Ontario’s Labour Reform: a Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Update

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force supports employment situations that are fair, secure, safe and provide employees with a Living Wage. These are minimum standards necessary in the elimination of poverty.  We have published a Labour Reform Infographic 2018 that summarizes the recent changes and what it means for us locally.  As changes made to Ontario's Employment … Continue reading Ontario’s Labour Reform: a Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Update

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Housing is a Human Right

Canada has adopted a Rights-Based approach to its first-ever National Housing Strategy on November 22nd, 2017.  They have announced their new strategy with a $41 billion budget over the next 10 years. In addition to existing programs,  what is new? $15.9 billion for a National Housing Co-investment Fund  $4.7 billion in financial contributions and $11.2 … Continue reading Housing is a Human Right

Losing Ground – Income Inequality in Ontario

A new analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - Losing Ground Income Inequality in Ontario, 2000-15  describes an increasingly "polarized" Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing poorer ones. The report  examines 15 years of income inequality for families … Continue reading Losing Ground – Income Inequality in Ontario

Grey Bruce Online Food Map is Launched; Targets Hunger and Waste Reduction

The Food Security Action Group (FSAG) has launched a Bruce Grey Food Assets Map. The map will help to connect organizations and businesses looking to build better food security throughout the region. Currently, the Food Assets Map includes programs and initiatives like community gardens, community meals, food banks, food education, good food boxes, meal delivery … Continue reading Grey Bruce Online Food Map is Launched; Targets Hunger and Waste Reduction

Poverty and Children’s Brains – there is an affect!

Association of Child Poverty, Brain Development, and Academic Achievement Poverty is tied to structural differences in several areas of the brain associated with school readiness skills, with the largest influence observed among children from the poorest households. Regional gray matter volumes of children below 1.5 times the federal poverty level were 3 to 4 percentage … Continue reading Poverty and Children’s Brains – there is an affect!

2014 Nutritious Food Basket Survey released in Grey Bruce

The 2014 annual Nutritious Food Basket survey identifies it costs $782.82 a month to feed a family of four in Grey Bruce; up from $775.37 a month in 2013. The survey measures the cost of basic healthy eating based on the prices for representative food products. Provincially, the cost has risen 4.5 percent from last … Continue reading 2014 Nutritious Food Basket Survey released in Grey Bruce

Wealth Inequality in Canada: A shocking study from the Broadbent Institute

Wealth Inequality in Canada: A shocking study from the Broadbent Institute that is hard to swallow. What Canadians think is the wealthy inequality in Canada is so wrong! Our healthy middle class does not exist and things are dire for the bottom 20% of income earners. 70% of wealth is owned by the top 20% … Continue reading Wealth Inequality in Canada: A shocking study from the Broadbent Institute

Transportation Action Group Meeting_Minutes_14 July 2014

The Transportation Action Group meet in Walkerton on 14 July 2014.   Key updates and discussions were on the Grey County Transportation Study. Tony Yu and Michael Schlesinger of Lough Barnes Consulting Group, Toronto http://www.loughbarnes.ca have begun their work. They have received good quantitative data and are in the midst of completing interviews with service … Continue reading Transportation Action Group Meeting_Minutes_14 July 2014

Rural Transportation Forum Report June 2014

The Rural Ontario Institute, in partnership with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and Bruce County, hosted a half-day forum in Walkerton to explore the rural transportation solutions. In total, 44 stakeholders from across the region participated in the forum, which included representatives from regional municipalities, health and social service providers, and provincial ministry staff. Members of the … Continue reading Rural Transportation Forum Report June 2014

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