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Ontario 2011 election - October 6, 2011

Ontario 2011 election results

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2011 Ontario election : October 6, 2011

Elections Ontario (Ontario Government site)
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- complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more

Election Results

McGuinty's Liberals held to minority in third straight Ontario win
October 7, 2011
Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals will return to Queen’s Park with a minority government, falling just short of winning a third consecutive majority. This will be the first minority government in Ontario since Liberal David Peterson led one from 1985 to 1987. Although the Liberal leader held on to power, he ended up with 53 seats, just one short of the magic number required to form a majority in the 107-seat legislature. Mr. McGuinty lost 19 seats from the 72 he had won in the 2007 election campaign.
Source:
Globe and Mail

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McGuinty’s Liberals win minority government in close-call finish
"We have in fact succeeded in our goal of electing an experienced Liberal government,” Dalton McGuinty told supporters at a Chateau Laurier ballroom in Ottawa early Friday. Defying pre-election polls, pundit’s predictions and rookie rivals insisting it was time for a change, McGuinty led the Liberals to a rare “three-peat” win Thursday in the closest Ontario vote of the past quarter century.
Source:
Toronto Star <=== Click for more Ontario election coverage

Ontario 2011 election results - 4,460,000 current search results
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Google.ca

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Ontario political parties

Ontario Liberal Party

* Liberal Platform [ dead link ]
- links to the Liberal platform in English and 19 other languages
* Liberal Platform (English) - (PDF - 8.7MB, 60 pages) [ dead link ]
Excerpt re. poverty reduction (p. 47):
"In 2008, we set a goal of reducing child poverty by 25%. To do that, we raised the minimum wage seven times, strengthened employment standards and introduced the Ontario Child Benefit. As a result, child poverty actually fell between 2008 and 2009 – despite the recession – 19,000 children and their families have moved out of poverty. (...) We’ll build on that success by increasing the Ontario Child Benefit from $1,100 to $1,310 in 2013. Next, we’ll consider delivering a new housing benefit for Ontarians who are struggling and we will ask our experts working on the Social Assistance review to develop options."

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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

* PC Platform [ dead link ]
- links to the PC platform in English and 15 languages (but curiously not French - see the French link below)
* PC Platform - English [ dead link ]
- includes a link to the French change book (see immediately below)
* PC Platform - English (PDF - 4MB, 44 pages) [ dead link ]
Excerpt (p. 38):
"We will modernize the welfare system to make it fairer, both for society’s neediest and for those who pay for it.
The goal of welfare should be straightforward: to help our neediest rebuild their lives, get out of the system, develop useful skills, and get a full-time job. We will help more people exit welfare and enter the working world. A Tim Hudak government will allow Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients who work part time to keep more of their benefits and ease their transition from welfare to a job. Finding and maintaining a job should be applauded, not penalized.We will streamline the system. It is currently governed by over 800 different rules and many of them contradict one another. We will condense them for a more effective system.

We will require welfare recipients to be residents of Ontario for one year before collecting benefits.
Ontario tax dollars support welfare payments. They show our commitment to helping those in need. But it’s only fair that recipients have a similar level of commitment to Ontario."

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From the
PC Party of Ontario:

Welfare to Work

Break Down Bureaucracy To Build Up Opportunity
http://www.ontariopc.com/news/break-down-bureaucracy-to-build-up-opportunity/
January 16, 2013
TORONTO – Ontario can help people bridge from dependency to work while saving taxpayers money if we untangle the jumble of rules and regulations around social assistance, PC Leader Tim Hudak said today. Hudak made the comments with Community and Social Services critic Toby Barrett in advance of Thursday’s release of Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work – the eighth in a series of PC papers on ideas to stop overspending, deliver more value to taxpayers and create jobs.

Paths to Prosperity – Welfare to Work
January 17, 2013
HTML : [ dead link ]
PDF (868K, 23 pages) : [ dead link ]

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Summary
Ontario’s Job Crisis
Creating Opportunity from Challenge
Reducing Bureaucracy and Eliminating Waste
Better Service Delivery and Accountability
Improving Oversight and Targeting Fraud
Breaking Down Barriers for People with Disabilities
Social Impact Bonds
Ensuring Benefits Go to Necessities
Share Your Path
Contact Us

Paths to Prosperity Series
http://www.ontariopc.com/news/break-down-bureaucracy-to-build-up-opportunity/www.ontariopc.com/paths

Source:
PC Party of Ontario

http://www.ontariopc.com/

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From
CTV News Toronto:

Tories seek to overhaul Ontario's welfare system
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/tories-seek-to-overhaul-ontario-s-welfare-system-1.1118558
January 17, 2013
Ontario Conservatives are proposing big changes to the way the province's welfare system works, including a suggestion recipients be given debit-style food cards that can't be used to buy booze or cigarettes. At a news conference Thursday morning, Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak said the proposed changes are aimed at overhauling a system he believes is long-outdated and does little to encourage peoples' return to the workforce.

