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Help the poor: Stop donating canned goods to food banks

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If you hand your food bank a 30 pound office hamper filled with random food, you’re handing over a miniature logistical challenge that may or may not end up on the table of a hungry family. Hand over $20, and the food bank will be able to buy $100 worth of food, they’ll save on processing costs and Ottawa will kick you back up to $6.

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Making sense of Ontario’s social assistance reforms

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Under 2018 budget measures, since scrapped by the Ford government, those on OW would have been able to work themselves well out of poverty before losing their benefits. But under the changes, a person on OW will still be almost $6,000 below the poverty line when their earnings make them ineligible for welfare… Currently, a single person on ODSP can work himself out of poverty while still receiving social assistance, but under the changes would be almost $4,000 short when becoming ineligible.

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Welfare in Canada 2017

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Welfare in Canada reports look at the total incomes available to those relying on social assistance (often called “welfare”), taking into account tax credits and other benefits along with social assistance itself. The reports look at four different household types for each province and territory. The reports are a continuation of the Welfare Incomes series originally published by the National Council of Welfare

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Ontario’s social assistance reforms hint at direction, offer few specifics, and have problematic implications

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

What was entirely missing from the government’s announcement was any rationale for this change in incentive structure. We’re left to wonder whether there is any good reason to change the pattern of incentives so those working fewer hours are better off, but those working more hours are worse off… Only the tiniest fraction of ODSP recipients could possibly ever work under the proposed new definition, so the higher exemption levels will likely apply to almost no one.

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There are danger signs in Ford government plans to reform welfare

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

The biggest change is redefining disability to more closely align with federal guidelines… This change will make it harder for new people to qualify for the Ontario Disability Support Program. And the obvious underlying suggestion is that there are people on the program now who shouldn’t be… once the changes take effect, every person who can be ruled ineligible for disability amounts to hundreds of dollars in monthly savings to the government

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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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With welfare reform plan, Ontario PCs identify an area ripe for change

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

A single person on welfare gets up to $733 a month and a person on disability support receives $1,169. These are not sums on which a person can live. The Liberals had promised three-per-cent increases in both payments for three years. The PCs have increased them 1.5 per cent and have no commitment to do more. Boil it down and what we are left with is an assertion that the PCs can make the welfare bureaucracy more effective, combined with spending that will benefit the poor less than what the Liberals would have done. That’s not a lot to cheer about.

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Without funding for Law Help Centres, not all Ontarians will have access to justice

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

In straightforward economic terms, it has been estimated that the $500,000 required of the government to support the existence and operation of Law Help Centres results in more than $5-million in cost savings and economic benefit associated with promoting access to justice for the citizens of Ontario. Law Help Centres have generated over $2-million of value in pro-bono lawyer time from the private sector.

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Child care called key to ending child poverty

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

In Ontario, 545,000 children — or 19.5 per cent — are living in poverty… poverty among First Nations children in Canada is a staggering 40 per cent, while those in visible minority families experience poverty rates of 25.5 per cent… the coalition is calling on Ottawa to invest $6 billion in the 2019 budget and commit to cutting poverty by 50 per cent in five years instead of waiting until 2030, as set out in proposed poverty-reduction legislation introduced earlier this month.

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B.C. advances on child care while Ontario takes a step back

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

In 2016 the Ontario government began its plan to help create 100,000 new child care spaces. Then in early 2018… there was finally movement on making these spaces more affordable for Ontario families — who current pay the country’s highest child care fees… But oh, the difference an election makes… the prevailing Ford PCs have promised only a small tax credit that will do almost nothing to alleviate the financial pressure faced by families…

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