More prisons are OK, but why is the confusing part

Monday, July 25th, 2011

July 23, 2011
…if the Conservatives want to spend $4 billion to $10 billion building new prisons and making our laws tougher — at a time when health care, education, infrastructure and other services are screaming for more funding — this government needs to make a more convincing argument. Actually, it doesn’t need to — due to its majority in Parliament. Harper and company should, however. The get-tough-on-crime laws and policy will be the first major legislation in this government’s term of office. Canadians deserve better reasons why it’s needed.

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Ontario Works can be cruel, punishing system

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

May 21, 2011
I am extremely appalled and concerned that there has not been much attention, or mention, of child poverty, senior poverty, social programs and especially provincial disability programs, which are my target. Provincial disability, a part of Ontario Works, is an exceptionally mean, cruel, punishing system. The system treats the people and families on it as liars and sub-standard Canadian citizens. We are questioned and treated as though we are in jail or out on a parole system.

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Politicking has hurt county’s poor

Monday, May 9th, 2011

May 7, 2011
A series of federal and provincial governments have left Simcoe County’s poor to suffer the degradations and misery of the street — to suffer the judgment and cruelty of society’s ignorant. According to the 2009 poverty report of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, 7,500 people experienced homelessness in 2008. Many of these individuals were women who were sexually or physically assaulted, averaged three or more years of homelessness, and suffered psychological and physical harm from life on the streets (SCATEH 2009).

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A tale of how two cities deal with poverty

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

February 26, 2011
As the “Visibly Unseen” campaign suggests, the problems of poverty go beyond the obvious… we need to be rule changers. Although we may not eliminate poverty entirely, there is much that can be done to reduce its impact on the victims and the community. We have the power to share our resources, time and talent and help others become self-sufficient contributing members of our community. This is not only philanthropic kindness but good business as well… Thirdly, we must envision what could be, rather than worry about limitations.

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From the Inside Out: A unified voice [poverty/abuse]

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

February 12, 2011
Violence against women is intimately linked to poverty. In fact, systemic abuse is pervasive and a reality for many of our citizens, particularly if they are children or teens, seniors, people of colour, women, or not part of the dominant class… Does poverty and need make us more grateful and appreciative or does affluence and excess lead us to think we’re more privileged and entitled? … I believe that working with people who face multiple societal barriers keeps me in check and unwilling to perceive myself as better than or more entitled to the rewards of society than anyone else.

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