Highlights of the twelve "paths to prosperity" outlined in the 22-page Tory "white paper" introduced Thursday include:

* Rolling Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program into one agency with streamlined rules;
* Submitting all social programs to "value-for-money" audits;
* Opening up social program delivery to non-profit agencies, charities or the private sector;
* Requirement for individualized employment plans that detail the monthly activities required to qualify for income support;
* Steadily declining benefits, to discourage long-term reliance on welfare cheques;
* Implementation of a "benefits-directed debit smart card system" to ensure benefits are spent on essential food items rather than other expenses.

Related stories:

* Ontario's welfare program needs transformation, commission says
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-s-welfare-program-needs-transformation-commission-says-1.1008875

* Group protests cuts to benefits for low-income Ontarians
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/group-protests-cuts-to-benefits-for-low-income-ontarians-1.1000259

* Gap between rich and poor rising quickly in Ont.: report
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/gap-between-rich-and-poor-rising-quickly-in-ont-report-1.934558

Source:
CTV News Toronto
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

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From the
New Democratic Party of Ontario

Putting People First:
The Ontario New Democrat Fiscal Framework Document 2011

September 26, 2011
The Ontario NDP's comprehensive platform costing, including all policies announced during the election campaign.
Source:
New Democratic Party of Ontario

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Ontario NDP platform: The full monty
Commentary by Erin Weir
September 26, 2011
Source:
rabble.ca

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Change that puts you first
HTML version - Click the "View in full screen" icon under the window
PDF version (5.5MB, 48 pages)
Excerpt, p. 26:
We will increase Employment Standards enforcement to protect people’s rights on the job. We will also increase the minimum wage to $11 this year and index it to the cost of living so that people who work full-time aren’t trapped in poverty. (...) We will reduce the clawback of social assistance benefits from people with disabilities when they’re moving back into a job. We will also ensure Ontario Works rates keep pace with inflation. In addition, we look forward to following through on the recommendations of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario which are expected in 2012.

The Ontario NDP Platform (34-minute video from TVOntario) [ dead link ]
September 12, 2011
Steve Paikin of TVOntario moderates a discussion/debate about the NDP platform.
Participants:
* Janet Ecker, President of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance
* Erin Weir, Economist for the United Steelworkers' Union
* John Duffy, Principal at Strategy Corp
* Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail Queen's Park columnist
TVOntario
Source:
The Agenda
See also:
Your Vote 2011
[
TVOntario ]

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Green Party of Ontario

* Green Party Platform:
It's Time - A five-point plan for Ontario's future
HTML version
PDF version
(2.1MB, 16 pages)
With the help of thousands of Ontarians, we’ve created a five-point plan that reflects your practical values and sensible priorities:
1. Creating jobs for a twenty-first century economy
2. Harnessing safe, affordable energy to power our communities
3. Promoting access to quality, sustainable health care close to home
4. Feeding our communities by championing local farms
5. Delivering government that works for people

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Other parties registered for the
2011 Ontario election:

Ontario Libertarian Party
Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)
Family Coalition Party of Ontario
Freedom Party of Ontario

Media coverage of the 2011 Ontario election

General Ontario election sites
- parties, leaders, candidates, the latest news from the campaign trail, etc.


Ontario Votes 2011 (CBC)

All-in-one page - start your search HERE.

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Election coverage in rabble.ca
Media coverage of all provincial and territorial elections across Canada!
Source:
rabble.ca

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The links below (down to the next red horizontal separator bar)
are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent addition at the top.

Jennefer's Ontario election links
Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre in Toronto does a regular media scan that she distributes to her mailing list.
Below, you'll find a selection of the links that she circulated recently pertaining to the Ontario election.
Merci, Jennefer!

[ ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty. Visit their website and their affiliate Social Assistance Review website for a large collection of Ontario resources. ]

The latest link below is October 3.
(Dates appear on each article)

Provincial Election:
The latest polls

Advance vote numbers are up:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/03/advance-poll-turnout.html

Unpredictable outcomes expected:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/ontario-polls/narrow-poll-margins-suggest-unpredictable-outcomes-on-election-day/article2189942/

Minority? Maybe:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1064105--poll-reinforces-minority-prediction

Majority? Maybe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-could-still-eke-out-majority-in-final-days-of-uncertain-ontario-race/article2188698/

Hudak’s last chance:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/OFtrTN8eWIQ/

And his ‘me too’ campaign:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/3UWAhTmtv74/

And his backward momentum:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/hudak-fights-against-backward-momentum-in-ontario-election/article2189992/

What voters care about – or not:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/3M82S8tkWco/

What the parties are promising:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/4y2JbgSV218/

Martin Regg Cohn’s top 8 reasons to dump the Liberals:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1064114--cohn-top-eight-reasons-for-dumping-the-mcguinty-liberals

But McGuinty’s emboldened:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-emboldened-in-home-stretch-of-tight-campaign/article2189987/

