The high cost of low welfare rates

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TheStar.com – comment – The high cost of low welfare rates
March 20, 2008

Re:McGuinty set to tackle health, housing, hunger – March 18

Ontario has become the poverty capital of Canada. Poverty will not be overcome by doing a study, setting up committees or throwing more money at mismanaged programs. Why haven’t Ontario’s welfare rates been raised? Isn’t the government responsible for its citizens’ welfare? Why isn’t it giving people in need enough to put a roof over their heads and enough to eat?

Raise the welfare rates now or continue to turn your heads the other way when you see more and more people sleeping on the streets, lining up at food banks or stealing a loaf of bread so they can go to jail to be fed and housed.

Bev McDowell, Cambridge, Ont.

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