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Good advice on fixing Ontario’s welfare system

Monday, November 4th, 2019

“Low benefit rates leave people in deep poverty, and program rules create barriers to their participating in the labour force and improving their lives,” the report says… In short, a focus on cuts rather than results has not only made the lives of the poor more miserable, but it has worked against efforts to get people back into the labour force.

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[Income Taxes] A progressive foundation, but so much more to do

Friday, November 1st, 2019

The current tax system provides several incentives for household savings and wealth accumulation… TFSAs… RRSPs… for homeownership or mid-career education. The thing is, lower-income earners don’t really have access to these incentives. It’s an upside-down system that rewards people who already have money to save… Here are a few examples of the kinds of policy directions that could… make a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of lower-income Canadians.

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Why healthy neighbourhoods are the antidote to gun crime

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

… the way to address those “roots” of violence is to invest directly in communities where those determinants — poverty, marginalization, a lack of economic opportunities and others — have contributed to making the problem of gun violence so persistent… Researchers today say that commitment to communities is still lacking.

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Forced to the frontlines of mental health: Police have become the new first responders for vulnerable Canadians

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

… a mobile program called HealthIM, which gives police a medical checklist to assess a person’s risk level for self-harm, harm to others and an inability to care for themselves. If they decide to take the person to hospital, the information is sent ahead to a waiting triage nurse, so the medical team knows to expect them and can review the police assessment of the patient. Police can access the program from their cars or via smartphone.

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Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Michael Mendelson looks at Ontario’s experience to offer lessons on how to – and how not to – set up future Basic Income trials. The report focuses in particular on three aspects of the pilot in which the experimental design fell short: lack of a “saturation” site, problems of enrollment, and use of the income tax system to test recipients’ income… The author also suggests a five-step process for governments considering another Basic Income experiment…

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It’s time for federal leaders to focus on inequality

Monday, October 14th, 2019

… there’s a real problem when the benefits of wealth and opportunity are not shared by everyone…. while unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades, the jobs are increasingly not very good ones… When the federal parties talk about jobs on the campaign trail, it needs to be a conversation about good jobs. When they talk about making life more affordable, they should be clear about who they’re talking about and how they’ll deliver. The Vital Signs report is a depressing but timely reminder that income and wealth are highly co-related with race, where people were born, and where they live now.

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The neutering of Doug Ford

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Ford has reversed his stand on sex-ed, on a French-language university, on cuts to social services, such as a child benefit that pays for essentials like diapers and food for children in vulnerable families, on cuts to children’s aid societies and more. Ford also caved in during the last-minute contract negotiations with the 55,000 school support staffers, who had threatened to strike this week.

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Where is the ‘how’ in all of the federal election policy promises?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

No voter expects every detail regarding the implementation of a new proposal to anticipate every twist and turn of how events might unfold… But… the judgment, balance, capacity and relevant experience of those seeking to hold the highest elected office in the country are defogged when there is more robust disclosure on how they intend to put into effect the promises they have been selling.

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Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings, with First Nations and recent immigrant children impacted the most… In the 68 ridings with the highest rates of child poverty, an average of 32 per cent of children — more than 400,000 — are growing up poor… Twenty-nine ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Ontario, with 14 of them in Toronto.

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Why cutting taxes on EI benefits for new parents may not be good policy

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

To the Liberals’ credit, their EI maternity/parental benefit proposal… a 15% boost to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)… a refundable tax credit… to families with children under one, families across the lower end of the income distribution would benefit regardless of tax liability or EI eligibility.

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