Latest Media & Policy News: 18 December 2015

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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This will be the last Media & Policy News until the new year! Happy Holidays everyone!
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Later today (December 18), Campaign 2000 will be making public a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos about the Canada Child Benefit. Campaign 2000 partners have written to them in advance of the federal-provincial-territorial Finance Ministers meeting on Sunday and Monday to urge them to make sure that the new Canada Child Benefit is not clawed back from provincial social assistance / income assistance benefits. If you click the link above, you'll find a copy of that letter, to which ISAC is a proud signatory
Sally Ann clients say thanks for the Christmas Turkey, but much more is needed to end poverty
Banks steal the show at the CBC’s annual food bank charity drive
A roundup from PFIB of stories of people challenging food banks to act on social justice, not charity
Sun column: Canada’s low income families are in trouble – especially in Ontario
Ontario’s minimum wage leaves workers 16% below the poverty line
Food prices are rising
Canada’s tanking petro dollar costs us all more to eat
CBC Video
Mi’kmaq leaders relieved the federal government is nixing welfare rate cuts on First Nations
Walkom: Will Trudeau really implement bold and ambitious Truth and Reconciliation recommendations
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath calls for creation of Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat
Couple on ODSP wants to change the full clawback on CPP benefits
Calgarians call for change to arrangement between CPP-D and private insurance companies, leaving sick and dying patients in the lurch
Public servants blow the whistle on tax system shortfalls, political meddling and CRA boondoggles
Meanwhile, the CRA is going after low-income Indigenous women for back taxes, reinterpreting the Indian Act
Injured workers protest denied claims at the Windsor WSIB office
Ending child poverty is the top of this writer’s holiday wish list
OFL statement on International Migrants Day, December 18

Ontario

Pre-budget consultations starting soon
Ontario investing in 1000 supportive housing units
Almost half of Ontario government jobs last year were temporary positions
Workers should be able to stay home if they’re sick – but 1.6 million Ontarian workers can’t
List of all Local Poverty Reduction Fund grants made this year

Reports, Events, Campaigns

Every Ninth Child in Ontario: A cost-benefit analysis for investing in the care of special needs children and youth in Ontario
CCPA report: New study reveals the most and least expensive Canadian cities for child care
CCPA report: Addressing core housing need in Canada
Caledon Institute report: Welfare in Canada 2014
Oxfam report: Extreme wealth is not merited
Ontario Electricity Support Program information
New Statistics Canada reports:
--- Income of Canadians, 2000-2013
--- Low Income Lines, 2013-14: Update
--- Revisions to 2006-2011 income data

Around the Province

From Niagara: Hear the voices of what housing actually means, from five formerly homeless individuals
Waterloo Region politicians examining free transit for people on Ontario Works and others on low income
What 1,000 good paying jobs mean for Windsor-Essex
CMHA Sudbury to offer more rent supplements “because we know that, for people living on Ontario Disability Support or Ontario Works, it’s not enough money to live on”
Hamilton’s CHCH cuts dozens of staff to be “free of old Union employees and their demands”
Meanwhile, Vice Canada is unionizing
Toronto civic leaders push for $75 million for poverty reduction in Council’s 2016 budget:
Press release on letter from civic leaders
Toronto’s mayor says poverty reduction needs to be among the top three spending priorities
Toronto City Budgetwatch: Three recommendations from the CCPA

Across the Country

Wait times on BC’s welfare phone line soar to almost one hour
The 30/30/30 plan to tie affordable housing to accessible transit in Vancouver
Vancouver Courier blog: Poverty persists, despite more money for meals for kids
Op-Ed: BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
BC man who is homeless wins the lottery but can’t claim the prize because he doesn’t have identification
Alberta premier says $15 minimum wage a “notional” target that may not be reached
Newfoundland & Labrador stops collection of pension overpayments
Upstream Saskatchewan: Living wages make communities resilient
From Manitoba: Community-based solutions critical to beating poverty
EI numbers in Calgary and Alberta more than double
Dump existing programs and replace them with the family allowance, says the Victoria Times Colonist
Plan to wipe out poverty in Edmonton is closer to taking effect

National

Federal government poised to restore refugee health benefits
Statement: The federal government is abandoning its refugee health care appeal
Governments must increase funding to guard against unintended consequences
CPP reform up for debate at federal / provincial / territorial finance ministers talks this weekend
Are Trudeau’s tax cuts really for the middle class?
Federal government rebuilding EI; premium reductions scheduled but timeline unsure
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to get all-weather road


International

Day care costs in the US can drive a family into poverty before a child reaches kindergarten
There is no skills gap”. Employers are just cheapskates
A French MP wants basic income to replace all welfare. Is he right?
Four mistakes that prove New Zealand’s premier is “clueless” about poverty
Vermont considers fee on hotel rooms to pay for services to help people who are homeless

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 11 December 2015

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New York City’s welfare chief defends high welfare rolls “because we care about people”
There’s a food security crisis in Canada and it’s worse than you think
Charity is essential when there’s no justice, but there’s no justice when people have to rely on charity
After 30 years, we need viable alternatives to food banks
PFIB: They think their power is in our silence: Report on survey about the role of food banks in Ontario
The federal government is negotiating with the provinces over the new Canada Child Benefit
Finance ministers start negotiations December 20: http://news.gc.ca/web/article
Federal Labour Minister set to overhaul Employment Insurance and the Labour Code
Do corporate income tax cuts fuel growth, or just cash hoarding?
Ontario Federation of Labour statement on International Human Rights Day
Nearly half of murdered indigenous women did not know or barely knew their killers

Ontario

465,000 people may miss the start of Ontario’s low income energy rebate
Rebate process confusing, unfair
Opposition blasts rebate as “inaccessible”
Ontario’s landlord and tenant board penalizes the poor
Liberals under pressure to fix Ontario’s child protection system
Ontario government and IBM “smacked for bungled software project”
Ontario NDP statement on Auditor General’s report

Reports, Events, Campaigns

CCPA: Real change for the middle class: Four reforms that do more than the Liberals’ tax cut proposal
Fight for $15 and Fairness: Celebrating retail and service-sector workers
Study identifies jobs barriers for graduates with disabilities

Around the Province

Op-Ed: Guelph father of two says sheltered workshops provide secure employment
Letter to the Editor: Closing ARC Industries in Guelph an insult to people with disabilities
Hot housing market puts Hamilton’s homeless shelters in a crisis
Two new Habitat for Humanity projects break ground in Sarnia
Belleville social workers say a national poverty reduction strategy could help with housing crunch
Temporary OW staff positions in Niagara made permanent
More seniors and singles in North Bay turning to food banks for help
Beyond Toronto’s borders, homelessness means living in the woods


Across the Country

Nova Scotia program helps older workers get back into the labour force
Report shows high levels of child poverty in PEI
Thousands of kids in Burnaby, BC live in poverty
Food bank use at “crisis level” in Canada’s west

National

Mi’kmaw chiefs optimistic proposed changes to on-reserve welfare will be dropped
The absence of good disability policy in Canada
Should Canada replace social programs with cheques for everyone?

International

Finland to fight unemployment by scrapping all social welfare benefits and pay a basic income of $1100 / month to all adult citizens
Some may be worse off as a result of basic income
Welfare reforms have left British vulnerable to hunger
Cameron has made food banks a way of life for hungry children in Britain
One in three people on benefits in Scotland can’t get by on the money they receive

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 04 December 2015

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2016 is coming: Make reconciliation with Indigenous peoples your new year’s resolution
Ontario Association of Food Banks’ Hunger Report:
* Staggering rise in senior citizens accessing food bank
* Singles and seniors most vulnerable to hunger
* Food banks have allowed governments to look the other way, says food expert
Editorial: Quebec’s punitive welfare changes are worrying
Report links poverty and shorter life expectancy
Debt loads have many Canadians living on the edge, with high housing prices largely to blame
Economists tested 7 welfare programs to see if they made people lazy. They didn’t
Dec 3 was International Day of Persons with a Disability:
* Rick Hansen Foundation report: Canadians see massive gaps in accessibility for people with disabilities
* Community Living Ontario: Greater accessibility and inclusion needed for people with an intellectual disability
* Ontario Federation of Labour Statement: http://ofl.ca/index.php/ofl-statement-international-day-persons-disabilities-december-3-2015/
Campaign 2000 report shows 1.3 million Canadian children are living in poverty:
* Child poverty rates in PEI take a jump
* Child poverty still rising in Cape Breton
* Child and family poverty in Manitoba “a chronic nightmare”
* One in five kids in BC lives in poverty
* More on BC poverty rates, by region
* Too many children in Atlantic Canada still struggling
Ontario Auditor General’s report: Little government oversight in the SAMS social assistance payment system:
* Government knew of problems before SAMS was launched
* Auditor finds Ontario is failing to protect its most vulnerable
* Ontario doles out majority of corporate welfare to small, favoured group of companies
* Ontario not tracking economic impact of corporate welfare
* Ontarians paid $37 billion extra for electricity from 2006-14
* Editorial: Ontario’s Liberals have completely broken the electricity system
Ontario Association of Food Banks report: Ontario seeing sharp rise in seniors and singles using food banks
* Hamilton Spectator coverage
* Many Cornwall area seniors turn to food banks
* Poverty feels like living a cycle of not having enough
Goar: Fact-based decision making loses out, even on poverty

Reports, Events, Campaigns…

New Wellesley report: Coming together on supported housing for mental health and addictions in Ontario
Ontario making data open by default: Open Data directive to take effect April 1, 2016
Toronto workers launch Good Jobs campaign


Ontario

15 new provincial ridings added; total Ontario Legislature seats now 122, in time for 2018 election
Cohn: Why Ontario employers can’t dodge pension obligations
Liberals slammed over high levels of poverty in Northern Ontario
Ontario deficit drops by $1 billion, largely due to Hydro One sell-off
Local Poverty Reduction Fund: Toronto non-profit gets funding for women’s economic and social empowerment
Ontario invests $4 million on Community Loans Fund pilot to hire people facing barriers to employment

Around the Province

Homeless Newmarket mom of four searching for affordable housing
Manitoulin health centre gets new Child Poverty Task Force Coordinator
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit report shows those who rely on social assistance or minimum wage can’t afford healthy food
Actors with disabilities in Toronto being kept out of auditions because they can’t get in the building
County of Dufferin poverty forum highlights challenges: Money isn’t the only issue
Poverty game in Collingwood opens some eyes
Micro-loans helping marginalized Sault Ste. Marie residents

Across the Country

Alberta’s child and youth advocate concerned about suicides of Aboriginal youth in care
Affordable housing will be main concern for refugees arriving in Calgary
Farm worker fights to change Alberta labour laws
Nova Scotia Minister says “everything is on the table” in their reform of social assistance benefits – even free bus passes
Changes to child protection laws will proceed in Nova Scotia despite objections
Campaign to raise the minimum wage kicks off in Cape Breton:
* Province provides $1.2 million to fight child poverty in Cape Breton
One in three kids in Cape Breton lives in poverty
Unacceptable poverty rates also face seniors in Cape Breton
PEI government developing new strategy for housing
Government consultation gives residents chance to vent about Nunavut’s social assistance system
Hoping Trudeau’s plan for affordable housing comes fast enough to help in Maple Ridge, BC
Editorial: BC should stop being a laggard on fighting child poverty
Prince George, BC, school district wants provincial action on child poverty
Tackling poverty in Prince George, BC, for real
They keep recommending a poverty reduction strategy for BC, but action is long overdue
Sorting through the food crisis in Parksville, BC
Parksville, BC, MLA publicly offered help to people who are homeless, but all they got was a card and five dollars
BC’s Peace Region has among the lowest child poverty rates in that province
In Squamish, BC, child poverty is at 16%
Court decision on rights of homeless people in Abbotsford could point the way forward on right to housing

National

Canada sheds 35,700 positions, jobless rate rises to 7.1%
Trudeau’s nannies are trivial compared to the scandal of corporate tax cuts
EI coverage survey, 2014: Fewer people eligible for EI benefits in 2014
Nova Scotia First Nations see hope in fight with federal government on social assistance
Corporate Canada is pumping money out of the country at a record rate
Why the federal Liberals should institute a basic income guarantee
Dismantling barriers faced by migrants to Canada
Broadbent Poll: Canadians want government to change the voting system
Here are the results
Food Banks Canada report shows Prairie provinces lead increases in food bank use
FBC calls for basic income to replace “beyond repair” welfare system
Report shows food banks help, but the problems run deeper

International

George Osborne scraps tax credit cuts in welfare U-turn
Cuts postponed, not axed
Jeremy Corbyn scolds Tory MPs for laughing at food poverty
Oxfam study: Extreme inequality is fueling climate change
The welfare state: So retro it’s new?
Nobel laureate says education the key to solve poverty and unemployment
Why education does not fix poverty
Can’t afford to die: The rise of funeral poverty in the UK
China vows to lift remaining 70 million above poverty line by 2020
Chinese cadres told to meet poverty reduction targets or face getting fired
How poor single moms in the US survive

Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 02 November 2015

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NOTE : The Nov. 2 issue is incorrectly dated --- the correct date should be Nov. 2, 2015

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Budget increases to OW and ODSP rates come into effect
Increases won’t be enough to lift Oxford residents out of poverty
ISAC’s new rate sheet
BC Welfare Food Challenge runs November 3 to November 9
The challenge should challenge us to ask, who benefits from poverty?
Singer Bif Naked and local politicians take the challenge to survive on welfare income for one week
BC family of six takes on welfare food challenge
BCGEU President takes on the challenge
BC government significantly increases asset, gift, inheritance and trust payment limits for people with disabilities on social assistance
Mi’kmaq chiefs urge Nova Scotia MPs to join the fight on federal cuts to social assistance for First Nation
Harper legacy haunts First Nations welfare recipients
Supreme Court decision has Eskasoni chief “disappointed and upset”
Sheltered workshops for people with developmental disabilities: blessing, or slave labour?
NLS Blog: Child poverty and Canada’s immigration policies
United Way launches “Make the Month” online poverty simulator
Coverage from Vancouver
Coverage from Winnipeg
Toronto City Council unanimously supports 20-year anti-poverty plan, but the budget will tell
Funding will be key to the poverty reduction plan
Improving access to dental care in Canada

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

November 23: Professional development training in Windsor for those who support migrant workers
November 2-8 was Living Wage Week!
November 2-3 was Prosper Canada’s ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference

Ontario

Ontario Electricity Support Program accepting applications from low-income energy consumers
New Ontario Human Rights commissioner vows aggressive approach
Hennessy: Ontario’s newest trend is Living Wage Employers
Ontario passes law against strategic lawsuits
Local Poverty Reduction Fund announcements
City of Brant research project to help reduce poverty aims to help OW families with post-secondary education costs

Around the Province

London poised to take the lead on ending homelessness in Ontario
St Catherines bus drivers form new coalition to help low-income riders
Nearly 1 in 4 children in St. Catherines lives in poverty
“Don’t drink the water” warnings on the Neskantaga First Nation and others
Kingston woman waiting for EI benefits as daughter battles leukemia
Northumberland legal clinic setting up injured workers group
Hidden homelessness is growing in York Region
Optimism abounds in Hamilton, but the city is becoming increasingly polarized between rich and poor
In Hamilton, the new economy is precarious and insecure

Across the Country

Nunavut minister says social assistance review coming soon
Ending poverty in Saskatchewan requires action in several key areas
Saskatoon’s living wage set at $16.77 / hour
Edmonton employment centre jammed with job seekers
Panhandlers in Winnipeg say social assistance is not enough to survive
High levels of child poverty in Nova Scotia are unacceptable
Living the housing and social assistance crisis in Nova Scotia
Montreal protesters call for increased social assistance, housing, health and education spending
Big waitlist for affordable housing in Vernon, BC
Vancouver’s already acute housing crisis deepening
Panhandling and poverty in Nelson, BC

National

The case for taking “temporary” out of temporary foreign workers
Wellesley Huffington Blog: Enhancing EI will benefits all Canadians
Trudeau’s promises spark First Nations summit in Alberta
BC Finance Minister says economy “too fragile” to participate in expanded CPP
Canada Without Poverty “Spotlight on Poverty”: Derek Cook

International

Eleven major international companies to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace
Australia think tank says creative responses needed to tackle intergenerational poverty

Australian reality TV show blasted as “poverty porn”
Do US anti-poverty programs work better than we think?
Cutting US poverty rates with more Earned Income Tax Credit signups
Some pockets of US poverty are so deep they’re hidden from sight
Ohio wants federal welfare-to-work rules eased
Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs wants cities experimenting with basic income to come up with common plan
Wired Magazine: Connecting the poor is the best hope for ending poverty

Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 30 October 2015

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Sheila Block blog: What Ontario should expect from the new federal government
Caledon: Ottawa must get serious about poverty reduction
Canada Without Poverty: Why do we accept poverty in a nation as rich as Canada?
Poverty ruins health and costs billions: Health Providers Against Poverty, Nova Scotia
Canada needs a child poverty reduction strategy
Roy Romanow Op-Ed: The time has come for universal pharmacare
Wellesley: What’s next for prescription drug coverage?
Ontario sets 10-year deadline to end chronic homelessness
Response from Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Government news release
Report of the Expert Panel
CCPA study: There’s plenty of room to raise taxes on Canada’s wealthiest
Here’s the report
BC Supreme Court rules people who are homeless in Abbotsford, BC, have a right to public space
Comment from Pivot Legal Society, who represented the group
Comment from the BC Civil Liberties Association
Wellesley Institute: The Trans-Pacific Partnership could jeopardize Canadians’ health
Inflation cools to 1% - but food prices soar by 11%
Stapleton Blog: Single people on Ontario Works are the new hunter gatherers
OW and ODSP shelter allowances should increase and reflect market rent rates in Ontario
Being poor is too expensive

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

National Housing Day Assembly for the Right to Housing Nov 20 – full info and registration here
Report from Canadians for Public Justice: On the Margins: A Glimpse of Poverty in Canada
N ew resource from CLEO: Getting Legal Help: A Directory of Legal Clinics in Ontario

Ontario

Ontario releases Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) transition plan
Coverage: Cost of problem-plagued system soars to $294 million
Star Editorial: Ontario government botches rollout of welfare technology
Ontario opens Gathering Rooms at Queen’s Park for traditional Aboriginal ceremonies
CBC coverage
Financial Accountability Officer says selling Hydro One will leave the province worse off
Leclair’s report
Local Poverty Reduction Fund announcements
Projects in North Bay for Aboriginal women and people receiving Ontario Works
Evaluating the Circles program in Guelph

Around the Province

New micro-loan program available for OW recipients in Sault Ste. Marie
Ottawa’s OC Transpo exploring low-income transit fares
Port Colborne to tackle poverty and health through a new committee
Hennessy: In 25 years, could good policies make Hamilton inequality free?
Gentrification in Hamilton is changing the inner city
Poverty in Toronto a big issue, despite what the election rhetoric said
Toronto set to launch 20-year poverty reduction strategy
Op-Ed from Board of Trade CEO: Let’s build a city that’s prosperous for all
Star Editorial: Both the province and the feds need to help fix Toronto Community Housing
Rapping about Toronto’s poor job market
Toronto OW ID rules will mean low-income immigrants will be forced into homelessness
Plans for LGBTQ rec facility have anti-poverty activists worried about impact on Toronto’s Downtown East
Demolition of Toronto’s Seaton House shelter spells jeopardy for people who are homeless
Rally in Welland focuses attention on poverty and the need for affordable housing
New downtown refuge for people who are homeless in Timmins
Advocates in Sarnia ‘Stand Up Against Poverty’ and call for a national housing strategy

Across the Country

Homeless census in Moncton
Iqaluit family of six lives in a downtown tent
Winnipeg program that pays people who are homeless to clean the streets is full every day
Vancouver elementary school program brings parents together

National

Swift action for refugees urged as deadline looms
New national coalition pressing for migrant workers’ rights
Experts excited at the prospect of the return of the long form census
Canadian Human Rights Commission: Repair the erosion of human rights in Canada
Harm reduction back on the table
Voter turnout was highest in two decades
Manitoba chief says Stephen Harper "awoke a sleeping giant" in First Nations people
What a Liberal majority means to First Nations
Trudeau has huge democratic reform at all levels on his to-do list
And lots of changes to justice / law-and-order items

International

If the UN, World Bank, and IMF focused on eliminating “Extreme Wealth”
UN arrives in Scotland to probe “grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by Tory cuts
The next financial crash is coming – and we haven’t even cleaned up from the last one
Education doesn’t cure poverty – it cures ignorance
Who are the 1%? It might surprise you
Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler will pay tens of millions as tax avoidance deals ruled illegal
The numbers of poor in London, UK, surges 70% in 10 years
Inside the secretive world of tax-avoidance experts
The myth of welfare’s corrupting influence on the poor
How a Mississippi town resurrected the debtor’s prison

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 16 October 2015

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Federal election : October 19, 2015
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-party-platforms-1.3264887

Are you registered to vote? Use this online tool to be sure
Election 2015: ISAC’s list of key issues and where the parties stand
Campaign 2000 report: Mapping Child Poverty: A Reality in Every Federal Riding
No riding in Canada is immune from child poverty: http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000’s Anita Khanna on The Exchange with Amanda Lang
Column: Promises, promises, but no answers for child poverty
Child poverty is widespread in Toronto area ridings
Child poverty in Toronto could become an election issue
Child poverty in Northwestern Ontario is far too high
One riding in BC has a rate of child poverty of 22.5%
A riding in Nova Scotia has a child poverty rate of 34.5%:
Costs of Ontario’s 1995 “welfare diet” soar, while OW and ODSP rates remain inadequate
Faces of Nova Scotia Welfare puts a human face on those relying on social assistance benefits
Group fights welfare stigma with social media
Globe editorial: Providing safe drinking water to First Nations communities is easy. Just do it
Payday loan companies to pay $10 million in class-action lawsuit settlement
Editorial: Politicians are ignoring poverty in the chase for middle-class votes
Editorial: Ontario’s working poor deserve better
Op-Ed: Canadian children need a champion to ensure better health in the face of debilitating poverty

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Sign the Toronto Poverty Reduction petition - calling on City Councillors to support a bold plan
Here’s the City’s interim Poverty Reduction Strategy
New report on mental health and addiction from Ontario Human Rights Commission
Here’s the report
Nov 26-28: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation – Hamilton
PLE Toolbox: Helping clients with Public Legal Education and information
Video: Disability and the Duty to Accommodate – from the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

Ontario

Ontario consultations on closing the gender wage gap
Star coverage
Skepticism greets the announcement
Ontario Local Poverty Reduction Fund announcements:
Services for at risk youth, single moms, and those needing legal services in Hamilton
Out of the Cold program in Sudbury
Culinary programs for at-risk youth in Peel
Evaluating poverty reduction in Guelph

Around the Province

Long awaited inquest into Aboriginal students’ deaths starts in Thunder Bay
Lawyer reflects on week one of the inquest
Community coalition report: Toronto retains its shameful title as the child poverty capital of Canada
Here’s the report
It’s a record we don’t want
Editorial: Toronto should not be tops in child poverty
Vital Signs 2015 report warns of growing income gap in Toronto
Report says Toronto is Canada’s capital of working poverty
Toronto Council could vote to spend as much as $100 million on poverty reduction in 2016
Does Toronto need a low-income transit pass?
Toronto’s plan to invest in homeless shelters “too little, too late”
St. Catherine’s: To fight poverty, you’ve gotta think BIG
Use the R-word in Peterborough? You get yellow carded
Brantford program to provide rent subsidies for people who are homeless
Flag raising in Chatham-Kent part of public education efforts on the realities of poverty
Actually, Hamilton’s not the best place to raise a child
Harm reduction shelter a step closer in Sudbury

Across the Country

Homeless in Igloolik: Family of five lives in a tent
Advocates call on BC to end clawbacks of maternity and parental leave benefits from social assistance
Advocates call on Alberta to end clawbacks of child support from social assistance
Poverty Awareness Week kicks of in Saskatoon
Calgarians discuss what they’re doing to end poverty
From Newfoundland and Labrador: Governments can help end poverty!
From Halifax: What about the plight of the poor?

National

Report: Social Security Tribunal short staffed, error prone; three year delay on CPP/EI/OAS appeals
StatsCan study shows self-employment rises with joblessness
12,000 jobs added in September, but unemployment rises to 7.1%
Responding to the refugee crisis must include expanding refugee health care
How we created a Canadian prison crisis

Federal Election

All the party platforms are available here:
Election shenanigans: Everything you need to know about your rights when voting

Too busy to vote? Your boss has to give you time to vote on October 19
Do Canadian voters even know where their self-interest lies?
Hamilton Legal Clinic: Vote to End Poverty
Making life easier for single moms would really help Canadian families
Why the middle class should care about poverty in this election
Winnipeg food bank director says federal campaign ignoring poverty
Young First Nations are rocking the vote to increase turnout and have an impact
Public opinion polling is at a “crisis point”

Some stories from the voting booth:

Calgary homeless shelter first in country to have polling station
Disability advocate fights for more accessibility at the polls
Advance voter turnout triples in Nunavut, doubles in NWT and Yukon
Concerned voter complains that Elections Canada officials are asking improper questions at the polls
Election office in Vancouver closes early during advance polls, leaving 100 unable to vote
Advance poll in BC runs out of ballots
Transgender voters receive voter cards with birth names, not legal names
Yukoners told to vote 590 km away from home
Some long-time voters in Nova Scotia not on registered voters list
Cortes Island voter directed to inaccessible island 300 km away

International

World Bank says governments should focus on creating shared prosperity
Air France workers storm meeting and rip shirts from executives over 2900 job losses
Economist wins Nobel Prize for work on poverty, welfare, and consumption
New findings from the war on poverty: Just give people cash
A special US Census Bureau report says 48 million Americans live in poverty
Australia needs a poverty reduction plan

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 25 September 2015

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Major growth in food bank use in Toronto suburbs reveals a geographical shift in poverty; suburban services are not keeping up; and note that fully 65% of food bank users have social assistance as their primary source of income
InsideToronto - Global - Star editorial
London Public Health calls for an increase to social assistance rates due to rising cost of food
Ottawa ACORN calls for end to clawback of child support from social assistance benefits
Vanishing Canada: A Maclean’s investigation into Ottawa’s “war on data”
Ontario Electricity Support Program starts January to support low income electricity consumers
Times Colonist editorial: EI premiums are not taxes
Temp agency lobby group grilled at Changing Workplaces hearing

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Sept 29: Toronto federal election forum on disability and accessibility
Voters with disabilities face challenges at the polls
Upcoming webinars for NGOs on using social media

Ontario

Large employers want clarification of rules for new Ontario Pension Plan
Ontario announces funding for eight poverty reduction projects in Southwestern Ontario
O ntario announces funding for programs to help newcomers find jobs in Simcoe County
Ontario announces funding for FoodShare Toronto program to support healthy nutrition

Around the Province

Hamilton doctor sues over claim WSIB wanted her to change medical opinion, constituting fraud
Ottawa social services says bugs are being fixed in SAMS welfare computer system; 18 more months before system back to normal
Users of Ottawa’s public disability transit system accuse city of discrimination in fares
St. Catherines mayor hosts “stomp out poverty” grape harvest event
Atkinson head tells Halton Poverty Roundtable forum a “new game plan” is needed to fight poverty
Leamington program aims to help low-income kids get ahead
Redevelop or sell social housing complexes? Upcoming report will tell Hamilton Council
London mayor considers diversifying poverty panel, but not yet
Northumberland training session looks at impact of poverty on families
Block blog: Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy can make progress on decent work
Overdose deaths jump dramatically in Toronto
Toronto Community Housing to “radically overhaul” its repairs program
Toronto police change how they deal with people in crisis

Across the Country

Yukon deaths expose the need for more affordable housing:
Nunavut looking to review how social assistance is delivered
Newfoundland and Labrador leads the country in food security
Manitoba First Nations Children’s Advocate fasting to raise awareness
Alberta’s 10-year plan to end homelessness falls short
Edmonton City Council embraces plan to end poverty within a generation
BC Seniors Advocate says low-income seniors lack the basics for health

National

Did Canada’s corporate income tax cuts spur growth, as intended? Short answer: No
Multinational insurance company joins fight for $15 minimum wage
Woman with cancer seeks extension of EI Sickness benefits beyond 15 weeks
Resource companies join with First Nations and others to urge veto for Indigenous people over development on their lands
KPMG tax avoidance scheme could lead to criminal investigation
Are refugees really an economic burden to Canada? A reality check
Making Employment Insurance work for migrant workers
Andrew Jackson: Labour Market Policy is about more than unemployment

Federal Election

Video: What’s being done for the working poor?
Canada’s election and the return of activist government
Ontario Municipal Social Services Administrators federal election site with party platform comparisons
Haliburton debate focuses on issues that would return Canada to a “kinder, gentler, outreaching country”

International

Low US wages are leaving millions of workers behind
Surge in homelessness tests Wisconsin’s “welcoming spirit”
New UK Labour leader Corbyn vows to oppose Tory welfare cuts
Osborne heads off Tory rebellion over welfare cuts
Corbyn calls Conservative ministers “poverty deniers”
Welsh children in poverty twice as likely to score poorly on vocabulary test
Poverty and climate change major contributors to Syrian refugee crisis
Australian study shows arthritis may increase the risk of poverty, especially for women
World Bank revises extreme poverty line upwards to $1.90 per day

Latest Media & Policy News: 18 September 2015

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Top Stories

Star editorial: Stop clawing back child support payments from social assistance recipients
Consultations on revamping Ontario’s labour laws end: Workers speak out
Worker wins stolen wages after 1 year and 5 months
With news that the federal budget is now balanced, some responses
Progressive Economics digs deeper into where the surplus comes from and what it means
And the Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson also weighs in
The federal government’s probe of KPMG’s tax avoidance scheme is stalled in court

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Oct 5: Financial Advice for Retiring on a Low Income – Toronto – John Stapleton & Ellen Roseman
Nov 20: Informing the Roadmap for Work Disability Policy in Canada – Toronto – Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Ontario

Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities responds to criticisms about high tuition
Ontario partners with Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres on poverty reduction initiatives
Ontario’s new PC Leader, Patrick Brown, names his new Shadow Cabinet

Around the Province

Former police station in Toronto to become affordable housing
Housing prices in Hamilton see biggest price jump in Canada – not great for affordability
The number of people wanting affordable housing is quadruple the spaces in Toronto’s Pan Am village

Across the Country

Montreal public health says lack of affordable housing is causing health problems due to poor diets

National

The LEAP Manifesto
A guide to the cost of renting in Canada

Federal Election

Reviving the debate around the Long-Forum Census
The Homeless Hub’s Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015
Poverty advocates in Niagara are struggling to be heard this election
Income inequality is the elephant in the room this election
Advocates say disabled voters are still facing accessibility challenges this election
Angus Reid poll: Canadians’ Economic Anxiety Shapes Campaign Perspective
The refugee crisis: Four things to know before you vote

International

Demand for free legal help doubles since cuts to UK legal aid
The UK disability advocate who called in the UN – who she is, what she did, and what others can learn

Latest Media & Policy News: 11 September 2015

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Top Stories

Ontario government defers decision that would have eliminated the ODSP Work-Related Benefit
ODSP Action Coalition Facebook post
Ontario being taken to court over child support clawbacks in OW and ODSP
Yours truly on CBC Ottawa Morning on the problem and what it means (scroll down to “A class action lawsuit is putting Ontario’s child support policies in the spotlight”)
Ottawa activists protest for higher ODSP shelter rates
CBC’s Ideas: It’s the Economists, Stupid: A look at the ideologies and tactics behind conventional economics, and how it shuts down debate and limits our choices
New website aims to help non-Aboriginal Canadians learn about Indigenous issues
Toronto Star Labour Day Editorial: Unions are battered but not broken
OFL Labour Day Statement: It's time for workers to demand the change they want
Rochester union leader: The ability to organize is key to climbing out of poverty
Why “on-call” shifts have workers stressed and activists fuming
How to sponsor a refugee from Syria : Lifeline Syria
Globe and Mail primer

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

New survey shows Canadians are living paycheque to paycheque, especially in Ontario and BC
Media decks and infographics available
Video: How to find a lawyer in Ontario

Ontario

New report shows Ontario has the highest tuition fees in the country
Meanwhile, Alberta has just announced a two-year freeze on tuition fees
CCPA’s Sheila Block Blog: Ending on-call scheduling and unpaid overtime – lessons from the US

Around the Province

Fully one-quarter of Windsor-Essex kids live in poverty, says United Way
New Windsor-Essex program aims to “bust” kids out of poverty
An army of seasonal agricultural workers powers Niagara’s farms
Letter to the Editor: Migrant workers are part of the Northumberland County community:
Editorial: St. Catherines Mayor’s poverty task force needs to involve people with lived experience
Mayor Sendzik responds to criticisms
Two men who are homeless start Toronto’s only “underpass library”
Ottawa activists push for a low-income transit pass

Across the Country

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre pledges to open safe injection sites with or without Ottawa’s approval
Concern about evictions of people with disabilities leads social service agencies to urge a delay in new Alberta safety rules
Program to help people who are homeless in Powell River BC expands

National

New study shows 1 in 5 Canadian renters affected by Canada’s affordable housing crisis
Leah McLaren: Child care affects all of us. It's time our politicians took notice

Federal Election

New website highlights the plight of Canadian renters
At Renfrew County Poverty Reduction Forum, Senator Art Eggleton says poverty isn’t getting enough traction this election
More on the two-day forum:
Fighting for decent work during the federal campaign
Groups want to make a national Pharmacare program an election issue
Climate change and energy retrofits are an election issue, especially for people with low incomes
Seven Canadian expats who have lost their right to vote
The 52 most vulnerable ridings, based on 2011 results

International

Economist says a global recession in next two years a “likely scenario”
UK advocates say increasing reliance on food banks due to benefit cuts is simply “storing up a health nightmare for the future”
Child poverty in Scotland so bad that teachers being given advice on how to spot malnourished kids
America’s poorest are getting virtually no assistance
How the geography of poverty in the US has shifted since 1960
Report showing newcomers “drain” US welfare funds doesn’t account for the taxes they pay
US unemployment rate now 5.1%; lowest since 2008
2 in 5 American children spend at least a year in poverty, report says
How growing up in poverty hurts American adults
Warren Buffet says poverty in America “makes no sense”
1 in 6 children in Japan lives in poverty, putting education and future at risk
Turkmenistan set to scrap core welfare benefits of free electricity, cooking gas and water
From the Philippines, you can’t reduce poverty without a strong public health system
One third of Australians over 60 live in poverty
Globally, women still suffer a “pensions gap”
Denmark dissuades Syrian asylum seekers by cutting social benefits, advertising in Lebanese papers

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 28 August 2015

http://goo.gl/d7sHN2

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Top Stories

Nunavut considering ending the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from social assistance benefits
PEI increases social assistance food benefit by up to 17%
“Being on ODSP sometimes feels like I'm trapped in a bubble I can't get out of”
Who actually are the “middle class” that politicians are always talking about?
New poll finds Canadians are worried about economic recession and their own financial security
New Thunder Bay ID bank at local legal clinic keeps important papers safe for vulnerable people
Street Health in Toronto has a similar program
Doctors as advocates for low-income patients: One medical student’s experience
Housing First could help Canada could end homelessness, and it would only cost $46 / year
Op-Ed: Basic income is just what the doctor ordered
Why the North resents Toronto: PFIB’s tour of poverty in the North

