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The Options Paper: What Does It Say and What Does It Mean? (webinar and backgrounders)

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its Options Paper, entitled ‘Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform’, on February 3, 2012.There is a very short period for public response and feedback – the deadline for responding is March 16. The options could have far-reaching implications for people on low incomes. In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre presents information that will help groups and individuals understand and respond to the Commission’s Options Paper.…

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“Tell Your Story”: The Online Stories of OW and ODSP Recipients

A Submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario Introduction: In June 2009, ISAC launched www.sareview.ca, a website dedicated to tracking the Ontario government’s promised Social Assistance Review. The website was envisioned as a place where people on social assistance and their allies and advocates could get information and news stories about the review, as well as reports from various groups about how Ontario’s current social assistance programs should be changed. It was also seen as…

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Social assistance reform vital part of poverty reduction strategy

Ontario finally has a poverty reduction strategy. It’s about time. For years, anti-poverty activists have been pleading with government to take poverty seriously. Teachers have talked about how poorly children do in school when they are hungry and distracted. Health practitioners have listed the ways poverty makes people sick and costs the health-care system millions of dollars. Low-income people have insisted that they should not be blamed for their poverty, but rather that the root causes of poverty such as…

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A Blueprint for Economic Stimulus and Poverty Reduction in Ontario

The next provincial budget could not come at a more critical time. What Ontario’s provincial government does now to stave off the worst of a recession and protect the vulnerable has the potential to make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of Ontarians and, ultimately, on the health of the nation’s economy. A Blueprint for Economic Stimulus and Poverty Reduction in Ontario argues that making good on the province’s commitment to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent…

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A Blueprint for Economic Stimulus and Poverty Reduction in Ontario

The next provincial budget could not come at a more critical time. What Ontario’s provincial government does now to stave off the worst of a recession and protect the vulnerable has the potential to make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of Ontarians and, ultimately, on the health of the nation’s economy. A Blueprint for Economic Stimulus and Poverty Reduction in Ontario argues that making good on the province’s commitment to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent…

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