Walker touts compassion, after deficit 

By Scott Dunn, Sun Times, Owen Sound Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:44:03 EDT PM Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound candidates in the June 12 election fielded questions on social justice issues Friday night at St. George's Anglican Church parish hall. From the left, Progressive Conservative Bill Walker, New Democrat Karen Gventer, Liberal Ellen Anderson and Green Jenny Parsons. (Scott … Continue reading Walker touts compassion, after deficit 

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Ontario Election_June 12th_All Candidates Events Listing

Poverty Reduction is a key election issue. Our Ontario government is legislated to develop a poverty reduction strategy every 5 years regardless of which party is in power. So it is important that candidates can speak and act on poverty issues.  Please find below a list of dates and locations for many of our local All-Candidate … Continue reading Ontario Election_June 12th_All Candidates Events Listing

Warning: Child Poverty Is Hazardous to Our Health

Not one of our kids is disposable, yet we keep them brain-damagingly poor. By Crawford Kilian, 8 May 2014, TheTyee.ca The reports come so often that we shrug them off. Over and over, child and youth watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond tells us the British Columbian government has failed yet again to protect children. Again and again, B.C. is … Continue reading Warning: Child Poverty Is Hazardous to Our Health

Deb Matthews announces plans for higher wages for personal support workers

By: Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau, Published on Mon Jan 27 2014 Ontarians will get a “patient advocate” to help them when the health care system has stumbled and personal support workers — who aid the ill and seniors — can expect better wages, Health Minister Deb Matthews said Monday. “When PSWs tell me they can make more … Continue reading Deb Matthews announces plans for higher wages for personal support workers

Media release: Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommendations provide Premier Kathleen Wynne with opportunity to advance vision for decent work

January 27, 2014 Toronto—The much-anticipated recommendations of the Minimum Wage advisory panel were made public today, revealing a number of modest proposals for regularizing future increases in the minimum wage. The Panel Chair decided that recommending the minimum wage level would be outside the Panel’s scope. “By recommending the minimum wage should increase annually in accordance with … Continue reading Media release: Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommendations provide Premier Kathleen Wynne with opportunity to advance vision for decent work

As a doctor, I know too well why the minimum wage needs to rise

Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, a founding member of Health Providers Against Poverty, http://www.healthprovidersagainstpoverty.ca and an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Almost half a million people, representing 9% of Ontario's workforce, earn minimum wage that has been frozen at $10.25 per hour for four years. A recent report by the Canadian Medical … Continue reading As a doctor, I know too well why the minimum wage needs to rise

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

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