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

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Getting it right in 2014: Acting now on poverty

January 20, 2014 by Steve Barnes The relationship between living in poverty and poor health is overwhelming. In Ontario, people in the lowest income group are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight babies, and poor mental health. Children growing up in low income neighbourhoods are more likely to be obese. The list goes on. … Continue reading Getting it right in 2014: Acting now on poverty

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

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

Shame, humiliation and lack of inclusion: Invisible barriers to addressing inequalities

Mon, October 7, 2013 Shannon OShea wrote about invisible barriers to the elimination of poverty after attending a one-day workshop: Knowledge from Experience: Building the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda with People Living in Extreme Poverty. [1]  The purpose of the workshop was to showcase a number of participatory research project case studies facilitated by the non-governmental organization ATD-Fourth World and their … Continue reading Shame, humiliation and lack of inclusion: Invisible barriers to addressing inequalities

Tranquil, sure. But Ontario’s rural communities take a hit as factories close in nearby larger centres

Debora Van Brenk, QMI Agency Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:00:00 EDT AM FLORENCE, ONT. - It's high noon on an autumn day and the loudest sounds are the ratcheting of crickets and the occasional call of an in-town rooster crowing out of time. A shiny new playground and a community hall sit in the middle of Florence, … Continue reading Tranquil, sure. But Ontario’s rural communities take a hit as factories close in nearby larger centres

Dealing with the cost of utilities in Bruce Grey_a new report

15 October 2013 A recent report by Bruce and Grey Counties summarizes the changes in job security and the impact of the rising cost of utilities. It is estimated that about 1 in 3 Canadians live pay cheque to pay cheque and support service agencies in Bruce and Grey Counties find that most of the … Continue reading Dealing with the cost of utilities in Bruce Grey_a new report

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force and area MPPs issue feedback on provincial poverty reduction strategy

3 October 2013 Joint Media Release The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force is calling on the Ontario government to put more resources into rural communities in its updated Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Ontario government is reviewing its Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Poverty Task Force wants to ensure that they receive feedback and ideas from … Continue reading The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force and area MPPs issue feedback on provincial poverty reduction strategy