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Federal Election Right to Housing Forum, September 30 in Toronto
Upcoming Statistics Canada workshops in Toronto and Ottawa
Migrant Worker Services Fair in Cobourg September 1
September 17 event in Toronto: Resisting Racism, Past, Present and Future
Upcoming training for front-line workers who serve migrant workers in Ontario
Workers Compensation webinar for migrant workers, their allies, community organizations and community legal clinics, September 21
John Howard Society report says Ontario’s jails are warehousing people with mental illness
More coverage from the Sault
Star editorial: Stop criminalizing mental illness
Linking the purchasing power of Ontario’s public institutions with their communities is key to reducing poverty, says new report
Star editorial: Anchor Strategy is a smart idea
Mowat report says Community Benefits Agreements can help local communities share the benefits of infrastructure investments
Some coverage of Toronto’s Eglinton-Crosstown CBA from April
Canada Without Poverty publication: Human Rights and Poverty Strategies, A Guide to International Human Rights Law and its Domestic Application in Poverty Reduction Strategies

Ontario

Ontario government urged to bring First Nations into discussions about Hydro privatization, or risk legal action
Chiefs of Ontario leader Isadore Day says First Nations were almost complete excluded from consultations
Small business worried about impact of Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
First Poverty Reduction Fund project gets up to $300,000 for new technology in Perth and Huron Counties

Around the Province

Waterloo Chronicle 3-part series on wait lists that people with low incomes must endure
Waiting for affordable housing
Waiting for a reduced fare transit pass
Waiting for mental health and addictions services
Creative solutions to homelessness in Waterloo
Star editorial: More black kids in Children’s Aid Society care should be a concern to everyone
Thunder Bay mayor supports Basic Income Guarantee and Housing First and wants senior governments to show leadership on poverty
St. Catherines mayor brings together poverty reduction advisory group
Local activist says people living in poverty, not agency reps, are the real experts
Column: Fighting poverty in Niagara with housing First
Toronto’s Parkdale residents still dealing with fallout of evictions from Queen’s Hotel
Painful changes as Metropolitan United Church and other downtown churches change focus
New community organization in Clearview Township seeks to help people living in poverty

Across the Country

After 36 years, NFLD injured worker “angry and alone” but not the only one inadequately treated by WSIB
“My Week on Welfare” documentary airs in Nova Scotia this weekend
74% more Albertans receiving Employment Insurance than one year ago, due to slump in energy sector
EI claims also up in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan advisory group sets 50-in-5 target to reduce poverty by 50% by 2020
Saskatchewan government’s press release on advisory group’s recommendations
BC First Nations say lack of government consultation on Site C dam will cause irreparable harm
BC government selling lands and social housing stock to non-profits
Vancouver’s former remand centre redeveloped into affordable housing
Maple Ridge, BC, to end homeless shelter contract with Salvation Army, but could have unintended effect
What parents are spending across the country on back-to-school supplies

National

“Less overt” discrimination is rampant in Canadian workplaces, says researcher
New poll says Canadians want CPP expanded
Internal report shows Canada’s retirement income system scores poorly, and policies ignore evidence
Fraser Institute study says income inequality isn’t a problem in Canada
But there are problems with their methodology
Coverage
Are Canada’s newly-created jobs more precarious? It depends
First Nations more than twice as likely to die of avoidable causes, says Stats Can report

Federal Election

Rural Ontario Institute’s list of questions for federal election candidates and ranks poverty, food security and unemployment as high priority concerns
Social policy resources at Social Planning Network of Ontario’s “Canada Votes 2015” website
Barrier Free Canada Election Action Kit
We need a national food policy so no Canadian goes hungry
Will the opposition unite to fight tax avoidance that’s costing us billions?
The election will be a test of the Fair Elections Act

International

What fuels economic growth? Good jobs and wages, not the other way around
Data shows Seattle’s minimum wage increase has had no impact on employers or number of restaurant jobs
August 22 1996: US President Clinton signs welfare reform act into law; signalling “ the death knell of any government-supported vision of an equitable, egalitarian America”
If drug testing US welfare recipients is ineffective, why are so many states doing it? http://www.clasp.org/news-room/clips/why-the-conversation-over-drug-testing-welfare-applicants-continues
Dallas non-profit reduces poverty by helping people into new careers
Death is now part of Britain’s social benefits system
4000 people found to have died within six weeks of being declared “fit for work”
Petition to release the data strikes a chord
Scotland report says the poor face a “poverty premium” of ten percent more on energy bills
Unemployed youth to go through “work boot camp” or be cut off benefits
Police in Ireland now sitting in on social assistance benefit eligibility review interviews
China has virtually eradicated urban poverty, but must now set its sights on tackling inequality
Finland considering reforming welfare system by introducing basic income
Australia PM says cashless welfare card will “lift people up by their bootstraps”
The card is intended to restrict spending on alcohol and gambling
Opposition calls the move a “paternalistic thought bubble by a billionaire”
The global precariat are stressed, insecure, angry, and they’re getting politically engaged

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 14 August 2015

http://goo.gl/vCgzyu

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Top Stories

Why aren’t the federal political party leaders talking about poverty in this election campaign?
The reality of poverty in Northern Ontario, from Put Food in the Budget
Study finds food insecurity takes a heavy financial toll on Ontario’s health care system
Link to the study
CTV coverage
Canada Without Poverty: We’re all paying the price for hunger in Canada
Vancouver Sun Op-Ed: Tackling housing affordability now means we won’t have to pay for it later
City of Abbotsford bylaws on homelessness challenged with human rights challenge
CBC’s The Current: An inside look at the harsh realities of homelessness
ONPHA blog: New and emerging forms of affordable housing
Globe Editorial: The time may be now for a Guaranteed Annual Income
Calling for a guaranteed minimum income pilot project in Calgary and Edmonton
More Dutch cities signing on to basic income study
Star Editorial: Ontario legal clinics deserve the additional funding they are receiving
Criminalizing poverty: What do we accomplish by locking up the poor for their poverty?
“Spotifying” the irregular, precarious labour market
Letter to the editor: The “gig economy” rarely works for workers
Restaurant workers in Toronto owed $675 million – but will they get paid?
Province-wide blitz shows majority of temp agencies on wrong side of the law
Star editorial: Government must crack down on law-breaking temp agencies
High daycare fees and lack of spaces plague GTA parents

Ontario

Ontario Energy Board information about help for low income energy consumers
Improvements to Ontario’s debt collection legislation already being flouted by companies
Ontario announces Community Hubs Strategic Framework and Action Plan
Link to the Plan
Globe and Star coverage
Ontario announces details of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Two cheers and a raspberry from Hugh Mackenzie at the CCPA
What the experts think of the ORPP
Globe: What you need to know about the ORPP
Nearly 60% of Torontonians support the ORPP
Medicine Hat News: Forced savings for retirement a good idea
Ottawa has a duty to support it

Around the Province

Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network fundraising for affordable housing
Getting into affordable housing in St. Catherines took her off a park bench and a cardboard box
Shelter use in Thunder Bay increases at same time as affordable housing wait list shrinks
Landlord tells Toronto tenants to remove their air conditioner
How one TCHC building has become a success story for tenants
“Just, who in good conscience, throws vulnerable people with disabilities on the street with one week’s notice. I just don’t get it. It’s shocking. Who does that?
North Bay mayor troubled by unfilled local jobs and increasing Ontario Works caseloads
More on increasing caseloads
Cochrane Ontario Works caseloads also up, but still low overall
Report: Calculating a Living Wage for Perth and Huron Counties
Important federal election issues for Hamilton

Across the Country

Technology requirements to access BC welfare programs deny access to people who are homeless
Is BC’s “Welfare Wednesday” a discriminatory term?
Alberta farmers’ group says making workers’ compensation mandatory may be a good thing
Saskatchewan physiotherapists urge more public coverage for social assistance recipients
Labour shortage in Saskatchewan attributed to changes in temporary foreign worker program
Will Newfoundland and Labrador’s switch from student loans to grants be emulated by other provinces?
Food poverty a particular problem in PEI
Housing First program launches in Halifax with support from all three government levels
Whitehorse mayor and groups set priorities for the federal election, including childcare, jobs CPP

National

Why Canadian doctors should be on the front line of the struggle against poverty
Canada’s economy shrank by 0.2% in May, fuelling fears of recession
Small business owners think Canada is in recession
Wages expected to rise less than previously projected
Canadian household debt levels soaring, and many plan to borrow more
But it’s good debt, says the report
Expanded take on resource benefit sharing a must to address poverty among First Nation
Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture report: “Lower Risk, Higher Reward: Renewing Canada’s Retirement Income System”
Another proposal to improve the retirement savings coverage gap
CCPA report on income risks for retiring Canadians

Federal Election – Voting Process

Some instructions on the balloting process, given changes under the Fair Elections Act:
Detailed information on voting from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Federal Election – Issues

Social Planning Councils series of fact sheets on various issues

CCPA’s ballot box questions

Ottawa Citizen guide to what they’ve done and what they’ve promised
National Post primer
Maclean’s magazine primer on pensions
Maclean’s primer on jobs
The affordability of legal representation should be an issue in the federal election
Support for federal involvement in housing on the campaign trail in Vancouver
How the present government compares to past governments on issues of the economy
NDP criticized for misleading pledge to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 / hour

International

UK government considering cutting welfare benefits of people who are obese or have addictions
A 55% increase in Dublin homelessness this year attributed to “social circumstance or the recession”
And in the UK generally, homelessness has increased by 47% since cuts to housing benefit
New Zealand proposing welfare changes that activists say will have a negative effect
Long-time anti-eviction activist elected mayor of Barcelona; the city’s first female mayor
Is the US the land of limitations, not opportunity?
In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty
U.S. securities regulator rules that all companies must disclose the pay gap between CEO and workforce: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/08/10/narrowing-the-inequality-wage-gap.html
Debunking the myth that raising taxes on the rich will harm US states’ economies: http://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/fact-sheet-debunking-the-myth-that-raising-taxes-on-the-rich-will-harm
Housing is a prescription for better health
New York enacts $30 million program to help low-income residents access mental health services
Poverty maps of some key US cities
New report shows US Earned Income Tax Credit has pulled more than 10 million out of poverty
Poverty rate in Gaza reaches nearly 40%, attributed to the blockade
26% of Egyptian youth unemployed, 51% in poverty

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Jennefer's Mini Media Scan - early August 2015

See Jennefer's exceptional media scan by clicking this link:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

...and here are links to a few of her recent (early August) media selections for your reading enjoyment:

• Globe Editorial: The time may be now for a Guaranteed Annual Income:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/the-time-for-a-guaranteed-annual-income-might-finally-have-come/article25819266/

• Calling for a guaranteed minimum income pilot project in Calgary and Edmonton:
http://www.planetsmag.com/story.php?id=1961

• “Spotifying” the irregular, precarious labour market:
http://www.thestar.com/business/2015/07/24/tasker-movement-championed-as-solution-to-torontos-precarious-work-problem.html

• Letter to the editor: The “gig economy” rarely works for workers:
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5769957--gig-economy-rarely-good-for-workers/

• Restaurant workers in Toronto owed $675 million – but will they get paid?
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/04/restaurant-workers-owed-675000-in-wages-but-will-they-get-their-money.html

Latest Media & Policy News: 31 July 2015

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Top Stories

Globe Editorial: Fix Canada’s broken Employment Insurance system
Star Editorial: Ontario must do more to collect unpaid wages
Ontario’s community legal clinics given $3.9 million, some for giving more help to vulnerable workers
Legal Aid Ontario announcement re. funding
Ontario hit with hundreds of privacy breach complaints, some over SAMS and ODSP fax fiascos
Tenant organizing in Parkdale pays off with compensation award, but superintendents still missed
Put Food in the Budget tour hits Sault Ste. Marie exploring poverty in the North
And discovers the Kapuskasing Crown Attorney diverts court fines to the food bank instead
Campaign for National Drug Coverage aims to make pharmacare an issue in the federal election
Wellesley Institute’s Jo Snyder says pharmacare makes everyone healthier

Ontario

Ontario slams Ottawa for refusing to help with Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Fraser Institute says Ontario’s RPP will “reduce choice and bring little benefit”
CCPA-Ontario: Fraser Institute report misses the mark on retirement security
Ombudsman report highlights problems with Family Responsibility Office

Around the Province

Muskoka still having problems with SAMS social assistance computer system
Sudbury hearing of the Changing Workplaces Review told workers need more protections
Sudbury researcher says National Household Survey stats for northern communities are unreliable
Ancaster’s food bank seeing dwindling supplies
Affordable housing on Toronto’s waterfront: Laudable goal, questionable implementation
Rethinking housing for people who are homeless in Hamilton
Predatory payday lenders embarrass Hamilton and point to need for more income security
Tenants in Hamilton push back against gentrification
And hold a rally this week to protect low-income housing
Hamilton News
Ideas for solutions in Thunder Bay
Poverty impacting Durham kids before they reach school
Community outreach helps ease isolation of migrant workers in Durham

National

Ontario Regional Chief calls for a national energy policy to alleviate high energy costs in the North
Federal Court rules federal government’s “safe countries” list for refugee claims is unconstitutional
Did Canada break its promise to people with disabilities?
Caledon Commentary: We are all disabled
Jamaican farm workers succeed in getting Jamaican government to drop its “wage clawback” practice

International

“The last mile” in ending extreme poverty worldwide
Welsh government urged to oppose UK welfare cuts
France passing legislation to prohibit discrimination against people living in poverty
“Cashless” welfare cards, only useful for “necessities”, being trialed in three Australia towns ignore Aboriginal culture and technological problems
Why disability and poverty still go hand in hand, 25 years after landmark US law
These San Francisco café owners are just fine with a $15 minimum wage
Four out of five Americans will experience economic hardship before age 60
US census says one in five American children are living on food stamps – double that of 2007
Columnist: Does a higher minimum wage in Washington result in more welfare fraud?
US states rethinking restrictions on benefits for people with drug convictions
Arizona’s drug testing finds only 1 of 87,000 welfare recipients positive

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Results Of Arizona Welfare Recipient Drug Testing : 1 Out Of The 87,000 Tested Were Positive
http://www.mintpressnews.com/results-of-az-welfare-recipient-drug-testing-1-out-of-the-87000-tested-were-positive/208061/
By Gregory Krieg
July 29, 2015
An examination of Arizona's experiment reveals a flawed policy that has failed to accomplish its stated goal of saving the state money, and has instead done little more than further stigmatize poverty and marginalize the poor.
(...)
According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients [ http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/story/2012-03-18/drug-testing-welfare-applicants/53620604/1 ] went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one — a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560. Checking in again in March, the Arizona Sonora News Service cited state Department of Economic Security figures which found that over the course of more than five years, “42 people have been asked to take a follow-up drug test and 19 actually took the test, 16 of whom passed. The other 23 were stripped of their benefits for failing to take the drug test.”

That adds up to a grand total of three failed tests from 2009-2014.

- For related Canadian links, go to the Ontario Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/drug_testing.htm

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 19 June 2015

http://goo.gl/JzNlLY

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Top Stories

IMF paper says trickle down economics doesn’t work; bolster those with low incomes to spur growth
Guardian coverage --- Statement from Christine --- Lagarde --- The report
CCPA Ontario report shows low-wage jobs in Ontario grew more than three times as fast as overall jobs since 1997
CCPA Ontario Press Release: Low-wage work skyrocketing (report)CAMH President urges Minister Jaczek to keep the ODSP Work Related Benefit
And social justice advocate says the province should end the clawback of child support from social assistance
Public consultations have begun to improve Ontario’s Employment Standards and Labour Relations laws
Meanwhile, temp worker who spoke out about the poor quality of work in Ontario gets fired
Rise in temp jobs linked to poverty
Working poor stuck between getting ahead and losing it all
Canada’s housing crisis is a failure of all of us
June 15 was the fourth annual National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Care Cuts

Reports, Campaigns, and Other Good Stuff

Join the Campaign for National Drug Coverage
Pro-Bono Law Ontario offers will preparation service for low-income people in Ottawa and Toronto
Spotlight on Poverty: Canada Without Poverty VP Laura Cattari
New resource from the Homeless Hub: Best Practice Guideline for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness
Global Alliance for Tax Justice’s Global Week of Action for Tax Justice
Online tool: How long does it take Canada’s top CEOs to earn your entire annual salary?

Around the Province

Increases in Legal Aid Ontario funding expected to help vulnerable people in Sarnia-Lambton
Ottawa charity facing closure for lack of funds
United Way Windsor-Essex education program hopes to help reduce poverty
Discrimination in transit access in Kingston leads to human rights challenge
Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit first to call for a Basic Income Guarantee

Across the Country

The Living Wage debate in Halifax: Focus on closing the poverty gap
Halifax businesses encouraged to hire marginalized workers
EI claims up by 10% in Alberta
Alberta Interim Supply bill increases taxes on large businesses and the wealthy; reverses education, health and human services cuts

National

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness aims to permanently house 20,000 Canadians by summer 2018
PSAC release on the extent of the EI processing backlog at Service Canada
Memo shows backlog may have resulted from 2013 budget cuts
Another memo shows Harper government accepts targets to reduce poverty abroad, but not at home
Meanwhile, the federal government has issued an RFP for contracts “to tackle persistent social problems”
Goar: Banting and Myles study says the electoral stakes are high on income inequality
New identification requirements for Election 2015
Churches and people of faith must lead the call for justice, not just charity

International

MP wants to know how many people died after being found “fit for work” under UK disability benefit reforms
Critic of UK government’s welfare reforms to take on chair of committee examining the record
Making pensioners poorer won’t save Greece
Pope Francis calls for radical change to deal with ecological, social and economic justice
NYT coverage
The Pope’s Encyclical

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 12 June 2015

http://goo.gl/MYf4Li

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Top Stories

Significant expansion of Legal Aid services means more access to justice for low income Ontarians
The Spec says the moves are welcome but just a first step
Fiorito: Ontario Works? I’m not so sure.
Saskatchewan Star Phoenix: Social assistance policy swings leave many in need
Globe editorial: Medicare should cover prescription drugs
Another Globe editorial: Medicare’s mental illness coverage gap should be closed
Canada’s Medical Officers of Health call on governments to replace social assistance with Guaranteed Annual Income
Alberta mayors are backing a Guaranteed Annual Income
Old idea gets new life in Alberta
Opinion: Alberta should introduce a Guaranteed Annual Income
Andrew Coyne agrees, but says annual income should be guaranteed instead of minimum wage
Peterborough Health Unit hosting public meeting on Guaranteed Annual Income
Kingston group supports a Guaranteed Annual Income as food banks don’t solve hunger

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Report shows Ontario teachers need more training on aboriginal issues
Latest Social Architecture report: Child Benefits in Canada: Politics Versus Policy
Applying behavioural science to the context of scarcity

Ontario

Dennis Raphael Op-Ed: Ontario’s second poverty reduction strategy is lacking
Minister Matthews responds
Ontario to crack down on accessibility enforcement
Responding to the Mayo Moran report on the AODA
Creating an accessibility certification program
Op-Ed: Ontario is failing in its accessibility goals

Around the Province

“Doctors Within Borders” set up health clinic in Scarborough for the undocumented and uninsured
Concern over Windsor rental units being converted to condos
Remembering June Callwood: Keeping the promise to end child poverty
Hamilton councillor wants a bad landlord registry
Unique program in Sault Ste. Marie connects people on social assistance with jobs
Child poverty rates growing in Arnprior
High rental rates make living tough in Barrie

Across the Country

Quebec changes to social assistance rules could hurt those with developmental disabilities
First Nations children in child welfare system is a systemic problem, in Nova Scotia and elsewhere

National

Seven things to know about the Canada Pension Plan debate
Poll results: The majority of Canadians see the need for CPP expansion
Pensioner denied benefits on $54K in contributions because he’s too old
Man denied CPP-D benefits dies of cancer
What it’s like to be part of the working poor
Student poverty and campus food banks on the rise

International

Thousands gather in Munich before the G7 to urge world leaders to take action against poverty
Australia’s government says wealthy corporations should be relieved of tax reporting transparency because of kidnap risk
UK singer says she’d pay 70% tax to keep public services
An evidence-based approach to poverty: Just give people money
What poverty does to a young and growing brain
A new Ecuadorian migrant law would see no human being considered illegal
Unicef report: One in five children in France now lives in poverty
Why inequality, not lack of opportunity, matters

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 05 June 2015

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Top Stories

AFN chief Perry Bellegarde says reconciliation means closing the poverty gap and acknowledging cultural genocide
“Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us”
Eleven facts about the disparity between indigenous peoples and other Canadians
Over the last five years, Aboriginal Affairs has held back $1 billion in social services spending
Op-Ed: Government should put ODSP medical reviews on hold until promised new process is created
Ontario community legal clinics expanding access to justice efforts for vulnerable workers
June 1 was Injured Workers Day – here’s some coverage (4 articles):
--- Rally for better benefits and fair compensation
--- Injured workers bring awareness through eight day ride from Ottawa to Toronto
--- Injured worker on hunger strike outside Queen’s Park for more than 18 days
--- Support for injured workers shouldn’t come in half-measures
New rules will require bidders on public infrastructure projects in Ontario to set up Community Benefits Agreements
Nearly 40% of unemployed Canadians have given up looking for work – and blame themselves
Letters to the editor on solutions to precarious work

Reports, Events, Campaigns

How to participate in Ontario’s consultations around improving provincial labour laws
Duelling pension reports:
--- CIBC report says expanding the CPP is essential as millions of Canadians are headed for trouble in retirement
--- CD Howe Institute report says Canadians are reasonably well prepared for retirement
UVic’s Poverty Law Club report on why BC’s Coroners Service should investigate poverty as a cause of deaths
The OECD’s 2015 Forum, on “People, Planet, and Prosperity”, has just wrapped up. Check these comparative figures that illustrate income inequality across OECD nations

Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario lawyers file Charter challenge on right to collectively bargain with LAO

Around the Province

Low-income leaders offer a prescription for poverty reduction as Toronto prepares its own report
Here are the Commitment 2 Community Action Papers
Moving Forward event in Cobourg to spur Northumberland County action on poverty
Paris not-for-profit gives training and employment to people on social assistance
Niagara health and information fair for migrant workers
Hamilton trusteeship program losing funding
Sarnia groups hear from Dignity for All campaign on the need for a National Anti-Poverty Plan
McMaster Children’s Hospital now helps people access legal services through local legal clinic referrals

Across the Country

Saskatoon hotel room closure deepens housing crisis for family on social assistance
Update: Family finds new housing with help from social workers
Nova Scotia’s minimum wage would have to nearly double to make it a living wage
Edmonton mayor Don Iveson says evidence is “overwhelming” for Basic Income Guarantee
Letter demonstrates difficulties with BC’s requirements for online social assistance access
BC Premier Christy Clark rallies her troops with social assistance policy changes

National

Cohn: The continuing hypocrisy of a medicare system that doesn’t include pharmacare
Federally funded rent support for co-operative housing ends soon; crisis imminent
The injustice of the Temporary Foreign Worker program’s “4 and 4” rule
As parties feud over CPP expansion, one constant is that Canadians are not saving enough
Jim Stanford calculates the odds that the economy will be in recession during the federal election
Some ideas for how to facilitate redistribution to end poverty
This could be “the mother of all elections”

International

Using behavioural science to impact positively on poverty
Barely 1 in 4 people in the global workforce has a stable, secure job
People with disabilities in Scotland “live in fear” of welfare cuts
African-American women living in poverty have highest risk of heart-related illness
Number of people in Japan receiving social assistance benefits hits a record high
Government memo says UK welfare benefits cap could mean 40,000 more kids living in poverty
UK welfare benefits cap could be the “killer blow” to social housing
Kansas welfare reform: “The idea of not being able to feed your kids because of a change in law, that is horrifying”
New American reality TV show profits from hardships of poor American families

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 29 May 2015

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Top Stories

Star editorial: The province must do more to protect those in precarious work
Ontario employers get slap on the wrist for mistreating employeesMeanwhile, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver told the G7 that relaxing labour laws would spur economic growth
Hamilton social services manager says problems with OW/ODSP SAMS system will last until March
Harper government signals willingness to consult on “voluntary” CPP expansion ideas
Hébert: A once-rejected proposal suddenly becomes a rabbit
Proposal sets up a showdown with Ontario
Justice Murray Sinclair on the need for a Canadian conversation about the legacy of residential school
Landmark human rights ruling highlights systemic problems with temporary foreign worker program
Related Star story
Press release from Unifor and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre
CPJ report says federal tax revenue is at lowest level in 70 years - $45 billion and 30,000 jobs lost
Speculation that federal election writ may be dropped in August, giving us a 90 day campaign

Reports, Events, and Other Good Stuff

Sign up for an ISAC co-sponsored webinar June 18: Migrant workers and access to social benefits in Ontario
Injured Workers Day Rally this Monday, June 1, 11am, Queen’s Park
And after the rally, OFL / ONIWIG conference on injured workers and WSIB issues
Don’t forget the consultations on Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy – deadline July 3
Latest report from the Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture project – “Disability Supports: Missing on the Policy Radar”
Pivot Legal stands with people who are homeless in Abbotsford to call for a National Housing Strategy

Around the Province

Dufferin County working to draft its own Poverty Reduction Strategy
St. Michael’s Hospital health team in Toronto offers a prescription for poverty
Former Spec editor says sympathy can lead to marginalization; “Empathy is what prompts social change”
TVO on the road: Community members confront racist First Nations stereotypes in Thunder Bay
City of London workers on strike
Some implications for people receiving OW and other benefits
As Regent Park revitalization progresses, things are worse for people now than before

Across the Country

Living on the edge by being house rich and cash poor
Saskatchewan Grade 9 student says thinking upstream will help treat the causes of poverty
BC woman with cancer applies for medical EI but told to go to welfare instead
Manitoba must provide adequate funding for home care for people with disabilities
Anti-poverty summit in Nelson, BC prioritizes issues of housing and mental health services

National

Employment Insurance claims up in March, led by Alberta
Lower courts push back on Victims’ Surcharge for low-income offenders, despite higher court precedents
Feds defend decision to end funding for on-reserve First Nations social assistance program delivery
Aboriginal women now make up 1/3 of women’s prison population

International

Study shows those countries with generous welfare programs have greater “work ethic”
David Cameron’s government proposes reduction in welfare cap during Queen’s Speech
Northern Ireland votes to reject welfare cuts already coming down from London
Analysis shows welfare cuts will either make people poorer or less likely to work
“The welfare state saved me. To need it is not a moral failure”
Michigan votes to suspend benefits for parents who’s children skip school

Survey shows 2.5 million Australians living below the poverty line
Auckland Action Against Poverty says New Zealand welfare reforms will hurt families
Sleep is a social justice issue: The connection between sleep, work, and poverty

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 22 May 2015

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Government rethinking poor ODSP medical review process after legal clinics and health care advocates raise alarm
ISAC’s communiqué on this issue
OECD report finds record levels of inequality between rich and poor in most advanced economies
Report finds inequality levels "at a tipping point"
Andrew Jackson: Inequality and intergenerational unfairness
Seven things you need to know about inequality (a great perspective from BC)
Ontario’s poor employment standards laws give advantage to employers
Government doing precarious employment inspection blitzes May through July
Debunking the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” myth

Reports, Events, and Other Good Things

United Way and McMaster report shows precarious work is now the norm in the GTHA
Here’s the report
Globe coverage
Fully 20% of Canadians spend half their income on housing, report says
Here’s the report
Banting and Myles on framing inequality and the federal politics of inequality, for IRPP

Ontario

Small business person’s letter to the editor: Wynne should raise minimum wage to $15
In Ontario, 2-week payday loan costs up to $21 per $100 borrowed – that’s an annual rate of 546%

Around the Province

Living paycheque to paycheque in Toronto
Barrie’s mayor takes Live Below the Line poverty challenge
Campbellford public meeting on poverty raises concerns
Opinion: Peterborough must tread carefully to avoid two-tier transit system
London needs to “get off the pot” and take action on unsafe housing for vulnerable residents

Across the Country

On-reserve social assistance programs lose funding in BC
BC couple facing clawback of EI maternity benefits from disability social assistance payments
Winnipeg’s poor neighbourhoods are getting poorer despite anti-poverty efforts
Calgary Mayor Nenshi pledges to take leadership on Guaranteed Annual Income
Vulnerable people in NWT still waiting for promised home visits
Number of people on Employment Insurance soars in Calgary and Alberta
Subsidized housing wait list in Edmonton more than doubles since September
Kootenay area MLA and School Board pushing for a provincial poverty reduction strategy in BC
Survival street vending in Vancouver

National

Goar: Canada needs 21st century social programs
Guaranteed Annual Income ("free money for all") could save money and jump-start the economy

Temporary foreign worker program must protect the rights of migrant workers
Power Corp. CEO says there's no looming retirement crisis; private sector hurt "at the margins" by new public retirement programs
Canadian consumer confidence remains volatile

International

Research shows “investments in education, income, housing, health care and nutrition for working families have substantial long-term benefits for children”
Barcelona anti-poverty crusader leads the race to be that city's new mayor
Arizona legislators vote to limit access to welfare benefits to 12 months – in a lifetime
“Housing First” results in reduction of homelessness in Utah by 91%
Obama pressed to appoint anti-poverty czar in wake of President’s comments on income inequality
New Zealand child poverty campaigners warn against government tax cuts
How New Zealand can cut child poverty
Australia plans to strip people with serious mental health disabilities of welfare benefits if they commit serious crimes
Expert contends UK welfare reforms will take money from women and give it to their abusers
Christian activist says UK welfare reforms mean people with disabilities are “collectively bleeding”
EU investigating claims that McDonald’s used loophole to avoid $1 Billion in taxes
Meanwhile, thousands of McDonald’s workers protest for higher wages at company headquarters

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 15 May 2015

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Top Stories

Ontario employers benefit by keeping people on for years as “temporary” workers
A history of temp agencies, now and then
Ontario hosting public consultations on updating labour laws
San Francisco becomes the first city to legislate predictable schedules for employees
Provincial efforts to boost low wages of home care workers, as promised, stymied by complex rules
Federal government analysis says it’s cheaper to raise children now than ever
The high cost of childcare keeps many families in poverty
Calls for proposals for Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund now open – deadline June 10
The Mandatory Victim’s Surcharge challenged in court for disproportionate impact on low-income offenders and those with disabilities

Reports, Events, Campaigns

The ODSP Action Coalition extends Save the Work-Related Benefit campaign – here’s what you can do
Think tanks seek to reframe Canada’s social safety net as “social architecture”
Here are the first three papers
CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen’s “Jobs Friday” report from last week
New study shows treating poverty will save costs in health care

Around the Province

Northumberland County consulting on poverty, but no one in poverty can attend
Hard for the poor to bury loved ones: Cobourg man still paying expenses related to wife’s death
Nurses in Toronto work to improve health by fighting poverty
Tenants in TCHC buildings in Toronto suffering with heat that’s not being turned off
Women leaving jail face difficulty finding housing and struggle to move on
Windsor college looks to women to fill their skilled trades spots
York Region finds housing and homelessness savings sufficient to better address local needs
Guelph residents on low income share their take on the Sunshine List
Column: Action on poverty required in St. Catherines, not more talk

Across the Country

Pierre Poilievre says fish plants in New Brunswick must boost wages to attract local workers, not rely on the temporary foreign worker program
BC agencies make Ombudsman complaint that changes to social assistance delivery discriminate against recipients
Nova Scotia promising widespread reform of social assistance
Minister says system is broken; advocates say consultation must occur
Winnipeg shows how we can make homelessness history

National

Canada is failing in its responsibility to refugees
Former StatsCan head says NHS data is “so unreliable” that it’s almost “a piece of garbage”
Globe editorial: Reinstate the mandatory long-form census
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association video on the repercussions of declining federal social housing funding
Moms denied EI while on maternity filing class action lawsuit
Feds enhance EI compassionate leave benefits

International

Stop blaming poor moms. It’s bad policies, not bad parenting, that hurts kids
Using Lego bricks, an economist demonstrates how the tax system can affect income inequality
Australia cutting $1.6 billion from welfare programs funding over four years

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 8 May 2015

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Top Stories

Government “truly sorry” for bungled rollout of social assistance computer system
Spec coverage: More funds necessary to fix the problems
Final report from the consultant
Response from OPSEU
Enforcement blitz finds 83% of workplaces are contravening the Employment Standards Act
Ministry of Labour announcement
Part 1 in series on precarious work: Erratic work scheduling is holding Ontario workers hostage
Ontario’s affordable housing wait list hits all-time high
ONPHA’s survey report
Editorial: Toronto should endorse inclusionary zoning
Analysis: $2.7 Billion EI surplus allowed Harper to balance the books; Conservative stakeholders furious
Carol Goar: Control political manipulation of the fund
Federal Liberals release “Fairness for the Middle Class” plan
CCPA analysis shows that under the plan “the richest 5% effectively pay for a reduction in taxes for the next richest 15% with little change for any other families”
Tom Walkom’s take
Kevin Milligan’s take

Reports, Events, and Other Stuff

John Stapleton / Metcalf Foundation report
Public meetings on poverty coming in Cobourg and Port Hope May 13

Around the Province

Nurses in Toronto understand that improving health means fighting poverty:
Tenant organizing in Parkdale prevents landlord from gaining significant rent increases
London Homeless Coalition’s Soup and Bread Day raises public awareness of hunger and homelessness
Thunder Bay District Social Services Admin Board increases eligibility for Housing Security Fund

Across the Country

Nova Scotia minister “burns the most vulnerable” as that province’s budget creates hardships
Nova Scotians on social assistance losing their bus passes as a result of program reviews
Nova Scotia minister says there are too many people staying on assistance for “too long”
Analysis: The NS budget should address the question of poverty just as much as the issue of efficiency
Lunch on a low income in PEI
Quebec cuts welfare payments for those in drug and alcohol rehab centres
New Vancouver highrise has two entrances – one for condos and one for social housing
Opinion: Society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable

National

Mowat Centre study on living conditions demonstrates need to reinstate the long-form census
Federal government fails to spend nearly $100 million on promised social services programs
New poll shows Canadians support increasing CPP benefitsGovernment must double CPP to ensure future security
Growing number of seniors declaring bankruptcy
One-third of Canadians at “high risk” for mental health concerns
“Bill C-59 gives the Treasury Board minister the power to ignore provisions of the Public Service Labour Relations Act and unilaterally change the terms and conditions of sick leave in the public service and create a new short-term disability program”
Over 4000 postcards come from across Canada calling for a national anti-poverty plan

International

US study shows transportation is critical to escaping poverty
New Missouri law aims to get more people on assistance into work, but where are the jobs?
Irish study shows fuel poverty comes from low incomes, not high fuel costs
Got a poverty problem? Deal with it by paying people higher wages
US study says strengthening the social safety net will help reduce poverty
Report highlights “grotesquely disproportionate” impact of UK welfare reform on women
Study says UK welfare cuts will force 2 million people to resort to food banks each year

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 1 May 2015

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Top Stories

For May Day: New CCPA study shows union membership is a ticket to middle-class stability
Couple on OW or ODSP can’t afford rent in Hamilton – or virtually anywhere else
Op-Ed: People with disabilities are being deceived by ODSP
New research shows Canada’s low income child benefit transfers really do work
Ottawa man gives back $1500 after refusing to take income-splitting tax credit
Legislation passes to create an Ontario Provincial Pension Plan
Editorial: Shareholder backlash against huge executive pay increases warranted
Five reasons to support the Fight for $15

More on Ontario Budget 2015

CCPA-Ontario’s provincial Budget 2015 analysis
Response to Budget from Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)

Correction: Number incorrect in ISAC Budget analysis - but analysis doesn't change
Put Food in the Budget Information Picket May 7 in Toronto

Reports, Events, Other Good Stuff

Backgrounder: The impact of poverty on health
Next week’s Poverty Reduction Summit: Alan Broadbent on getting the big things right
Free Employment Standards training for front-line workers, from WAC in Toronto
Funding Democracy: A primer on fair taxation from the Association of Canadian Financial Officers

