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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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Actually, this federal government has raised taxes on Canada’s middle class

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

This week, the Trudeau government announced that it will soon increase the Canada Child Benefit, a tax-free monthly payment to eligible families. It’s now clear the government has abandoned its promise to provide tax relief to middle-class families – and it continues to confuse government transfers with taxes, something that should worry all Canadians.

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Is ‘Left Over’ Food for ‘Left Behind’ People the Best We Can Do?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Food banks operate as secondary food markets propping up ailing welfare systems… government must ensure domestic compliance under international law with its obligations to “respect, protect and fulfill” these rights ensuring food security for all. That means understanding food insecurity as a problem of income poverty. It must change the public conversation and political discourse from charity to human rights and social justice.

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Legal Aid Ontario has top-notch lawyers

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Our mixed model of staff and private bar service delivery is still the most cost-effective method of delivering legal services to over 700,000 people annually. Our goal is to see our clients get legal help and we will continue to do that cost-effectively… our front-line lawyers provide critical services for clients. Their jobs are not easy, and they are dedicated, tireless advocates for their clients.

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Canadian study identifies five most vulnerable groups for FASD

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The study identified five high-prevalence groups: children in care; people in correctional service custody; people in special education services; people using specialized services for developmental disabilities or psychiatric care; and Indigenous populations. The study was designed to help improve prevalence estimates and predictions with an eye to better public policy, and to allow for better planning and budgeting of health care, community and social services response.

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