Horwath’s open to power sharing:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/horwath-open-to-power-sharing-pact-in-ontario/article2188908/

TVO The Agenda on First Nations and the provincial election:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvo/TxZN/~3/geyaFrTw-70/1961003_480x270_512k.mp4

Libs may take majority:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-could-still-eke-out-majority-in-final-days-of-uncertain-ontario-race/article2188698/

Libs gaining:
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2011/10/03/ekos-poll-mcguinty-solidifies-lead-in-final-days-of-campaign/

NDP gaining:
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2011/09/29/18759706.html

Frank Graves:
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2011/10/03/frank-graves-no-sign-ontario-shifting-to-tories/

Green jobs boost Libs:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/green-jobs-vote-energizes-ontario-liberals-poll

Liberals say no return to 50/50 transit funding:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/grits-rule-out-return-to-50-transit-funding

No coalition, says everyone:
Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/ontario-pc-liberal-leaders-reject-coalition-possibilities/article2187837/
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/02/tor-mcguinty-letter.html
Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/mcguinty-rules-out-coalition-with-rivals
Star:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1063241--mcguinty-rejects-possible-coalition-with-ndp-or-tories

Except Horwath:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/horwath-open-to-power-sharing-pact-in-ontario/article2188908/

Flaherty endorses Hudak:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/30/flaherty-ontario-hudak-endorsement654.html

Hudak considers public-sector pay freeze legislation:
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/30/hudak-wage-freeze-legislation.html
Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/30/pay-freeze-last-resort-hudak

McGuinty considers doctors’ pay freeze:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-would-seek-pay-freeze-for-ontario-doctors-in-bid-to-rein-in-spending/article2184908/

Star endorses McGuinty and Liberals:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1062834--liberals-best-choice-for-ontario-s-future

Globe endorses McGuinty and Liberals:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/dalton-mcguintys-liberals-the-best-choice-for-ontarios-challenges/article2188213/

The Sun decides not to endorse anyone:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/ontario-deserves-better

Poverty and the provincial election:

Occupy Wall Street coming to a Bay Street near you:
CBC:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/02/occupy-wallst-canada.html
National Post:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/02/wall-street-protests-spread-to-toronto-calgary-montreal/
Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/activists-throughout-canada-set-to-show-solidarity-with-wall-street-protesters/article2188341/

Provincial Election:
The latest polls

Advance vote numbers are up:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/03/advance-poll-turnout.html

Unpredictable outcomes expected:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/ontario-polls/narrow-poll-margins-suggest-unpredictable-outcomes-on-election-day/article2189942/

Minority? Maybe:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1064105--poll-reinforces-minority-prediction

Majority? Maybe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-could-still-eke-out-majority-in-final-days-of-uncertain-ontario-race/article2188698/

Hudak’s last chance:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/OFtrTN8eWIQ/

And his ‘me too’ campaign:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/3UWAhTmtv74/

And his backward momentum:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/hudak-fights-against-backward-momentum-in-ontario-election/article2189992/

What voters care about – or not:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/3M82S8tkWco/

What the parties are promising:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/4y2JbgSV218/

Martin Regg Cohn’s top 8 reasons to dump the Liberals:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1064114--cohn-top-eight-reasons-for-dumping-the-mcguinty-liberals

But McGuinty’s emboldened:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-emboldened-in-home-stretch-of-tight-campaign/article2189987/

Horwath’s open to power sharing:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/horwath-open-to-power-sharing-pact-in-ontario/article2188908/

TVO The Agenda on First Nations and the provincial election:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvo/TxZN/~3/geyaFrTw-70/1961003_480x270_512k.mp4

Libs may take majority:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-could-still-eke-out-majority-in-final-days-of-uncertain-ontario-race/article2188698/

Libs gaining:
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2011/10/03/ekos-poll-mcguinty-solidifies-lead-in-final-days-of-campaign/

NDP gaining:
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2011/09/29/18759706.html

Frank Graves:
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2011/10/03/frank-graves-no-sign-ontario-shifting-to-tories/

Green jobs boost Libs:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/green-jobs-vote-energizes-ontario-liberals-poll

Liberals say no return to 50/50 transit funding:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/grits-rule-out-return-to-50-transit-funding

No coalition, says everyone:
Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/ontario-pc-liberal-leaders-reject-coalition-possibilities/article2187837/
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/02/tor-mcguinty-letter.html
Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/mcguinty-rules-out-coalition-with-rivals
Star:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1063241--mcguinty-rejects-possible-coalition-with-ndp-or-tories

Except Horwath:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/horwath-open-to-power-sharing-pact-in-ontario/article2188908/

Flaherty endorses Hudak:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/30/flaherty-ontario-hudak-endorsement654.html

Hudak considers public-sector pay freeze legislation:
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/30/hudak-wage-freeze-legislation.html
Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/30/pay-freeze-last-resort-hudak

McGuinty considers doctors’ pay freeze:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/mcguinty-would-seek-pay-freeze-for-ontario-doctors-in-bid-to-rein-in-spending/article2184908/

