Poverty costs us all

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Dec. 16, 2011
“… most people don’t recognize what poverty costs us… Over the last 30 years, even when the economy has been at it best, we still had 10% of the population living in poverty. With the recent recession, the numbers are higher… one in three people living in poverty have jobs and an education… Politicians need to hear from constituents that poverty is an issue and something needs to be done”… Kleinsmith has shared the petition with a number of her contacts and hopes others can do the same. Bridges has a copy of it online — www.bridgeschc.ca — that can be printed.

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Ignoring disadvantaged won’t make problems go away

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Nov. 17, 2011
Something is wrong in our society that creates systems in which 60% of people working today live paycheque to paycheque, and personal debt is skyrocketing. Something is wrong in our society that sees the necessity of… printing article after article highlighting the problem of poverty in our area. Something is wrong in our society when we have to have a townwide food drive to ensure people in our midst have enough food. The Occupiers might be in the wrong spot, but they’re pointing to a problem which we too easily ignore because we’re too busy getting to work and paying our bills.

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‘Not enough money for rent, food and bills’

Friday, August 26th, 2011

25 Aug 2011
Bilodeau… is one of more than 800,000 people in Ontario receiving social assistance, such as Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program ( ODSP) funding. He and four other people on social assistance… organized a group in early June to give the province’s social assistance review committee their stories and to suggest positive ways to change the system… The group was assembled to send recommendations to Frances Lankin and Dr. Munir Sheikh, who head the provincial review committee commissioned January 2011.

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Talk is cheap [cost of living increases to CPP & OAS]

Friday, December 31st, 2010

December 30, 2010
The CPP increase effective Jan. 1 is 1.7% or in dollars $25.83 per month, whereas the OAS and GIS benefits based on the same CPI will only increase 0.05% or in dollars $2.61 per month and $3.29 more per month for the GIS — giving a grand total to all of those seniors who only collect these two benefits of $ 5.90 per month… the mounting costs of food, electricity and heat are pushing thousands of seniors below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off… action should be taken instead of a lot of worthless chatting over the past three years.

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Band-Aid approaches not working

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Dec. 11, 2010
Persistent Poverty, the book released earlier this month… provides a collection of sharings by poor people in Ontario communities, large and small, urban and rural. It is compelling, provocative, distressing and disturbing… Persistent Poverty tells us there is need for educating the public that poverty is primarily a result of insensitive and uncaring public policy, and for showing that other jurisdictions have acted to reduce and in some cases almost eliminate the incidence of poverty. The book makes a case for these and more. The timing could not have been better.

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Help the poor, not banks: NDP leader

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Dec. 6, 2010
… on Jan. 1, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government will be giving… bankers $6 billion in tax cuts, while the poorest people in the community can continue to rely on food banks, the New Democratic Party’s federal leader said… Jack Layton suggested that money could give seniors enough to get them out from below the poverty line or extend employment insurance benefits to people who need it. “You could do all those things plus so much more if you cancelled that corporate tax cut to the banks and the oil companies,”

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