Around the Province

Doctors in Peterborough learn how to screen for poverty
Low income seniors and people on ODSP get help from Belleville’s property tax credit program
The best ways for low-income people in Guelph to file their taxes
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination regroups for 2015
GM to cut 1000 jobs in Oshawa later this year
Muskoka groups to receive Trillium Foundation funding for Bridges Out of Poverty efforts
People in Hamilton who are homeless being surveyed to determine needs
Toronto councillor wants Council to back inclusionary zoning
Waterdown students learn about migrant exploitation at forum
Peterborough contingent off to Ottawa for the Poverty Reduction Summit
Bruce Grey United Way looks to eliminate or delay low-income winter electricity disconnects

Across the Country

Inuvik’s Muslim community opens Arctic Food Bank
Man who is homeless charged with three murders of other people who are homeless in Winnipeg
People who are homeless face violence across the country
Hugh Segal is happy that all PEI’s party leaders support a Basic Income Guarantee
More from Hugh Segal on BIG
Saskatchewan groups advising government on poverty reduction strategy
Senior in Edmonton trying to find affordable housing; would rather be homeless than give up her pet:
The war on Nova Scotia’s poor
Youth poverty concentrated in Surrey, BC

National

CCPA-Manitoba: The 2015 federal budget is an inequality budget
Canada should take a “health-in-all-policies” approach to address poverty
Public sector sick leave reform not working
Pearson Airport workers agitating for $15 minimum wage
Secure jobs in short supply in Canada's new tough labour market
CBC’s The National (video): Too many Canadian jobs are precarious
TFSA and RRIF rule changes miss the mark for limiting the risk of poverty in retirement

International

World Bank teams with religious leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030
US report shows LGBT people of colour have higher risk of poverty due to discrimination and lack of legal protections
Attitudes towards poverty in the UK as bad now as in the 1940s
UK “Fuel Banks” to offer help to people in fuel poverty
UK housing crisis making thousands of people who live in poverty seriously ill
UK poverty – especially child poverty – is rising

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 27 April 2015

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Ontario Budget 2015

Star editorial: Only modest help for the poor in Ontario’s budget
ISAC analysis: Not much assistance for social assistance in Budget 2015
Campaign 2000: Budget lacks the investments required to reduce child and family poverty in Ontario
25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction: Budget holds the line, but immediate action required
Ontario Federation of Labour: Budget sells false choices
CP story claims social assistance recipients among the “winners” from Budget 2015

Other Top Stories

Two International Monetary Fund studies say labour market deregulation doesn’t actually work
A tale of two budgets – federal and provincial – is “the worst of times” for people living in poverty

Reports, Events, Campaigns

Report shows Toronto has the largest and fastest growing concentration of working poor – whose jobs have them serving high paid knowledge workers
Toronto Public Health report shows poorest Torontonians continue to get sicker and die younger (incl. press release & report)
New report shows Toronto transit planning has created inequality, and points the way to "transit justice"
More info and a link to the report
Dignity for All Campaign hits the road to promote a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada

Ontario

Joe Fiorito, on the realities of ODSP
The wage gap means elderly Ontario women face poverty
Province appoints panel to address gender wage gap
OPSEU’s court challenge to the SAMS program dismissed; results “disappointing”

Around the Province

Windsor plagued by SAMS computer problems; don’t even know how many people on the system
Toronto has a two-tiered education system
Reviewing dental programs for low income children Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
Trends in Sarnia-Lambton show people having harder time getting off Ontario Works
New application round for Ontario Renovates program in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Toronto Community Housing tenants are overwhelmed by hydro bills

Across the Country

Saskatchewan government creates advisory group on poverty reduction
Woman with cerebral palsy cut off Quebec’s disability support due to trust fund for future care
Maritime seafood processors fear worker shortages due to changes to temporary foreign worker program rules
Appointee to help Newfoundland and Labrador recoup pension amounts sent in error
Youth Summit on child poverty in Cape Breton
Halifax town hall explores Canada’s poor job of acting on child poverty
PEI United Church wants politicians aware of poverty in that province’s election
EI claims up in Nova Scotia
Alberta’s EI claims up nearly 30%

National

No anti-poverty measures in federal budget
Broadbent Institute recounts 10 ways the federal government has increased inequality
Use of EI surplus to balance federal budget draws criticism
Budget balanced on the backs of the unemployed
A pre-budget call for tax fairness in the federal budget, by closing tax loopholes for the super-wealthy
Ottawa says budget numbers will hold up despite surge in EI claims
Majority of Canadians say post-secondary education should be free
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board to oppose CIBC pay structure, after massive retirement package for execs
CIBC loses that vote, and more shareholder blowback to come
Star editorial: Harper government now fixing problems with supports to veterans that they first created

International

When work isn’t enough to keep you off welfare and food stamps
Studies show government benefits encourage entrepreneurialism, not dependency
Justice for all, not just those who can afford it
http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/protecting-the-legal-rights-of-the-poor/
Striking Driscoll’s berry pickers paid $7-$8 a day
UK report captures the experience of poverty and calls for radical change
World Bank plan aims at ending poverty and hunger by 2030
NYC Mayor DiBlasio aims to lift 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty in ten years
US taxpayers subsidize companies’ low wages
New Kansas welfare rules limiting ATM withdrawals amount to a tax on the poor
America’s “flexible economy” is making workers’ lives hell

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 17 April 2015

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Top Stories

Chatham-Kent Director of Employment and Social Services says low paying jobs make it hard to get off OW
Op-Ed: In the lead up to the federal election, we have to talk about poverty and health
Star editorial: Feds should not double the TFSA
Advocates say Ontario’s patchwork rooming house rules need an overhaul
Ontario launches consultations on its renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
Ontario Dental Association head asks Ontario to “work with his association to deliver high-quality public dental services to those most in need”
Laurel Rothman on the feds’ flawed idea to increase the UCCBGovernment’s press release on UCCB
Part One of “Poor People Can’t Cook and Other Myths”
And Part Two
And Part Three.

Events, Reports, and Other Good Things

Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign launched April 15
CCPA-BC report: The case for a higher minimum wage

Ontario

Hearings leave no more clarity on what Ontario pension plan will look like

Around the Province

Niagara agencies welcome announcement of Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Commitment 2 Community brings together groups to work on Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy
Brantford homeless shelter moves from Out of the Cold to open all year long
Windsor social services says new SAMS social assistance computer system is failing
Sault Ste. Marie woman dodges eviction, but not without much consternation
Lennox and Addington County Council save on social assistance costs with continued uploading
How to get more mixed income neighbourhoods? Here are three ways.
Series of 14 rooming house review sessions taking place in Toronto’s Parkdale
Ottawa allocates its $48 million share of provincial affordable housing funding

Across the Country

Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate the lowest in Canada, at 4.4%
Sydney agency leads the nation in job services for people with disabilities

National

Unemployment rate unchanged in March due to uptick in part-time jobs
Temporary foreign workers face unjust crackdownMinister Alexander warns workers not to go underground
Some workers bilked by unscrupulous immigration consultants
Chatham-Kent-Essex MP proposes universal pension plan

International

Australia lawmaker says welfare reforms will take a generation
Australian parents who fail to vaccinate their children will lose $2,100 per child in family tax benefits
People in Helsinki increasingly rely on social assistance as wages not enough to pay for basic needs
Maine senator proposes deep welfare cuts
“Welfare recipients going on cruise ships is fantasy; telling them where they can buy underwear is nuts”
Here’s how welfare recipients actually spend their money
Study shows paying jobs, not unemployment, result in people in US relying on benefits system
Women nearly twice as likely to retire in poverty

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 10 April 2015

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Top Stories

Op-Ed: Provincial and federal budgets must invest in people, not drive them deeper into poverty
ODSP medical reviews could overwhelm legal clinics already reeling under disability appeals
Province announces launch of $50 million Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Backgrounder
Toronto Sun
CCPA Ontario report shows Toronto residents need $18.52 / hour living wage to get by
Important legal victory for people who are homeless in Abbotsford BC
Raise the Roof’s “Humans for Humans” campaign: People who are homeless read mean tweets
Stapleton: The plight of low income hard-working seniors
Province announces Community Hubs Advisory Group
Backgrounder

Research, Reports, Events

15 and Fairness Campaign launch April 15
The Precariat Charter: Q&A with economist and author Guy Standing
RNAO Action Alert asks members to urge Ontario to do more to end poverty
History of health and social transfers in Canada

Ontario

Minister Jaczek compares SAMS problems to BlackBerry acting up
Minister dismisses calls for her resignation
Social assistance staff overwhelmed by memos on computer fixes
Man avoids homelessness after SAMS computer error delays rent cheque
Renfrew County staff recount problems with SAMS social assistance computer system
Manitoulin DSB gets update on SAMS problems
OPSEU response to consultants’ interim report on SAMS problems
What Ontario businesses want Ottawa’s budget to do to stimulate the economy

Around the Province

Homelessness funding gets major boost in Niagara
Lambton gets $4.4 million for homelessness
Low income families in Guelph struggle to provide dental care
Op-Ed: Sudbury’s “down-and-out” deserve treatment and hope
Wall of bricks falls from Toronto Community Housing building
Suburban homelessness in Toronto
Charity-owned “predatory” landlord protested by Parkdale residents
Mental health professionals ride along with Hamilton police

Across the Country

New Quebec welfare rules unfair, particularly to immigrants
City of Vancouver’s new definition of “social housing” faces court challenge
Mistawasis First Nation takes team approach to job creation
Newfoundland and Labrador to use judgement in collecting public service pension overpayments
85 year old pensioner would have trouble paying overpayments back:
Workers in Nova Scotia are fighting to increase the minimum wage
PEI group unveils Guaranteed Annual Income plan

National

A painful exodus of foreign workers
Labour in solidarity with temporary foreign workers
Accessible banking services are key to reducing poverty

International

Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank hailed by World Bank as poverty fighter
A new round of welfare reforms is happening in the US:
- Missouri lawmakers want to prevent people receiving assistance from buying steak or seafood
- Kansas lawmakers want to end all “non-essential” spending by people receiving assistance
- Maine governor also eyes changing social assistance rules to limit spending
- States take aim at welfare programs but advocates are worried about more than restrictions on lobster
Seven myths that we need to stop telling about poverty
Commentary: The rush to humiliate the poor
The double standard of making poor people prove they’re worthy of benefits
Austin, Texas lawmakers consider raising minimum wage
Activists say a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street financial transactions would help end poverty
Presidential candidate Rand Paul wants to fight poverty but his budget would limit severely limit his ability to do so
Japan to announce fund to tackle child poverty
Food banks: Not a “popular welfare solution” in the UK
"There’s nothing wrong with people in poverty that a good dose of fair and rational economic policy wouldn’t cure"

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Latest Media & Policy News: 2 Apr 2015

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Top Stories

Elimination of the ODSP Work-Related Benefit “undercuts some of Ontario’s most determined and resourceful citizens”
Wondering what you can do to save the Work-Related Benefit? Check out the ODSP Action Coalition’s March campaign kit here
Ontario releases report on first year of second Poverty Reduction Strategy, as mandated by law
Op-Ed: People with disabilities deserve to be paid a legal wage
How workers with disabilities give companies an edge
Workers Action Centre report on precarious work “Still Working on the Edge”
Too many Ontario workers are exploited; law needs quick overhaul, says report
Labour Minister pledges to crack down on employers
Yussuff: How to help laid-off Future Shop workers and others like them
Thousands of temporary foreign workers leave Canada this week
Group in Guelph fighting expulsions
Government raises the financial eligibility threshold again for legal aid services

Research, Reports, Events

Brock University offers two scholarship programs for local students, one to those receiving Ontario Works
Faith Communities in Action for a Toronto poverty reduction strategy – petition and summit
Caledon Institute issues Social Assistance Summaries 2014
John Stapleton and Houselink: ''Welcome to the Financial Mainstream: The hazards facing low income people when navigating the financial world"
Citizens for Public Justice and Canadian Council of Churches’ Justice Tour 2015

Ontario

Should poor seniors have to pay to volunteer?
Interim consultants’ report on SAMS computer system says staff are overwhelmed with problems
Ontario deficit now $1.6 billion lower than previously projected
Ontario staying the course on $587 million in homelessness funding
Advocate says funding is “a drop in the bucket”
Heating your home isn’t a privilege, it’s a necessity:

Around the Province

Waterloo legal clinic considering expanded services
Toronto community clinics reject merger plan, need more resources
New minimum wage won’t reach Waterloo’s needed $16 living wage
Toronto eyes shelter openings in inner suburbs; people who are homeless fear losing supports
Wellesley Institute’s Kwame MacKenzie on Toronto’s shelter system
Toronto’s decaying public housing buildings
Toronto Community Housing needs $7.5 billion over 10 years for repairs
Editorial: Fixing Toronto’s public housing would help us all

Across the Country

Mi’kmaq Chiefs join fight against social assistance cuts to First Nations in the Maritimes
Auditor General slams BC’s social assistance computer system

National

Parliamentary Budget Officer report shows families with no child care costs are getting the majority of the Harper government’s child care spending
Canada should emulate successful countries that spend on people, even if it means a deficit
More on the Stats Can study of food insecurity, which affects more than 1.1 million Canadian households
Here’s how good pensions support your community
Mulcair commits to close corporate stock options tax loophole, direct money to low income Canadians through enhanced WITB and NCBS
PSAC negotiators face government demands to remove current health benefits

International

UK Tories won’t reveal details of “dramatic” welfare cuts until after general election
Report says 40 people have committed suicide in the UK because of problems with welfare payments
Report finds UK welfare reform has forced people to spend less on basic needs
Report: What the poor and rich in the US spend their money on, and how that’s changed over time

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 27 March 2015

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Media & Policy News: 27 March 2015

Top Stories

Use this online tool to send a letter asking government to Save the ODSP Work-Related Benefit: http://www.odspaction.ca/action/save-the-wrb
ODSP Action Coalition’s March Kit includes other actions you can take
Review the Coalition’s survey of over 500 people getting the Benefit for their thoughts on the what it means to them and what they’ll do without it
Government announces creation of Ontario Energy Support Program
Low-Income Energy Network advocated long and hard for such a program (press release)
Ottawa set to enforce four year limit on temporary foreign workers
April 1 mass deportation deadline looming
Workers welcome minimum wage indexation, but say the minimum wage is still not high enough
York Region advocate says this minimum wage hike won’t do much to help the working poor
Editorial: Minimum wage hike will do little
Outrage spurs feds to extend program, find alternate work for people with disabilities in Ottawa
But, as Andre Picard says, “ending the contract was bad; extending it was worse”
Op-Ed: “Paying people $1.15 an hour is wrong”
Op-Ed: government disability policies operate at cross purposes
Ontario’s legal clinic system gets some much-needed investment
More funds for London legal clinic
Orillia-based clinic “the backbone” of the community in central Ontario
Peel clinics get funding boost
Goar: Legal Aid is making progress

Reports, Publications, Events and Other Good Things

First-time author publishes residential school memoir
For a more accessible Ontario, use this toll-free line to report AODA violations
WAC report launch March 31: “Still working on the edge: Rebuilding decent work from the ground up"
April 17 Forum: “Needed: A Tommy Douglas for Dental Care”
May 5 - One Day Workshop in Belleville: "Bridges Out of Poverty"
Online petition on a national Pharmacare program
New Stats Can report on food insecurity in Canada
Newly updated Citizens for Public Justice’s Advocacy Toolkit – order one here (note: cost associated)
Canada Without Poverty’s next four-week Economic and Social Rights Education online course
“The Price We Pay” documentary explores corporate tax avoidance schemes and pushback in Canada

Ontario

More coverage of problems with the new social assistance computer system:
--- Ontario puts $5 million more into fixing SAMS problems
--- MCSS shreds 500,000 tax forms after SAMS mistake
--- Implementation of SAMS a big problem, says Ottawa, anticipating $4M in costs
--- Union accuses Ottawa of not caring about impact on caseworkers
--- More coverage from Ottawa
--- NUPGE release says computer system is a disaster
--- Collection of overpayments, which may be entirely appropriate, takes a back seat
Premier Wynne appoints Special Advisor on Community Hubs, as part of poverty reduction strategy
Ontario Crown wards to get free tuition for four years

Around the Province

North Bay pushes for more affordable housing: “I made $12,426 last year on Ontario Disability Support Program, but my rent receipt was $7,756. This is why we're going to the food banks”
City of Ottawa says MCSS computer system has been “a costly failure”
Toronto’s poverty reduction efforts discussed at Urban Alliance on Race Relations forum
Possible move to online housing system a good move, but not a full answer
London has the third highest percentage of people with low incomes among Ontario cities
Residents in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood battle back-to-back rent increases
Tenants fight back with local protest
Video coverage on CBC
University of Toronto Prof David Hulchanski sounds the alarm on income inequality in Toronto

Across the Country

Vancouver’s mayor pledged to end street homelessness by March 2015. Unfortunately, he failed.
BC government’s announcement of new initiatives for single parent families
The high cost of childcare in Newfoundland and Labrador is preventing return to work for many women
Stats Can report on food insecurity (see above) finds fully one-third of Nunavut households insecure
PEI increases social assistance “personal comfort allowance” for first time since 2002
New Brunswick family says employers must be educated on the benefit of hiring people with disabilities
EI claims on the rise in Alberta

National

NHS-based Stats Can study examines low-income by country of origin and the factors at work
Canada’s economy could actually contract in the first quarter of this year

International

Welfare systems should be about human rights, not just benefits
One in ten Scots live in “severe” poverty
Stephen King calls for higher taxes on the wealthy, like him
Sunday Times book review: “The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power”
New Zealand Minister Paula Bennett says irresponsible parenting is to blame for child poverty

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Latest Media & Policy News: 20 March 2015

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Top Stories

Sign on to send a message that Ontario can do better on Poverty Reduction
St. Catherines Standard Op-Ed: Ontario needs a budget that’s fair
Windsor’s Pathway to Potential joins the call for a universal Ontario Pharmacare plan
CCPA releases the 2015 Alternative Federal Budget
Canadians for Tax Fairness on the Alternative Federal Budget: “Our economy and our people could be in a much better position with leadership, savvy fiscal management and fair taxation”
Canada Without Poverty on the AFB: “Report proposes poverty reduction focused spending”
Feds end contract and take away jobs from people with developmental disabilities on ODSP
New CMAJ study shows a national pharmacare program could reduce costs by $7.3 billion annually
Not having national pharmacare is “unsustainable”
Temporary foreign workers face mass deportation on April 1 under new rules

Reports, Publications and Events

Low Income Energy Network (LIEN) 2015 annual conference
Updated legal resource: Child and spousal support when you are on social assistance
“Who are the homeless in Calgary? Numbers, trends and characteristics of those without homes in Calgary”

Ontario

PC MPP Toby Barrett opposes the elimination of the ODSP Work-Related Benefit
Ontario planning on issuing debit cards for OW and ODSP recipients who don’t have a bank account
Ontario spends another $5 million to resolve problems with its new welfare computer system
ACORN pushes for a 20% hike in the OW and ODSP housing benefit
Ontario’s energy minister warns of higher than normal energy bills after cold winter
More on the benefits that can low income people can get through filing a tax return
New provincial funding for legal clinics through Legal Aid Ontario
Is Patrick Brown the Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ next great Tory hope?
Letter to the editor: The demise of Ontario’s middle class
Ontario’s minimum wage goes up October 1 – minimum wages across the country

Around the Province

Low income people in Scarborough will now be able to access family law services at local legal clinics
Hamilton participates in a pilot “Housing First” project to house 20,000 people who are homeless
Housing is more than shelter, as the remains of “inmates” of Kitchener’s House of Industry and Refuge demonstrate
Toronto coffee shop’s barista training program aims to improve employment for people with disabilities
Toronto woman forced to choose between chemotherapy and paying her bills
St Catherines mayor heading up new Poverty Reduction Initiative
Chatham-Kent councillor upset about MCSS computer system problems
Waterloo Region still bogged down by MCSS computer system problems

Across the Country

BC just raised its minimum wage, but it still leaves workers living in poverty
Revelstoke, BC, signs on to National Poverty Reduction Charter
BC’s recent efforts, particularly for single parents, could be called a poverty reduction plan

National

Children are the responsibility of us all; better child care works for us all
There is a double standard on paying taxes in Canada, and the CRA makes it worse each year
Canadian manufacturing jobs plummet to near record low
Unsolved legal issues result in at least $40 million a year in additional health care costs

International

Does money make you mean? Academic studies examine the question
Is the $15 minimum wage in Seattle causing restaurant closures? The evidence from owners says no
11,000 New Zealand children lose a disability benefit for no longer needing “substantial” attention and supervision
What Canada can learn from Sweden’s unionized retail sector
Catholic church in San Francisco installs water system to drench people who are homeless as they sleep
“Unprecedented” welfare cuts required to meet UK targets

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media & Policy News: 13 March 2015

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Top Stories

It’s nearly tax time – an important time to let people with low incomes know how they can benefit from filing their taxes. Use and/or pass along this calculator about tax-delivered credits and benefits
Chartered Accountants’ free tax preparation services for people with low incomes
BC makes big social assistance policy change for single parents: eligibility continues with 12 months free tuition and childcare while training for a “high demand” job, extended medical for first year of work, and increased earned income exemption
Critique of the earned income exemption change: http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2015/03/12/BC-Family-Welfare/
A call to halt the forced mass exodus of Canada’s migrant farm workers on April 1
The looming federal election appears to be having an impact on the CPP-Disability backlog
Campaign 2000 urges feds to put new national poverty pledge into action
Pushing for a basic income guarantee – with numbers and a plan

Reports, Publications, Events

Fiscal Capacity: CCPA-Ontario’s Kaylie Tiessen shows “How to fix Ontario’s revenue problem”
Broadbent Institute’s Press Progress Summit: March 26-27, Ottawa
IMF study shows the rise of income inequality linked to the decline of unionization

Ontario

From International Women’s Day: Women’s roller coaster ride in Ontario’s labour market
Another computer glitch leads to privacy violation of social assistance recipients
Ombudsman blasts Hydro One for threatening to leave customers out in the cold
Class action lawsuit launched on behalf of Crown Wards

Around the Province

Chatham-Kent report details problems with the province’s new social assistance computer system
Legal clinic helps people in Toronto who are homeless fight unpayable nuisance tickets
Hamilton’s lack of childcare is an economic drain
Here’s the latest on legal clinic “transformation” in the GTA
London leaders take part in “poverty simulation”
Radio homelessness marathon talks poverty in Waterloo Region
Port Hope dental clinic for people on low incomes shows need for systemic expansion of dental services

Across the Country

Newfoundland and Labrador Poverty Summit covers common ground
Women hit hardest by Alberta government’s austerity measures

National

CIBC study shows employment quality in Canada is at an all time low
Unifor thinks the federal government has shelved its controversial targeted benefit pension proposal
Is the Bank of Canada quietly moving to the left?
Walkom: How to save Canadian capitalism from itself
University contract faculty frustrated by low wages and no job security

International

Seattle lowers transit fares for low income riders
Half of people in Ohio are one paycheque away from poverty
Australia warned against importing New Zealand’s new welfare model
UK churches call government welfare sanctions “inhumane and unchristian”
Families with children and people with disabilities hardest hit by UK welfare reforms
One in four Europeans at risk of poverty
Study shows government programs could reduce poverty in NYC by 69%
Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and other celebs sign “poverty is sexist” in advance of key UN summit

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 27 February

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Top Stories

BC ends clawback of child support payments from welfare and disability benefits
Letter to the Editor: BC should also end the CPP-Disability benefit clawback
Rabble.ca series: Poor people can’t cook, and other myths
Wellesley study shows one-third of workers in Ontario lack extended health benefits – low-income workers and women most affected
Analysis shows increasing number of Canadians cashing out retirement accounts to make ends meet

Reports, Publications, and Events

CCPA-Ontario: “Getting the design right on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan”
CBC Town Hall Mar 4: “Just-in-Time Jobs: Getting by in a world of part-time, contract & precarious work”
Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly, April 17-19
National Summit on poverty reduction, May 6-8, hosted by Tamarack

Worth Repeating

Goar: Stop blaming computer ‘glitch’ for welfare woes
The choice to take the challenge to go hungry

Ontario

Review of AODA shows Ontario is falling short of its goal for disability accessibility by 2025
Response from Minister Duguid
Ontario says it will conduct fewer AODA inspections
Ontario announces review of labour and employment standards legislation
Analysis shows Ontario’s labour market is increasingly precarious
Interactive pre-budget website submission urges Ontario to make social assistance rates reflect reality
ODSP Action Coalition’s February action urges Minister Jaczek to “have a heart” for families on ODSP on Family Day
Raise the Hammer coverage
Outgoing Human Rights Commission chair Barbara Hall: Racism is still an issue in Ontario

Around the Province

United Way study shows Toronto is “Canada’s inequality capital”
Minister Jaczek tours OW offices in Ottawa in wake of computer system fiasco
Faith groups in Thornhill aim to end child poverty
Durham employment trends show hike in part-time, temporary and contract work
Activists in Northumberland join the call for dental coverage for low-income adults
City of Toronto talks on poverty reduction come to Parkdale neighbourhood
11.5% of Peterborough households are food insecure

Across the Country

BC Budget: despite child support exemption, rest of budget leaves average families out
BC’s low minimum wage is failing the women of that province
The Tyee 3-part series on housing in Canada:
Part 1: The benefits of – and threats to – co-operative housing in Canada
Part 2: Rent-geared-to-income is “the best apartment ever”
Part 3: Woodwards: Still a contentious experiment
Perversities from BC’s welfare system
Activists in New Brunswick call for more progressive tax measures than raising that province’s HST
Making Manitoba hunger-free: taking the Poverty Pledge opens eyes

National

Since making big changes to EI, the Prime Minister’s Office has been flooded with angry emails
An Alberta man dying of cancer is seeking CPP-D but caught in the Social Security Tribunal backlog
Who will pay the price for Harper’s proposal to double Tax-Free Savings Account contribution limits
Globe editorial on the need to ensure Canada’s retirement safety net is strong
In case you missed it: Hugh Segal vs. The Fraser Institute on Guaranteed Annual Income

International

California Democrats introduce repeal of US decades-old “welfare queen” law
US states that drug test welfare applicants have seen high costs and few benefits
Catholic bishops say UK voters should see poverty as a key issue in the next election
Ireland’s government gets an “F” on child poverty
Report to Australia’s government calls for radical welfare system overhaul
Singapore raises taxes on wealthiest to fund seniors' and welfare benefits

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 19 December 2014

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Top Stories

OPSEU is taking the province to court over the new social assistance computer system
Hamilton Council says the plug should be pulled on the new computer system until a fix is found
Hamilton Councillor says a human tragedy is unfolding
Northumberland County says they’ve had problems but are working hard to cope
More from Northumberland
Province pays out $5 million to municipalities to help them cope with the new system
Premier Wynne should use the tools she has to fight hunger instead of promoting food banks
Rethinking charitable giving – do some advocacy along with your charity
Deirdre Pike of Hamilton Social Planning, on the dissonance of supporting food banks while seeking the conditions that would see them closed
Charitable giving yes, but fixing systemic problems is better
New report from the Broadbent Institute shows what Canadians think about income inequality

Ontario

Province launches consultations on provincial pension plan
This article notes that the consultation hasn’t resolved the issue of impact on low income earners; the province wants to hear more from interested groups about options to help those with persistently low incomes:
Sheila Block and Hugh McKenzie of the CCPA respond with design ideas to ensure the new plan works for everyone
Government’s announcement and links to consultation materials
OFL calls for a provincial Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights on December 18, International Migrants Day
Bringing migrant workers and Canadian workers together in solidarity
Giving people tickets for panhandling under Ontario’s Safe Streets Act saddles them with a debt barrier
Editorial: The Safe Streets Act should be dumped.

Around the Province

Academics and community team up in London to take action on poverty reduction
Niagara Region poverty discussion: The province must give people on social assistance more to live on
Parry Sound Health Unit’s “Price of Eating Well” report shows the cost of healthy food is soaring
Understanding poverty is exhausting. Imagine living it
In York Region, plans for a spring Stroll and Roll for Freedom – on poverty among people with disabilities

Across the Country

In Newfoundland, a call for a New Year’s Resolution to resolve poverty
Hunger in Nunavut: Seven of 10 Inuit families live in food insecurity
Only bold action will resolve the human rights crisis of food insecurity in the north
Latest Stats Can poverty statistics show BC still has one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada
Cape Breton sets up a task force to investigate child poverty
Charity won’t solve Manitoba’s poverty; radical solutions are required
Petition calls for removing homeless shelters from Vancouver’s upscale Yaletown neighbourhood

National

The Social Security Tribunal isn’t the cause of disabled Canadians’ poverty – the problem lies in CPP-D
Chronicle Herald Editorial: The Employment Insurance backlog is leaving Canadians in the lurch
Canadians for Tax Fairness: The CRA is going after the little guy but the real tax cheats are getting a free ride

International

UK cuts to local welfare benefits will force people to turn to food banks and loan sharks
And the UK’s cap on welfare benefits haven’t actually saved the government much money
The face of seniors’ poverty in the US is racialized
The world’s lessening of extreme poverty, in one handy chart

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 16 December 2014

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Liberals backtrack on plan that would have disentitled low income kids from dental care
Brantford Mayor calls new social assistance computer system “an act of staggering incompetence”
OECD report says trickle-down economics doesn’t work; shows how inequality holds back economic growth
The health effects of income inequality are disastrous
St. Mike’s project prescribes income support to address root causes of poor health
Letters to the Editor: Food banks are not enough
Incredible poverty numbers tarnish Canada’s reputation: six prescriptions for policy reform
Governments in Canada have been seduced by public-private partnerships

Ontario

Fully indexed benefits are coming for injured workers in Ontario
John Stapleton op-ed on the social assistance computer system and old problems
The Landlord and Tenant Board has no power to enforce its own rulings
Former AG says Safe Streets Act hurts the poor and should have been repealed

Reports and Other Important Information

Webinar from ISAC and the ODSP Action Coalition on upcoming changes to ODSP employment benefits, hosted by Your Legal Rights – attended by 100+ across Ontario
Three new medical conditions are being added to the OW/ODSP Special Diet Allowance
OECD report on inequality and growth
Raise the Rates petition

Around the Province

Community justice hub opens in Niagara
Fundraiser helps Kitchener’s Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group to March 2016
Injured workers in Thunder Bay protest for changes to WSIB
Chronicle Journal editorial: Government must fix the injured workers support system
Income inequality in five Toronto neighbourhoods

Across the Country

On taxes and income inequality, from Alberta
Medicine Hat’s doubting Mayor, who just ended homelessness

National

Unemployment trends upwards in November
Amid huge service complaints, Ottawa hires 400 new staffers to manage EI applications
Fewer than half of adult Canadians with disabilities have jobs
TD Bank asks: Is Canada becoming a nation of the part-time employed?
Household debt climbs to 162.6% of disposable income
Business students want to do well by doing good

International

Leaked documents show how giants like Bombardier avoid paying taxes
UK Minister hints two kids may be limit for child benefits, to “help behavioural change”
How liberal democracy promotes inequality
Op-Ed on International Human Rights Day: The work of winning human rights is never over

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Latest Media & Policy News: 4 December 2014

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Star editorial: Province must correct computer and administrative errors for welfare recipients
Premier Kathleen Wynne apologizes
2014 Hunger Report shows food bank use is soaring across Ontario – Jennefer quoted on the inadequacy of social assistance benefits
Put Food in the Budget report says food banks provide only 9% of food requirements: ending poverty is the answer
On provisions in Bill C-43 that would allow provinces to restrict refugee claimant access to social assistance
Ratna Omidvar op-ed: Don’t cut social assistance for newcomers to Canada
Citizens for Public Justice launch a provincial Premiers letter writing campaign
ACTO press release: Ontario Court of Appeal issues split decision on Right to Housing Charter challenge case: Advocates will appeal to the Supreme Court
Court rules housing for all is not a right
Winnipeg Free Press (CP story)
People who are terminally ill, deep in debt, among those waiting for appeals at the backlogged social security tribunal
How the WSIB is failing injured workers in Ontario
CCPA-Ontario op-ed: Five strategic tax increases to deal with Ontario’s debt and invest in public services
Toronto Star editorial: Canada needs a national pharmacare plan

Ontario

Social assistance software problem goes from "glitch" to "serious"
Critics slam Premier over social assistance payout “glitch”
Liberals criticized for erroneous payments
Error in new social assistance computer program sees millions paid out by mistake
Computer glitch sees $20 million paid in error
CUPE survey: new data management program is leaving Ontario’s social assistance system in chaos
CBC: New software causing havoc for clients and caseworkers
Report says WSIB rewards dangerous employers
Ontario plans to cut $500 million in education funding
Op-Ed: Ontario needs to raise corporate taxes to pay for public services
Ontario announces pilot project for community transportation services benefiting seniors, people with disabilities and youth
Celebrating a 20-year movement for greater accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario

Resources and Publications

New publication from CLEO: If you’re not a citizen yet, you may want to apply now
TD bank report says inequality is a problem and public policy is the answer
Interview on CBC Metro Morning
The report
New report shows immigrants took the brunt of the recession and rely more heavily on self-employment
The report

Around the Province

Women fly under the radar as hidden homeless in Hamilton
Living on the Edge poverty simulation puts names and faces to poverty statistics in Windsor
Should cities with higher costs of living (in this case, Toronto) have higher minimum wages?

Across the Country

Nunavut leader stands by comments: local residents must look for food in the dump as prices are too high
Medicine Hat set to end “chronic homelessness” by 2015
What child poverty looks like in one Vancouver school
Saskatchewan releases 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan

National

Joe Fiorito says the Governor General’s “Dare to Give” challenge is misguided because “I don’t want my neighbours to be fed the crumbs of charity as their main meal”
Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice: Child care shouldn’t be for profit
Without policy change, Tax-Free Savings Accounts could mean millionaires would collect GIS
Reforming the tax system a first step to addressing income inequality, say economists
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians each year
“Inequality is bad for our economy … and our government should be doing more with the tax system to redistribute wealth, but the current government is doing the opposite.”
Harper is sending immigration policy for precarious migrant workers back to 1973

Child Poverty in Canada

Campaign 2000 marked last week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 House of Commons commitment to end child poverty by 2000.
National and provincial reports (from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and releases (from Saskatchewan and PEI) on child poverty
CBC’s The Current examines the 25th anniversary and how and why child poverty persists
1 in 6 children in PEI lives in poverty
Child poverty is on the rise in BC
BC needs a Poverty Reduction Strategy
Infographics on the Press Progress website
Hamilton Spectator op-ed from Ontario Campaign 2000 and the Hamilton Roundtable
Star editorial: End child poverty in Canada now

International

One in every 30 children in the US is homeless
Chicago votes to raise the minimum wage to $13 / hour by 2019
When raising the minimum wage isn’t enough
Guardian commentary: Austerity has clearly failed. So why don’t they ditch it?

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media & Policy News: 21 November 2014

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Advocates take on federal government over Bill C-43
In a whirlwind week of organizing, ISAC and our partners pushed back on Bill C-43.
C-43 is the omnibus bill that contains two sections that would allow the provinces to restrict access to social assistance benefits for refugee claimants and others without status in Canada.

Last week, we appeared with Canadian Council for Refugees at the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs during their pre-hearings on Bill C-43. On Monday evening, Romero House appeared at the House of Commons Finance Committee to oppose the sections of Bill C-43. Their great op-ed was published in the Star on Sunday. Tuesday morning, we issued a press release about the Open Letter that we sent to Minister of Finance Joe Oliver and the 160 organizations that signed on.

Our contact with a Canadian Press reporter resulted in a story that was picked up in more than 30 media markets across the country Tuesday. Canada Without Poverty appeared at a House of Commons Finance Committee meeting Tuesday morning and took on backbench Conservative MP Gerald Kedd. Meanwhile, Health for All and Council of Canadians led a delegation to Minister Oliver’s constituency office to deliver the Open Letter. Both of those were covered in a CP follow up story. The Open Letter and the demo at Oliver’s office were also covered by The Star, Torontoist.

Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services was quoted as saying “We have no intention to change our policy as it relates to refugee claimants at all”.

Michele Biss of Canada Without Poverty, Dr. Ritika Goel of Health For All, and Janet Dench of Canadian Council for Refugees between them did something like 18 CBC / SRC morning shows across the country on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Canadian Council for Refugees and Colour of Poverty / Colour of Change Coalition presented at the House of Commons Citizenship and Immigration hearings Wednesday afternoon
And the Globe and Mail ran a supportive editorial on Wednesday.

If you haven’t already signed the petition against the provisions in C-43, please do.

Around the Province

The Toronto Star's series on the 25th anniversary of the 1989
House of Commons commitment to end child poverty by the year 2000:
It’s time to hit the reset button and get the job doneIf the promise had been kept, her life would have been different
One Toronto man’s story shows why the quality of jobs matters as much as the numbers of jobs
Ed Broadbent reflects on the 1989 pledge
The statistics tell the story

Reports and Analyses

Sheila Block of the CCPA-Ontario on Ontario’s Fall Economic Update.

National

Linda McQuaig on the rich getting richer, faster than you think
Research shows that new immigrants took the brunt of the recession’s shrinking job market

International

“The establishment” is starting to understand that inequality is bad for the economy
And yet seven of the 30 largest corporations in US paid more to their CEOs than they did in taxes

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Latest Media & Policy News: 31 October 2014

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Top Stories

Harper government buries Private Members Bill C-585 in omnibus Budget bill
Budget bill's cuts to refugee assistance tops NDP list of complaints
Refugee advocates blast proposed changes to welfare in budget bill
Amnesty International statement on how denying social assistance to refugee claimants violates international law
Interview on The Current with a former refugee claimant, CCR head Loly Rico, and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Letter to the Editor from Dr. Philip Berger
Globe and Mail editorial
Here are the relevant sections of Budget Bill C-43
Here’s ISAC’s analysis of its implications (English and French versions

Top Ontario News

Ontario hikes income threshold to qualify for LEGAL AID SERVICES ( CTV, The Star)
Government’s announcement
Great infographic on the gap in Ontario between social assistance and food and shelter

Reports and Other Interesting Stuff

New report shows homeless could be drastically reduced with only $46 per Canadian per year
Here’s the Homelessness Hub’s report
New report shows minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobs
Here’s the CCPA’s report
Recommended report: “Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda: A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy”
CPJ: Making sense of poverty measures
United Way of Toronto job posting for Manager, Research, Public Policy, and Evaluation

Around the Province

St. Catherines has the expertise – politicians better listen and act on poverty
Bedbugs should not be a reason for vulnerable people to be denied services in Hamilton
Open letter to Toronto’s new Mayor John Tory: Listen to the voices of the poor and marginalized

Across the Country

Saskatchewan pledges to create that province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
Good steps on Poverty Reduction in Manitoba after two years, but more needs to be done
BC First Nation implementing $17.22 / hour Living Wage policy
Dr. Gary Bloch tells Vancouver that the economic costs of poverty can’t be ignored
Public sector unions and the CD Howe Institute pan Pooled Registered Pension Plans coming to Nova Scotia
More on union opposition (Metro News)
Finding affordable housing in Moncton is a problem

National

UNICEF report says Canada and provinces made progress on child poverty during the recession
Why Canada needs a national pharmacare program
Coverage – mostly negative – of the federal government’s income splitting plan:
CBC (2 articles) - Globe (2 articles) - Star editorial - Maclean’s
Regg Cohn: Plan would short-change Ontarians
Broadbent Institute analysis
Is the NDP’s $15 / day childcare plan Canada’s hottest new political pledge?
The end of federal agreements threatens affordable housing solution
Canadians spend more income on housing than almost anyone in the world
Eating healthy? Not if you’re below the poverty line

International

How homelessness consultants helped ban food sharing in 22 American cities
US has highest poverty among all OECD countries
UNICEF says it also has the highest child poverty
Proposal in Zurich to ban welfare recipients from USING CARS gains support, as campaign to reduce benefits announced
A decade is lost as children IN IRELAND bear the brunt of the recession
Pope says structural causes of poverty must be dismantled

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Latest Media & Policy News: 29 Sept 2014

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Top Stories

Daily Bread’s “Who’s Hungry” report shows the percentage of people with disabilities using food banks in the GTA has doubled since 2005
ISAC op-ed in the Star: The new Social Security Tribunal demonstrates Ottawa’s unjust approach to disability insurance
The Social Security Tribunal was launched to reduce the number of appeals hearings by 25%
Sun Media on ODSP rates

Ontario

Letters to the Editor on the recently released Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy
Ontario Campaign 2000 responds to the PRS
As does Put Food in the Budget
TVO’s The Agenda panel on Poverty Reduction
The province’s spending on business is dwarfed by what they spend on people who are poor

Resources

Working While on Social Assistance – What You Should Know: from CLEO
The Colour Coded Labour Market By the Numbers: Sheila Block analyzes Ontario’s labour market from a racialization perspective and finds NHS data doesn’t meet the test

Around the Province

Halton Legal Clinic’s Legal Health Checkup for people living on low incomes evaluates more than just legal health:
St. Catherines needs leadership on poverty
Poverty should be a municipal election issue in Niagara
20% of people in Hamilton are living on low income
Utility companies in Grey Bruce helping low-income families reduce their energy costs

National: Private Members Bill C585

ISAC calls for action on Bill C585
The Star: Bill C585 will restrict refugees’ access to social assistance benefits
Marie Chen of ISAC explains the Bill and its implications in a Rabble.ca audio blog
NDP MP Andrew Cash asks a question in the house; Minister Alexander, not the Bill’s sponsor Corneliu Chisu, defends it
The Bill could cause chaos and hardship, say service providers and refugees themselves
Letters to the Editor say the policy is shameful
Rabble.ca says C585 reflects a federal government war on refugees
ISAC reports that the Bill has delayed but is not yet defeated

Other coverage:
Metro Newspapers across the country
Le Devoir, Montreal (but it’s behind a paywall!)
Canada Without Poverty’s June blog on C585
A related early blog from Joe Gunn of Citizens for Public Justice

Other National Issues

Did corporate tax cuts really pay for themselves, as Stephen Harper and others claim?
Opinion: We need citizens, not just taxpayers and bookkeepers
Six million Canadians a year avoid seeing a dentist because they can’t afford it
Why should dental health should be included in the public health system? Equity. That’s why
The last accepted prejudice – people who are homeless in Canada
Age, not gender, is the new income divide in Canada

International

The OECD proposes rules to curb corporate tax evasion
More on these international rules from the Tax Justice Network
People who are homeless in New Zealand made criminals by having friends

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Top Story: Ontario's Second Poverty Reduction Strategy

Government releases its Poverty Reduction Strategy: “Realizing Our Potential”
Minister Matthews' video on the Office of the Premier’s YouTube channel

Some Statements and Responses

ISAC: The test of the strategy will be how it deals with social assistance poverty
25in5: The strategy's bold vision requires an action plan and investment strategy
ISARC: Strategy's positive elements needs targets, timelines, and new resources
AOHC: Steps in the right direction but no targets, timelines or implementation plan
Ontario NDP
And before the Strategy was announced, a statement on the importance of expanding health and dental benefits

Province-wide Coverage

Advocates applaud the plan, but urge targets and timelines be set
New PRS includes commitment to end homelessness
Star editorial: PRS keeps social justice in the window
Province reconfirms commitment to reduce child poverty by 25%
Ontario misses child poverty target; Ottawa didn’t step up
Ontario recommits to a 25% reduction and pledge to eradicate homelessness

Coverage from Communities Around the Province

* Hamilton:
Advocates say more money needed
AM900 interviews Tom Cooper:
Plan is a step in the right direction
Pike: The Strategy says the right things, but ambition isn’t enough

* York Region:
Advocates are cautiously optimistic

* Northumberland:
Advocates say PRS lacks meaningful action

* London:
Advocates say goals are reasonable

* Niagara:
St. Catherine’s Standard’s Grant LaFleche: Child poverty shouldn’t be an issue, but it is

Ottawa:
* Ottawa Citizen’s Reelevy says there’s much to like but more to do

Associated Resources

Mowat Centre’s report for MCYS on the approaches that work to reduce poverty
And a clinical tool to help doctors screen for poverty

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Latest Media & Policy News: 31 July 2014

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Top Stories

Sign on to push for a renewed federal role in housing provision and affordable housing for all
Podcast: Trish Hennessy and Adam Vasey on the intersection of minimum wage and living wage
John Stapleton recognizes today’s 50th anniversary of the Constitutional amendment that brought in the Canada Pension Plan
Woman who is deaf and blind challenging additional costs of education arising from her disability
Two pieces from Carol Goar on PFIB’s tour of Northern Ontario:
--- Hardship north of Superior opens Torontonian’s eyes
--- Northern Ontario: Beautiful landscape but crushing poverty
Activist finds poverty in Northern Ontario different from the south
Dispatches on poverty from Northern Ontario

Ontario

The options Ontario has left to fix its revenue problem – corporate taxes, income taxes, carbon taxes?
Column: Why Ontario’s Retirement Pension Plan is a good idea

Around the Province

Orillia Council candidate’s statements about people on social assistance insensitive and false
The original comments
Affordable housing on Toronto’s waterfront: A laudable goal, but questionable implementation
Low income transit in Toronto and the struggle to make transit free

Across the Country

Vancouver Sun editorial calls for affordable childcare
Advocates echo the call and push for $10 / day
Burnaby ACORN protests lack of affordable rental housing
Pictou County Women’s Centre leads development of county-wide Poverty Reduction Strategy
Demand for electricity bill assistance is growing in Waterloo Region

National

Ottawa is sitting on nearly $1 billion in uncashed cheques, including $23 million in CCTB
Minimum Wage Wars: The Current talks about the minimum wage in Canadian provinces
How to stop Canadian multinationals from dodging their taxes
McQuaig: Harper is punishing charities while letting tax cheats off the hook
Cameco – a Canadian uranium mining company – Cares, just not enough to pay its Canadian taxes
Canada’s bail system “disproportionately penalizes – and frequently criminalizes – poverty, addiction and mental illness”
Three reasons that Employment Insurance is broken: Mendelsohn, Yalnizyan, and Sweetman (video)

International

Irish media reports on CRA telling Oxfam Canada that preventing poverty is not charitable
Detailed look in the Western Producer at global economic recovery and impact on Canada
1,200 US fast food workers met in Chicago recently on their fight for a $15/hour minimum wage
An interview with 15 Now activists in the US
One sixth of Americans don’t have enough to eat – amazing photo galleries
How low income people in the US understand words that describe their lived experience
The last stand for the middle class is taking place in a parking lot in Massachusetts
Welfare to work program in Kansas works for some, not so well for others
Benefit sanctions in NYC a cost to all concerned
Cruelty of UK benefit sanctions means man dies after missing meeting; sister launches inquiry petition
Homelessness in the UK: A public health crisis
Adults in the UK may be headed for retirement poverty
Child poverty in Japan hits record high
Welfare rolls in New Zealand lowest since 2008

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Latest Media & Policy News: 25 July 2014
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Top Stories

Health Providers Against Poverty issue open letter to Wynne, Hoskins and Jaczek on necessary action for the next Poverty Reduction Strategy
First Nation issues eviction notice to City of Vancouver after City tries to evict people who are homeless
Inclusive zoning: Vancouver’s done it, can Toronto be next?
Here’s how not to do inclusive zoning. Zoning, yes. Inclusive, no
Canada Revenue Agency says “preventing poverty” not allowed as a charitable goal

Ontario

An analysis of Budget 2014 says harsh austerity is coming
Ban on recruitment fees for migrant workers a start, but proactive enforcement needed
Ending wait lists for developmental disability services tops in all party report

Around the Province

Anti-poverty groups in Windsor to launch living wage campaign in the fall
Community garden in Niagara Falls feeds people and grows friendships

Across the Country

Halifax activist says fixing poverty is within our grasp
Alberta politicians enact poverty simulation; poverty reduction strategy in jeopardy
PEI advocates say social assistance food allowance numbers don’t add up
Is PEIs change of heart on Ontario’s pension plan a flip-flop, or pragmatism?
BC’s Delta Optimist says Guaranteed Minimum Income worth a second look

National

Seven reasons disabled Canadians are losing CPP benefits
The Agenda asks, is Ottawa fighting the deficit with EI premium increases?
Here’s the Mowat post
What’s happening to EI? Asks Hamilton Legal. In a word, Cuts
Supreme Court sides with government over EI surplus case
CLC response: EI is failing unemployed workers in Canada
NUPGE response
How the Harper government plays with your emotions to sell you meaningless tax credits
Canada Without Poverty: How the positive court decision on refugee health care could hurt the poor
Note: Ontario is billing Ottawa for $2 million in refugee health care costs
Restaurant owners take Ottawa to court over restrictions to migrant workers program

International

New website matches donors with people who need helping paying their Detroit water bill to avoid disconnection or get reconnected
Council of Canadians delivers water to Detroit to protest shutoff
In NYC: When poverty makes you sick, a lawyer might help with the cure
Japan’s Supreme Court rules “foreigners” not entitled to state welfare
Irish advocates say social welfare entitlements should be more accessible to migrants
Swedish restrictions on benefits for undocumented migrants mean more living on the street
Laws targeting people who are homeless increasing in the USA
Child poverty rates are also increasing in the USA
UK think-tank urges finding savings by limiting child benefits to four children per household

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Latest Media & Policy News: 16 July 2014

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Top Stories

Star op-ed by Leilani Farha: Poverty is “a structural issue, which cannot be solved by individuals alone, but also requires substantive government involvement, resources, vision and leadership.”
Star editorial: Wynne’s pledge to tackle poverty needs fleshing out
John Cartwright, on other ways to reduce poverty – reducing the number of people earning poverty wages
Generating additional revenue and big movement on poverty reduction might be possible under Wynne
Canadians for Tax Fairness on how Budget 2014 makes the tax system fairer

Budget Responses & Coverage

OFL welcomes the Budget but rejects privatization and cuts
25in5 says Budget invests in fairness and builds momentum for the upcoming second Poverty Reduction Strategy
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries says the 2014 Budget doesn’t do enough for people living in poverty
ISAC repeats Budget analysis but adds comment on increased funding for ODSP medical reviews
More on medical reviews
Criminal Lawyers Association applauds more funding for Legal Aid
Globe editorial on the 2014 Budget as an austerity budget

Ontario

Walkom: Wynne should choose growth over austerity
PCs appoint new critics
Bill Walker for Ministry of Community and Social Services

Around the Province

Advocates push back against targeting the poor in downtown Hamilton
Health – and its relationship to wealth – in Ottawa
Toronto WheelTrans drivers strike over reduced pay
Toronto Council votes to study discount fare for low-income riders
Two men die at Toronto’s Seaton House shelter
Report from Bridges Community Health Centre gives recommendation for action on dental coverage
Study shows poverty among urban Aboriginal people in Hamilton in a major barrier to good health
Older women in St. Catherines facing life on social assistance
Poverty in Muskoka, and one woman’s success story
New services to help low-income families separate will be a big help in northwestern Ontario
Coupons for farmers markets available to low-income seniors in Ontario County

Across the Country

PEI’s Finance Minister has abandoned Ontario’s pension push and refocuses on Ottawa
TD says the jobs picture everywhere east of Manitoba will remain bleak
Opposition Private Members Bill to create a Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC needs all-party support

National

Appeals on denials of federal disability benefits are increasingly unsuccessful
The federal government is moving to direct deposit for ALL federal payments
John Stapleton comments on direct deposits in this article
But the feds are also considering pre-paid cards for those who don’t sign up
Ottawa’s overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker program ignores abuse of migrant workers
And Temporary Foreign Worker program changes could penalize workers
Who do the changes really help?
Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it’s not the TFW program that’s the problem – it’s Employment Insurance paying people not to work
More coverage
CFIB gets in on the action
Food banks in Canada are vital but could work better
Press Progress’ take on the OECD’s income inequality warning for Canada

International

23.1% of Americans – the highest percentage ever – are now receiving welfare program benefits.
A simplified way to tax multinational corporation
Both red and blue states in the USA agree on taxing corporations more
The European Central Bank finds that the 1% are even richer than we though

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Latest Media and Policy News: 8 July 2014

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Top Stories

Former WSIB chair says Ontario’s workers’ compensation system is under attack from within – changes “are undermining decades of progress" and "all Ontarians ought to oppose” them
A letter to the editor outlines more problems in the WSIB system
Ontario’s housing crisis is also a health crisis
Homelessness Hub’s latest infographic: Social determinants of health
Reaction to the Federal Court’s ruling that refugee health care cuts are “cruel and unusual” – and unconstitutional
New report from Windsor-Essex says 18.3% of families live in poverty, the highest in the province

Ontario

New Legal Aid Ontario program to help unrepresented people resolve family law disputes

Around the Province

More Gladue services in the North to better address the over-representation of Aboriginal peoples in the criminal justice system
Why a transit fare equity policy for Toronto just makes sense
The lack of affordable housing in Toronto, and what’s at the root of the problem
The number of people receiving Ontario Works in Muskoka is declining

Across the Country

Increasing funds for food in social assistance may simply mean money will be spent on rent
Atlantic Premiers release report on impact of EI changes
Report “slams changes to EI program”
Report says rule changes “created fear among workers”
Report is “spot on”
Report “vindicates Kenney”
CUPE “disappointed” with report
Ending homelessness in Vancouver requires money and policy change, not self-congratulation

National

What’s wrong with the Universal Child Care Benefit
Editorial: Court ruling on employers’ obligations is a child care victory for working parents
Aboriginal Affairs Minister wants to extend pilot program for Aboriginal youth on social assistance
The new Social Security Tribunal: Massive CPP-D backlog and denial of the rules of natural justice
What Finance officials told the federal government about the impact of income splitting
NDP says federal government using Private Members Bills to avoid proper legislative vetting
CLC condemns federal pension proposals
Report from Food Banks Canada: Food banks and the dependence myth

International

Obama to push for tax loophole closures in order to fund highways
What it means to go without water, as 12,500 people in Detroit are cut off for unpaid bills
Australian Opposition decries government for demonizing people with disabilities during welfare review
New Zealand child poverty drops back to pre-recession levels
But poverty in Ireland isn’t budgin

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Latest Media and Policy News: 30 June 2014

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Top Stories

International Monetary Fund report issues stark warning to corporate and individual tax cheats
Great piece on why people who are poor can’t just “get a job”

Ontario

Ombudsman finds huge “communications breakdown” means hundreds of families shortchanged on support payments
A call to put the “progressive” back in Progressive Conservative

Around the Province

Toronto takes a step toward affordable transit fares for people with low incomes
Results from other jurisdictions informative as Toronto looks at low-income transit fare
Why a $15 minimum wage in Toronto is possible
Why Hamilton should implement a living wage

Across the Country

BC’s new ten-year plan for people with disabilities “disappointing”

National

Canada’s corporate dead money hits a record $629.7 billion
Activists push for $20,000 Guaranteed Minimum Income at recent conference
What poverty really means, for individuals and society
More results from the At Home / Chez Soi research project
There’s been a baby boom, but not in childcare
Who built the middle class? Unions did
What the cuts to refugee health care really cost
The Temporary Foreign Worker program may be on the chopping block in 2016
The Live-In Caregiver program may be next target of immigration reform

International

Britain’s richest MP buys housing estate, jacks up rents on low-income families
50,000 marched in London against austerity; here’s why
Thousands march in six Spanish cities for dignity and against austerity
Inequality and the case for unions
Mayors of US cities focus on raising wages for lowest paid workers
How cities use design to drive people who are homeless away
New poll shows fewer Americans blame poverty on the poor
New Zealand’s “future welfare liability” significantly reduced by new welfare rules for young people

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Latest Media and Policy News: 20 June 2014

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Top Stories

“It’s nuts” that social assistance programs across Canada don’t provide enough for healthy food
Thousands denied federal disability benefits waiting more than a year for new federal tribunal appeal hearings
Saskatchewan advocate says federal tribunal appeals process a “David and Goliath battle”
Massive appeals backlog “a disgrace”
Changes to temporary foreign worker program announced today
Manitoba announces two new social programs for people on social assistance and low income workers

Ontario

Big Trout Lake residents invite other Canadians to experience life on reserve
The Spec: Why we need an Ontario pension plan
Ontario Human Rights Commission issues new policy on rights of people with mental illness and addictions
And here’s the fact sheet
New report to show Ontario being shortchanged $1.2 billion in equalization payments
Profile of Dr. Danielle Martin, who says doctors “should be at the front of the parade to try to reduce poverty in Canada”
Steve Paikin’s roundup of “what else happened” in the Ontario election

Around the Province

Bruce County pilot project to train youth on social assistance through the county’s trails program
St. Catherines Woman on ODSP pays half her benefit cheque in rent
Readers’ comments
Reporter on the above story asks, why do we vilify the poor?
Video: Reporter reads readers’ comments on the story
In Toronto, community activists speak out against TAVIS policing initiative
Inclusionary zoning one critical response to crisis of affordable housing in Toronto
Partnerships bring skills development to people on social assistance in St. Ste. Marie

Across the Country

BC’s poverty reduction pilot projects “an embarrassing stance on poverty”
Alberta scraps P3 model for building schools

National

Income inequality even more pronounced when income held in private holding companies included
Press Progress: Canada's rich are richer than you think
New PSAC video, “Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom”
Doctors have a duty to find out if poverty plays a role in a patient’s medical issues
Canadians’ views on the foreign worker program

International

Poverty hits twice as many British households as 30 years ago
Welfare cuts and the bedroom tax forcing families in poverty into homelessness
Welfare cuts one year on: Britain's poorest on par with former Eastern bloc
Nick Pearce of IPPR says challenging concentrations of power must be the new terrain of social democracy
Head of Goldman Sachs says income inequality is “very destabilizing” and “has to be dealt with”
Robert Reich: The three biggest lies about poverty

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Latest Media and Policy News: 30 May 2014


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Ontario Election 2014 : Poverty is missing in the provincial election campaign
Greg DeGroot-Maggetti says the campaign cannot overlook poverty reduction
ISAC’s Ontario Election 2014 materials – Election Kit, Candidate Questions, etc.
Some questions to ask at the doorstep, about health care writ large
All three parties urged to expand dental health care for low-income adults and seniors
Answers to tough questions in Peterborough
Questions asked in London, but we don’t know the responses
Why isn’t poverty an election issue in Hamilton?
Signs in Niagara call to Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario
Green Party leader is talking poverty in Hamilton
Greens say to scrap hydro credit and redirect it to the Ontario Child Benefit
Popular vote tightens, but Con voters may be more motivated to vote

Other Top Stories

This week, the Right to Housing Case was back in the court
More from Canada Without Poverty
Deducting child support from social assistance in BC is “a disgraceful program that hurts children the most”
Report shows bosses intimidate temporary foreign workers
Complaint-based system failing temporary foreign workers
Motion calls for complaint system and mandatory audits of TFW program
"What kind of society are we living in where we bring workers here to work year after year and they pay their taxes, and then they suffer a major injury or illness and we refuse to help them in their time of need?"

Campaigns

Minimum Wage goes up June 1, but it’s still a poverty wage
25in5 Network: Send in a question to the Leaders’ Debate
Put Food in the Budget: Ask the leaders
25in5, Campaign 2000, and MCC-O infographics
All Candidates Meeting on Social Issues: June 5, Woodstock

Around the Province

“Tax Is Not a Four Letter Word” book tour comes to Hamilton
University of Ottawa hikes tuition amid increasing student food bank use

Across the Country

Vancouver City Council looks to fine people who are homeless $10,000
PEI Premier calls for EI changes to be reversed
Government MLA calls for debate on child poverty at party convention in BC

National

$30 billion in tax cuts since 2005; most has gone to the rich
A new voice for labour at the Canadian Labour Congress

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It's Budget Day!
What the CCPA Ontario is watching for
Hamilton Roundtable’s proposals for Budget 2014
Pre-budget submissions from:
ISAC - AOHC - Wellesley - RNAO
Budget to contain income tax hikes for individuals over $150,000, while personal care workers are to get an hourly pay raise
Budget also to contain tax hikes on tobacco and aviation fuel
CCPA says there’s room to grow on increasing high earner income taxes
Wynne won’t rule out triggering an election, which could mean a June 5 e-Day– if the NDP vote against the budget, it could be June 26
Global recounts major recent spending announcements
Meanwhile, Hudak outlines a plan to roll back spending, cut taxes and freeze wages
TVO’s The Agenda looked at how to find a way out of poverty last night
Wynne quoted as saying that “government has a role to make sure that if someone is in a low-income situation, that they can still have a life that allows them to sustain themselves and their family”
Tories say Wynne is ignoring advice that an Ontario pension plan would hurt jobs
Sault Ste Marie MPP David Orazietti urges the NDP to support the budget

Other Top Stories

Today is International Workers Day. Here’s what’s on in Ottawa
Migrant Workers Alliance says migrant workers are now paying for government and business failure and abuse
New OECD report says top 1% taking most of Canada's growth; prescribes tax increases to combat income inequality

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Latest Media and Policy News: 28 April 2014

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Top Stories

Carol Goar on the barriers to complete health care - including drug coverage - faced by low-income Ontarians
Ontario to miss its deficit-reduction targets
Possible scenarios for what happens after Budget and a potential spring election
Government recommits to raising the Ontario Child Benefit this summer and indexing it to inflation
And directs Ontario Energy Board to create Ontario Electricity Support Program
Victory at Ontario Court of Appeal protects the rights of people receiving social assistance
Here’s what to expect of a made-in-Ontario pension plan, coming in Thursday’s budget

Top Stories - National

BC lawyers consider Charter challenge on social assistance child support clawbacks (Vancouver Sun - Vancouver Province)
Doug Saunders says “there is no reason for Canada to make any of its immigrants anything other than permanent”
New CCPA report shows which Canadian cities are best and worst for women

Cool Stuff

ISARC’s Pre-Budget Prayer Vigil April 3
Two new publications explore the role of unions in battling inequality (CCPA - Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Around the Province

Welland Tribune has a Faces of Poverty live broadcast Tuesday night
Brantford Expositor’s Faces of Poverty series has a livestream roundtable Wednesday
Responses to real stories in Brantford
In Fort Erie, what will you do to respond to poverty
St. Catherines Standard has its own Faces of Poverty series
One woman’s story of living in poverty, in the Welland Tribune
Canada Without Poverty responds to Windsor Star editorialist’s poor bashing
New report shows disturbing level of poverty in Northumberland
Opportunities Waterloo Region to close due to lack of funding

Across the Country

Street homelessness doubles in Vancouver
Higher Single Room Occupancy rents in Vancouver are a factor
Big increases to PEI social assistance rates shouldn’t take two years
Poverty simulation in Fort McMurray

National

David Dodge calls for expansion of the CPP
Ottawa unveils its proposal for a new pension plan
Actuaries like it
So does the CFIB
Is there a future for a defined benefit plan?
Report says Canada’s middle class is now richer than that of the USA
Andrew Jackson shows why that doesn’t mean all is well in Canada
Trish Hennessy explains why she’s not gloating
Economists and academics caution against report’s conclusions
Globe editorial board calls on Harper to restore adequate funding for Stats Can

International

80% of Britons think government should tackle income inequality
A US small business owner makes the case for increasing the minimum wage
Poverty, hunger and homelessness plague the US
OECD says Ireland’s “overly generous” welfare system is keeping people from work
UK administrative restructuring means hundreds of thousands turned away from welfare support

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media and Policy News: 17 April 2014

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Top Stories

More than 40 organizations join ISAC and Campaign 2000 to urge Ontario to let single parents on social assistance keep their child support
BC lawyers say that province’s child support clawback violates human rights
Times Colonist editorial on BC’s “cheapskate policy”
There’s no more perverse policy than this, says Vaughn Palmer
Ontario’s first Equal Pay Day April 16 raises awareness of the gender pay gap
Hennessy’s Index on Equal Pay Facts
Equal Pay Coalition petition
Workers Action Centre
McDonald’s the subject of migrant foreign worker investigation
Meanwhile, McDonald’s CEO makes more than $9200 / hour
Foreign workers from Belize call working for McDonald’s “slavery”
Coverage in the International Business Times
Globe and Mail says we need more people coming as new citizens instead of as temporary foreign workers
And Carol Goar takes on the CFIB’s claims that Canadians’ poor work ethic drives them to hire temporary foreign workers
New Stats Can study shows poverty makes you sick and costs you more
One doctor’s prescription for health treats poverty like a disease
CCPA Study: University students must work 2-7 times longer to pay for university than a generation ago
Here’s CCPA’s very cool interactive report app
And, more and more analysts say the current post-secondary tax credit system is just not good public policy

Cool Stuff

Upcoming Tax Justice and Human Rights Symposium
People who lived at Huronia, Rideau or Southwestern can get more money from recent settlements with the Ontario government
Yalnizyan: Slow growth is a gift, if we’re willing to take it

Ontario

Hennessy: Why taxes shouldn’t be off the table in funding transit
AODA Customer Service Standards to ensure access for people with disabilities are currently under review
The fight for a $14 minimum wage continued on April 14

Around the Province

Homeless Connect Toronto connects people who are homeless with services they need
Meanwhile, Windsor editorial writer condemns “street pests” and those who give them money
Sudbury letter to the editor on the government’s pledge not to merge OW and ODSP

Across the Country

Tsartlip First Nation wants to manage wealth instead of managing poverty
Very different coverage of the impact of the new EI regions in PEI
Payments will be reduced, says the Guardian
Payments will increase, says the Journal Pioneer:
PEI cuts social assistance budget by $1.7 M because of “underutilization”
Advocates urge increasing benefit rates instead of cutting the budget
Op-ed says lack of need “defies belief”

National

What to do about the looming retirement income crisis
Manufacturing sales return to pre-recession peak, especially in Ontario
The problem with a new federal bill to count Canada’s homeless population
What would you rather? Income splitting? Or child care?
Immigrants facing unreasonable hurdles to getting Old Age Security
Fraser Institute fosters CPP "unfunded liability" panic
But CPP board says Fraser Institute shows a "fundamental lack of understanding regarding the CPP"
Financial Post covers last week’s Metcalf report launch on exploitation of temporary foreign workers
And, how dividend income can get you out of paying taxes [not advice for the little guy]

International

The elites are talking inequality at an IMF / World Bank policy conference
What it’s like to be among the long-term unemployed
Corporate tax dodgers cost the average US taxpayer $1,259 each year
Protests in Ireland against social welfare benefit cuts
California jurisdictions respond to homelessness with laws to ban sleeping in cars

Ed Note: Have a good long weekend!
[ You too, Jennefer - and THANKS for this wonderful media scan service! Gilles ]

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 11 April 2014

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Top Stories

Windsor advocates say government must refocus on poverty reduction
Metcalf report shows businesses profit from the precarity of migrant workers
And the report says Ontario must close current loopholes if new protections legislation is to succeed
Migrant workers lose bid to keep OHIP after being injured on the job
Op-Ed: Ontario should make sure injured migrant workers are ensured
Migrant workers get primary care through local Community Health Centres
Natural gas price hikes adding to numbers needing energy bill help
Ontario nixes recommended merger of OW and ODSP
Canadian Council of Chief Executives release a report saying business pays its fair share
But they’re including things they shouldn’t to pad the numbers
Even a business-friendly Vancouver Sun columnist calls it “hokum” and says that even their padded number “isn’t egregiously out of line”
Here’s Linda McQuaig’s take
Mental Health Commission of Canada pilot project says housing is the best treatment for mental illness
Conference Board study says more support for children in foster care will pay dividends
Communities of faith and the progressive movement

Good Things

April 14th – Day of Action on the Minimum Wage
Do the feds want to reduce youth unemployment? Armine Yalnizyan tells them how
Homeless Connect Toronto takes place this weekend
And you know that book by Thomas Piketty that’s getting all the attention? Here’s a great (although pointy headed) op-ed from him and a colleague in The Guardian from last fall, entitled “Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%”

Ontario

Ontario is ignoring its own disability accessibility law
What progressives need to do for better paying jobs and greater income equality

Around the Province

Lots of coverage of expansion of Healthy Smiles program for low-income children
But expansion may lead to exclusion of all but the very poorest
More Otttawa households got help with hydro bills through LEAP this year
Protesting poor quality housing in Toronto (video)
Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations reaching out to Toronto’s condo renters
Stitching Our Own Social Safety Net project highlights importance of a Toronto poverty reduction strategy

Across the Country

PEI says a guaranteed livable income system is possible
The BC government’s clawback of child support is hurting families
BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents fear dispersal with new local area plan

National

Conservatives vote to make certification harder and decertification easier
AFL head recasts CFIB’s claim that temporary foreign workers have better “work ethic” than Canadians

International

How do you end poverty? Well you can’t if you don’t include Indigenous peoples
World Bank says growth is not enough to end poverty
Oxfam report says public services are strong weapons against global inequality
UK research shows the need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts [ed note: *sigh*]
Rowntree CEO says poverty is not inevitable and profound change is possible
How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution
To solve climate change, you have to address energy poverty
Addressing energy poverty in New Zealand
Marching against poverty in New Zealand

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 4 April 2014

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Top Stories

Ontario takes proposed merger of OW and ODSP off the table
And what’s wrong with “Pathways to Employment Plans” for people on ODSP
Conservatives to restrict new immigrants’ eligibility for GIS
New CCPA report shows Canada’s wealth gap is worse than its inequality gap (Global - Globe & Mail - Canadian Business - Huffington Post)
Link to the report
The wealth gap in 3 easy charts
Progressives consider the future at last weekend's Broadbent Institute Progress Summit
Hennessy’s Index takes on the skills gap / labour shortage myths
Jobs Grant and LMA agreements announcement between Ontario and the feds
No region in Ontario has been untouched by a seismic labour market shift
Four questions about full-day kindergarten that matter more than test scores

Other Good Stuff

Helping your clients find good legal services: May 5 webinar for service providers
Photo series shows homelessness one legacy of residential schools

Around the Province

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton’s Poverty Reduction Strategy aims to tackle lack of transportation
Speak Now Hamilton speakers’ bureau launched Tuesday
Toronto needs its own Poverty Reduction Strategy [ed note: Council passed this unanimously Thursday night]
Toronto Transit waives fares for support workers of people with disabilities

Across the Country

Saskatchewan increases minimum wage by 20 cents an hour
And still the CFIB says it will hurt small business
New Brunswick leaves singles (ed: i.e., the poorest) out of 3% increase to social assistance rates, but increases earnings and asset exemptions
BC activists rally for higher welfare rates, which have not increased since 2007
From BC: eliminating poverty is the best way to address a number of problems

National

Who’s latest on the list of those concerned about the Fair Elections Act?
Free post-secondary education in Canada: not such a radical idea
Tories introduce fines for employers who abuse migrant worker program
More pension plans on a stronger financial footing, survey says
Canadian cities where even an average income won’t buy you a house
UN agency says Fraser Institute’s analysis on labour market regulation is seriously flawed
Feds announce no more plastic SIN cards – paper only
Why cutting spending in bad times is bad policy, in 140 seconds

International

“Using poverty to force people into low-paid work isn't good for our economy or our society. People deserve security and a chance to build a decent life"
Hey George Osborne: Poverty hurts people and the economy too
Assessing the impact of the UK’s bedroom tax, one year on
One impact: “panic rooms” for victims of violence are being targeted
German report dismisses “welfare tourism” claims
UN says US is “cruel, inhuman, and degrading” to people who are poor
“To stem abuses, the first target shouldn’t be those avaricious infants in nutrition programs but tycoons in their subsidized Gulfstreams”
Head of Ford Motorco says labour unions saved the company
Elected officials from 8 US cities meet to talk about raising the minimum wage
Skills gap in the US: A “zombie idea” that refuses to die
Companies not growing? They should pay their employees more

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 March 2014

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Top Stories

CCPA Ontario report shows impact of recession and post-recession fallout on women (Star, Global)
Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 budget includes “full-day Kindergarten in 2016, the replacement of student loans with grants, an enhanced low-income seniors’ benefit, increased tax exemptions for low-income residents and families, and a five-per-cent jump in income support rates” (Telegram, CBC)
Community Benefit Agreements: A new tool to reduce poverty and inequality
Natural gas rate hike could hit low income Ontarians hard
LIEN: It’s time for an energy rate affordability program for Ontario
Rick Mercer’s Rant on income splitting
Dobbin: Expanding the window of acceptable policy ideas or, How change happens
Fiorito on inequality, and a Trish Hennessy speech

Important Stuff

Petition to support legislation to improve working conditions and wages for hundreds of thousands of Ontarians
Working for Change has a new website
Two reviews of the new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” (Al Jazeera, NYTimes)

Ontario

Both shelters and housing are essential parts of addressing violence against women
Ontario government challenging right of injured migrant workers to access health care (Justicia)
March and rally at last Saturday’s Liberal convention demands action on poverty (Hamilton Spectator, Globe, Media Co-op, Flickr
Ontario cracks down on unpaid magazine internships

Around the Province

Real estate dispute threatens future of Toronto family shelter
High rates of flesh-eating disease among people in northwestern Ontario who are homeless
Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty rallies against austerity
Cancellation of Kitchener bus service will leave food hamper program inaccessible
Perspectives on poverty and health at a recent Toronto event
Dr. Kwame McKenzie becomes Director of Toronto’s Wellesley Institute

Across the Country

Study: Inuit have highest food insecurity of any indigenous people in Canada
Edmonton mayor launches Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty
Charlottetown photography exhibit highlights women in poverty from their own perspective (CBC, Guardian)
Winnipeg man goes two months without disability top-up due to paperwork problem
How snowclearing in Newfoundland and Labrador demonstrates the problem of precarious work
BC Labour Relations Board finds Mexican officials guilty of blacklisting migrant workers

National

Stanford: Putting paid to the skills shortage myth
Parliamentary Budget Office says there’s no skills crisis or labour shortage (Globe, CBC)
Press Progress says Joe Oliver got it wrong on jobs 3 times in 30 seconds
And Walkom explains why Harper’s unemployment solutions don’t work
Neve: Taking a stand against “the “bogus rhetoric of bogus refugees”
Finance documents show government omitted crucial info on CPP expansion
IMF says corporate Canada tops the list of global cash hoarders
Press Progress: http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/corporate-canada-tops-global-list-cash-hoarders

International

Worker-owned cooperatives: An old solution for a new problem?
Parents of children with disabilities occupy Poland’s Parliament

And from the UK:

Jobmatch website a perverse joke
Work Capability Assessment leads to woman’s suicide
Woman recovering from cancer treatment forced to return to work
Transplant patient dies after being judged “fit for work”
ATOS quits contract to provide Work Capability Assessments
Even the Salvation Army rejects participation in workfare placements
Conservative councilman says inability to secure a weekend restaurant reservation proves there’s no food poverty in his area
Welfare cap “locks in austerity”
Labour Party split over welfare cap
National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day---

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 21 March 2014

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Top Stories

Douglas, Galabuzi and Go: Ontario must bring back mandatory employment equity to even the playing field for all
Ontario plans to increase taxes on upper income earners
Yalnizyan: Flaherty’s legacy? “Ideological, reckless, and just plain lucky”
Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness on The Sunday Edition to discuss corporate tax evasion and what it costs us all
Why is inequality in Canada so bad? Government policy, says Andrew Jackson
Erin Weir says Corporate Canada’s “dead money” cash stash now surpasses the national debt and should be put to use – through investment or taxation
Not all business people hate taxes, but it’s tough to get them to admit it
Some letters to the editor on taxes
Rick Salutin on Wynne backing away from the great tax debate
The Globe Debate: What’s the role of markets in our daily lives? Should some things simply not be subject to market imperatives? [ed: What a question!]

