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CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

… the CRA says more than 835,000 returns were filed by people who are homeless, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors or disabled. The boost is double those seen in previous years, before the Liberals increased annual spending on the “community volunteer income-tax program” to $13 million in the 2018 budget… “It’s a different program and we get to see the direct impact that we have on lifting people out of poverty.”

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Hoping the new attorney general does the right thing

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Today we are in the midst of writing a new chapter in the history of legal aid in Ontario — a system that has served as a much-emulated model of the world, with the legal clinics having played a central role of its success. A system that is now under attack, with deliberate misinformation about its lack of efficiency as the justification for its obliteration.

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Cuts to legal aid mean worse health for vulnerable people

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Many of my patients have legal needs that require expert intervention to maintain their social and medical stability… for issues ranging from family discord to accessing disability supports… Neighbourhood legal clinics… are now facing crippling funding cuts… When people are denied the ability to advocate for their legal rights, they are left with high levels of stress, in worse poverty, and in increasingly vulnerable situations. This leaves them in poorer health and puts a higher demand on the health system.

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How to make community housing work better for Ontarians

Friday, June 28th, 2019

The proposed regulations to simplify the RGI rent amounts aim to reduce barriers to work and decrease administrative complexity. However, as currently outlined they would create a two-tier system that would make it harder for social assistance recipients to enter employment. To avoid this, our submission on the RGI calculation recommends the government consider disregarding social assistance payments from income for the purposes of calculating RGI rent amounts.

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To bolster health, would basic income — not pharmacare — make more sense?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

… shouldn’t the priority of policy-makers be to ensure that all Canadians can afford necessities such as food and housing, not just prescription drugs? … Affordable sickness care is important, especially if you’re sick. But the way to keep people healthier longer is to ensure that they have a decent income, a roof over their heads, healthy food, a good education, a sound physical environment and sense of belonging.

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OSAP offers have arrived, and students are stunned at the numbers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Lowering tuition would help all students across the province, the government has argued. But some students say reductions to grants mean they’re actually further behind. The issue has generated a Twitter storm as students posted comparisons of what they will be getting this year compared with last… Ross Romano, the new minister of training, colleges and universities, said the government is committed to restoring financial sustainability to OSAP…

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Ontario’s new attorney general should reverse cuts to legal aid

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The fact is, cutting funding for legal aid will further erode any hope the poor and vulnerable have of receiving justice in a system that’s already stacked against them… If he doesn’t, the fallout will be painful for the poor and immensely costly for taxpayers… who will pay for the costly incarceration of innocent people who are not going to get fair legal representation in bail hearings, criminal cases or immigration and refugee detention hearings.

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Austerity and the Decline Of The Collective

Monday, June 10th, 2019

1. Austerity is toxic. 2. It is built on a lie, and on a withered idea of freedom and a hollowed out notion of citizenship. 3. Austerity is self-perpetuating, trapping us, stunting our political imagination. 4. We nevertheless do have alternatives… big change is urgent, and bold is exactly what’s needed if we are to meet our challenges and break out of the austerity trap. 5. A new generation of leaders is giving us reason for hope, though clearly there’s no reason for complacency.

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Increased Supports for Single Adults Living with Low Incomes

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

… create a new program to support ill and unemployed Canadians whose temporary Employment Insurance (EI) or disability benefits are about to run out… make single, low-income adults a priority consideration in all future poverty reduction policy measures to ensure that this vulnerable population is no longer left behind… implement our Basic Income recommendation

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Ontario government slashes funding to children’s aid societies

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

The Ford government is reducing funding for children and youth at risk by $84.5 million, according to an analysis of provincial spending estimates by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies… The cut comes as 18 child protection agencies struggle with deficits totalling more than $12 million. The deficits have already forced some agencies to lay off staff and reduce the number of children at risk they take into care.

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