Poverty reduction key to fairer, more prosperous Ontario

By: Sarah Blackstock Greg deGroot-Maggetti, Published on Wed Dec 04 20 Five years ago this week, the Ontario government embarked on a bold and historic challenge to reduce child and family poverty across our province by 25 per cent by 2013. While it appears Ontario will fall short of its “25 in 5” target, the province has made some progress … Continue reading Poverty reduction key to fairer, more prosperous Ontario

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Ontario providing free dental care to more kids

Ontario providing free dental care to more kids On December 16th the Ontario government announced plans to expand eligibility for free dental care to 70,000 more children and youth in low-income families, through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Because the income eligibility criteria for Healthy Smiles Ontario has previously been set so low, oral health … Continue reading Ontario providing free dental care to more kids

Food costs eating up limited incomes

Thursday, December 5, 2013 4:53:36 EST PM OWEN SOUND - The numbers are in and they show it costs $775.37 a month to feed a family of four in Grey-Bruce – up 3.7% from last year – according to figures released by the Grey Bruce Health Unit Thursday. The annual Ontario Nutritious Food Basket survey measures regional … Continue reading Food costs eating up limited incomes

Housing First, Women Second? Gendering Housing First

Homes for Women, a campaign to prevent, reduce, and ultimately end the homelessness of women and girls in Canada is concerned that the existing gender gap in research examining Housing First models will influence the allocation of almost $600 million – $119 million over 5 years – committed by the federal government in Budget 2013 … Continue reading Housing First, Women Second? Gendering Housing First

District of Muskoka scraps development charge waivers for affordable housing

Huntsville Forester ByAlison Brownlee,  June 26th HUNTSVILLE – The District of Muskoka has scrapped development charge waivers for affordable housing and has replaced them with a new program. “The development charge waivers were the best plan we had in the early stages,” said Huntsville Coun. Fran Coleman. “I didn’t want to do away with those … Continue reading District of Muskoka scraps development charge waivers for affordable housing

Transit expanding in Blue Mountains area

Roger Klein, CTV Barrie Published Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:19PM EDT Public transit is always available in big cities, but in smaller communities without bus service getting to work or school can be very difficult or very costly.    Now – after years of debate – Collingwood is expanding its transit system to include the … Continue reading Transit expanding in Blue Mountains area

Grey County Master Transportation Plan_Draft Transit Strategy

Grey County Transportation Master Plan    The County of Grey is undertaking a Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP is a strategic plan that will direct policies and infrastructure initiatives for the County’s transportation system over the next 25 years. The objectives of the study are to address short, medium and long-term transportation needs of … Continue reading Grey County Master Transportation Plan_Draft Transit Strategy