Election Education # 7

This week some voters have begun to vote in advance polls and others will start online or via phone later in the week. 

  • Voter Information Letters have been mailed out to voters and this week voters should have received the details on how their municipality is voting.  Please contact them if you have not received a Voter Information Letter or need to verify if you are registered to vote.     
  • Each municipality has set up its own Election Help Centres. We have links to each Municipal Election website at: greybrucevotes.com (scroll to the bottom of the page). 
  • Bruce County Libraries will be available to direct you to your local Election Help Centres. 
  • Hanover Library will have a secluded computer with access to the Internet and the online voting system, with staff assistance for people using the computer to vote, but not assistance with voter’s list or registration services. 

Are candidates getting our housing message?

Housing is the greatest source of inequality in our communities right now. Paul Kershaw, of Generation Squeeze, a think-tank focused on generational equity wrote a report on housing unaffordability in Ontario. TVO also speaks to how long term renters, many who are seniors with fixed incomes, are in an increasingly precarious position. 

Many organizations raised the question of affordable housing and homelessness at All Candidate Debates, in Facebook conversations and in-person engagement with candidates. Here are a few public recordings of All Candidate Debates: 

In the papers: 

Upcoming All Candidate Debates

  • Owen Sound – Oct 12, 7pm, Harmony Centre, Owen Sound – hosted by Rebound
  • Paisley- Oct 12, 7pm, Royal Cdn Legion, Paisley
  • Port Elgin – Oct 13, 6pm, Plex, Port Elgin 
  • Shallow Lake – Oct 12, 7pm, Shallow Lake United Church – hosted by Georgian Bluffs Climate Change Action Team

Other campaign priorities: income solutions 

Thanks to pandemic benefits, Canada experienced a 18.9% drop in poverty between 2019 and 2020—the largest in decades. 

  • The largest decline in poverty between 2019-20 was among youth (-5.5%) and kids (-4.2%); the smallest was among seniors (-0.8%). 
  • It has been proven that government income support can directly reduce poverty.

 Now that pandemic benefits have expired, Canada seriously risks rising poverty

Join our next Poverty Task Force meeting as we discuss the rising cost of living, utility poverty and income solutions.  

Stay well, Jill 

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