Reports and Other Good Stuff

Goar on the first ever report on the status of women’s shelters in Canada
Several reports from the Law Commission of Ontario on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship
City of Toronto’s Shelter, Housing hosts Housing Connect on April 13 – for people who are homeless to find out about available services
The website for the Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities From Within research project – great stuff here from Hulchanski et al.
Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance, which issued its report October 2012

Ontario

“Aspirational” budget to come in May
Andrea Horwath wants a $100 rebate for 4.4 million hydro customers
And a job creation tax credit to cover 10% of new employee wages
Is the Ontario NDP “waging war” on public investment?
Hennessy: The political fight for Ontario’s “middle class”
Financial eligibility for legal aid services far too low
Former NDP MP and MPP Tony Martin, who consistently fought on poverty-related issues, recovering from a stroke

Around the Province

Dentists starting to refuse ODSP clients because of low payment rates
Kakabeka Falls man with a disability socially isolated by lack of access to transportation
An open letter to City of Toronto on plans for a civic Poverty Reduction Strategy
Toronto apartment building still without heat after five weeks
A Big Idea for Toronto: A dedicated housing fund
Halton non-profit adopts Woodgreen’s model for helping single moms escape poverty

Across the Country

Feeding My Family campaign protests high food costs in the North
Alberta’s budget was a missed opportunity to address inequality
But here’s the way forward: Progress income taxes
Alberta’s planned pension changes unnecessary
BC steps up to fund mental health services for refugees

National

Walmart Canada is planning a “summit” on how to lower the cost of living, while UFCW says they should pay their workers more
EI helplines: Not much help at all
StatsCan report contradicts Conservatives’ skilled labour shortage claim
But there may be a skills mismatch, which leads to young people being blamed for being unemployed
Just how stretched are middle-income Canadians? And who are the middle class anyways?
Debate on how the Cons can help families; national child care perhaps the best

International

The world is developing a Downton Abbey economy
The problem of homelessness in Dublin is “out of control”
In the US, low wage workers are finding poverty harder to escape
Temp workers, who fuel corporate profits, are expendable in the process
Food deserts in Atlanta leave low income residents struggling
NYT: Income gap? Meet the longevity gap
More than 900 workers have died building Qatar’s World Cup facilities
Britain’s five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20%
How do Austrians deal with youth unemployment? Strong policy, good administration, and a big budget
Finland built its top-ranking educational system on the principle of equity
Yesterday was Close the Gap Day in Australia – the income gap, that is
WalMart workers in China blockade store to protest closure

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 14 March 2014

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Top Stories

CCPA Ontario report released today says Ontario’s job market undergoing a “seismic shift”
Dennis Raphael asks why Canadians aren’t being told the truth about disease
Toby Sanger says, “It’s the distribution of capital, stupid”
Upstream launches “Poverty Costs” campaign to build support for poverty reduction in Saskatchewan
Here’s what Terri-Lynn Garrie’s human rights case shows about what disabled workers can face
Ontario can be a mean place when you have a mental illness

Reports and Events

City of Toronto’s “Guide to Services for People who are Homeless”
Faith and community groups join with local MPP for a North Toronto Community Townhall on Income Inequality

Around the Province

Anti-poverty advocate joins mayoral race in Windsor
Hamilton landlords cited twice as frequently this year for leaving the heat off
Deplorable living conditions for low-income tenants detailed in new report
Toronto expands and renames is “priority” neighbourhoods, uses new metrics
Sheila Block says Toronto needs to pay for services, and taxes are where it’s at
Tax rebate coming for Caledon ice storm destruction for seniors and people with disabilities

Across the Country

New EI “zones” in PEI deemed destructive

National

Goar: New CLC report shows why the labour market hasn’t recovered
Press Progress on the CCPA’s recent report on retirement income, and why expanding the CPP is a no brainer
UFCW report on the “Great Canadian Rip-Off” of temporary foreign workers
Whose incomes have grown the most since the 1980s? Take a guess
Broadbent Institute survey finds millennials concerned about economic future
The Broadbent Institute’s New Deal for Young People project website

International

UK sister of man who died after benefits were cut off demands an apology
Australia billionaire Gina Rinehart says her country needs a dose of Thatcherism
Billy Bragg says Thatcher’s legacy is nothing for Australia to wish for
Michelle Bachelet takes over in Chile, vows to fight inequality

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Compiled by
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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 7 March 2014

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Top Stories

Hennessy’s Index for March – Tax Cuts 101
Tax splitting, sure. But what will expanding Tax Free Savings Accounts cost?
In 2013, the combined net work of the richest 100 Canadians increased by 15%
Manitoba budget focused in part on poverty reduction, and pledges to increases housing allowance for people on social assistance
Manitoba Budget highlights

Resources

Canada’s report to the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on how Canada and the provinces are doing with implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Ever heard of a POUR website? If you’re interested in web accessibility, you should.

Ontario

Editorial: Ontario’s laws on access for people with disabilities must be enforced
David Olive on why an $11 minimum wage is still not enough
Regg Cohn: On Rand, the public is unpredictable
Stanford: Union bashing has run out of steam
Sid Ryan on Hudak’s “wink and nudge” on workers’ rights
Op-Ed: Ontario NDP have gone from a social justice roar to a populist whisper

Around the Province

Transcript of the Star’s live chat on Toronto as a living wage city – with the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy and economist Mike Moffat
Welland Tribune’s Faces of Poverty series – the Niagara poverty numbers are shocking
Welland councillor angry and Niagara Region staff concerned about lack of federal and provincial support on housing
St. Catherine’s woman with a developmental disability wins pay discrimination case

Across the Country

Unions in BC call for a $13 minimum wage

National

A report card on how well Harper’s doing on the economy
An open letter to Harper asks “May I please has a job?”
Temp contract work with the federal public service – low wages and instability
Report says 2013 was “lacklustre” for the labour market with 95% of new jobs part-time
The growing backlash against unpaid internships
Ottawa and the provinces reach a deal on the Canada Jobs Grant to “minimize the negative impact of the initial federal proposal”
Federal budget surpluses are built on cuts to social housing
“Homelessness is our national shame”
Report says Canada is failing youth who are homeless
The Fair Elections Act will disenfranchise Canadians who are homeless
Op-Ed: The federal NDP needs big ideas, but don’t seem to have them
Susan Eng of CARP: Top 10 dumb things people say about pensions

International

The US cities where it’s hardest for people who are poor to pay their rent
Senator Bernie Sanders may run for President
UK woman told to look for work or lose welfare benefits – but she’s in a coma
Why people with disabilities are fighting the UK cuts
UK man starves to death after being assessed employable and therefore ineligible for benefits
The company doing UK fit-for-work assessments wants out of their contract
Reducing equality in Australia by reducing disability support will just reduce growth
People's attitude to taxes around the world

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 Feb 2014

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Top Stories

New IMF study shows taxing the rich is good for the economy
The top 15 Canadian companies that pay the least tax (as % of income)
Report shows Canadians with disabilities face "staggering barriers to success"
Video: The economic benefit of hiring people with disabilities
CCD proposal for a refundable disability tax credit
Ontario NDP releases its position on minimum wage (and small business tax cuts)
CCPA’s Trish Hennessy says its political theatre but bad policy
CCPA’s Kaylie Tiessen says it’s a toxic mix
Martin Regg Cohn gives two columns to Hudak’s Right-to-Work about-face
“It’s not a change of heart, just a political gut check”
And Hudak’s “muddled political judgment”
Federation of Canadian Municipalities survey reveals housing availability a big issue
Slum landlords pocketing rent money in Newfoundland and Labrador
StatsCan’s Survey of Financial Security reveals persistent economic inequality and rising debt
Andrew Jackson’s take
HuffPost
Carol Goar asks questions about a Basic Annual Income
The Big Push and Basic Income Canada respond to some
Materials from IRPP’s Feb 24-25 conference, “Inequality in Canada: Driving Forces, Outcomes and Policy”

Ontario

Workers Action Centre on the important legislation waiting in the pipeline on decent pay and decent work
Child care advocates gearing up for a fight against new childcare rules
MPP Jonah Schein: What Ontarians need is child care
Young workers offer solutions to Ontario’s youth unemployment problem
Ontario to make civil servants pay more for retirement benefits
Latest poll shows none of the parties would get a majority

Around the Province

One in ten Niagara families are worried about putting healthy food on the table
Feb 15 was a Day of Action to win a $14 minimum wage
Colette Murphy of Atkinson, on expecting community benefits from municipal infrastructure investments

Across the Country

Vancouver Sun Columnist Stephen Hume: In praise of taxes
BC is consulting on “reducing barriers and increasing accessibility” for people with disabilities
BC’s budget a missed opportunity to address the deficits that matter
Laid off Alberta oil sands workers say they were replaced with foreign workers making half their wage
Dispute over Canada Jobs Grant starting to impact employment services for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia

National

Feds cut EI benefits in Northern cities and huge increase in hours to qualify
NDP says federal tax policy based on “make believe accounting”
Poll shows federal Liberals riding high
Federal staff report says Canada’s middle class is mortgaging its future to stay afloat
More response to the federal budget
Advice to young workers: Get angry
Austerity for the many, prosperity for the few
The buried measure that will dismantle national health care
Why the federal budget is bad for women

International

Greek austerity measures leave one million desperate
NYT editorial: What the US stimulus plan accomplished
“I’m never going to be able to retire”
Egypt’s public transit workers on strike for the minimum wage
New study shows people with intellectual disabilities have twice the rate of unemployment as others in the US
United States ranks 34 of 35 developed countries on child poverty (note that Canada doesn't fare well either):
And, just because: “University of Chicago Hires Notorious Goldman Sachs Fraudster to Teach Economics to Undergrads”

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Feb 2014

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Top Stories

New report shows Canadians believe political parties’ focus on winning elections is coming at the expense of hearing their views
The report from Samara Canada
CBC Hamilton 5-part Report: Kids, Poverty and Mental Health
Put Food in the Budget finds Premier Wynne “guilty” on social justice

Upcoming Events, New Reports, and Other Info

Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and IRPP roundtable on the Fair Elections Act, Feb 21
Council of Canadians wth Disabilities: "Looking Into Poverty: Income Sources of Poor People with Disabilities in Canada "
Social Planning Network of Ontario statement about the utility of National Household Survey data
From partners at Ontario Campaign 2000 - items connecting poverty and health
Ontario Medical Review: Policy and Population Approaches to poverty
Hamilton Spectator: Minimum wage increase falls short: $14 per hour helps create ‘fairer’ society the province has promised
Ontario Medical Association: Office Interventions for Poverty
OMA: Office Interventions for Poverty: Child Health
OMA: Office Interventions for Poverty: Racialized Groups

Around the Province

Hamilton declares itself a Sanctuary City
A new partnership opens homeless shelter in Sudbury
Advocates say Sudbury needs a long-term wet shelter
Local Councillor says Toronto should have a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy
In Councillor Mihevc's own words

Across the Country

Vancouver Council votes to send back a development proposal that would violate the rights of people with disabilities
Halifax woman fights social assistance for dental device funding

National - Federal Budget

CCPA: 2014 Federal Budget Analysis
Campaign 2000: Children in poverty wait while surplus accumulates
Canada Without Poverty: Federal budget forgets the poor
Canadians for Tax Fairness: Talk about tax fairness but not much action
Caledon Institute: The 2014 Unbalanced Budget
Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Federal budget includes funding to help people with disabilities find employment
Star coverage
Peter Clutterbuck: Tax delivered benefits don’t come close to the value of national programs
Hennessy: How can you maintain a political agenda of service and job cuts when the budget is well and truly balanced?
MacEwen: Young workers left behind in federal budget
Walkom: A real budget would address the jobs issue head-on. This one does not

International

27 Anglican bishops slam Cameron’s UK welfare reforms “in unprecedented attack”
Huge costs and low signups may put UK welfare reforms in jeopardy
Brussels tells the UK the crackdown on benefits for EU migrants is illegal
Why the Gap is raising its minimum wage in the US to $10 / hour

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 10 Feb 2014

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Top Stories

Does a minimum wage increase hurt workers? The problem is only the smallness of their spoons
Premier Wynne to go “on trial” over social assistance rates
Moving into election, Manitoba’s NDP agrees to hike welfare shelter rates to 75% of the median market rate
Does Jim Flaherty disagree with Harper about income splitting?
And how much is $3 billion in income splitting anyway?
Radwanski: The Ontario NDP is winning voters over with less policy, not more
Ontario’s Partnership Council to boost jobs for people with disabilities greeted with some skepticism

Cool Things

Ontario Campaign 2000 – webinar on child support and social assistance (with ISAC background and information)
Who pays the highest taxes in Ontario? Poor seniors, that’s who
No matter where you live in Ontario, you can calculate your energy bill here

Around the Province

Poverty Challenge underway in Kenora
Windsor Star on Hudak’s Right to Work plan

Across the Country

Even on Family Day, there’s still no child poverty reduction plan in BC
A new job prep course starts in Prince Albert, SK

National

CCPA warns a “do-nothing” federal budget could harm the economy
Federation of Canadian Municipalities say Harper has no plan on housing and poverty
CCPA’s David Macdonald on the Alternative Federal Budget
Andrew Jackson on January’s employment numbers
Jack Mintz says simple changes could help low income seniors more than revamping the CPP (Ed note: Why not both?)
The Globe on 10 key ways the feds are changing citizenship requirements

International

Improving opportunity won’t reduce poverty
NYT: More on the minimum wage debate in the US
Some US polling data on poverty – interesting stuff
The number of children dying in Detroit is a public health emergency
Fare protesters in Rio take over transit station to let passengers ride free
Behind the scenes with a Walmart manager
As Cuba cuts social spending, poverty is on the increase
Why there’s no outcry
The Rev. Al Sharpton: It’s a battle of minimum wage vs. maximum greed
A message from one of America’s “used-to-have’s”

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Latest Media and Policy News: 7 Feb 2014

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Top Stories

The CCPA’s 2014 Alternative Federal Budget – “Striking a Better Balance”
New study shows Canadians think inequality is increasing and that it’s a problem
The Broadbent Institute has launched a campaign against income splitting
Housing bomb about to go off as federal co-op subsidies expire
How to plan for retirement on a low income

Ontario

Yalnizyan: Four key reasons why the minimum wage debate won’t go away
Goar: Indexing the minimum wage to the CPI keeps people stuck in poverty
Shapcott: The new minimum wage still won’t pay for a one bedroom in Toronto
Richard Florida says the minimum wage should be determined geographically as urban workers need more than $11
Two columns on why there’s been no position from the NDP on the minimum wage:
Michael Laxer in Rabble:
Martin Regg Cohn in the Star
A take on the issue from Niagara
Meanwhile, Hudak's Right-to-Work policies causing internal discord among Tories

Events and Other Good Things

New research centre to investigate good policy options for workplace disability supports
Feb 24-25: IRPP policy conference “Inequality in Canada”
March 25: LIEN’s annual conference, “Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy”
The latest newsletter from our sister clinic, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Around the Province

Couple in northern Ontario facing severe hardship because Home Repairs Benefit was cancelled
People’s inquiry “show trial” in Perth gives Premier Wynne a rough ride

Across the Country

Winnipeg’s Bannock Lady marks one year anniversary of “Got Bannock” project
Manitoba Southern Chiefs new urban reserves plan to get First Nations out of poverty
PEI man denied EI after quitting his job to move home to his 3 year old daughter

National

New report shows food insecurity is getting worse in Canada

What Canada can learn from Australia’s pension reforms – not much

International

Reviewing social assistance in Australia because it’s “unsustainable”
Everything Americans having been hearing about the minimum wage is untrue
Raising the minimum wage could kill off an old way of doing business
Calvin and Jobs: How Calvinist thinking still permeates American social policy
January 30 was Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day in the US
Ireland’s Social Protection Minister rules out UK-style benefit restrictions on economic migrants
UK welfare reform a “staggering” waste of money
Scotland sees child poverty rate decline by 10 points, but progress is stalled

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Latest Media and Policy News: 4 Feb 2014

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Top Stories

Hennessy’s Index – Income Splitting: Perks for the Rich
Income splitting: A gift for the affluent
Canadian Taxpayers Federation wants $13 billion cut in this year’s Ontario budget
But that won’t solve the real deficit – CCPA’s Hugh Mackenzie says it’s a public services deficit

Upcoming Events and Other Good Stuff

Rally for a $14 minimum wage on February 15
From Maytree: Feb 19 Five Good Ideas session with Armine Yalnizyan on how to tackle income inequality (and check the other great info)
Making Ends Meet: The latest in CPJ’s “Poverty Trends” Scorecard
A new video on the state of homelessness in Canada in 2013
CPAs start their free tax clinics for Ontarians with low incomes mid-February
For more Information...

Ontario

Which way will Ontario go on pension reform? Could know sooner than later
An undocumented Canadian is denied status in life, and dignity in death
Deficit Games: There is no structural deficit, just overinflated projections
Farm group says higher minimum wage will lead to agriculture job losses
Andrew Coyne posits a sharp divide between minimum income and minimum wage

Around the Province

Making sure poverty reduction is a priority in Niagara by-election
Another Niagara group pushes by-election contenders on poverty in Ontario
Sudbury refuses to consider using City Hall as an emergency warming shelter

Across the Country

New report says the annual cost of poverty in Saskatchewan is $3.8 billion

National

Temporary Foreign Workers face challenges in Canada

International

The latest international data on economic inequality, mapped
Who are the real job creators? A venture capitalist says replace “trickle-down” with “middle-out”
Just ask business – the middle class is steadily eroding
8 ways it’s too expensive to be poor
New York Mayor deBlasio takes on “corporate welfare queens” over taxpayer-subsidized low wages
Homelessness and poverty getting worse in France

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Latest Media and Policy News: 24 Jan 2014

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Top Stories

The province’s CSUMB elimination means cut to Toronto’s homelessness budget
7000 Ontarians join other Canadians fearing evictions as feds end co-op housing subsidy
Sue Ann Levy finds no room in Toronto shelters on a cold January night
Nova Scotia program for emergency fuel costs runs surplus while denying applications

Ontario

Law Commission of Ontario looking for feedback on their project ‘Capacity of Adults with Mental Disabilities and the Federal RDSP’
Paul Martin to advise Finance Minister Sousa on Ontario pension plan
Cohn: Hudak’s not backing down from Right-to-Work agenda
CCPA: The problem with Hudak’s million jobs promise
John Stapleton on the cost of taking every low-income Ontarian out of poverty
Study reveals Ontarians’ attitudes about income-related health inequities (link to the academic study)
The next set of accessibility regulations came into force Jan 1 – here’s what they are
Six month license suspension and hefty fines for Dr. Roland Wong on Special Diet Allowance

Around the Province

Guelph and Wellington Task Force calculating a local living wage
New anti-poverty ad campaign from Toronto’s Woodgreen skewers celebrity gossip culture
Toronto looking at internet voting for people with disabilities, who say why not do it for everyone?
Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network staffer running for City Council seat

Across the Country

Yellowknife senior faces eviction from social housing after taking part-time job
Greater Victoria Community Action Plan on Poverty garners broad support
Action in Greater Victoria could help push province-wide BC poverty reduction strategy
Evidence in BC court case shows Mexico blacklisting migrant workers for being “union sympathizers”

National

New Forum Research poll on federal parties and leaders shows interesting results

International

New Statesman: Instead of stigmatizing the unemployed, how about more good jobs?
Great column: The problem in a post-employment economy is the devaluing of people
New EU report shows Europe footing huge bill to deal with health costs of poverty
Wired: Losing “net neutrality” would disproportionately impact the poor
Hong Kong official defends new income supplement for working families as a poverty reduction measure
Two members of Hong Kong’s anti-poverty commission found to be evading taxes
Workers in Seattle win big raise to the minimum wage: “To put our economy back on track we need to put money in the hands of people who will spend it”

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Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Jan 2014

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Top Story

Oxfam released a report yesterday in advance of the World Economic Forum in Davos starting tomorrow.

The report is important not only because it reveals that 85 people hold half the world’s wealth – which is garnering the most media attention – but also because it makes the connection between growing inequality and growing social instability, the subverting of democracy, financial deregulation, tax avoidance and evasion, and cuts to public services.

The report calls for those countries gathered at the WEF to pledge to:
* Support progressive taxation and not to dodge their own taxes;
* Refrain from using their wealth to seek political favors that undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens;
* Make public all the investments in companies and trusts for which they are the ultimate beneficial owners;
* Challenge governments to use tax revenue to provide universal healthcare, education and social protection for citizens;
* Demand a living wage in all companies they own or control;
* Challenge other members of the economic elite to join them in these pledges.
* Tackle inequality by cracking down on financial secrecy and tax dodging, including through the G20; investing in universal education and healthcare; and agreeing a global goal to end extreme inequality in every country as part of the post 2015 negotiations.

Selected Coverage:
* CBC: Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population," Oxfam claimed
* CTV
* Huffington Post UK
* Guardian
* ABC Australia: “Income inequality is crippling the fight against poverty”

Ontario

Wellesley Institute: Act now on poverty reduction
Development services consultations hear from frustrated parents of people with disabilities
How does Ontario legal aid compare? (hint: “the clinic system…‘is one of our really special features’”
Is Hudak abandoning his Right-to-Work pledge?
St Catherines Standard on Hudak’s million jobs plan

Around the Province

Don’t forget - Fight for Fair Wages Forum in Toronto January 24

Across the Country

Resource extraction and taxation – if every Norwegian’s a millionaire, why is Alberta in hock?
Nearly 500 Saskatchewan children with close social services connections have died in the past 20 years
Acorn BC lobbies for $10/month internet

National

Provincial labour ministers still not happy with revamped Canada Jobs Grant
Very cheeky Globe and Mail editorial (!) on the Canada Jobs Grant
Canada Border Services setting targets for stripping migrants of refugee status
Feds set up snitch line to catch tax cheats – with rewards for informants
The changing face of poverty in Canada – it’s not single moms anymore
Unifor about to launch a nationwide campaign on workplace rights
Ideas for individualizing pension reforms
Fraser Institute comes out against a living wage
Broadbent Institute working toward the 2015 federal election

International

Southern Poverty Law Centre: We need a new war on poverty, not a war on the poor
Salon: Eight Conservative anti-poverty ideas that will only make things worse

Utah is on track to ending homelessness – by giving people homes
Letters to the Seattle Times editor on the value of public assistance programs
In Indiana, mandatory drug screening for welfare recipients “has failed the test”
The UK is ending housing payments to immigrants unless they have jobs
The connection between poverty and obesity, and the struggle for food security for all

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Latest Media and Policy News: 17 Jan 2014

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Top Stories

Petition to stop a $4.3 million cut to Toronto’s Housing Stabilization Fund
Cohn on electoral predictions in the Thornhill and Niagara byelections
Tories are leading in both ridings
Ottawa bends to provincial pressure on the Canada Jobs Grant
Ontario’s response
Sarnia Observer says Hudak’s “million jobs” plan is hyperbole

The Minimum Wage

- A huge push was made for a $14 minimum wage in Ontario on Jan 14
- The campaign reflects on the success of the day
- The Current’s special programming on the minimum wage included
----- A day in the life of a minimum wage worker
----- Debating a minimum wage increase – Trish Hennessy at CCPA Ontario vs Charles Lammam at Fraser Institute
----- Earning below the poverty line
----- Walmart Canada
----- Ralph Nader on increasing the US minimum wage
----- Time for a global minimum wage?
----- How an increase can hurt small business
----- Poll: Should the minimum wage be increased?
----- Commentary from Wellesley’s Jo Snyder on the CBC debate
----- Health Providers Against Poverty held a press conference on raising the minimum wage
********* Press release
********* Star coverage
********* Doctor’s Orders: Raise the minimum wage
- Wellesley report of Oct 2013 shows who is making the minimum wage
- Ottawa restaurant owner says minimum wage increase would hit him hard
- Hepburn: “Ontario’s working poor need the government’s help now”
- Guest post at CCPA debunks arguments against minimum wage increase

Across the Province

Union head says Wynne not taking impact of Kellogg’s plant closure seriously
Deal struck between Heinz and workers in Leamington
Peel Poverty Action Group appears before the Standing Committee on Finance

National

Jim Stanford on how capital gains inflates the incomes of the wealthy and how the tax system enables it

International

North Carolina hikes taxes for the poor and reduces them for the rich
An anti-poverty experiment gives help to childless people in NYC
The path forward on raising the federal minimum wage in the US – video
Ten examples of welfare for the rich and corporations in the US
Switzerland disallows EU citizens from claiming social assistance benefit

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Latest Media and Policy News: January 14, 2014

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Top Stories

Wellesley’s Sheila Block: “Governments are like a bulk buying club for things that we need that are complex, expensive, and have benefits that we can all enjoy”
Health 101: Poverty is the most important determinant
The Atlantic: It’s expensive to be poor
Tenant organizing: evicting the landlord

Ontario

Byelections in Niagara and Thornhill expected to be called for Feb 13
Radwanski: Why that might not be great for the Ontario PCs
Cohn: Hudak’s “million jobs plan” doesn’t add up
Star editorial says plan is “all slogans”

Events, Reports and Other Cool Stuff

CCPA Ontario’s “I Heart Taxes” tour is coming to a city near you
Mapping the world’s refugee migrations
CMHC’s 2013 Canadian Housing Observer report released
SPAR Monitor includes lots of great reports
Community change workshop in Hamilton Feb 18

Around the Province

The roots of Attawapiskat’s housing crisis, from someone who knows
Niagara’s unemployment numbers the worst in the province
A great primer from Torontoist on how property taxes work – check point 6 for the low income connection
Toronto Transit Commission ends fares for a person providing support for a person with a disability
Migrant workers arriving in Windsor get help from community donations
Lambton County Ontario Works staff win province-wide training competition on new case management data system

Across the Country

Makeshift day shelter for people who are homeless opens in Nova Scotia
Charity isn’t the answer: BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
Same message, different author: BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
Pre-budget submission from New Brunswick’s Common Front for Social Justice – how to reduce poverty and how to fund it
High housing costs in Cold Lake, AB force local CFB soldier to busk for change

National

Massive research project to house people who are homeless funded by Harper
Whistleblower program to catch tax evaders delayed
Federal budget expected early February
Nearly 46,000 jobs lost in December
Jobs numbers mean Flaherty should not be complacent
Walkom: Conservatives are abandoning job creation for political gain
“Creative flexibility” may allow Jason Kenney to stickhandle the Canada Jobs Grant
A new campaign, “LMA Works”, launches to support Labour Market Agreement funded programs
Why defined-benefit pension plans are actually doing better than they thought

International

Woman who killed herself over the UK’s bedroom tax would have been exempt
The US Republicans' “inside-out approach to poverty”
Three factors other than income inequality predict upward mobility
The 1999 Seattle protesters weren’t silly, they were right
Seattle’s new mayor pledges to pay city workers at least $15 / hour
On NPR: What does living in poverty really mean?
Maria Shriver, women's poverty and women’s health
Minnesota to start drug testing welfare recipients, but calling it a waste of money
New Zealand drug testing scheme called a victory by government, but program cost is questioned when only 0.27% are using

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Latest Media and Policy News: January 8, 2014

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Top Stories

Why free money might be the right response to poverty
Economists agree: Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty
Online assistance - higher costs, botched systems and infuriating technical problems fall hardest on the poor, the jobless and the neediest
Canada’s top CEOs make in one hour what a minimum wage Ontario worker makes in 6.5 weeks
Deadline approaching for legal clinics and community partners to apply for LAO funds
Joe Fiorito: Tiny houses for people who are homeless

Ontario

Ontario to expand access for low-income children to dental program in April 2014, and streamline programs for low-income children in 2015
Positive response from Association of Ontario Health Centres
Toronto gets childcare boost from new provincial funding formula and increase to overall childcare budget
Liberals plan for AGM ahead of provincial budget and potential spring election
Good outlook for economic recovery in Ontario

Upcoming Events

January 14: Province-wide call-in day on a $14 minimum wage
January 24: Fight for Fair Wages Public Forum
Feb 19: Five Good Ideas on How to Tackle Income Inequality

Around the Province

Grocery store gift cards available in 9 Ontario communities
Applications open for Ve’Ahavta’s Street Academy in Toronto
Remembering the Rupert Hotel fire and housing insecurity in Hamilton
CNIB asking Burlington to maintain free public transit for people with vision impairments
People in Toronto Community Housing go 2 weeks without heat after ice storm
Promoting dignity in Oxford County
LAMP ED Russ Ford’s blog about the City of Toronto budget

Across the Country

Legal aid in BC is lacking for ordinary people
Montreal police officer to be disciplined for threat to man who is homeless
PEI man turned down to stay in shelter past emergency limit
EI reforms see big decline in number of PEI unemployed receiving benefits
Edmonton police chief wants change to reduce welfare cheque day victimization

National

Four big recommendations for how to put Canada back together again
Speculation of a federal election in 2014
Or maybe not so much?
Globe editorial: Access to justice in Canada is abysmal
NUPGE president urges federal budget Fairness Test on reducing inequality
New report says aboriginal Canadians face racism and stereotyping in urban health care

International

How poverty disenfranchises millions of Americans
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/01/poverty-vs-democracy-in-america/282809/

More on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty – it’s not a lost cause.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-stevens-war-on-poverty-20140108,0,4908370.story

Mapping poverty in America – census data creates detailed map:
http://billmoyers.com/2014/01/07/how-close-to-poverty-are-you/

Socialist council candidate in Seattle wins election
Nick Clegg says George Osborne’s welfare cuts “a monumental mistake”
UK documentary spurs threats of violence against benefit recipients
Almost half of French people believe it’s OK for workers to take bosses hostage
Can economic liberalisation actually make capitalism fairer?

