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Dealing with deadly donation bins only scratches poverty’s surface

Monday, January 14th, 2019

An estimated 30,000 Canadians remain homeless on any given night. The federal government’s ambitious 10-year, $40-billion Reaching Home strategy – a plan to cut chronic homelessness in half while building 100,000 units and repairing 300,000 more – won’t be launched until late spring. And we’re yet to learn how provinces, cities and community organizations will partner in its wake to produce meaningful change.

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How Non-Profit Housing Developers Could Ease Toronto’s Affordability Crisis

Monday, November 26th, 2018

… investing in permanent housing solutions, like those provided by non-profit developers, would produce long-term savings. “If something financially makes sense, which is to invest in housing for homeless populations, why wouldn’t you do it? The only answer to that is ideology,” Adams says. “And it’s this belief that ideology, the private sector, the for-profit sector… is going to be a partner in the solution,” says Adams. “We have been beating that drum for 20 years now. Guess what, it didn’t work.”

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The lessons of Harry Leslie Smith: The fight never ends

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Harry lays out in pungent and unsparing detail what exactly it was like to be poor and hopeless when those things were considered ineradicable conditions or moral faults, not social failures that could be improved… he’s in a province, Ontario, that has just frozen the minimum wage and is skewering workers’ rights… Many people have heard Harry’s message. Acting on it, and honouring those memories – that’s something else.

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Ford government is still ducking the toughest questions

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The government is giving small businesses a tax break and has forecast the potential of more breaks for businesses down the line. It’s rolling back a planned tax increase on the wealthiest Ontarians and cutting income tax for the lowest-paid workers. But given how little tax they pay now they’ll end up with far less money in their pockets than they would have if Ford hadn’t cancelled a planned raise in the minimum wage to $15.

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Social murder and the Doug Ford government

Monday, October 8th, 2018

In 1845, Friedrich Engels described the phenomena by which working-class residents in Manchester died prematurely because of their living and working conditions. He did not simply label the occurrence as we usually do today: “Premature deaths due to unfortunate circumstances,” but rather coined the term “social murder” to make explicit the source of these premature deaths. This extensive quote from his Condition of the Working Class in England begs careful attention in relation to the austerity agenda of Premier Doug Ford.

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Minimum wage hike a necessity and must be preserved

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Today, nearly two million people in Ontario will put in a hard day’s work for little money. Their paycheques won’t even cover the basic necessities, so they will likely have to deny themselves and their children of items such as healthy food, medicine, new shoes or books for school — things many of us take for granted.

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Canada’s poverty strategy stitched together existing policies and called it a new plan

Monday, August 27th, 2018

The strategy basically pulls together all the government’s previously announced programs to reduce poverty. There are no new policies and no new funding commitments to improve or speed up current programs… There is a new $12 million investment over five years but that’s earmarked for gaps in poverty measurements.

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Toronto can solve its affordable housing crisis. Here’s how

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The city’s housing affordability crisis acts as a fundamental limit on our future progress. The talent needed to fuel our economy can no longer afford to comfortably live here… Home-ownership is out of reach for entire classes and generations of Torontonians… With the prosperity our city is generating, we have the means and capacity to address this crisis. What we need are leaders with the political will to take it on and solve it. Nothing less that the future success of our city and the future well-being of all Torontonians is at stake.

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A new definition on affordable housing is needed

Friday, July 20th, 2018

… Toronto wound up with an affordable housing program that doesn’t actually produce much affordable rental housing. Instead, it results in housing that’s pegged to the city’s average market rents. Certainly, that’s not bad housing and it fills a need. But it does not fill the needs of Toronto’s low-income tenants as the city is so keen to suggest it does.

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Seniors have too much house. Millennials have none. And a business model is born

Friday, July 20th, 2018

The most successful home-sharing programs involve a step-by-step process that carefully matches homeowners and tenants, requiring funding for trained facilitators… matched candidates meet, have trial stays and, if both agree, sign a clear contract that outlines expectations and rules while they live together.

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