Poor can’t afford more austerity

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Mar 04 2012
… “taxes” is not a dirty word. They are the price we pay for a civilized society, for maintaining our common life. We need to share the costs involved more fairly… The provincial government must accept its responsibility as part of this call to action, and it can use tax policy to both address the rich-poor gap and to provide urgently needed help to alleviate poverty… We need a broad spectrum of society backing the call for fair, feasible tax increases on the wealthy, and to counter the anti-tax fundamentalism that has gripped so many.

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Ontario’s budget should target poverty

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Mar 23 2011
many people are stuck in the same boat, enduring hunger in this affluent society, simply because they don’t have enough money to buy food… Community and faith groups are doing a tremendous job in alleviating the problem through their food bank and meal programs. However, they cannot meet the enormous need, and moreover, we need to work toward a society where people can meet their own food needs, with dignity… one measure that would make an immediate difference would be the introduction of a $100 per month healthy food supplement for social assistance recipients in the upcoming 2011 provincial budget.

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MPs need to back housing bill

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Sep 22 2010
Homelessness and lack of housing security hurt us all as Canadians. Safe and adequate housing is linked to better health, community stability, and reduced crime, whereas lack of affordable housing exacerbates poverty, isolation and ill-health, and denies people the stability they need to be able to contribute to society. Further, according to recent studies, homelessness costs Canadian taxpayers an estimated $6 billion per year for emergency shelters, social services, criminal justice and other costs.

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