVID-19 closures

A Markham mother has started a petition urging Ontario to mandate child-care refunds or credits in wake of COVID-19 daycare closings. → Read More