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Latest Media and Policy News: January 6, 2014

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Top Stories

CCPA report: Canada’s top CEOs earn 171 times the average industrial wage
Toronto Star editorial: No restraint at the top
Government statement on annual Poverty Reduction Strategy report December 16
Report and overview of five-year accomplishments
To eliminate poverty in Canada, we need a dedicated plan
Dennis Raphael: Child poverty is a problem of family poverty, and what to do about it
The need for income security solutions was 2013’s theme
Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs hosting 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations across Ontario in coming two weeks
Speculation that Andrea Horwath could win the next provincial election, expected this spring
Hennessy’s Index for January 2014 – some words that should be banished

Around the Province

Durham man sees benefit of community reaching out to help
Latest $14 minimum wage actions – December 14
John Stapleton on Henry Ford’s 1914 114% increase to the minimum wage
On OCAP’s two campaigns

Across the Country

Does creating a “social mix” in poor neighbourhoods actually benefit the people who are poor?
Speaking out against EI changes in Newfoundland and Labrador
From Medicine Hat, calls for reforming the Canada Pension Plan

National

Despite commitments to track down tax evaders and that “not one audit position will be eliminated”, feds are cutting auditors
Canadian lawyers say new refugee system is deeply flawed
Canadian Bar Association rolls out access to justice strategy
Study on perceptions of people with disabilities and the workplace
CCPA’s Bruce Campbell reflects on the “tarnished” 25th anniversary of NAFTA
Poverty costs Canada billions – no matter who’s paying to feed whose children
Jian Ghomeshi on federal Minister James Moore’s comments
James Moore’s apology
New foreign worker rules drop the promised ban on allowing employers with criminal convictions to hire
Additional criticism of the new rules
Expanding CPP is an idea whose time has come
Index shows defined benefit pension funds nearly back to fully funded status
New computer system for EI scheduled for 2016

International

New York’s new Mayor Bill de Blasio commits to specific progressive action in his inauguration speech to see “an end to economic and social inequalities”
2014 was the year of the Great Redistribution (but not the one you might think)
US Federal judge rules Florida drug testing of welfare recipients unconstitutional; state to appeal
50 years later, the US War on Poverty is a mixed bag
But some believe it’s important to talk about its success
Addressing poverty through promoting marriage hasn’t seemed to work
But without government programs, the poverty rate would be twice as high
Meanwhile, US Democrats intend to make poverty and inequality an election issue
Webinar on the surveillance of people living in poverty in the USA
Mum forced to pay “Bedroom Tax” on sensory room for disabled daughter
In the UK, local Hardship Fund is axed while government urges loans instead
Poverty in Italy reaches record levels
Hidden poverty: The well people of Beijing
Combating poverty in Guatemala – with red wigglers

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Latest Media and Policy News: 11 December 2013
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Top Stories

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Ontario's first five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction says poverty reduction is key to a prosperous economy; bold action needed in the next strategy
Anglican Dioceses share five steps to action on poverty reduction
Community Development Halton calls for strong action
Five ideas from Alan Broadbent, of Avana and Maytree
Government's announcement today on stronger rules and enforcement on precarious work
Info from the Workers Action Centre on the announcement
Star coverage

More Top News

A reminder on International Day of Persons with Disabilities that Ottawa needs to do more to support people with disabilities
PEI to do food cost study to help set social assistance rates
Mock trial in Hamilton finds Premier Wynne guilty on social assistance
Read the blogs from the Put Food in the Budget’s Food Bank Challenge 2013
Ontario's long-term energy plan good, but affordable energy rate plan needed for the vulnerable
Justice for Children and Youth needs your support for Bill 88
Ontario businesses ignoring accessibility standards for people with disabilities; Ontario government not enforcing
The challenges of using the law to advance social justice
Justice Murray Sinclair says Canadians and newcomers should learn about the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Around the Province

Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal calls for Guaranteed Annual Income at a business breakfast in St. Catherines
Social housing wait time is three years in Grey County
A home for all is still just a dream, in Niagara
In Cambridge, EI, EI, OHmygoodness

Across the Country

Legal Aid services in Nova Scotia to expand
United Way North Alberta to hold its first ever poverty simulation seminar
Poverty, housing and transportation vital issues for youth in Metro Vancouver
Pan-Atlantic Panel seeks public input into EI reforms
Teachers in BC report a high level of poverty among their students

National

In 2014, for the first time, more than half the federal government’s revenue will come from personal income taxes
Carol Goar on the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s "insidious attack" on EI
Broken promises from the feds on affordable housing: we’re still waiting for action
How to deal with problems in health care? Through housing
How one Canadian company – Lee Valley – deals with wage inequality

International

100,000-strong petition demanding government assess welfare reform and benefit cut impacts on people who are ill and disabled now must be debated in the UK House of Commons
Food poverty is on the rise in Ireland
What is driving inequality in the US? It’s not technology
Five years after the recession, and “too big to fail” is even bigger
Corporations are “the real welfare queens”
A UK “welfare to work” conference is hit by protestors decrying workfare coercion
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, “the world’s biggest welfare program”
The UK’s list of Living Wage Employers
Welfare benefits don’t remove the incentive to work

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Latest Media and Policy News: 4 December 2013
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Top Stories

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Ontario's first five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction says poverty reduction is key to a prosperous economy; bold action needed in the next strategy
Anglican Dioceses share five steps to action on poverty reduction
Community Development Halton calls for strong action
Five ideas from Alan Broadbent, of Avana and Maytree
Government's announcement today on stronger rules and enforcement on precarious work
Info from the Workers Action Centre on the announcement
Star coverage

More Top News

A reminder on International Day of Persons with Disabilities that Ottawa needs to do more to support people with disabilities
PEI to do food cost study to help set social assistance rates
Mock trial in Hamilton finds Premier Wynne guilty on social assistance
Read the blogs from the Put Food in the Budget’s Food Bank Challenge 2013
Ontario's long-term energy plan good, but affordable energy rate plan needed for the vulnerable
Justice for Children and Youth needs your support for Bill 88
Ontario businesses ignoring accessibility standards for people with disabilities; Ontario government not enforcing
The challenges of using the law to advance social justice
Justice Murray Sinclair says Canadians and newcomers should learn about the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Around the Province

Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal calls for Guaranteed Annual Income at a business breakfast in St. Catherines
Social housing wait time is three years in Grey County
A home for all is still just a dream, in Niagara
In Cambridge, EI, EI, OHmygoodness

Across the Country

Legal Aid services in Nova Scotia to expand
United Way North Alberta to hold its first ever poverty simulation seminar
Poverty, housing and transportation vital issues for youth in Metro Vancouver
Pan-Atlantic Panel seeks public input into EI reforms
Teachers in BC report a high level of poverty among their students

National

In 2014, for the first time, more than half the federal government’s revenue will come from personal income taxes
Carol Goar on the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s "insidious attack" on EI
Broken promises from the feds on affordable housing: we’re still waiting for action
How to deal with problems in health care? Through housing
How one Canadian company – Lee Valley – deals with wage inequality

International

100,000-strong petition demanding government assess welfare reform and benefit cut impacts on people who are ill and disabled now must be debated in the UK House of Commons
Food poverty is on the rise in Ireland
What is driving inequality in the US? It’s not technology
Five years after the recession, and “too big to fail” is even bigger
Corporations are “the real welfare queens”
A UK “welfare to work” conference is hit by protestors decrying workfare coercion
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, “the world’s biggest welfare program”
The UK’s list of Living Wage Employers
Welfare benefits don’t remove the incentive to work

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Latest Media and Policy News: 2 December 2013
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Top story

Fallout from the elimination of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit
--- 27 community organizations have sent a letter urging government to make $42 million in “transitional funding” for housing and homelessness supports permanent
Many groups have posted the information on their own websites:
--- Halton Poverty Roundtable
--- Wellesley Institute
--- Poverty Free Ontario
--- Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
--- Social Planning KW
--- Bridges Community Health Centre

Across the Province

Hamilton Council approves more funds to serve women who are homeless
Kenora Council urges the feds for more commitment to housing
Nine of ten families in Toronto highrises are at risk of homelessness
The City of Toronto’s budget falls short on the Housing Stabilization Fund by $4.2 million
Niagara Region issues its 10-year housing and homelessness plan
As does Peel Region...
Lobbying for more affordable housing in Northumberland
Funding still needed in Cornwall, despite the surplus

In Other News

Migrant workers EI parental benefits case wins at Federal Court of Appeal – co-counselled by ISAC and Niagara North legal clinics
See our information bulletin
Campaign 2000’s 2013 report cards on child poverty across the country – report cards for BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada
Toronto Star Editorial (child poverty)
The OAFB has released its latest food bank use report
Dr. Gary Bloch of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto talks about why he prescribes money to improve the health of his patients

Around the Province

London Homeless Coalition calls for $100 boost to social assistance
Big transit increase coming for people with disabilities in Ottawa
Did you know Greg deGroot-Maggetti has a blog? The latest entry is a podcast with Greg on how the living wage makes good business sense.
Programs for youth in social housing in Ottawa
What services are needed to be a parent with a disability
The Ontario Disability Employment Network hosts a forum in Toronto on “Employment First”

Across the Country

Caledon Institute advises on a new Social Vision for Nunavut
$1 billion investment in child poverty reduction called for Alberta, because “You can’t eliminate child poverty in this province without actually investing”
People who are homeless file a human rights challenge against the City of Abbotsford after chicken manure is dumped on their camp
Food costs have risen by 39% in Charlottetown, but social assistance isn’t keeping up
New group forms in Montreal to help temporary foreign workers
Newfoundland and Labrador NDP Leader questions why government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy office has so few staff

National

CPP may be underpaying some Canadians
Why expanding CPP would benefit, not punish, young workers
OECD reports poverty among Canadian seniors is rising
Editorial: Why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s plan for EI is dead wrong

International

Putting paid to the theory that high local taxes will cause the moneyed to walk
Did you know that in Swedish, “tax” means “treasure”?
One Pittsburgh family’s story of how poverty impacts on children
Assaults on Job Centre staff in the UK have doubled since benefit cuts and run in line with an increase in benefit sanctions
Conservative leads the fight to raise the minimum wage in California


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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 18 November 2013
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Top Stories

Niagara Region gets creative to spend housing and homelessness money (CHPI)
Cornwall’s homelessness prevention funding (CHPI) isn’t enough, since eligibility criteria are too strict
Ontario contemplating closing tax loopholes to raise revenue
Partners release the first-ever Thunder Bay Poverty Reduction Strategy
Alberta working on ending child poverty in 5 years, reducing overall poverty in 10
From the Globe’s series on inequality – a poll asking “What’s the best way to reduce income inequality in Canada?”
Jason Kenney says employers must increase wages and invest in skill training to resolve Canada’s skilled worker shortage

Other Ontario

Heinz’s Leamington plant closure to affect hundreds of full-time and migrant workers
Time to start thinking about low-income tax clinics – Fort Erie is looking for volunteers
ONPHA’s latest report shows waiting lists for affordable housing still climbing
From the CCPA-Ontario: Making every job a good job
Op-ed in “The Loop” supporting a guaranteed annual income

Across the Province

Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas agrees to oppose merging OW and ODSP
My mistake – the shelter set to charge for staying is in Kenora (not Hamilton) – where the local MPP is calling on government to solve the housing crisis
Bridges Community Health Centre calls for increased dental funding for low income Ontarians
Family in London fought removal from Canada – but found dead in murder-suicide after options ran out
Food bank use in Fort Erie is climbing; new self-advocacy program launched
In Toronto, kids from low income families need the right to play – Russ’ Blog

National

The federal fiscal update: Incredible shrinking government
The premiers talk pension reform and Jobs Grant response last Friday
Inequality and health care – part of the Globe’s inequality series
Another part of the series – how globalization has left the 1% even further ahead
It’s a good time to rethink corporate tax cuts

International

David Cameron announces permanent austerity for the UK
The lowest paid UK workers to be classed “not working enough” as benefits put at risk
Local council in the UK votes to eliminate its emergency assistance fund – a case study for emergency housing assistance in CHPI?
Swiss to vote in a referendum on guaranteed annual income on Nov 24
How Switzerland’s basic income proposal could be applied in the US
Socialist candidate in Seattle condemns income inequality; is on the verge of winning

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 11 November 2013
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Top Stories

Remember veterans - but support them too
Ontario government’s fall economic statement
Economic statement : Backgrounder
“Reducing Poverty Helps Strengthen the Economy”
How to participate in pre-2014 budget consultations
Meanwhile, cuts to CSUMB and child care mean funding cuts in Nipissing
Ottawa aggressively pursuing failed refugees by having their social assistance benefits cut off
Ontario’s minimum wage panel goes to Ottawa – “the right minimum wage is a little bit of economics, but it’s also a social and political choice”
For November 14, send a message to your MPP on the $14 minimum wage
Pan-Canadian Week of Action for Housing – Nov 22 to 29
Globe and Mail interactive feature: How income inequality hurts us all
Wellesley’s take on the latest food banks’ report – let’s fight the disease
Anti-poverty quilt highlights Ontario's vast economic disparity and backwards priorities

Around the Province

Homeless shelter in Hamilton starting to charge clients for a bed
TTC Riders looks for people to depute against transit fare hikes
Community Living Peterborough and Costco Peterborough partner to create equal employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities
92-year old Hamilton woman ends up homeless after a short hospital stay

Good Resources

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013
Practical tips for community workers creating legal information materials
How Housing First can address the lives of girls and women – report from Homes for Women
How to calculate a living wage for your community

Across the Country

Mi’kmaq win major legal victory on social assistance against the federal government
Quebec government announces 3-year, $320-million anti-poverty plan
Aboriginal Children’s Village opens in East Vancouver
City of Vancouver exceeding its housing targets
45% of food bank users in Manitoba are children
Pitfalls in the welfare system in Manitoba

National

Benefits and pensions for all: Why Canada needs a new social contract
P.E.I Coalition for Fair EI wants better benefits, cut in qualifying hours

International

Seattle suburb passes highest minimum wage in the US
Fears for London's voluntary sector in wake of welfare cuts and reforms

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 november 2013
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Top Stories

Toronto Star editorial – Ontario cannot forget the poor and hungry as the Minister of Finance releases his fall economic statement
More evidence of the need for public investment in low income adult dental programs
The Ontario Medical Review highlights poverty as a medical problem – and what health care practitioners can do about it
Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network finds residents taking on debt, sacrificing basic needs in the wake of cuts to discretionary benefits
Rally for rate increases comes just before Hamilton’s medical officer of health recommends sustainable social assistance rates
And a great video from the US – the “Unequal Opportunity Race”

Upcoming Events

Toronto:
* Nov 11 - Housing Stabilization Fund Application Clinic at South Riverdale CHC
* Nov 13 - ISARC Religious Leaders Forum at Queen’s Park
* Nov 14 – events happening around the province to Raise the Minimum Wage
* Nov 14 - Managing Episodic Disabilities: A training workshop for frontline managers & supervisors
* Nov 18 – Legal training on Employment and Immigration Issues for front-line staff of all community agencies

Guelph and Wellington:
* Workshops on income security benefit programs, by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Around the Province

Pilot project in Oshawa schools aims to support elementary students living in poverty
Halton Poverty Roundtable breakfast highlights story of woman now on ODSP, where “a worker can cut off your cheque anytime for a simple missed document”

National

If low income qualified as a disease, it would be Canada’s second leading cause of death next to cancer
National joint statement from 80 community, student and labour groups opposes new EI rules
New EI rules will hit Ontario workers hard
Provinces reach agreement on CPP reform conditions
“Comprehensive government action” on pension reform “is required now”
* Study shows the greatest challenge children face isn't financial poverty, but relational poverty

International

The problem of in-work poverty, and the living wage as a response
47 million Americans have food stamp benefits cut by 5%
How to cut the poverty rate in half? Send low income people money
Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross
Government programs substantially reduce chronic poverty
Welfare-to-Work law encourages low wages and increases use of federal benefits

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 19 September 2013
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Top Stories

Armine Yalnizyan: Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal
Chatham-Kent board of health says province must maintain its commitment to poverty reduction as a public health measure
Lots of media coverage for Sept 14 Day of Action to increase the minimum wage to $14 / hour – this Workers Action Centre email has news & links
New child welfare bill will respect UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Op-Ed: Denying health coverage to injured migrant workers is shameful
1/3 of Canadians are not getting the mental health care they need
Wellesley asks: What do dirty diapers tell us about poverty?
Jim Stanford: With no engine for growth, we’ll be lucky to keep treading water
More on the National Household Survey
Canada Without Poverty, on last week’s poverty numbers
Globe & Mail editorial calls on the feds to scrap the NHS and return to the Censu
"Because they changed the poverty measure, you can't even compare the rankings," said Sara Mayo of SPRC Hamilton
“Windsor isn’t necessarily poorer than other cities, but low-income residents are concentrated in certain areas”

Good Stuff

Do you know about the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council? If not, you should. (Read the TARP report!)
And another report you should read: Why Am I Poor? First Nations Child Poverty in Ontario
Lots of good stuff from the CCPA
Broadbent Institute announces its new roster of fellows

Around the Province

Kingston’s community services committee deals the living wage “a fatal blow”
Northumberland Community Legal Clinic has created surveys for local people to use to share their views on poverty reduction and the minimum wage
Waterloo region’s OW caseload up only slightly in August
The new law school at Lakehead in Thunder Bay will open a legal aid clinic for people living on low incomes
Toronto’s housing wait list grows to staggering 90,000+

Across the Country

PEI commissioning a survey of migrant workers’ working conditions and treatment
Housing makes the difference for Labrador woman forced to sleep in her car

National

Winnipeg Free Press editorial on EI premiums and political footballs
Carol Goar on the embarrassment of riches that Flaherty is seeking to avoid

International

The King of the Netherlands has just declared the end of the welfare state in that country
50,000 people in the UK facing eviction due to the Conservatives’ ‘bedroom tax’
The conditions for migrant workers in the UK
“A mixture of fear and despair” about the impact of welfare reform in the UK
In the UK, “attitudes towards benefit claimants have become strikingly more sympathetic”
Latest census numbers show poverty in the US stuck at 15% for sixth straight year
Full-day kindergarten rolls out in schools in Washington state
Meanwhile, 18 states have high rates of welfare denial
25% of people in New Jersey are poor, and income inequality rises
The impact of low wage jobs, and the challenge for American cities
Directions for welfare reform in Ireland

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 12 September 2013
http://goo.gl/43LT6c

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Top Stories

Good social policy can make a big difference
More information on household income
A snapshot of Canadians
The implications of the NHS and the data it presents
A blurred look at housing
The ODSP Action Coalition writes to Minister McMeekin about differential social assistance rate increases this year:

See ISAC’s fact sheets on social assistance changes here:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=d33929d184&e=f67f28a7b9

Poverty Reduction Consultations

OCASI says consultations are an important opportunity to raise employment equity
Affordable transit should be a priority
A toolkit and key messages from ISAC
Upcoming community-organized consultation in Toronto

Other Ontario

Unifor supports the call for a $14 minimum wage
Look who is lobbying to keep wages low
Migrant workers win major victory; Ontario challenges decision
The press release from Justicia on the challenge
Tuition fees to increase by 13% in the next four years, and Ontario’s are the highest
Ontario Works caseload numbers are down Bruce County
An editorial from Wawa on the value of exploring a guaranteed annual income

Cool Stuff

Upcoming forum on youth unemployment in Toronto
A great grassroots group in Halton called Voices for Change just released their annual report

National

The freeze on EI premiums leaves unemployed Canadians in the cold
What some economists are saying about recent job growth data
And what others are saying...
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board just bought Neiman Marcus for $6 billion
Canadians working longer but still don’t have enough to live on
Canadians delaying their retirements

International

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the birth of New Zealand's welfare state
“Employment per se has nothing to do with how heavily Americans rely on public benefits. Rather, the issue is wages”
“A petty, cynical obfuscation” of the reasons referrals are made to UK food banks
An interesting approach to poverty reduction in Kansas
“Massive increases in child poverty” are now forecast after UK welfare cuts
China working to create more income security
"The only years with greater income inequality than 2012 were the two years before the Great Recession and the year before the Great Depression"
Oxfam calls on European governments to end austerity


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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 September 2013
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Top Stories

Changes to OW and ODSP are rolling out this month – and some are a surprise
New research demonstrates what people on social assistance have been saying for years – living in poverty drains your mental energy and your ability to do much more than just survive (covered in Salon - Toronto Star - The Atlantic)
Minister McMeekin is committed to reform

Ontario

People with children with disabilities have a new source for legal information
Right-to-work laws won’t solve Ontario’s manufacturing problems
Arguments against unions are ideological not empirical
Charles Pascal says full-day kindergarten is a success story

Cool Stuff

Alex Himelfarb has edited a new book on the value of taxes – “Tax Is Not a Four Letter Word”

Around the Province

Bruce County Social Services Director comments on changes to Ontario Works asset rules
Coverage in CanIndia on the recent poverty reduction consultation on issues facing newcomers and immigrants
Toronto agency serving youth on assistance suspends service due to funding problem
Woman from Kingston refuses to leave the train when confronted with inaccessibility
The OW caseload in Waterloo is nearly 40% higher than before the 2008 recession
The impact of EI changes on seasonal firefighters in Kenora

Across the Country

New Brunswick’s poverty reduction body – the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation – is holding consultations on that province’s next poverty reduction strategy
Rents are going up in BC, but shelter allowances for people on social assistance are not

National

Harper continues to push the importance of reducing public debt, at the G20
For Labour Day, CUPE calls for an expansion of the CPP
Caledon resorts to crowdfunding to keep National Council on Welfare information alive
Older workers are resorting to the low-wage jobs that formerly employed youth
Universities should educate, and employers should train

International

In November, US food stamps funding will fall to $1.40 per meal
The Scottish School of Public Health Research takes on chef Jamie Oliver over the cause of poor nutrition among people living on low incomes
Food banks are new in the UK. The Kingston food bank just served its 5,000th person
Finland announces changes to its social welfare state
And other Nordic countries are making other changes

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 19 August 2013
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Top Stories

* Poverty reduction consultations started August 6 in Windsor
* Coverage of London’s poverty reduction consultation, held last Friday
* Having the adult conversations about the $12 to $14 billion lost in tax cuts in Ontario – and what that money could do
* And if we were to raise corporate taxes by one percentage point nationally, what would that be worth?

Ontario

* Dealing with “consultation fatigue” around poverty reduction
* Did you know? When people on assistance win lawsuits or reach settlements (like for injury compensation, etc.), they can only keep a portion and retain eligibility – $100K for ODSP and $25K for OW. The rest is clawed back
* A Law Times editorial calling for increased lawsuit caps
* Great op-ed on why increasing the minimum wage makes economic sense
* Coverage of the August 14 Day of Action for a minimum wage increase

Around the Province

* From living in her car to a great new place that’s all hers, in Niagara

Across the Country

* Federal subsidies for co-op housing coming to an end (ed note: not only in PEI)

National

* Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says the most pressing issue facing Canadians is access to justice – and hardest hit are those who can’t afford it
* More coverage: “access to justice abysmal”
Jobless numbers don’t tell the real story

International

* “Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps”
* The UK government’s welfare reforms will only download costs to local councils
* In Peterborough, UK, these local losses could lead to “civil unrest”

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 23 July 2013
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Top Story

* Ontario appoints new Minimum Wage Advisory Panel --- Coverage and critique from * Globe & Mail * Toronto Star * Ottawa Sun * Ottawa Metro * London Metro
* Adam Vasey, of Pathway to Potential in Windsor, appointed as a member of the panel
* Press release from Workers’ Action Centre
* Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign website
* Worth Repeating: Armine Yalnizyan says “boost the minimum wage, boost the economy”
* Meanwhile, Saskatchewan appoints its own minimum wage panel
* A recommendation from a minimum wage panel in Newfoundland and Labrador languishes for six months

Around the Province

* The Ontario Human Rights Commission says employer expectations for “Canadian experience” are discriminatory
--- More coverage in the Star
* Workers at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Brampton keep defined benefits pension plan after three-week long strike
* The number of EI claimants on the rise in Sudbury
* Former patients at CAMH in Toronto are now running the staff cafeteria
* Advocates host a community application day for Toronto’s CSUMB-replacement program, called the Housing Stabilization Fund
* More on the application day from rabble.ca
* The new Scarborough subway route debated at Toronto City Council last week would leave out immigrants, students, and the poor

Across the Country

* CCPA Nova Scotia and CSEP-NS releases report on the negative impact of the province’s 2011 changes to special needs allowances
*Link to the report

National / Federal

* Alex Himelfarb, on why greater social equality is critical for political participation:
* There really aren’t jobs going begging for people, despite what Minister Kenney says
* The employment problem is really about a lack of jobs, not a lack of skills
* Report shows poorer Canadians die younger
* Ottawa is edging away from public health care

International

* McDonald’s in the US illustrates clearly why its employees can’t live on their wages
* A Texas mother shoots children and herself after being denied food stamps
* Wages for garment workers internationally have actually decreased in the past ten years
* HSBC branches in Scotland close as tax fairness protesters target tax avoidance

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 June 2013
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Top Stories

* The number of PEI residents disqualified from EI has risen 18%
* The richest get richer, by $250 million each day

Ontario

* The AODA Coalition on the impact on people with disabilities of Elections Ontario’s recent report on electronic and other voting
* Ontario caps rental increases at 0.8%
* Ontario to implement recommendations on Aboriginal representation on juries

Around the Province

* In Chatham Kent, a living wage for low income workers would improve their health
* Need research findings on Aboriginal people in Toronto? If you don't know about TASSC, you should.
* In Durham, the Northern Lights program aims to find long-lasting, meaningful employment for people with disabilities on ODSP
* In Niagara, affordable rental housing in crisis
* In Peterborough, an employment resource centre is on the chopping block
* In Windsor, a letter to the editor challenging the critique of more employment earnings for people on OW and ODSP
* In Toronto, Council sounds the alarm on a $750 million public housing repair backlog
* In London, business meets community on supporting social enterprise

Across the Country

* Tensions between police and people who are homeless in Abbotsford, BC
* Saskatchewan needs to step up to support Saskatoon’s poverty reduction efforts
* Study finds Vancouver’s harm-reduction approach reduces the number of injection drug users
* From BC – “Hope is Not a Plan” – a video featuring Paul Caune, founder of Civil Rights Now, on the human rights of people with disabilities
* BC Ombudsperson says welfare ministry (Ministry of Social Development) generates most complaints

National

* CBC’s “The Current” on the plight of migrants workers in Canada
* The federal government announces changes to EI to change eligibility for people who are incarcerated
* Bell Canada called out on unpaid internships
* 30,000 Canadians are homeless every night - 200,000 in any given year
* Equality of Opportunity and Income Inequality
* Fraser Institute study finds vast majority of massive loans Canada gave to business were not repaid and almost none of the interest was collected, with very little to show as benefit to Canadians
* Hugh Segal’s comments in the Senate on Bill C-377 (on union financial disclosure)
* Broadbent Institute says it's the end of the golden age for university graduates
* CFIB says public sector pensions should mirror private sector
* MP Paul Dewar on why getting tough on tax havens is the right thing to do
* Myths and Facts on refugee health care cuts
* Cuts to refugee health care exposed as a failure
* The health care system should include dental care

International

* The Capitalist's Case for a Higher Minimum wage
* Unemployment Stories 39: Stories from the Front Lines
* G8 nations take on tax evasion, tax havens, tax fairness
* A lack of empathy and understanding of the lives of people who are poor blocks progress on poverty reduction
* Robert Reich video on inequality
* Unprecedented cuts to housing assistance proposed in the US
* Why paying a living wage makes business sense – Costco does it
* Nick Saul in The Guardian, on the proper role of food banks
* CCPA’s report on poverty among Indigenous children in Canada gets coverage in the UK
* Cameron announces £365 million in new welfare benefit cuts

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Jennefer Laidley
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Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 19 June 2013
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Top Stories: A Plethora of Reports

* Report from Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario Region) shows Ontario has a serious affordable housing shortage
* Report from Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness shows homelessness costs Canada $7 billion and affects 200,000 people each year
* Comment from the Wellesley Institute
* Report from Canadian Human Rights Commission says Aboriginal Peoples continue to experience conditions of persistent disadvantage
* Report from CCPA shows 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty
* Report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada on employment and income for people with serious mental illness (sorry, no explanatory notes)
* Report from RBC shows the richest Canadians got disproportionately richer last year
* Report from the US shows changes to reduce progressivity of the income tax system are a major contributor to growing income inequality
* And more on yesterday’s coverage of a report from the US that shows welfare-to-work programs demonstrate a higher rate of death for recipients

Around the Province

* Campaign 2000’s Laurel Rothman gets well-deserved honour from Mothercraft

National

* Some coverage of doctors’ National Day of Action over refugee health funding cuts
* The steep decline in housing affordability
* Tory senators are resisting passage of Bill C-377 on union finance disclosure

International

* Poland does away with the 8-hour work day
* In the UK, people without jobs and other low-income people are being forced to pay for internet services in public libraries – just when more services go online
* In the UK, woman who falls to her death “was just saying she had had enough of government changes”
* In the US, unpaid internships for college students don’t lead to jobs

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News: 17 June 2013
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Top Stories

* New research shows tying social assistance income eligibility to a requirement to find a job increases the risk of death
* Canada’s new Jobs Grant program called “deeply flawed” by new Mowat / Caledon joint report
* Op-Ed by legal clinic students calls for a better Employment Insurance system
* Op-Ed touts the benefits of a Guaranteed Annual Income

Events, Reports, and Other Goodies

* Link to the Mowat / Caledon report
* “Migrant Workers Are Parents Too” Campaign kicks off on Father’s Day
* June 20 Teach-In in Toronto: Employment Insurance and Low Wage Work
* “The Human Rights Approach to Social Development” - seminar and report

Across the Province

* Chrysler to freeze defined benefit pension plans
* Napanee settles human rights complaint with people with disabilities
* Toronto City Council moves to open up the electoral process
* Witnesses to Poverty Project in Toronto seeks youth volunteers

National

* What are we free from on “tax freedom day”?
* On Canada’s contribution to work against tax evasion at the G8
* More Canadians are using offshore tax havens
* Why “visible minorities” is not a helpful term
* Beyond terminology, how racial discrimination in the workplace needs a systemic response
* Federal funding cuts to Aboriginal and First Nations groups
* The case for a national pharmacare plan
* “Canada’s failure to enact a national housing strategy — we’re the only G8 country without one — is costing us, a lot”
* New Canadian Observatory on Homelessness launched
* CUPE urges the Senate to block Bill C-377
* Random inspections for temporary foreign workers
* Overcoming mental illness means overcoming stigma
* Library and Archives Canada is getting into a deal that would hand over exclusive rights to public documents to a private company

International

* The impacts of austerity – on children
* The UK's "Bedroom Tax" makes huge problems worse
* “Experience has shown us that there is no automatic ‘trickle down’ from economic development”
* Banishing rogue landlords in London, UK
* The IMF says that they “underestimated” the damage that their austerity prescriptions would do to Greece
* The UK’s Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says there should be no more welfare cuts for the poor until benefits for the rich are clawed back

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 07 June 2013
http://goo.gl/nMj28

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Top Stories

* Pressure is on the province to extend rent controls to cover all tenants
* The Ontario NDP has introduced a Private Members’ Bill to do so
* The provincial government missed its own deadline to appoint an independent review of the Disabilities Act – op-ed author says it’s a bad signal for ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities
* The impacts of Budget 2013 changes to social assistance on regional governments

Reports, Events, and Other Goodies

* The Global Alliance for Tax Justice is looking for organizational signatories to a petition on tax justice issues on the agenda of the next G8 meeting (starts June 17)
* From Hunger Awareness Week, food banks report
* From the Ontario Human Rights Commission – your rights and responsibilities to accommodate Ontarians with disabilities
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*June 11: Book Launch for Not Any Time Soon! The Life and Times of Linda Chamberlain
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BookLaunch-Poster.pdf
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* June 13: ISARC’s Interfaith Provincial Poverty Strategy Session
* June 13: WAC Webinar for community workers on Wrongful Dismissal
* June 25 - morning: Housing Action Now and Wellesley Institute host an Affordable Housing Forum
* June 25 - evening: Social Planning Toronto hosts Come Together Right Now: Organizing for Good Jobs, Resisting Attacks on Workers’ Rights
* July 24/25: A People’s Shadow Summit and Rally at the Council of the Federation

Around the Province

* A new Poverty Reduction Strategy for Kingston
* Rogers to offer low cost internet and computers to people living in Toronto Community Housing buildings
* A community health centre project in Port Hope provides primary health care to migrant farm worker

Across the Country

* Buy local, but buy fair
* Activists in Montreal protest for more social housing and fewer condo projects
* Atlantic Premiers have appointed a panel to review Ottawa’s changes to EI

National

* Jim Stanford, on how anti-tax rage may be becoming a “political albatross”
* Carol Goar, on one MPPs work to update Canada’s labour policy
* At the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Big City Mayors call for a national housing strategy
* Federal government announcement about disability-related initiatives
* The Caledon Institute’s new Social Report
* Carol Goar, on why it’s necessary
* Different standards for senators and new immigrants
* The Temporary Foreign Worker program and unemployment rates

International

* Canada is being obstructionist on tax justice issues at the upcoming G8
* A Bill Moyers video essay: The United States of Inequality
* Changes to legal aid in the UK raise concerns over who will be affected
* A Turkish government report finds nearly 1/3 of Turks are “poor or needy”

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Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 31 May 2013
http://goo.gl/eD29X

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Top Stories

* Quebec cuts benefits to try to move people receiving social assistance into jobs
* MCSS Minister McMeekin says he will not move to resolve problems arising from the cap on discretionary benefits for people on social assistance
We’re all paying for changes to retirement security – with poverty
Even the wealthy can be impacted by the negative health effects of austerity

Ontario

* Given that people living in poverty have the worst health, patient creaming by doctors has disproportionate impacts
* Right to Housing charter challenge
* The Munk Debate on taxing the rich – video

Around the Province

* PFIB forum and high school program teaches students about hunger and poverty
* New free health clinic for refugees and new immigrants opens in Hamilton
* Former Toronto Mayor David Miller on the insidious impact of income inequality
* A living wage is the best way to tackle child poverty in Hamilton
* More on Ontario’s new microloan program for social enterprise, from Toronto

Across the Country

* Alberta’s Disability Minister faces outrage over cuts and changes to disability support services
* More on Calgary’s “Half in Ten” poverty reduction strategy
* Commentary on poverty reduction strategies - why they are “wrong-headed”

National

* Tom Walkom says the new federal EI tribunal will benefit those who sit on it, not those who must appeal to it – and that EI is becoming “a cruel joke”
* Registered Disability Savings Plans called “a fiasco”
* More on the debate about expanding CPP
* Small- to medium-sized businesses say federal government’s job creation / training efforts will have no impact
* Foreign workers - more than temporary
* Who will represent the poor?
* Senator Vern White asks for an investigation of his colleague on tax haven use

International

* Study shows top rate income tax cuts benefit the wealthy the most, causing more inequality rather than fuelling economic growth
--- Link to the study
* WalMart workers in the US launch first-ever “prolonged” strikes
* And low-wage workers in Seattle join the movement
* Texas to deny health coverage to 1.5 million low income people
* From the UK, Guardian coverage of Freedom 90
* The UK government is forced to back off on its latest workfare program
* Half a million people in the UK now regularly rely on foodbanks, due to welfare cuts, wage stagnation, and economic instability
* New Zealand’s Child Poverty Action Group takes government to court over In-Work Tax Credit
* Fully one-quarter of youth in the Eurozone are now unemployed

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 28 May 2013
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Ontario

* People for Education’s Mind the Gap report shows inequities in education and calls for policies that give true equal access
* Letter to the Windsor Star says Premier Wynne must do more to feed the poor
* Province announces new microloan fund and office to help social enterprises
* Green Party leader calls 2013 budget a “bait and switch budget”

Across the Province

* Sudbury Health Unit releases report on the impact of poverty on health
* Sudbury activists say the City is targeting people on social assistance
* Suits Me Fine fashion show demonstrates style and flair of CAMH clients
* In Toronto, this Thursday’s Munk Debate on inequality features heavy hitters
* Toronto Star editorial touts extending municipal voting to all permanent residents
* Cambridge event hears from CCPA-Ontario’s Trish Hennessy on the problems of austerity

Across the Country

* Calgary City Council approves a first-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy

National

Legal expert says “Trojan Horse” Bill C-377 would be struck down by the courts
Star editorial expresses concern over federal budget implementation bill
Avvy Go asks, what happened to family values in immigration?
Op-Ed author says National Household Survey is perpetrating “a scientific fraud”
New study shows half of Canadians believe income inequality is a problem, and three-quarters believe it is increasing
One-third of all Canadians 65 and older are at risk of undernourishment
Globe and Mail’s annual executive compensation rankings

International

* UK’s Work and Pensions Secretary offers £3 billion in welfare cuts to fund armed forces and police

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 27 May 2013
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Top Stories

* Toronto Star editorial: Ontario needs an increase in the minimum wage
* Provincial and federal lawyers are in court today to stifle a challenge that says the governments are violating the Charter by failing to implement policies that would reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness and substandard housing
* The Canadian Medical Association is on a cross-country tour to prescribe income to treat the health effects of high poverty rates

Upcoming Events

This Thursday, May 29: Canadians for Tax Fairness and McGill Faculty of Law are hosting a Tax Justice Roundtable – livestreaming available!

