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How the mayor could save $100 million

If Mayor Rob Ford really wants to “find efficiencies, not cut services,” he’ll welcome a proposal put forward by the City Service Review Group. It would save the city $100 million and make it a more humane place. If he is bent on slashing spending and getting rid of civic employees, he’ll dismiss it out of hand. The scheme was drafted by a coalition of mental health activists. It was costed by Sarah Shartal, a lawyer at Roach Schwartz and…

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Fiorito: Disabling effect of Ontario Disability Benefits

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has been transformed by the construction of many new buildings. I am interested in the architecture of another transformation. It has been 20 years since anyone took a look at social assistance rates in this province, to which end a provincial commission has been on tour. The commission held a community consultation at CAMH the other day. I bumped into a friend there. Her name is H. She’s on disability. She knows better…

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Increasing minimum wage among social justice committee’s ideas

CORNWALL — A coalition of local residents have renewed their call for government to address social justice issues in the Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. In its fifth year, the SD&G Coalition for Social Justice held elections for a new executive recently, and set out a mission statement to push the group forward. The coalition’s mission statement claims it ‘aims to enhance and advance the full spectrum of human rights for everyone in the community,’ including on issues like…

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The case for a new housing benefit

While Ontario continues to dig out from the severe recession of 2008, too many Ontarians are at risk of being left behind. In an uncertain recovery, the time has come to address the hard reality that many households are grappling with one of life’s basic of needs: the ability to keep a roof over their heads. One in five renters in Ontario spends more than half their income on housing. Among food bank clients, the share of rent is even…

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