Star endorses McGuinty and Liberals:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1062834--liberals-best-choice-for-ontario-s-future

Globe endorses McGuinty and Liberals:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/dalton-mcguintys-liberals-the-best-choice-for-ontarios-challenges/article2188213/

The Sun decides not to endorse anyone:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/02/ontario-deserves-better

Poverty and the provincial election:

Occupy Wall Street coming to a Bay Street near you:
CBC:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/02/occupy-wallst-canada.html
National Post:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/02/wall-street-protests-spread-to-toronto-calgary-montreal/
Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/activists-throughout-canada-set-to-show-solidarity-with-wall-street-protesters/article2188341/

Jim Stanford on the platforms:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/how-ontarios-three-party-platforms-stack

September 28
Hugh Mackenzie on the leadership debate:

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ontarios-leadership-debate-reality-check

Ontario Federation of Labour poll shows NDP ahead in key ridings:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/29/poll-shows-ndp-aheas-in-some-key-ridings

The online campaign:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/29/ontario-votes-social-media-campaigns.html

In the war rooms:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1061512--cohn-the-battle-of-the-war-rooms-on-the-ground-and-in-the-air

One week left “to show the vision thing”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/ontario-leaders-have-a-week-to-show-the-vision-thing/article2183738/

The Hamilton Spectator on jobs and the economy:
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/602008--jobs-and-the-economy-it-s-a-crap-shoot

Libs promise early tax credit rollout:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/29/ontario-leaders-campaign356.html

Carol Goar on why nobody cares:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1062146--goar-eyes-on-city-not-province

Provincial Election and Poverty:

Party platforms thin on fighting poverty, says Campaign 2000 and 25 in 5:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1062072

Debbie Douglas, Avvy Go , and Grace-Edward Galabuzi on why Ontario needs an equity agenda:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1061979--ontario-needs-a-real-equity-agenda

Hudak’s mum on accessibility:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1061506--disturbing-silence-from-hudak-on-accessibility


Candidates not coming to Social Planning All Candidates’ Meetings to talk about poverty:
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/594641--efforts-to-place-poverty-on-election-agenda-face-obstacles

NDP releases affordable housing and anti-poverty plan:
http://ontariondp.com/en/ontario-new-democrats-release-affordable-housing-and-anti-poverty-plan


The Ontario NDP's affordable housing and anti-poverty plan

"Over five years, we will phase in a new housing benefit that will help almost 200,000 low-income individuals and families to better afford their rent. The average amount of the benefit, when fully phased in, will be $96/month for individuals and $120/month for families. The program will cost $240 million a year when fully implemented. We are investing $545 million in the housing benefit over the next four years.

We are committing to a 10-year affordable housing plan to build 50,000 new affordable housing units. With sustained provincial funding reaching $150 million a year, we will build over 14,000 units in the next four years.

These ambitious targets will be achieved through:
* Partnered funding with the federal government (starting with a 3-year, $480 million bilateral agreement).
* Improved housing provider access to low-cost financing through the expansion and reform of the Infrastructure Ontario Affordable Housing Loan Fund.
* Legislation enabling Ontario municipalities to implement inclusionary housing policies that require a minimum percentage of affordable units in new housing developments.

We will put in place a new dental care program that will provide emergency dental care to 50,000 low-income adults each year using unspent funds from the government’s 2008 Healthy Smiles Ontario program"

Ontario NDP Affordable Housing & Anti-Poverty Plan

Source:
email from Ontario NDP HQ (Sept. 16)
NOTE : the email contains more detailed information than the Ontario NDP site. The email also contains a list of previously announced anti-poverty commitments. I was informed by an Ontario NDP official that the full platform - including more detailed information on the affordable housing and antipoverty plan - will be posted to their site within a week or so.

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New ways to vote – especially for people with disabilities:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/09/06/ont-votes-ottawa-voter-access.html

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PC support is plummeting:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1053245--pcs-plummet-while-liberals-climb-new-polls-suggests

Elections Ontario relocates voting locations out of colleges:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/10/elections-canada-to-relocate-polling-stations-from-colleges

A challenge to Hudak’s math – and whether or not he can be trusted – in THE SUN of all places – and read the comments!
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/02/simple-math-challenges-hudaks-big-plans

Hudak’s promises to lead country in job growth:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/09/hudak-vows-to-lead-country-in-job-growth

Green jobs from the Libs:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/16/mcguinty-sticks-to-green-jobs-theme

Skepticism on Horwath’s transit pledge:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/16/horwaths-transit-pledge-met-with-skepticism

McGuinty defends poor fiscal rating:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/13/mcguinty-defends-poor-fiscal-rating

Healthcare cutbacks: Walkom:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1053108--walkom-the-health-care-cutbacks-no-party-will-talk-about

Where’d the Greens go?
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/provincialelection/article/1053971--cohn-the-greens-have-fallen-off-the-scales

Contributed by:
Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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From TVOntario:

Your Vote 2011

The Citizens’ Agenda: Low-Income in Ontario
By Michael Lehan
September 13, 2011
Excellent infographics providing a snapshot of low income, unemployment and poverty in Ontario.
Click on any of the pink city/region names to see how low-income affects different age groups in the population differently in those centres.
- includes links to the following related resources:
* The Income Spread - an overall image of the income distribution in the province; it shows how unemployment numbers don’t tell the whole story.
* The Single Parent Trap - reveals the impact of continued income inequality between genders in single parent families (who dominate the low-income family category)
* Receiving Aid in Ontario takes a look at the increase in Ontario Works recipients over the past two years.


