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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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PC bait and switch on climate change punishes Ontario taxpayers to pay off polluters

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Rather than imposing a price on carbon pollution as a cost of doing business, the Tories are shifting the burden to taxpayers by making them subsidize big business. Instead of polluters paying up, polluters are being paid off with $400 million in corporate carbon welfare that comes at taxpayers’ expense. Turns out that the premier’s famous “axe the tax” slogan served to disguise a bait-and-switch ploy that lets big business escape unscathed — taking the hatchet to taxpayer’s pocketbooks while slashing environmental protection.

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How we can beat HIV in Canada

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

… In total, more than 23,000 Canadians are falling through the cracks in our response to HIV… There is a critical shortage of testing options available in Canada to reach those who are undiagnosed. There is uneven coverage and access to anti-retroviral medications for prevention and treatment of HIV. Finally, unlike other countries, Canada lacks political commitment to implement the necessary scale-up and access to testing and medications.

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Ottawa promises Indigenous child welfare changes to end ‘humanitarian crisis’

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

… the coming legislation is intended to reform federally-delivered services so that children aren’t taken from Indigenous families into private foster care solely on the basis of economic poverty or health issues that go untreated. It will also ensure Indigenous groups have the right to determine their own laws, policies and practices for child and family services… the new child welfare bill is another part of the effort to scrap the 19th-century Indian Act and reconstitute the federal government’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to recognize the Indigenous right to self-determination.

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After GM, we need a plan for the 21st-century workplace

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

It’s the loss of stable, full-time unionized jobs that is feeding the crisis of inequality… Employment Insurance, for example, is still based on an old model of full-time, permanent jobs… It would mean, in short, designing an entire social eco-system appropriate to an age when life-long, stable employment is a rarity rather than the rule. It would assume that many people, perhaps most, will move among many employers and need both income support and effective training along the way.

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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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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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We deserve tax fairness from the Canadian Revenue Agency

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Tax evasion is not a victimless crime. Indeed, the Conference Board of Canada estimated last year that the federal government is missing out on $16 billion a year of uncollected taxes — and possibly as much as $47.8 billion. Ideally, everyone should want to pay their fair share of the taxes that provide the services and programs that make Canada a great place to live. But when they don’t, Canadians should be able to feel confident that the revenue agency will try to run everyone to ground fairly and equally.

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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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