Around the Province

* Toronto MP launches an “urban worker strategy”

Across the Country

* The CMA warns high poverty rates are leading to poor health in the Maritimes
* PSAC members continue to protest EI changes in Nova Scotia

National

* Stats Can’s numbers on EI claimant numbers show fewer people qualifying for benefits
* Decoding Canada’s “skills crisis”
* Universal drug coverage pitched as insurance carriers say private drug benefit plans are “not sustainable”
* “Expanding the CPP is the only way to secure the future for today’s young workers”
* More on corporate tax avoidance: “The race to the bottom of the tax pile.”
* The CLC says Harper’s government is keeping Canadians unemployed
* Appointments to the new Social Security Tribunal, which will hold sway over EI, CPP and OAS appeals, “part of the new culture of accountability”

International

* A local council in the UK is using “voice risk analysis” software to try to detect fraud among benefits claimants
* A new study shows poverty among US seniors is increasing

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Media and Policy News for 24 May 2013
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Top Stories

* “My name is Chonie Anger, I’m 13 years old and I have lived in poverty basically my whole life”
* One-third of Canadian households are living paycheque to paycheque

Upcoming Events

* May 27 / 28: Right to Housing Charter challenge team asks people to attend court as they argue against federal government’s motion to dismiss:
--- More on the case from Wellesley Institute
* May 30: Free webinar for community workers - an overview of workers’ rights under the Employment Standards Act
* June 1: Injured Workers’ Day 30th Anniversary Event
* June 10: Wellesley Institute hosts Making The Connections: Our City, Our Society, Our Health

Other Ontario

* The politics of Ontario’s minority government
* Response from the Windsor Star to Wynne’s social assistance reforms announcement on Wednesday
* Linda Chamberlain’s scrapbook is out!
* Various aspects of the provincial budget and how they will roll out
* OMERS considering big cuts to pension payouts

Around the Province

* CCPA-Ontario’s study

Across the Country

The federal court has dismissed the legal challenge against the federal government and a BC mining company that hired temporary foreign workers

National

* Canada has a rental housing disaster that Ottawa must address
* Stats Can figures show Employment Insurance recipient numbers continue to trend downward

International

* The UK government’s “capacity to work” assessment system for people with disabilities receiving benefits is a boondoggle – and could doom their reforms
* Other UK government welfare reforms will see the burden on charities increase
* Again from the UK, one in five people retiring this year will be retiring into poverty
* City workers in Philadelphia see their poverty rates double
* Poverty levels soar in Italy as the recession there rages on

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 22 May 2013
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Top Stories

* Andrea Horwath announced yesterday that the NDP will support the Ontario budget
--- Text of the Ontario NDP Release
* Premier Wynne responding to Horwath’s announcement
* Here are some of the implications of the budget for people receiving social assistance
* Government’s announcement about the budget’s changes to social assistance
* A fantastic op-ed from Pat Steenberg that asks (and answers), “Why, if the total national wealth continues to grow, in absolute terms, do our governments say they can no longer afford to meet our needs?”
* Today, “Wipe Out Poverty in Niagara” launches!
* Advance coverage

Reports, Presentations and Resources

* New info from the OECD on income inequality
* CCPA’s Armine Yalnizyan’s presentation on inequality to the federal Standing Committee on Finance
* Report from the UK, “Fairer Tax for a Better Economy”
* A workshop guide on understanding and responding to the links between trauma and homelessness

Ontario

* Drowning in the welfare well – why we need to reform social assistance
* Canadian Council for Refugees releases report cards on treatment of migrant workers; OFL calls on Ontario to take responsibility
* John Clarke’s analysis of a threat to positive social assistance reform

Around the Province

* Toronto company produces technologies to improve job prospects for people with disabilities
* In Toronto, Council votes in favour of health services for those without coverage due to their immigration status
* In Sudbury, S-CAP works on the fallout after the elimination of CSUMB
* Protests about the loss of CSUMB continue in Sudbury

Across the Country

* Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative
* Child poverty is rampant in Canadian cities – and doesn’t follow unemployment trends
* Manitoba to provide health benefits to migrant workers
* Calgarians protest cuts to community support benefits for people with disabilities

National

* EI board appointees making political donations, against the rules
* Feds moving on “strengthening employment services for people with disabilities”
* The downside of Social Impact Bonds
* Canada can’t afford not to crack down on tax cheats
* Canadians have $170 billion stashed in tax havens
* Prosecution of tax cheating “pitifully low” as use of tax havens increases

International

* How austerity kills, and how countries should respond to economic crises
* On why making changes to welfare does nothing to fix the labour market
* Economists questioning inequality as a strategy to drive economic growth
* Students rally in Tokyo to draw attention to their poverty

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 9 May 2013
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Ontario Budget 2013: Coverage

* “Far reaching and fundamental”
* “Heading in the right direction”
* “The right direction, but more work to do”
* “Long awaited improvements to social assistance”
* “A path to transformation”
* “Good news on the poverty front”
* “A lot further than we were last week”
* “A good start”
* "An NDP-ish budget"
* "An overarching emphasis on cutting the deficit"
* "A missed opportunity"
* NDP proposes an independent budgetary watchdog to ensure accountability
* Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer, says it’s a good idea

Ontario Budget 2013: Reactions

* ISAC’s Analysis
* Anglican Diocese Social Justice and Advocacy
* ARCH Disability Law Centre
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* CARP
* Daily Bread Food Bank
* Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
* Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
* ISARC
* OCASI
* Ontario Campaign 2000
* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
* Ontario Non-Profit Network
* Pathway to Potential
* Poverty Free Ontario
* 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
* Wellesley Institute

And the Conference Board of Canada notes:
“The only spending category slated to receive any meaningful growth in funding will be social services, reflecting the government’s planned increases to social assistance and its plan to increase the Ontario Child Benefit in 2013 and 2014.”

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 24 April 2013
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Top Stories

* Low-income moms are looking for a Mother’s Day gift from Premier Mom in the upcoming budget, says Sarah Blackstock of the YWCA-Toronto
* Sheila Block of the Wellesley Institute discusses Finance Minister Sousa’s recent speech, and gives a prescription for a better budget
* Update on social assistance reform and the Special Diet Allowance
* At tax time, Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income for what ails

Around the Province

* Hamilton councillor intends to push for universal dental care
* Coming on the heels of the loss of CSUMB, Kingston has issued a report on the state of homelessness in Kingston and Frontenac County

Across the Country

With the BC election in full gear, advocates are pushing for poverty reduction
* Demonstrators in Nova Scotia protest changes to Employment Insurance

National

* The death of a temporary foreign worker is being examined right now at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – better protections are needed now
* Among Mark Carney’s prescriptions for fixing the temporary foreign worker program – employers should train more and low-wage jobs should pay more
* A federal judge ruled the Parliamentary Budget Office has the right to take the government to court to gain access to budget documents
* A new tribunal for hearing Employment Insurance, CPP and OAS appeals has started operations
* Op Ed on Senator Hugh Segal and his quest for a Guaranteed Annual Income

International

* A good website that explains current changes to income support benefits in the UK
* Missouri passes legislation requiring welfare recipients to have high school diploma
* More on the debate over fair taxation – Google comes under fire in the UK
* Films for Action is airing “We’re Not Broke” – a damning indictment of tax avoidance and evasion and the impact on public services and inequality
* “The Tax Free Tour” takes a look at tax havens, the people who live there and the routes along which tax is avoided globally
* “The real story here is that Obama's tax plan is both aggressive and progressive”

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 23 April 2013
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Top Stories

* The Ontario budget is coming May 2, and the deficit is $5 billion less than projected
* People with health conditions fear losing the Special Diet Allowance
* The budget should boost the Ontario Child Benefit to promised levels this year
* The budget should also move to protect precarious workers
* Peterborough may cut discretionary benefits, a result of last year’s budget decision to end CSUMB and cap health benefits for people on social assistance
* Community Legal Clinics release their system-wide strategic plan

Reforming Social Assistance in Ontario

* Three columns from the Star’s Joe Fiorito:
--- A long march
--- What poverty actually costs
--- Are the prospects brighter? Or dimmer?
* ODSP Action Coalition and OPSEU lobby MPPs
* Senior business leaders urge reforms to ensure economic security
* City of Hamilton’s Community Services Department has made a great video, “Unequal Access to Healthy Food”
* OCAP and CUPE rally at Finance Minister’s office
* Similar rally held in Sudbury

Around the Province

Kenora Daily News Op-Ed: Homelessness and Social Determinants of Health
How a Milton mom fell into poverty
Access to justice for the poor

National

* What happened at the federal Finance Committee’s hearings on inequality
* Carol Goar, on how to fix the Temporary Foreign Worker program
* Alex Himelfarb, on celebrating public service
* And you thought the free trade debate was long over

International

* From the UK, damning commentary on that nation’s changes to disability income support
* IMF says Canada headed for a growth slowdown and shouldn’t raise interest rates
* You have probably seen that the IMF admitted they were wrong about austerity
* And, a key argument for austerity has been dismantled
* Austerity now has an image problem
* Turns out, the dismantling was done by an economics grad student who found an error in the economists’ original calculations
* Tax "competition", it turns out, is always harmful
* A majority in the US want better wealth distribution and a “robin hood tax”

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 28 February 2013
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Top Stories

* Ontario Campaign 2000 releases its latest report card on Ontario’s progress on child poverty – and the results aren’t good
* Response from the NDP's Cheri DiNovo
* A new McMaster University / United Way of Toronto study on precarious employment in the GTA and Hamilton gets great coverage
* Former justice Frank Iacobucci releases report condemning Ontario for lack of Aboriginal representation on juries
* Response from Ontario's Attorney General

Ontario

* Poll shows Tories would win next government, but Wynne has made strides for Libs
* Notes from Kathleen Wynne’s swearing-in speech
* Link to the Throne Speech
* Poverty Free Ontario responds to the Throne Speech
* Finance Minister Sousa wants good ideas for the budget
* The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction has launched an on-line pre-budget campaign
* And the OFL has launched a public pre-budget consultation process called “The People’s Budget”

Resources, Reports, Conferences and Other Great Stuff

* Link to the McMaster / United Way study on precarious employment in the GTA and Hamilton
* Changes have been made to the Special Diet Allowance program as a result of ISAC’s legal work – people with certain medical conditions may now be eligible
* A new study shows “doctors prefer bankers to welfare recipients” (incl. a link to the study)
* A great new webinar from the ODSP Action Coalition: “ODSP: Know Your Benefits”
* The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a two-day conference on encouraging better inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce
* The Low Income Energy Network’s annual conference is coming up
* Richard Wilkinson’s TED Talk on how inequality harms societies

Around the Province

* The CCPA-Ontario’s Trish Hennessy speaks about inequality in Mississauga
* Toronto Council becomes a “Sanctuary City” for undocumented newcomers – a history of the campaign and next steps are here
* Toronto anti-homelessness advocates recently camp out at Mayor Ford’s office

Across the Country

* A great op-ed on inequality in Alberta: “The province continues to be governed as if the theory of trickle-down economics actually worked”
* The Parkland Institute’s prescription for revenue generation in Alberta
* Alberta releases its new Social Policy Framework
* Meanwhile in BC, the government seems to be opening up to the tax discussion
* On the ineffectiveness of balanced budget legislation
* Payday loan companies are in government crosshairs, in Ontario and elsewhere
* On social exclusion by middle-class society on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Manitobans are asked to contribute to government’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy

National

* On the disproportionate negative impact of tax cuts on women
* An op-ed on building a better pension system in Canada using the CPP
* This author says increasing the minimum wage isn’t the best policy response to poverty
* 25 years on, the data shows free trade with the USA hasn’t been the success that was promised
The federal government makes house calls to enforce EI rules
Refugee claims plummet after new federal fast-track rules enacted
The CMHC's comment on an NDP proposal for a national housing strategy raises eyebrows
A Guelph MP’s speech on the need for a national housing strategy
Senator Hugh Segal takes on Conservative attacks on unions

International

* The OECD is urging governments to go after multinational tax dodgers to ensure sufficient revenues
* Why the UK’s Chancellor is committed to global tax reform
* New poll in Australia shows most people with disabilities face social exclusion
* Australian business leader calls on cutting welfare “to protect our future”
* Poverty in Greece has reached 31%
* Tough economic times leave Japanese day labourers jobless, homeless, and on welfare
* Bloomberg’s editorial board wonders why US taxpayers should give banks $83 billion every year
* California adopts new disability discrimination regulations
* A Californian urges increasing the minimum wage to end corporate welfare
* An interesting study shows that US states where people help each other suffered less unemployment during the recession than other states
* Will Obama’s minimum wage hike help Americans out of poverty or kill jobs?
* A very odd rationale for increasing the US minimum wage, from the Catholic Online
* In Florida, the court has upheld a temporary injunction barring drug testing for people receiving welfare
* But in Kansas and Michigan, drug testing continues to be pursued by legislators
* And meanwhile in North Dakota, drug testing is defeated
* And a rationale against drug testing in Washington

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Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 12 February 2013
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Top Stories

* “The Premier’s Office: The New Team”
* Press Release
* On Ted McMeekin, the new Minister of Community and Social Services
* Wynne calls for a “fair society”
* Four challenges ahead
* On the new Finance Minister:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontarios-new-finance-minister-a-nice-guy-finishes-first/article8479202/

Other Ontario

* Andrea Horwath makes the list of NDP priorities public
* Editorial says the “social assistance mess” should be Wynne’s top priority
* Letter to editor in response, from Jennefer
* Ontario looking to revoke payday loan company licenses
* More on the Conference Board of Canada’s report – author says the problem of inequality “can be fixed through public and political will”
* And another take, from Michael Laxer, on poverty as Canada's greatest child abuse problem
* Report should be a call to action

Around the Province

* It's Kenora's Week of Action Against Poverty
* Northumberland seems not to know that they are required to consult with the public on their housing and homelessness plans
* Peel activists call for Wynne to take action on “silent epidemic” of poverty
* Remember: Ontario is not Greece
* Youth and working poverty is rising in Niagara
* Good blog from Sudbury on what’s happened with CSUMB
* Poverty Reduction Strategy open house meeting in Thunder Bay

Across the Country

* Pennies for kids in poverty strikes a chord with Nova Scotia MLA
* Nova Scotia set to deliver new housing strategy next month
* Meanwhile, BC’s housing minister calls a social housing challenge “unrealistic”
* News from BC’s poverty reduction coalition
* Looking at reducing poverty in small town Alberta
New poverty report on the Bow Valley

National

* CMA says it’s time to end the national disgrace of Aboriginal poverty
* Anti-poverty and human rights groups stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Idle No More
* Did you know the Finance Committee was instructed by Parliament to do a study of income inequality in Canada? Apparently, neither did they.
* Heather Mallick says Canada is becoming the Slytherin house of international Hogwarts

International

* Welfare fraud "a drop in the bucket" compared to tax avoidance
* Measuring poverty in the UK: more than 2 million kids not counted
* Nearly 2/3 of Americans are delaying retirement because they can’t afford it
* The White House outlines what government spending cuts would mean on the ground
* Pleading for more cash assistance in Minnesota
* Youth poverty rising in Germany’s former primary industrial region

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Media and Policy News for 4 February 2013
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Top Stories

* Keeping more earnings would help mom on OW; Wynne's social justice commitment must ensure poverty reduction trumps deficit reduction
* Wynne says she won’t be like McGuinty; names social programs as priorities
* The UK’s employability test for people with disabilities: Not a good model for Ontario
* Three things to look for in social assistance reform
* Hamilton reminds us that a “rational methodology” for social assistance benefit rates has already been created
* Local Cottage Country resident, Francis Lankin, sees her social assistance review report gaining some traction
* Employment equity: Ensuring everyone gets an equal shot at decent work
* Canada falling behind on poverty, inequality, says Conference Board report (CBC - CTV - Globe + link to the report

Musings on Ontario Politics

* Is Wynne’s win the dawn of a new politics in Ontario?
* After the “massive coup staged by women” premiers, will we have different politics and policy?
* Canada Without Poverty comments on Wynne’s positions on social programs
* Steve Paikin speculates

Reports and Other Goodies

* Andrew Jackson on taxation, fairness, and revenue generation
* A good reminder from Trish Hennessy that Ontario is not Greece and austerity doesn’t produce prosperity
* Why the rich don’t want to talk about inequality, and why the 99% do
* New report on the problems that people who are homeless and employed experience with employment
* Some numbers on the dominance of the 1% - another Trish Hennessy goodie!

Around the Province

* JusticeNet brings legal advice to those in the middle
* Food insecurity a big problem in Belleville
Bedbugs torment Hamiltonians residing in social housing

Across the Country

* Food bank in Victoria, BC says food banks are a band aid solution to poverty

National

* Illness and disability are forcing Canadians to deplete their retirement savings

International

* Recovery College helps people who are homeless in London, UK
* The Guardian has a new series to engage people being affected by UK welfare reform to tell their stories

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 30 January 2013
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Top Stories

* Kathleen Wynne says social assistance reform will be a priority for her government
* Star Editorial calls for three quick reforms to social assistance
* NDP announces three priorities for spring legislative session – including letting people on assistance keep more of what they earn
* AODA Alliance outlines the commitments Wynne has made to accessibility for people with disabilities
* Trish Hennessy of CCPA-Ontario makes the case for an Equality Premier for Ontario

Other Ontario

* Dwight Duncan’s dilemma: Does he stay or does he go (now)?
* Will there be a mini-exodus?
* Robin Sears’ take on Wynne’s win
* Caledon CEO calls for more action on poverty reduction

Across the Country

* CCPA-BC: Raising and reforming taxes to restore fiscal capacity and fairness

National

* Yesterday was Corporate Tax Freedom Day – the day Canadian corporations have paid all their taxes to all levels of government.
- includes coverage from CBC - Montreal Gazette - CTV- Toronto Star
* Take this CLC quiz to find out how much cash this leaves them, and how much tax they pay
* Statistics Canada is publishing income data on the rich – and getting some heat for it
* Household borrowing a problem again
* Worth repeating: A call for charities to become politically active

International

* Inequality in the US is holding back economic recovery
* Why welfare benefit cards should be fought “with fury”
* Poverty in the UK is structural, not a morality tale
* “Rationing” social housing means people who are homeless get bumped down the list
* Legislation proposed in Tennessee that would see welfare benefits reduced for people whose children fail to make “satisfactory academic progress” in school

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 28 January 2013
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Top Stories

* In her first press conference after being elected Liberal Party leader, Kathleen Wynne said social assistance reform will be among her top priorities as Premier :
“We have a social assistance system in this province that penalizes people, that does not support people getting into jobs and keeping them there, so I'm going to be looking for ways to do that because ultimately, it's in the best interests of the economy."
- includes coverage from CTV - CBC - Toronto Sun - National Post - Huffington Post - etc
- includes a link to a webinar consisting of an overview of the content of the report of the Social Assistance Review Commission and an analysis of the implications of its recommendations
* Some Cabinet predictions (CBC)
* What an “unsustainable” program like ODSP looks like from the inside

Other Big News

* CCPA analysis of new Stats Can numbers shows income inequality has spiked in Canada’s big cities
* Related Infographics here
* Related video
* Globe & Mail : Canada’s top 1% make 10% of the money
* Huge protest rally targets the Liberal convention

Other Ontario

* Hamilton activists / advocates call on government to reverse CSUMB elimination and give immediate $100 increase to people on social assistance
* How people with mental health disabilities get lost in the legal system
In response to the National Post’s column on poverty in Ontario, a letter from Anita Khanna of Campaign 2000

Around the Province

* Presentation in Renfrew County on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities

Across the Country

* Provincial and federal cuts will close down disability organization in NFLD

National / Federal

* Poll shows 56% of Canadians want change in policy on Aboriginal peoples
* Intensify employment while you’re intensifying residential, eh big cities? says Jim Stanford
* Canada can end chronic homelessness
* How poverty influences a child’s brain development

International

* New UK campaign targets hate crimes against people with disabilities
* Aussie workplace relations tribunal recommends 2.9% increase to minimum wage
* Japan slashing welfare payments to “root out the comfortably poor”

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Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 25 January 2013
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Top Stories

* The Canada Revenue Agency is no longer mailing personalized tax packages, and the simplified form has been discontinued
* Anti-poverty rally at Liberal leadership convention tomorrow
* More on PC’s “Welfare to Work” white paper
----- System needs reform, but don’t paint everyone with the same brush
----- "Carrots and sticks" in Hudak’s welfare plan

Ontario Issues

* Sudbury Labour Council’s letter on SCAP’s work on CSUMB
* No money to keep the heat on in Owen Sound – CSUMB elimination a factor
* Big impacts coming in Renfrew County
* Martin Regg Cohn on the other Liberal leadership candidates
* New PCs white paper pledges to delay full-day kindergarten and slash education jobs
The National Post comments on poverty reduction in Ontario

Around the Province

* Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network looking to buy property for “community asset that could include a diverse mix of housing, new meeting spaces and a cultural/arts centre”

Reports and Other Goodies

* From the CCPA: Canada’s $145 billion infrastructure gap: Where it came from and why it will cost so much to fix it
* From Windsor’s Pathway to Potential: Excellent “Understanding Poverty” workbook
* A new campaign to draw attention to our unravelling social safety net
* Oxfam has started a campaign “to end extreme wealth by 2025, and reverse the rapid increase in inequality seen in the majority of countries in the last twenty years, taking inequality back to 1990 levels”. Here’s their great media brief on the cost of extreme wealth and inequality
* Alex Himelfarb’s great speech to CCPA-Ontario’s recent “Post-Austerity” symposium
* John Stapleton: A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient
* How does policy change happen? Here are six theories

Across the Country

* The real problem for the Alberta government's budget is tax and royalty giveaways
* City of Winnipeg budget cuts impede the fight against poverty
----- CCPA Manitoba report

National Issues

* How running government “like a business” has been a dismal failure
* Carol Goar: Corporate balance sheets are healthy as the economy languishes
* Inequality and Idle No More
* Tom Walkom wonders whether Liberals matter any more

Federal News

* The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s latest report says cuts are deeper on the front end, but spending is up in the back
* Bank of Canada to keep interest rates low as economic “deterioration” keeps inflation at bay
* Harper’s “crony capitalism”

International

* In New Zealand, a new report says people from refugee backgrounds with disabilities have ‘slipped through the cracks’
* A flexible, educated, and not unionised workforce key to getting The Hobbit to film in NZ
* Don’t just change policy to end hunger, challenge power
* Charities' silence on government policy is tantamount to collusion
* Britain is headed for a “triple-dip” recession (Ed note: perhaps that austerity thing isn’t working out the way they planned)
* Oh gee, it’s not just me - the IMF tells Britain they might want to reconsider that austerity thing
* Maybe going after companies like Starbucks that evade taxes might work, says Cameron
* Are declining corporate tax rates a “ruinous race to the bottom”?

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Media and Policy News for 22 January 2013
http://goo.gl/leUlr

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Top Stories

* Toronto Star endorses Sandra Pupatello for Liberal leader
* Sandra Pupatello vows to transform social assistance
* Sandra Pupatello's social policy statements
* Kathleen Wynne wants to be the “social justice Premier”
* Her social policy statements
* Pledges on poverty reduction from Liberal leadership candidates
* News release and info graphic
* Where's the public debate on reforming social assistance?

Community Start-Up

* Andrea Horwath says the elimination of CSUMB (and other housing-related cuts) is “unacceptable”
* SCAP continues the fight in Sudbury - and an info meeting is scheduled for Feb 5
* Letter to the Editor in London

Other Ontario Issues

* Hudak's plan for welfare leads "back to the Mike Harris days"
* Ontario announces creation of Accessibility Standards Advisory Council to "help remove barriers for people with disabilities"

Federal Issues

* Refugees in Canada now have poorer access to health care than those in refugee camps
* Service Canada really wants to help a woman who was denied Employment Insurance under the new rules. But they can’t find her to give her their help. Even though she’s been protesting the decision every day right outside their office...

International

* Economist James Galbraith : “I don’t think it’s a good idea from the standpoint of the future of the American economy, to reduce the security that people expect in their old age.”
* Food speculation drives prices up – people starve while bankers prosper
* Huge slowing in jobs growth – labour mismatches abound
* Number of welfare recipients in Japan at an all time high - cutting benefits being considered to save government money
* Can we fight poverty by ending extreme wealth?

Media and Policy News for 18 January 2013
http://goo.gl/jMDmV

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Top Story: "Welfare to Work"

* Hudak releases PC’s white paper on social assistance
--- White Paper
--- Press Release
--- Coverage
* Star picks up on proposed benefit reductions
* Globe focuses on proposed downloading
* Globe : Hudak’s position is used as a wedge
--- CTV
--- Huffington Post
--- CHCH (video)
--- Sun News
--- Toronto Sun
--- Kingston Whig Standard
* Same “create welfare smart card for food” in all QMI local papers: Brantford Expositor, Brockville Recorder, Napanee Guide, Strathroy Age Dispatch, Chronicle Online, Shoreline Beacon, Thorold Edition, Barrys Bay This Week, Wallaceburg Courier Press, Norwich Gazette, Midland Free Press, Kingston This Week, Kenora Daily Miner and News, Seaforth Huron Expositor, Simcoe Reformer, Ingersoll Times, Orillia Packet, The Londoner, Sarnia This Week, Community Press, Goderich Signal Star, Bancroft This Week, Bradford Times, Lindsay Post, Midnorth Monitor, Delhi News Record, Kincardine News, Petrolia Topic, Sault This Week, Kapuskasing Times, Cochrane Times Post, Innisfil Examiner, Wiarton Echo, Frontenac This Week, Mitchell Advocate…
* Wednesday’s story about merging OW and ODSP : Toronto Sun, Owen Sound Sun Times, St. Catherine’s Standard, Sudbury Star, Welland Tribune, Sault Star, Brockville Recorder, Brantford Expositor, Intelligencer, The Lindsay Post, Stratford Beacon Herald, Timmins Press, Windsor Star, London Free Press, London FM 96, Times-Colonist, Global Toronto, Metro Toronto, Examiner.com (video), Canoe news, Canadian Charger, ‘Trapped in a Whirlpool’ blog

Other (But Not Unrelated) News

* In Australia, “welfare cuts to lone parents will not help them find work”
* Tennessee Republican Senator wants welfare recipients prohibited from buying alcohol
* UK MPP raises “welfare cash card” idea to prevent purchases of “luxury items” like cigarettes and alcohol
* Landlords’ group in Niagara County, NY, want welfare shelter payments paid directly to them
* Michigan institutes new 3-week “work readiness assessment” waiting period
* UK saves money by capping welfare benefits – perhaps for 6 years
* The State of Georgia’s war on the poor
* David Cameron’s New Year’s address includes no backing down on benefit reforms
* UK welfare transfers “increase dependency” and “push public finances to the breaking point”
* And meanwhile, more homeless people died on Toronto’s streets last year than in the past five years

Media and Policy News for 3 January 2013
http://goo.gl/aIAQr

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Top Story: $42 Million Reprieve on CSUMB

On December 27, the Ontario government announced a last-minute, $42 million fund to "ease the transition" to consolidated housing and homelessness funding.
(CBC coverage). Note that ISAC will be circulating information about the impact of the transition fund in the coming days - subscribe to our main ISAC E-List to receive this info - see below.

Some responses to the government announcement:

* Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
* Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
* Wellesley Institute
* Impacts by Community:
--- Bruce County instituting a Housing Stability Fund
--- Guelph-Wellington gets $115K
--- Hamilton gets $3.19M more
--- Hamilton councillor says it’s a “pyrrhic victory”
--- London gets $1.4M
--- Niagara gets $1.9M [But still wants CSUMB back...]
--- Ottawa gets $2.5M
--- Peterborough gets $1.5M
--- Sault Ste. Marie gets $650K more
--- Halton Region won’t get any of the $42M, as CHPI gives them more than before
--- Peel Region doesn’t get any either, for the same reason
--- Waterloo Region reflects on the past year ( note they are suggesting a special property tax levy to address the shortfall

Coverage Just Prior to the Dec 27 Announcement

* Activists meet in Hamilton for Ontario Communities Uniting
* Hamilton Spectator editorial :improve social assistance in 2013, not more cuts
* London Free Press opinion piece :Ontarians have been left on their own
* Belleville
* Brant
* Cornwall
* Hamilton
* London
* Niagara
* Nipissing
* Northumberland
* Peel
* Sault Ste. Marie
* Sudbury
* Toronto
* Toronto - campout at Glen Murray’s office:
* Waterloo

Latest Media and Policy News: 14 December 2012
http://goo.gl/o6XFI
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Still the Top Story: Community Start-Up & Maintenance Benefit

Ontario Communities Uniting event in Hamilton today
And if you haven’t already, send an email to protest the decision here
Minister Milloy to meet with Peterborough community leaders Tuesday in a closed door meeting
Mamaweswen / SCAP protest over CSUMB closes road in the Soo
Health Providers Against Poverty hold protest at Eric Hoskins' office
Protests at six GTA Liberal MPPs this week over CSUMB
Protest at John Gerretsen’s office in Kingston
Protest in Ottawa
Protest at Harinder Takhar’s office

Other Social Assistance News

Toby Barrett, the PC critic on social assistance, is having a series of meetings across the province to talk about the social assistance review report.
Two articles herewith, in which issues with the report are discussed, and the elimination of CSUMB is raised as a major issue:
Sarnia Observer - Chatham Daily News
Peterborough City-County Health Unit urges $100 / month increase

Other Ontario Issues

Andrea Horwath is willing to work with new Liberal leader – not clamouring for election
Ontario releases its annual report on the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Around the Province

CMHC co-op subsidy cut leaves London residents fearing homelessness
One woman’s slide into poverty

Across the Country

Yukon releases Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy

Federal Issues

Migrant workers stripped of parental benefits
Justicia responds
Coverage of TD Bank’s report on income inequality (note the different headlines)
Star - Post - Globe
Tom Walkom on what’s killing unions

International

A guide to food speculation: How to argue with a banker

Latest Media and Policy News: 10 December 2012
http://goo.gl/Abm9q
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Top Story: Community Start Up & Maintenance Benefit
The CSUMB ends as of December 31, 2012.

Here are the most recent stories on this issue:

Northumberland County searching for solutions to CSUMB elimination and other funding cuts
Niagara Region raising taxes by 1.97%, in part to deal with loss of CSUMB
District of Parry Sound facing cuts
The face of homelessness in Peterborough
Experts say government cuts have created a 'crisis' for homeless queer youth
“You cannot eliminate community startup and maintenance and reduce discretionary benefits without change” says Niagara administrator
“The provincial government has cut funding and downloaded the problem to the city level," says Toronto Councillor
Alliance Against Poverty calls on municipalities to lead: “it pays to invest in the poor”
Cross-provincial meeting in Hamilton this Thursday
Kitchener residents protest loss of CSUMB
Ottawa residents protest loss of CSUMB
Sudbury residents protest loss of CSUMB
Women and Trans Rally against the cuts in Toronto
George Brown student newspaper
In Kawartha Lakes, because of differential need for CSUMB assistance, the problem is not as bad
LAMP Community Health Centre blog
LAMP holds a CSUMB clinic
A letter to the editor from Minister John Milloy

Liberal Leadership Race

Candidates square off on The Agenda – discussion of poverty starts minute 40:00
Former chief justice Roy McMurtry endorses Eric Hoskins for Lib leader
Letter to the Editor on Pupatello’s “coming down like a lion on welfare cheats” comment

Reports and Opportunities

Ve’Ahavta is accepting applications for their next Street Academy starting in February
Report from the CCPA Ontario: A Living Wage As a Human Right
Three great papers from Sheila Block on income inequality, for the Broadbent Institute

National Issues

Fantastic letter to the editor on growing inequality and the democratic deficit it creates
Polling: Canada’s government may be trending right, but Canadians aren’t
Underemployment is driving excessive anxiety among young workers

Latest Media and Policy News: 23 Nov 2012
http://goo.gl/Euz0L
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Social Assistance Reform

Here’s the link to last night’s The Agenda with Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh
Five reasons reform must remain a political priority – from Pedro Barata at United Way Toronto
Op-Ed in the Spec: An improved social-assistance model must include health and well-being
Respond to this! The Agenda asks about the ‘deserving’ vs ‘undeserving’ poor
And watch tonight as the deserving / undeserving divide gets debated

Liberal Leadership

Liberal leadership winner could be known as early as January 13 : “2,500 Liberal delegates — paying between $299 and $599 to attend — will actually cast direct ballots for the next premier”
Art Eggleton says income inequality and poverty should be election issues

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

“There are so many things that are deeply wrong with this situation, it’s hard to know where to start. But here are three points that need to be made”
Press release from OCAP and CUPE

Ontario Issues

Regg Cohn on Hudak’s pension ideas – a great rebuttal
A potential answer to the bed bug problem – fungus

Across the Country

Alberta pledges to eliminate child poverty in five years

National News

Campaign 2000’s National Report Card is out.
Here’s some coverage from : The Star - CTV Winnipeg - CBC
Download the report card from Campaign 2000.ca
And today is National Housing Day – 3 things Canadians should know

International

Some facts and myths about welfare, from the US
Why tomorrow’s Black Friday Wal-Mart Strike is important to the US economy
In the UK, MPs are proposing a living wage – that would give people enough income to be able to consume and thus drive the economy

Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Nov 2012
http://goo.gl/78Dzh
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Provincial Politics – Liberal Leadership

Sandra Pupatello says she’ll review social assistance cuts, but comes out swinging against “welfare cheats”
Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy backs Pupatello for the leadership
Gerrard Kennedy has entered the race
Harinder Takhar likely to throw his hat in the ring – and potentially support Pupatello
Six questions for the candidates – including what they’ll do on social assistance reform

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)

Windsor defers cuts resulting from CSUMB elimination to do political advocacy – joins other municipalities doing the same
What Windsor would have to cut
Municipalities also deferring cuts to give time for advocacy include Hamilton
Health centres in Ottawa urge the province to restore CSUMB
Protesters in Sudbury charged with trespassing show up for court
And even a Sudbury Star reporter was arrested...
The ALIVE blog on the CSUMB cuts
Looks like Kawartha Lakes won’t have to cut discretionary benefits after all
A report back from London Shelter Residents Advocacy Group about a City-held meeting on the cuts

Upcoming Rallies Against the Cuts

This THURSDAY (Nov 22) in Lindsay
The story from Sudbury above notes a rally this THURSDAY in Sudbury
This FRIDAY (Nov 23) in Toronto, of women and trans people against the cuts

Five (More) Things You Can Do to Combat the Cuts
[Click http://goo.gl/78Dzh then scroll halfway down the page for concrete actions *you* can take to help fight the cuts.]

Social Assistance Review

Progressive Conservative MPPs doing roundtables across the province
Toby Barrett and colleagues will be hosting a roundtable in Thunder Bay Dec 3/4 and in Sarnia and region Dec 10/11.
More information on these roundtables to come.
Muskoka-area public health unit survey bolsters Social Assistance Review recommendation to improve adequacy.

Across the Country

Quebec moves to index social assistance rates to inflation.

At the Federal Level

The feds introduce controversial social impact bonds to fund social services
The Current gets discussion from all sides - including the CCPA's David Macdonald
Some takes on Social Impact Bonds

Latest Media and Policy News: 25 Oct 2012
http://goo.gl/xGJ6H
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Top Story

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance released its final report and recommendations yesterday, October 24
Statement from Minister Milloy

Media Coverage

* The Toronto Star
* Milloy responds – there’s not enough money for a raise
* Who will reform the system?
* Hamilton Spectator
* CTV
* Northumberland Review
* NewsTalk 1010
* Metro News

Responses

ISAC’s response - a mixed report
Association of Ontario Health Centres
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Daily Bread Food Bank
Hamilton Roundtable and HOPE
ODSP Action Coalition
OPSEU
Poverty Free Ontario
Put Food in the Budget / OCAP / CUPE
Wellesley Institute
YWCA Toronto

Related Media

Op Ed in the Record on the importance of social assistance reform
Pre-announcement push on rates in Hamilton
What about a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI)?