September 13, 2011

The Agenda host Steve Paikin moderates a panel discussion entitled "Confronting Poverty".

[ Duration of the video : 35:42 ]

Participants include:

* Laurel Broten, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services and Liberal MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

* Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP, Parkdale-High park

* Tim Grant, Green Party candidate, Trinity-Spadina

* Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator, Campaign 2000

(The Ontario PC Party declined the invitation to participate.)

Source:
TVOntario

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Welcome to Tim Hudak’s Tea Party
September 12, 2011
By Charles Pascal
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s public response to a program designed to help well-educated and trained citizens gain Canadian experience by providing modest support to those employers who hire them is a prime example of bringing north the ugly and divisive politics below the 49th parallel. And American politics have never been uglier. (...) As far back as 1984, an Ontario report discussed the requirement to remove barriers for foreign-trained professionals so that our labour-market supply needs in many areas could be filled more adequately. We have not made the kind of progress that our economy needs. And this hurts us all. As well, the changes made to our immigration policy several years back require an unprecedented level of education to qualify for immigration to Canada and citizenship. Hudak claims discrimination while invoking alarming discriminatory images. Of course we need to do all we can do for all who are unemployed. But equity doesn’t mean sameness. Having all qualified hands on deck for a productive economy requires special initiatives for special and different populations in our midst. But that’s too complicated to explain on a hot-button bumper sticker.

[ Author Charles Pascal is a professor of human development and applies psychology at OISE/University of Toronto and a former Ontario deputy minister. ]
Source:
Toronto Star

2011 Ontario election - Non-governmental links

From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Ontario Election 2011: Questions for Candidates
Two series of questions on social assistance were sent to Ontario's three main political parties to inform us (the voters) with respect to the views and promises of each party on such matters as income adequacy, advancing equity in supports and services, creating good jobs and ensuring accommodation in the labour market, and other critical issues?

The two questionnaires:

1. Ontario Works (OW) and Poverty (Word file - 88K, 2 pages)
2. Questions for Candidates about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - (Word file - 54K, 2 pages)

Responses to
the two questionnaires:
(Posted to the ISAC website October 4)

1. OW and Poverty (Word file - 358K, 21 pages)
2. Questions for Candidates about ODSP (Word file - 280K, 10 pages)

Source:
ISAC Election 2011 webpage


ARCH Alert Special Ontario Election 2011 issue (Word file - 184K, 14 pages)
September 2011
Selected content:
* Disability Issues and the Election
* Accessible Voting in the October 6th Election
* Access to Democracy and the Electoral System: Challenges and Legal Opportunities
* Various Election Campaigns and Questions for Candidates

[ Earlier issues of ARCH Alert - back to January 2006 ]

Source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
The ARCH Vision : A world in which all people with disabilities enjoy social justice and equal participation in society and our communities.
- incl. links to:
* About ARCH * Our Services * Significant Cases * Publications * Submissions * Useful Links * Attendant Services * Education Law * Legal Capacity * Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities * Priority Area Archives


From the
Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)

OAFB's 2011 Election Ontario Priorities
The 2011 Ontario Provincial Election takes place on October 6th, 2011!
We need the Ontario government to address the root causes of hunger, and implement long-term sustainable solutions that will end hunger in our province and make food banks unnecessary!
Our top three issues and recommendations
to this year's provincial party candidates
:
We respectfully request your party to take action on the following three issues to help make fighting hunger in Ontario a priority:
Issue #1 – Food Bank Donation Tax Credit for Farmers
Issue #2 – Housing Benefit for Low-Income Tenants
Issue #3 – Access to Affordable, Nutritious Food

Source:
Ontario Association of Food Banks
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of over 100 food banks from Windsor to Ottawa, and Thunder Bay to Niagara Falls. Since 1992, we have been committed to reducing hunger across the province


Ontario Campaign 2000 and the
2011 Ontario provincial election
Toronto, Sept. 27
Ontario Campaign 2000 released a political commitment grid which evaluates the commitments of each of Ontario's four major political parties on helping people living on low income. The grid shows that even though most parties have mentioned or discussed their poverty reduction strategies, the political anti-poverty dialogue remains limited, with some parties failing to make extensive commitments on anti-poverty work. The grid is accompanied by and informs a Call to Action letter from the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction.

To find out where each party stands on issues of poverty and other related areas, click on the links below:

Media Release (PDF - 46K, 2 pages) - September 27, 2011
Political platform grid - brief version (PDF - 54K, 2 pages)
Political platform grid - long version (PDF - 56K, 6 pages)
Call to Action on Poverty in Ontario (PDF - 124K, 2 pages)
List of endorsers for Call to Action on Poverty in Ontario (PDF - 120K, 2 pages)

Source:
Ontario Campaign 2000
[ Campaign 2000 - National ]
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

25 in 5
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.


Early childhood education and care in the fall 2011 provincial/territorial elections
21 Sep 2011
New ISSUE File from CRRU collects information about how Early Childhood Education and Care is being addressed in elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territory.
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit


2011 Provincial Election Tool Kit:

 

The Ontario NDP Platform : Six Concerns
Posted by Nick Falvo
September 20, 2011
Pollsters tell us that Ontario’s New Democrats may double their seat total in next month’s provincial election. It’s also entirely conceivable that they could be part of a coalition government at Queen’s Park. But what’s actually in the party’s election platform?
I have six concerns about the platform.
1. Scale.
2. Taxing The Rich.
3. Priorities.
4. Environment.
5. Poverty. [See the comments section for a correction]
6. Post-Secondary Education. As I’ve blogged about before, tuition rates in Ontario are the highest in Canada. Ontario’s NDP is proposing to freeze them at these levels. It also proposes to eliminate the interest on the provincial portion of student loans, which, for a student with a $25,000 student loan, would amount to an annual savings of $60. In my mind, this pales in comparison with the undergraduate tuition grant being proposed in the current election campaign by the governing Liberals, which would be worth $1,600 per year for a full-time undergraduate university student.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum


From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Ontario Office):

Conservative platform’s geometry found faulty
September 13, 2011
TORONTO—A detailed statistical review of the 13 statistical graphs contained in the Conservative changebook platform document finds that not one of them conforms to the normal requirements of academic or professional practice. That’s the conclusion of a detailed review of the platform by Jim Stanford, economist and Research Associate with the Ontario office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Stanford finds that at least three of the graphs (which illustrate various statistical arguments related to the Conservative platform) present data that is clearly false. All of the others contain major errors in the labeling of variables or axes; internally inconsistent or manipulative scaling of bars and data; and misleading or incomplete references to source data.

Full report:

The Troubled Geometry of Tim Hudak’s “changebook” (PDF - 431K, 15 pages)
by Jim Stanford

Source:
Ontario Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Poverty Free Ontario (PFO)
Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO). The objectives of Poverty Free Ontario are:
* To make ending poverty a public issue in the 2011 provincial election;
* To urge that all political parties commit to a poverty eradication agenda if elected; and
* To ensure that all electoral candidates have poverty eradication as part of their platforms and campaigns.
- includes links to : * About * Event Calendar * Policy Agenda [ Ending Deep Poverty /Ending Working Poverty / Protecting Food Money / Cross Community Mobilization] * Poverty in Ontario [Background / Status of Poverty in Ontario / What Does Poverty Eradication Mean?] * Social Assistance Review * PFO Bulletins

PFO Bulletin #6:
Poverty Free Ontario – Getting Poverty Eradication on the Provincial Election Agenda
September 8, 2011
Poverty Free Ontario is a non-partisan initiative. Although the election campaign is only a day old, none of the political parties and very few of the electoral candidates running under party banners have given any indication that a commitment to ending poverty within a reasonable timeframe and with a clear and serious plan is a priority issue in this election. None of the published party platforms give any prominence at all to poverty or its elimination.

Earlier PFO Bulletins
* PFO Bulletin #5: What is This Election Going to be About?
* PFO Bulletin #4: Fiscal Options for a Poverty Free Ontario
* PFO Bulletin #3: Suggested Questions for Community Discussion with the Social Assistance Review Commissioners
* PFO Bulletin #2: 2009 Figures Show Growth Rate of Poverty in Ontario
* PFO Bulletin #1: Social Assistance Review

Social Planning Network of Ontario

Ontario Campaign 2000

Income Security Advocacy Centre


From the Ontario Nonprofit Network:

Provincial Elections 2011
Ontario Goes to the Polls Thursday October 6th, 2011 – The Provincial election is fast approaching, and the nonprofit sector needs to make its voices heard. ONN has developed a strategy to share information on the nonprofit sector and what it needs to get its work done. Get information on the sector and the election on this page, and in ONN’s bulletins.
Source:
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) was organized in response to concerns about the proposed Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. Since that time, sector support for the nonprofit network has continued to grow and ONN has emerged as a nonpartisan voice, communication broker and capacity builder for nonprofits in Ontario. We have increased collaborations with government, foundations and segments of the for-profit sector to support our mandate.

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Provincial Election October 6th – Let’s put child care on the public agenda
Source:
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), founded in 1981, advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in the province of Ontario.