Latest Media and Policy News: 22 Oct 2012
http://goo.gl/4GJTp
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

Star editorial today (Oct. 19) says cutting CSUMB for the poorest in Ontario sends a miserable message
An update from Jennefer Laidley to people in the legal clinic system on how various municipalities are responding to the cuts

Toronto

The cut leaves a $21 million hole in the City of Toronto’s budget – St. Stephens’ event, the OCAP rally, and more – Oct 18
Letters to the Editor in response to the cuts
On UN Poverty Eradication Day, OCAP delivers CSUMB applications to Milloy’s ministry office to protest the cuts – another rally was held in Jane-Finch and one is planned for Kitchener – Oct 17
More coverage of the OCAP event – Oct 18
Press release: cuts will make poverty worse; a provincial movement grows – Oct 17
Op Ed says housing people who are homeless is much less expensive than the alternative – Oct 15

Niagara

Regional Budget Committee responds to the cuts – Oct 19
Coverage on Radio 610 – Oct 19
Editorial in Niagara This Week details the “tough concessions” that that municipality has to make as it struggles to deal with the cuts – Oct 18
Blog entry on CSUMB cuts and accountability – Oct 16

Kingston

Community legal clinics in Kingston meet with Gerretsen – get commitment from him to “take the issue back to Cabinet” – note Gerretsen’s comments – Oct 12

Sudbury

Activists are expecting “a wave of homelessness” – Oct 11

Ottawa

Letter in the Ottawa Citizen from someone who used the benefit – to flee domestic violence – Oct 15
Town Hall in Ottawa blasts the cuts – Oct 12

Sarnia-Lambton

Stand Up Against Poverty rally in Sarnia slams Liberals for the cuts – Oct 12
Oral health and CSUMB cuts in Sarnia-Lambton – Oct 11

Hamilton

Spec coverage of activists’ rally – the cuts will make poverty worse – Oct 14
Coverage from Sun News – Oct 13
Press release on the rally – Oct 13

St. Catherine’s

Anti-poverty town hall in St. Catherine’s – Oct 16

Cornwall

Cut leaves Cornwall $2 million short – Oct 9

Sault Ste Marie

Council considers impacts of cuts – local Liberal MPP unapologetic – Oct 17
Council unanimously agree to call on government to rescind the cuts – Oct 10

Other Social Assistance News

The Review Commission’s report now to be released October 24.
Peterborough considers continuing to fund discretionary benefits
Good Food Box pilot project in Hamilton

On Prorogation

The rationale makes no sense.
Prorogation should be reversed.
The real story on prorogation
Proroguing is “a wholesale flight from responsibility”
NDP MPPs Jonah Schein and Cheri diNovo on why proroguing is bad for the poor.

Latest Media and Policy News: 12 Oct 2012
http://goo.gl/4GJTp
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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Top Story : Community Start-Up

* Carol Goar on the importance of Community Start-Up and efforts to save it
* NOW article says to watch for sleight-of-hand (Ed: see quote from yours truly)
* Sault Ste. Marie’s mayor says the pain of the cuts will dwarf any savings
* More outrage from Council in the Soo
* The cuts will hit First Nations hard
* More people will be homeless in Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox & Addington
* Poverty will get worse with CSUMB cut, says CUPE - town hall in Sudbury
The cuts - and other austerity measures - are like boiling frog syndrome

Social Assistance Review

* Op-Ed: It’s time to build dignity into social assistance
* Here’s the full Five Tests for the Social Assistance Review - report expected late next week
* Martin Regg Cohn's take on the review
* No double-dipping! Even if you paid into EI! And you’re disabled! And have a new baby!

New Reports and other Cool Stuff

* The CCPA’s Living Wage conference is today in Toronto - and ISAC was pleased to co-sponsor. They’ve posted a toolkit and will be updating with new resources soon.
* An upcoming Community Forum – “Retiring on a Low Income: Presentation of New Tools that will result in better planning and advice”

Ontario Issues

* Ontario 211 workers say many Ontarians can’t afford groceries
* Looks like the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction might be coming back
* From the Workers’ Action Centre: Ontario needs a minimum wage people can live on!

Ontario Politics

* What Tim Hudak would do if he were preem
* Some PC MPPs raise the abortion issue; the Sun calls it a “crazed political death wish”

Around the Province

* Affordable homes saved in Toronto
* Government screwups dog senior in London with mental illness

Across the Country

* From Alberta – why we can do better than poverty reduction

National

* Broadbent Institute makes income inequality its first focus
* Are you outraged? You ought to be
* Five economic trends to watch – on food, gas, natural gas, housing, and interest rates
* Tips from advocates on finding a good rental apartment

Federal Issues

* The Current covers temporary foreign worker laws, and their impacts
* New federal program promises $30 million to spur 1600 jobs for people with disabilities
* But, disability advocate says there’s a better way
* Feds spend on ads while cutting programs
* Feds outline new access-to-information system
* Kevin Page wins major concessions in fight to get budget information

International

* People in Europe are increasingly abandoning their babies as economic prospects dim
* Creating living-wage jobs in the USA
* Protests at Walmart
* Inequality in American cities – how does it compare to other countries?
* Norway to double carbon tax on oil industry
* UK’s Work and Pension Secretary thinks welfare needs a “cultural shift” to “end reliance on benefits” – meaning a 10 billion BP cut to welfare budget

Latest Media and Policy News: 05 October 2012
http://goo.gl/nhHF8
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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Top Story

* How to mark October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
* Dignity for All: http://dignityforall.ca/en/marking-international-day-eradication-poverty-october-17th
* OCAP’s Community-Start Up Action: http://ocap.ca/node/1013
* Poverty Action for Change Coalition “Anti-Poverty Day” event in York Region

Community Start-Up Cuts Across the Province

* Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network releases plan showing how city could cover CSUMB / HRB and Discretionary Benefits cuts for the foreseeable future
* Cheri diNovo, the NDP poverty critic, asks question in the Legislature
* Upcoming forum in Sudbury on CSUMB cuts October 10
* CSUMB cuts figure in Hamilton’s faith leaders’ vigil against poverty
* District of Nipissing figuring out how to cope with big cuts
* Guest column in the Kitchener Post says cuts will result in greater economic and social costs
* CSUMB cuts figure at Sudbury’s Take Back the Night march
* Kingston activists organize to raise CSUMB awareness
* Service clubs in Manitoulin worried about impact of the cuts

Ontario

* Star editorial says McGuinty’s wage freeze legislation aims to save jobs
* Tom Walkom has another perspective

Around the Province

* Volunteer health clinics in Toronto overwhelmed by refugees with no health care
* One in 15 people in London rely on social assistance
* The latest Vital Signs London report shows poverty has doubled in two years
* London’s prayer vigil to highlight hunger and poverty
* A woman in Timmins stays homeless, despite a $100K trust
* Poverty in Muskoka may be overlooked
* More seniors than ever are using Brantford’s food bank
* Sobering statistics from Vital Signs Burlington
* More on the cost of poverty in Niagara
* Activists in Hamilton say that city’s radial separation bylaw is punitive, discriminatory, and should be rescinded
* Activists in Sudbury protest anti-panhandling posters
Sorry, I just had to include this one:
* Toronto’s Doug Ford says transit expansion should be paid for with a lottery or casinos

Reports and Other Cool Stuff

* New study says housing people who are homeless is cheaper than funding the emergency services they will inevitably require
* The National Council of Welfare’s website – and all their great material – is now archived in the Government of Canada Web Archive
* From Stats Can: Income Inequality and Redistribution in Canada, 1976-2004
* Worth Repeating: Deregulation in Canada a disaster in the making - CCPA
*A study on Wal-Mart’s impact on prices and wages shows their prices aren’t that low, they drive wages down, and they could increase wages and still make big profits

Across the Country

* A two-tiered minimum wage in Newfoundland would disproportionately impact women
* Vital Signs Halifax says seniors’ poverty is rising
* From Winnipeg – Canada needs a mental health strategy
* Manitoba steps up to fill the federal gap in refugee health care
* Supporting municipal poverty reduction in Alberta
* BC government launches “Welfare Air”, a new program designed to move people off social assistance and into high-paying jobs—largely in the province’s north
* Response from CFS-BC
* A nice little video on the value of child care, from BC

National Issues

* Canada’s corporate tax rates are lowest among developed countries
* Halifax columnist says Cons are trying to hide EI cuts
* The feds’ immigration policy focus on skilled workers is “sure to aggravate the already-troubling unemployment problem for Canada’s existing youth”
* Feds spend $3M to fight First Nations child welfare claims
* Ken Georgetti (CLC) calls for improvements to seniors pension incomes
* Cons release an “aggressive” plan to cut red tape for small business in Canada

Federal Politics

* Looks like Harper’s control over his backbench may be coming to an end

International

* France’s new Socialist president moves to balance budget by spending cuts AND higher income taxes on higher income earners
* Thousands across Germany push for taxes on wealth and financial transactions
* From the US, unemployment stories, volume ten
* “I’m working really hard, but I’m not getting ahead”
* A message from a job creator – “raise my taxes”
* Child poverty remains epidemically high in the US
* WalMart workers go on strike

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 Sept 2012
http://goo.gl/SbXXR
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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[NOTE by Gilles : If I don't include the links to the media articles below, it's because I appreciate the work done by Jennefer and ISAC in preparing this media scan, and I want to encourage ISAC to maintain this project by sending as many interested parties to that "Latest Media and Policy News" page as possible. The bottom line : If ISAC's site stats show more visitors to the page, that means more justification to continue the initiative...]

Top Story: Community Start-Up Cuts

* A great article outlining the impacts and implications of the CSUMB cuts in Niagara Region
* Excellent editorial on CSUMB in Niagara This Week

Ontario Issues

* Libs move ahead with public sector wage freeze
* Here’s a link to the legislation introduced Sept 26
* Poll finds support for Ontario Liberals slipping
* Ontario’s deficit $3.3 billion lower than original forecast

Around the Province

* New report shows pegs cost of poverty in Niagara at $1.38 billion a year
* Big Put Food in the Budget event tonight, Friday, Sept 28
* CUPE hopes to unionize GFL workers who collect west Toronto’s trash
* Great coverage of Daily Bread Food Bank’s “Who’s Hungry” report on hunger in Toronto
* One mother’s maddening search for daycare in Toronto, where the shortage is critical

Across the Country

* Social assistance caseloads in PEI are falling, with thoughts on reasons why
* BC’s Raise the Rates challenges politicians to eat on $26 a week
* And a number of politicians are taking up the challenge
* Opinion piece on improving service to people on social assistance in Quebec
* An update on poverty reduction efforts in Surrey, BC

Economy

* An update on the economy from Armine Yalnizyan, four years after the Big Crash – “austerity budgets from the federal and some provincial governments could not be unfolding at a worse time
* Another call from Jim Flaherty for the private sector to generate some growth out of those tax cuts we gave you ‘cause you’re screwing up our whole economic rationale, dammit

Federal Issues

* Kevin Page prepared to take government to court over 2012 budget information
* Feds considering electronic bracelets to track failed refugee claimants
* Canada’s corporate tax lowest among developed countries
* Carol Goar covers the Fraser Institute’s report on corporate welfare
* Parents to get new EI benefits under new legislation
* But new EI benefits for parents of sick kids won’t protect jobs

Federal Politics

* Poll shows Conservatives and NDP tied in public support

Latest Media and Policy News: 26 Sept 2012
http://goo.gl/GhVWl
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

Top Story: Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Cut

* ISAC and ACTO want you to Take a Call-in Coffee Break Friday Sept 28 to save the CSUMB
* Losing Community Start Up will mean more homeless Torontonians
* District of Nipissing will lose $700,000 when CSUMB is cut
* Sarnia’s mayor “irked” by the impact of losing $1.4m in CSUMB funds
* City of Hamilton steps in again to fill the gap
* Hamilton “in a very serious pinch here”
* Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, scheduled to speak at community meeting about CSUMB cuts, shares hardscrabble background

Upcoming Events, Recent Reports, and Other Cool Stuff

* Simply People on October 4 is the 9th annual celebration of the lives and identities of people with disabilities
* New report from Metcalf: Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity
* New report from the CCPA: The Path to Better Child Care in Ontario

Ontario

* Carol Goar on the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recent report on discrimination against people with mental health disabilities in the health care system

Around the Province

* Niagara region needs more staff as demand for social assistance soars
* Sudbury poster campaign perpetuates stereotypes about people who are homeless
* New study on poverty and education in Niagara
* Poverty Reduction Strategy study results released in Kawartha Lakes
* Joe Fiorito says Toronto Community Housing problems need new solutions
* Welland Tribute opinion piece says poverty can happen to anyone
* Cleaners of Toronto’s police stations making poverty wages
* Kitchener opinion piece on not judging a book by its cover

Across the Country

* The new PQ government in Quebec moves to hike taxes for higher income earners

National

* Justice Canada lawyer committed suicide after he and his wife received letters putting them on notice that their jobs were in jeopardy
* The federal government says Ontario should end “easy” welfare for refugee claimants
* Census numbers show more single parents and more risk of poverty
* Census counts Canada’s foster children for the first time
* Fraser Institute study shows corporate welfare doesn’t get repaid

International

* Florida mom facing welfare fraud charges kills two young sons, hangs herself
* Despite what US conservatives say, marriage is not the best antidote to poverty
* It’s not news in the presidential race, but poverty in the US is increasing
* New paper shows 1997 US welfare reforms may have made things worse for people in deep poverty
* Targets needed to reduce child poverty in New Zealand
* Changes to Scotland’s legal aid will mean people in poverty will have to pay
* Advisors say UK government’s welfare changes are “unworkable and unfair”
* And UK’s Labour says the changes should be postponed
* UK’s Lib Dems set to defy the government on welfare changes
* “Income management” trial punishes the poor in Australia twice
* New Zealand’s welfare reforms expected to save $1.6 billion annually
* Argentina increases welfare payments to families with children by 26 percent to keep up with inflation

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 September 2012
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

http://goo.gl/eKm4h

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Top Story: Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Cut

Niagara: Loss of CSUMB a “horror show”
Niagara expects to lose $4.2 million with CSUMB cut and fund consolidation
The cuts will further disadvantage poorest citizens in Niagara
The cuts will mean people will die on the streets of Niagara, activists say
Niagara TV news reports on the implications of the cuts
Kingston Council struggles with the news of the cut
Kingston press release says the city will create a “replacement Residency Benefit for social assistance recipients” that will “be funded at a level equivalent to 70% of the previous CSUMB funding level in Kingston”
Vaughan: Press release on CSUMB from activists
Owen Sound: An opinion column from last April
Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association met with Minister Milloy at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting – told him that “The issues that led to the CSUMB eligibility expansion have not been remedied; in fact the situation is more dire.”
Toronto Drop-In Network distributes information:
A petition has been started to save CSUMB
The importance of CSUMB for women leaving abuse
Send an email to government today!

Ontario Politics – it’s By-Election Day

NDP may win in Kitchener-Waterloo; Libs leading in Vaughan
Kitchener-Waterloo byelection “down to the wire”

Other Items

Labour Day reminder from the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance about implications of recent EI changes for racialized and immigrant communities
47% of Canadians live paycheque to paycheque
Resources for retirement planning for people on low income
Resources for understanding structural racism and white privilege

International

Struggling to make ends meet in the UK
The UK’s minimum wage does not meet the basic cost of raising children

Latest Media and Policy News: 31 August 2012
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

http://goo.gl/l2ohl

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

More on Inequality in Ontario - "Falling Behind"

Sid Ryan on Global TV about the “Falling Behind” report on inequality in Ontario – and what government should do about it
Worsening inequality can be seen on the streets of Hamilton

Ontario Politics

Making enemies out of your teacher friends
It’s really a 3-way race in Kitchener-Waterloo
Forum in Kitchener-Waterloo shows candidates what poverty really looks like

Ontario Issues

Ontario Association of Food Banks says a bad harvest season in Ontario means higher food prices are coming

Around the Province

Social Planning Toronto hosts York meeting on addressing youth violence

Across the Country

Star Phoenix says Guaranteed Income idea is sound - ideologically

Economy

In defense of dead money
Looks like some investment is actually occurring

National

Royal Bank posts highest ever profits of $2.2 billion in the last quarter
Canada’s five biggest banks? Total profit last quarter of $7.8 billion
What you could do in the real world with all those billions

International

UK planning another 10 billion pounds in welfare cuts
How Iceland slew its debt
Most new jobs in the US pay low wages
Food insecurity is rising among older Americans
Australia shows that Canada shouldn’t count on China
Australia's richest woman says people on welfare should get working, not drink, smoke, and socialise all day
Meanwhile, Australia's federal government creates a new dental package for low income adults and children

Latest Media and Policy News: 29 August 2012
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

http://goo.gl/Z5VY9

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Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story

Ontario leads on inequality and poverty, says new report by Ontario Common Front

Other Top Stories

Warning bells ringing on the Social Assistance Review’s final report
It’s been a tough year for people who are poor

Ontario Politics

Op-ed: Don’t overlook poverty in the K-W byelection
McGuinty’s attack on teachers is an attack on the middle class

Around the Province

Peel’s quiet crisis – the longest wait for social housing
Workers’ salaries under siege while corporations hoard cash

Across the Country

A reminder from Surrey BC: as they go back to school, be aware of child poverty
From BC – single parent families increasingly live out of poverty, but more to do

National

A national pharmacare plan is long overdue

International

New Zealand Prime Minister says universal child benefit is a “dopey” idea
Poverty is back in Europe, and consumer goods companies are adapting
New US magazine focuses on poverty and homelessness – new issue focuses on undocumented immigrants and lack of resources for homeless youth
Romney aides pledge more attacks on Obama re: welfare-to-work flexibility
Australian groups call for an independent commission to set welfare rates

Latest Media and Policy News: 24 August 2012

http://goo.gl/3QB9S

Top Stories

* Cuts to the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit and the Home Repairs Benefit not sitting well with advocates in Guelph
* Why affordable housing is a human right
* Some of the legal issues involved in the provision of social housing

Ontario Politics

* With September 6 by-elections looming, polls show Libs and Cons in a tie
* Kitchener-Waterloo Common Front says inequality should be a by-election issue

Around the Province

* McGuinty goes to Association of Municipalities (AMO) meeting and vows to continue uploading costs from municipalities
* Ontario’s new $20 million Youth Action Plan will help get guns off the streets
* Lack of dental coverage a serious issue
* City of Toronto working group proposing fixes to repair backlog
* A quiet funeral for Bill Buss
* Michael Shapcott of Wellesley remembers Bill by calling for an end to homelessness
* Meanwhile, Toronto’s social housing wait lists grow

Across the Country

* Alberta’s making strides against homelessness
* Injury often means going home for migrant workers
* The Canadian Medical Association rebuffs stealth moves to recriminalize abortion
* Harper says resource extraction will resolve social problems in the North
* More protests in Montreal
* The conservative Parti Conservateur du Québec takes aim at unempoyment insurance recipients

The Economy

* Mark Carney tells CEOs to free up all that “dead money” they’re hoarding1
* Jim Flaherty repeats the call, but Carol Goar says he needs to do more
* Toby Sanger on corporate cash hoarding in Canada
* Target takes over Zellers – mass layoffs ensue
* And so do workers’ protests...
* How to make sure there are fewer bad jobs in Canada – despite what Flaherty says
* Canadians’ debt loads highest in eight years

Labour

Canadian Labour Congress study shows unionized workers earn more
CAW and CEP merge

Federal Issues

* Harper’s campaign to silence democracy – explained by Tom Flanagan
* Art Eggleton talks inequality, not poverty, to get the message across
* Alan Broadbent on federal cuts to information, and those who step into the breach
* Federal cuts to refugee health care almost cost this man his vision
* Immigration policy changes mean more points for language, fewer for work experience
* Flaherty meets with CEOs. Here’s what they want from him...
* Elections Canada says there have been 1,394 specific robocall occurrences

International

* How to recover from an economic crisis, Iceland-style (i.e., by penalizing those who caused the problem in the first place)
* Americans throw away 40% of their food every day. Canadians are probably the same.
* New report shows the US middle class is facing the worst decade in history
* What’s the hottest US campaign ad topic? Welfare
* Greece’s pensioners facing poverty
* Junior minister in The Netherlands says “there needs to be a ‘cultural shift’ to ensure benefits are seen as a last resort not a choice”
* Who benefitted from Bush’s corporate tax cuts
* Big welfare changes affect 17,000 New Zealanders

Latest Media and Policy News: 15 August 2012

http://goo.gl/OMPuz

Top Stories:
(Click the above link to access any of the articles below.)

Top Stories

Open File covers the loss of the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit:
http://www.openfile.ca/toronto/story/ontario-disability-housing-credit-be-phased-out-2013

Here’s a great blog about the current welfare reforms in the UK, from someone on disability benefits there:
http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.ca/

What it’s like to live on minimum wage in Toronto:
http://www.openfile.ca/toronto/story/whats-it-living-minimum-wage-toronto

Ontario Politics

Sept 6 is by-election day. Polls in Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo show a split in support:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1241559--ontario-liberals-supported-in-vaughan-but-lose-ground-in-kitchener-waterloo-new-polls-show

Across the Province

Changes to the Welcome Policy at City of Toronto:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1241438--toronto-budget-free-recreation-for-more-poor-families-but-less-for-others

Federal

“We don't want a system that locks people up and throws away the key without fair representation”:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Justice+system+staggering+under+weight+federal+reforms/7082722/story.html

Inequalities are a threat to medicare:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/real-inequalities-a-threat-to-medicares-mission-incoming-cma-chief-says/article4478135/

Here’s an information sheet that explains the changes to federal health coverage for refugees:
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/resource/85128

International

Why isn’t unprecedented poverty part of the US election discussion?:
http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x521655710/-Poverty-said-the-emperor-with-no-clothes

Poverty-stricken East London wonders whether it will gain from nearby Olympics
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/10/4714765/poverty-stricken-east-london-wonders.html

Volume 5 of Unemployment Stories:
http://gawker.com/5934202/unemployment-stories-vol-five-i-go-to-bed-every-night-hoping-i-wont-wake-up

Latest Media and Policy News: 26 July 2012

http://goo.gl/Loaxv

Top Stories:
(Click the above link to access any of the articles below.)

* Campaign 2000 calls on the premiers to strengthen poverty reduction and on the federal government to adopt its own strategy.
* The $610 Diet Plan – from Raise the Rates BC
* Study says poor moms are often diagnosed with anxiety, but the problem is really poverty – solutions should be income supports and services, not psychiatry
* Food prices could soon skyrocket due to drought, warns NDP
* A recent Economic Inequality public meeting hosts several speakers on how to fix the problem
* (Ontario) Hudak’s plans for “flexible labour” means driving down wages, says Sid Ryan
* Around the Province:
--- Toronto City staff kill Hardship Fund, despite Council direction
--- Guelph’s “Affordable Bus Pass” program – for people with incomes below the Low Income Measure – is working well
--- Food bank use in Sarnia up
--- Warren Kinsella says poverty and inequality are reasons behind gun violence in Toronto
* Across the Country:
--- What happens when Newfoundland has a poverty reduction strategy and BC doesn’t? Newfoundland’s poverty rate plummets. BC’s doesn’t
* National
* A recent poll shows the Conservatives may be heading for disaster
* Companies are hoarding cash, and it could spell doom for the economy
* CCPA’s Erika Shaker takes apart common neoliberal myths
* International
--- US poverty reaching highest levels since the 1960s
--- Cherokee activist points out the connection between obesity and poverty
--- More on The Great US Welfare Work Waiver Debate
--- Fight heats up between Republicans and Democrats
--- Republicans introduce bill to block reforms
--- Obama seen to be putting Democrats on the hotseat
--- Sebelius defends the
reforms
--- Welfare reforms just passed in New Zealand
--- NZ Government press release outlines welfare changes
--- More on what NZ government wants to do
--- NZ Advocacy group says reforms perpetuate discrimination
--- More criticism from NZ advocates


In her spare time, Jennefer sings with John Campey and the Data Hounds, indie backyard sensation group in Toronto, best-known for their non-violent protest supporting Census detainees and their chart-busting classic "Count Me In"!

John Campey and the Data Hounds say Count Me In! (YouTube video)
July 19, 2010
The original hit by John Campey and the Data Hounds --- a real toe-tapper that went viral and garnered thousands of views after it was featured on the national TV news in mid-July.

Non-violent protest supporting Census detainees (YouTube video)
August 05, 2010
John Campey and the Data Hounds hold a demonstration outside Toronto's Don Jail to show support for all those Canadians who've been incarcerated for failure to fill out the long form census. Which would be nobody. [ For lyrics, click the down arrow that's located beside the number of views beneath the video.]

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Creating Harper Hysteria (National Post)
July 21, 2010
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/07/21/kevin-libin-census-move-provokes-harper-hysteria/
(note the comment about a “lame protest song”...)

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Count Me In! coverage compilation (YouTube video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa6tEow2tB4
- newsclips from all the major network news shows on the subject of the Harper decision and the public backlash


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Latest Media and Policy News: 17 July 2012

http://goo.gl/Qoesc

Excerpts:
(Click the link above for the complete collection of links.)

Funding for Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods about to dry up:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1226653

Sir Michael Marmot tells Steve Paikin how economic and social inequality can affect people's health and life expectancy:
http://ww3.tvo.org/video/179408/michael-marmot-social-determinants-health

The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume on the Death of Evidence:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1226243

Rick Salutin on proportional representation:
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1226302

Special Section on Recent USA Welfare Changes:

Recent memo allowing US states who administer welfare (TANF) to apply for waivers for the strict work requirement for eligibility, to test new welfare-to-work programs and reduce bureaucracy – a massive policy change:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/policy/im-ofa/2012/im201203/im201203.html

Damning blog post from the Heritage Foundation:
Obama Guts Welfare Reform
http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/12/obama-guts-welfare-reform/

The Heritage Foundation was one of the architects behind the welfare law:
Republicans cry foul over Obama welfare revisions
http://goo.gl/3YAHs

Obama to Clinton welfare reform: Drop dead
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obama-to-clinton-welfare-reform-drop-dead/2012/07/14/gJQAM49XkW_blog.html

Romney hits Obama move gutting welfare reform
http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-hits-obama-move-gutting-welfare-reform/article/2502070

Obama Guts Welfare Reform
http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012071516650/us/politics-and-economics/obama-guts-welfare-reform.html

Obama's fatal misstep on welfare?
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120716/OPINION/120716030/Mona-Charen-Obama-s-fatal-misstep-welfare-

New Welfare Rules Rile GOP
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303644004577525253742799344.html

Obama administration defends welfare changes
http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/obama-administration-defends-welfare-changes-128889.html

Mitt Romney, Other Top Republicans Slam Welfare Change That Republicans Sought
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/mitt-romney-welfare-change_n_1672173.html

And, after all that – here’s how waivers will actually strengthen US welfare reform:
http://galesburgplanet.com/posts/16425

NOTE : To see the rest of the collection of links from Jennefer's July 17 e-list bulletin, see the complete bulletin:
http://goo.gl/Qoesc

View earlier issues of this email alert:
http://goo.gl/D02ab

Latest Media and Policy News: 8 June 2012

http://goo.gl/Vg7Fy

Top Stories:

The CCPA releases its great new video – “Taxes, the gift we give each other”:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/new-video-taxes-gift-we-give-each-other

Cuts to social assistance benefits will impact First Nations in Ontario:
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=43255

Speak out against the cuts!:
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=b6dcfea7aa&e=f67f28a7b9

Ontario Issues:

Systemic discrimination fought after an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman was paid $1.25 an hour at her job
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2012/05/30/125-an-hour-case-a-fight-against-stereotyping-lawyer-says

ACORN challenges the province to Put Food in the Budget:
http://putfoodinthebudget.ca/acorn-challenges-province-to-put-food-in-the-budget/

Interesting news about staffing changes in the Premier’s office:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/there-are-caveats-to-mcguintys-new-lines-of-power/article4234030/

Microloans for mental-health patients rolling out across Ontario:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/microloans-for-mental-health-patients-rolling-out-across-ontario/article4226080/

Around the Province:

The Alliance for a Poverty -Free Toronto and Social Planning Toronto release Action on Poverty city ward profiles on “Destitution Day”:
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/news/action-on-poverty-ward-profiles/
Toronto Star coverage:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1207119

Number of people relying on social assistance soars in Niagara:
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news/article/1368640--soaring-welfare-rates-push-up-caseloads

Cabinet Minister John Gerretsen agrees to walk a mile in the shoes of Kingstonians on social assistance as part of SPNO’s “Hey Premier, Listen Up” tour across the province:
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/06/01/mpp-says-he-will-take-social-assistance-tour

Across the Country:

PEI’s poverty reduction strategy a “modest start”:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2012-06-07/article-2998264/Strategy-to-fight-poverty-a-modest-start/1

Local poverty reduction efforts in Revelstoke, BC:
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/157051155.html

Why Quebec students are still in the streets:
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/06/student-protests-and-mirror-its-held-all-us

National Issues:

How can we fight obesity? Why, by fighting poverty, of course:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/fight-obesity-by-fighting-poverty/article4233890/

The UNICEF report on child poverty in Canada – and what to do about it:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/a-roundup-of-the-usual-child-poverty-suspects-156942735.html

And, the CCPA’s prescriptions for how to fix income inequality:
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/06/06/how-to-fix-income-inequality/

Who are Canada’s 1%? And how can we solve growing inequality?:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/who-are-the-richest-1-per-cent-in-canada-theyre-not-just-ceos/article4231232/

Federal Issues:

A guide to Bill C-38 - the federal Budget:
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/06/a-rough-guide-to-bill-c-38

“The information must be provided as part of the democratic process of Parliamentary governance,” said Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page:
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2012/06/04/pbo-says-parliament%E2%80%99s-request-for-details-on-feds%E2%80%99-spending-cuts-has/30974

Federal Conservatives vote to repeal sections of Canadian Human Rights Act that ban hate speech on the Internet:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/vote+repeal+hate+speech+sections+human+rights/6740459/story.html

And, from the International Files:

A new study demonstrates the links between poverty, pollution, poor health – and racialization:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=children-at-risk-pollution-poverty

An interesting take from the US on why people rely on social assistance:
http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/06/25951/

In Europe, criminalizing poverty, its implications, and what should be done:
http://www.euractiv.com/socialeurope/criminalising-homelessness-anti-analysis-513181

The real class war – Poor and fat in America:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/opinion/granderson-poverty-health/index.html

From the UK – History shows that austerity has never worked:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/04/austerity-policy-eurozone-crisis

Social activist nuns rebuked by the Vatican go on tour:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/us/us-nuns-bus-tour-to-spotlight-social-issues.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120606

Wall Street executive pay rises:
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1205943--wall-street-ceo-pay-rises-20-as-no-1-on-rich-list-claims-30-million?bn=1

Current poverty levels in Spain are comparable to the post-war period:
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/poverty-in-spain-comparable-to-post-war-europe-charity-reports/

No consensus on poverty reduction in New Zealand:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/107470/child-poverty-accord-unlikely-labour

Income inequality can be seen – from space:
http://boingboing.net/2012/06/01/income-inequality-can-be-seen.html
[What do trees have to do with income inequality?Plenty, as it turns out...]

Media and Policy News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

http://goo.gl/Zs6GN
Selected content
[Click the link above to access all articles for April 17.]
By Jennefer Laidley - Income Security Advocacy Centre


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 30th Anniversary Today

Here are just a few of the many news stories about the Charter’s 30th anniversary – do a Google news search and you’ll see the enduring controversy around the Charter

The Charter is a trendsetter:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/04/16/f-charter-30-intl.html

Ibbitson says the Charter is Canada’s gift to the world:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/john-ibbitson/the-charter-proves-to-be-canadas-gift-to-world/article2403254/

Andrew Coyne: Canada’s Charter of Rights imposes vital limits on the discretion of government:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/16/andrew-coyne-canadas-charter-of-rights-imposes-vital-limits-on-the-discretion-of-government/

Chretien on the Charter:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/16/chretien-interview.html

Metro Morning’s interview with Clayton Ruby on the Charter:
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/04/17/charter-turns-30/

And another interview with the founder of The Charter Project:
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/03/12/anniversary-of-charter/

Here’s the link to The Charter Project:
http://charterproject.ca/

What Harper thinks about the Charter:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/16/stephen-harper-charter-of-rights_n_1429678.html

What Irwin Cotler thinks about what Harper thinks about the Charter:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/irwin-cotler/charter-anniversary_b_1429785.html

Tax Fairness

Canadians beginning to understand that, in the immortal words of Milton Freedman, there is no free lunch:
http://finance.sympatico.ca/home/contentposting_reuters/canadians_ok_with_higher_taxes_to_fight_inequality/565c5f26

Taxing the rich = ethnic cleansing. Um, well, no:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/barrie-mckenna/taxing-the-rich-akin-to-ethnic-cleansing-seriously/article2402977/

The interview that started this “ethnic cleansing” thing:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/taxing-rich

A great blog response:
http://ethnicaisle.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/ethnic-cleansing-vs-taxes/

How taxing the rich is gaining momentum:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/16/kelly-mcparland-tax-the-rich-may-be-a-bad-idea-but-opponents-are-losing-the-argument/

Walkom says that tax fairness is no longer a taboo topic:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1161262--walkom-tax-fairness-no-longer-a-taboo-topic

And his earlier column around Doctors for Fair Taxation:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1149981--walkom-these-high-income-docs-want-the-rich-to-pay

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Federal Issues

Ending the National Council of Welfare:
http://www.thestar.com/printarticle/1160732

Unplugging the Community Access Program:
http://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2012/04/17/Community-Web-Access-Cut/

The demonization of dissent: Canadian style:
http://philanthropynews.alliancemagazine.org/demonization-of-dissent-canadian-style/

Alex Himelfarb on how the progressive Canadian state is being dismantled:
http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/going-going-gone-dismantling-the-progressive-state/

Seniors’ Poverty / OAS:

Susan Eng of CARP on the CTV news on seniors’ poverty:
http://www.carp.ca/2011/12/21/susan-eng-on-ctv-news-seniors-in-poverty/

New publication from the CCPA on working over 65 – and what’s at stake:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/working-after-age-65

Employment Insurance:

Tougher Employment Insurance rules coming:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1160688--budget-2012-conservatives-to-unveil-tougher-ei-rules

International

The Rich and the Rest of Us in America:
http://www.therichandtherestofus.com/

April 2, 2012:
Latest Media and Policy News
http://goo.gl/mhGYY
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]

Ontario Budget 2012
--- Have your say on Budget 2012 - click here to take action
--- Carol Goar column: Requiem for a Caring Province
--- Freeze to social assistance rates and OW health benefit cuts will hurt people with HIV/AIDS
--- Fred Hahn letter in the Ottawa Citizen
--- Parents decry lack of child care funding
--- Eugene Lang says this was a progressive budget
--- The Spec says some things just don't make sense
--- NOW reports on critical responses

Federal Budget 2012
--- The Star: Ottawa axes National Council of Welfare
--- Northumberland View: Cut to NCW will hurt low-income Canadians
--- Globe: Tory war on information
--- Rabble blog: Small minded budget

Poverty and the Economy
--- The hidden homeless: newcomers to Canada
--- Huffington Post Canada : "Helping the weakest and most vulnerable rise up out of poverty and homelessness is both morally right and makes fiscal sense".

Social Assistance Review
--- Hamilton activists say it's nowhere near bold enough
--- Op Ed in The Spec
--- Disappointment in Sudbury

Action on Poverty Around the Country
--- Vibrant Canada blog: Ottawa and Poverty Reduction: What's Happening
--- Action to End Poverty in Alberta - column
--- Letter on Poverty Reduction in Alberta
--- Poverty Reduction in Grande Prairie, Alberta
--- More from Grande Prairie
--- Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative
--- Revelstoke, BC, planning for poverty reduction
--- PovNet goes to Revelstoke

Other
--- Program and benefit changes having dire consequences in Britain

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