From the Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto):

An open challenge to all provincial candidates
September 6, 2011
Over the next two weeks, Daily Bread will be releasing a series of election blog posts where we will highlight some of the problem areas in the current social assistance system as well as challenge politicians to consider some of the potential solutions that we will also outline. (...) There is no single, simple solution to poverty because poverty is a complex situation. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any solutions. We need a government that is listening, looking for and implementing innovative solutions that will work to help lift people out of poverty – solutions such as the Ontario Housing Benefit.

We hope that you, as voters, take the time during this election to educate yourself on the issues and the candidates running for election in your riding. Decide what’s important to you and most importantly, find out what your candidate thinks is important as well.
You have a choice, a vote and a voice.
Use all three and make yours count on October 6.

Source:
Daily Bread Bank (Toronto)


McGuinty Proposes Undergraduate Tuition Grant
By Nick Falvo
September 14, 2011
[NOTE : Read the Comments section at the bottom of the article for clarification of the Liberal tuition grant promise (the Devil's in the details...) and links to further information.]

An Ontario election is slated for October 6, and the reigning Liberal Party will attempt to pull off a third consecutive majority government. In that vein, the Liberals have recently made a slew of campaign promises in the post-secondary education (PSE) sector. Notably, they’ve committed to reducing undergraduate tuition for “middle-class Ontario families” by 30 percent, amounting to “$1600 per student in university and $730 per student in college.” According to a September 5 Toronto Star article: “The tuition break would be available only to students from families with a gross household income of $160,000 or less a year — about 86 per cent of the 360,000 students currently enrolled — and would take effect Jan. 1.”

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

Earlier Ontario elections

New momentum in poverty battle
Oct 12, 2007
Carol Goar
They took a leap of faith and they still don't know where they're going to land. But two days after the election, the leaders of Ontario's anti-poverty movement are feeling unusually positive. They have a commitment from Premier Dalton McGuinty to introduce firm poverty reduction targets and a conviction that their voices are finally beginning to count. During the campaign, they resolved to set aside their differences, their shopping lists and their doubts to press for a legislated poverty reduction plan. Today, they have a pledge that one will come.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Ontario provincial election 2007"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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From the Toronto Star:

Fight to end poverty a hard sell
October 6, 2007
Poverty will always be with us. You've heard the refrain. You've seen the helpless shrug. But does it have to be that way? A growing number of social activists say no. And they point to countries in Europe and provinces right here at home that have cut poverty by drafting plans, setting goals, dedicating funds – and measuring progress.

Highlights of Party Platforms (PDF file - 320K, 1 page)
- *Health * Environment * Economy * Education * Poverty * Cities

McGuinty vows targets in bid to cut poverty levels
Premier has 'thrown down gauntlet' to other parties with pledge, food bank director says
October 02, 2007
More than 1 million Ontarians live in poverty but a key step in changing that was promised yesterday by Premier Dalton McGuinty, anti-poverty groups say. If the Liberals are re-elected, McGuinty said he'll make poverty reduction a priority and he'll introduce firm reduction targets within a year so the government can be measured on its progress.

Pros and cons of MMP
October 1, 2007
On a mixed-member proportional representation ballot, voters are asked to make two marks: one for a party (on the left) and one for a local candidate (on the right). The local candidate with the most votes is elected as with the current system, but additional seats are apportioned based on the party vote. This is a sample only - Elections Ontario would design its own if MMP is approved.
Source:
The Toronto Star's Guide to the MMP

Electoral reform a backward step
September 30, 2007
"(...) No one suggests that first-past-the post is perfect. But Ontario's current system is democratic and robust, delivering strong, stable government that works. Why strain to "fix" what isn't broken?"

COMMENT: I dunno about you, but I'm starting to get dizzy from the contradictory analysis and advice we're getting about MMP - the left-leaning Toronto Star trashes the MMP, but the 103 impartial Ontario citizens who studied all of the issues as part of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform recommended in their report "that Ontario adopt a Mixed Member Proportional system, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Ontario." I'm going with the Citizens' Assembly recommendation. Read their report, One Ballot, Two Votes: A New Way to Vote in Ontario, below. Read the background report on the Citizens' Assembly (Democracy at Work), also below, if you're not sure whether these people can be trusted. <They can. Sez me.>

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Ontario Citizens’ Assembly
- Govt. of Ontario website about the Mixed Member Proportional voting system

One Ballot,Two Votes : A New Way to Vote in Ontario (PDF file - 912K, 32 pages)
Final Report and Recommendation of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform
May 15, 2007

Background report on the Citizens' Assembly:

Democracy at Work:
The Ontario Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform
(PDF file - 3.5MB, 280 pages)
May 2007
Democracy at Work documents the Citizens' Assembly process in detail and describes the Mixed Member Proportional electoral system the Assembly has recommended. This report complements One Ballot, Two Votes: A New Way to Vote in Ontario.

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Ontario referendum 2007:
Electoral reform or not?
By Emily Chung
September 21, 2007
"(...)Proportional representation vs. First-Past-The-Post
The first-past-the-post system is used in federal elections in Canada, the United States, Australia and many other countries around the world, but most European countries, New Zealand and Japan have either mixed or proportional representation systems. In proportional representation, parties receive a number of seats that is proportional to their share of the popular vote — the percentage of votes they receive. MMP is a particular kind of proportional representation that maintains local electoral districts and is used in places such as Germany and Scotland. Proportional representation typically results in more power for parties with a smaller share of the popular vote and is more likely to produce a minority government..."
Source:
CBC

September 27, 2007
Ontario Referendum: The Pros and Cons
OntarioMMP.blogspot.com is not affiliated with either side of the referendum. It is dedicated to providing a forum for discussion on the proposed mixed member proportional system to be voted on in the Ontario referendum this fall.
Source:
Progressive Bloggers

NOMMP [dead link]
"On next October 10th, as part of the next provincial election, Ontarians will be asked if they want to replace our current electoral system with a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) form of voting. This site is designed to help you make your decision in this important Referendum. If we decide to change, we will have to live with that decision for a long, long time. Please use this site to learn more about our current system and the pitfalls of MMP voting."

Vote for MMP
Under first-past-the-post, a party can win 40% of the votes, but capture 60% of the seats and 100% of the power. Mixed-member proportional (MMP) is better for voters and better for our democracy.


Ontario Election 2003 - October 2, 2003

'A kinder, more livable Ontario' : What the Liberals said they would do if they won the election
Doug Fischer - The Ottawa Citizen
October 03, 2003
Dalton McGuinty asked the voters of Ontario to choose change and, like it or not, they're probably going to get a bunch of it.
- detailed look at what the Liberals have promised to do during the next four or five years in the following policy areas : Education and Child Care - Health Care -
Taxes - Public safety and security - The Environment - Government - Infrastructure - Rural Issues
Source : Canada.com - Toronto

Election Results - [CBC] [CTV] [Canada.com] [Globe and Mail] --- (look for a link to Ontario Elections 2003 in each case)

From Google News Canada :

Google Canada News : The 2003 Ontario Election --- all the latest news about the Ontario provincial government election.
See also:
Google Canada : the 2003 Ontario Election - links to websites concerning the October provincial election - from voters' guides to party websites, to issues statements by a number of interest and advocacy groups, etc.


From DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario :

Who cares about Ontario's poor?
By Sarah Blackstock & Jacquie Chic
Op/Ed in the Toronto Star - September 29, 2003


From DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario :

Who cares about Ontario's poor?
By Sarah Blackstock & Jacquie Chic
Op/Ed in the Toronto Star - September 29, 2003

Ontario Election 2003
Organizing Information & Resources for Social Justice Activists

- 70+ links to a comprehensive collection of information about the social justice campaigns happening around the Ontario provincial election called for October 3, 2003
Campaigns:
DisAbility Legislation - Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) 2001
- whatever happened to that law which would achieve a barrier-free society for people with disabilities?
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - needs-tested social assistance for people with disabilities
- ODSP Issues in Provincial Election Campaign (Questions for Ontario Election 2003)
- Denial by Design: Ontario Disability Support Program
Ontario Works (OW) - needs-tested social assistance for people without disabilities
- Feed the Kids AND Pay the Rent Campaign
- Pay the Rent Lobby Blitz Action to raise social assistance's shelter allowance to average rent levels

- Implement Rogers Inquest Jury Recommendations
- Ban the Welfare Bans
Housing & Homelessness
- Housing & Homelessness Network in Ontario (HHNO)
- Fair Wage Campaign
- Ontario Needs a Raise Campaign
- Fair Wage Campaign
Women
- Women Vote - Make Your Votes Count Election Ontario 2003
- Poverty & Women's Health
Provincial Party Leaders Respond to Letter from Ontario’s Religious Leaders
Tools & Resources
- DAWN Media Kit - Letters to Editor - Op-Eds - Preparing a Press Release - Writing Letters to the Editor - Ontario Media Directory - Ontario Media Email Addresses - Canadian Media Email Addresses for Letter to Editor - Ontario MPP Contact Info - Ontario Conservative MPPs' Tel/Fax - Ontario MPP Email Addresses
Ontario Gov't ODSP & OW Links
Much more...
NOTE: this web page is an excellent overview of some of Ontario's most pressing social problems and the public awareness efforts of Ontario social advocacy groups to raise the profile of social issues during the election campaign. Congratulations to Barbara Anello of DAWN Ontario for creating such a comprehensive collection of resources for the Ontario election!

Make poverty an election issue in your community: Sept 10 province wide event
"With nearly 2 million people in Ontario living below the poverty line, politicians in this province need to take poverty seriously. They need to commit to raising the minimum wage and social assistance rates. On Sept 10, in communities across Ontario, activists will be making it clear to political candidates that raising the minimum wage and social assistance rates must be a priority."

Ontario Health Coalition - Election Planning Kit # 1 : How to Plan an All Candidates' Meeting
[ Ontario Health Coalition ]



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