Canada’s Wealth Gap Between Affluent & Middle Class: 2015 Study Reveals Much More Extreme Gaps

The following video (2009) presents Canada’s Growing Gap:

The income gap between the rich and the rest of us grew, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it with this video.

"Headstart - Affluent Canadian Families Have a Running Start: The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age. Did you know that the wealthiest Canadian families in their twenties have an average net worth of over $500,000—more than middle class families manage to save over a lifetime. If these millionaire babies stay at the top, they’ll spend the rest of their lifetime accumulating even greater wealth, leaving their middle class contemporaries behind in their gold dust. " Infographic: Headstart in the report, The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class. Infographic Courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

“Headstart – Affluent Canadian Families Have a Running Start: The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age. Did you know that the wealthiest Canadian families in their twenties have an average net worth of over $500,000—more than middle class families manage to save over a lifetime. If these millionaire babies stay at the top, they’ll spend the rest of their lifetime accumulating even greater wealth, leaving their middle class contemporaries behind in their gold dust. ” Infographic: Headstart in the report, The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class. Infographic Courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) recently released a study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald,  The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class.

This study (pdf) is available to download for FREE on the CCPA website at https://www.policyalternatives.ca/wealth-advantage .

For more information, please contact Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Senior Communications Officer, at 613-563-1341 x306.

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Wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age: study

June 25, 2015

OTTAWA—The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at a young age, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, dives into 13 years of Statistics Canada data to track changes in wealth between Canada’s wealthiest families and those families in the middle of the wealth spectrum while adjusting for age. It is a study in contrasts: the wealth gap between Canada’s affluent and middle class is not only growing, the benefits for the most affluent start early in life.  Breaking out wealth by age reveals much more extreme gaps than are visible when all ages are mixed together. Read more of Canada’s Wealth Gap Between Affluent & Middle Class: 2015 Study Reveals Much More Extreme Gaps

Please Urge Ontario to Raise ODSP Rates: Join ‘Stroll & Roll to Freedom’ March on July 7, 2015

Please urge Ontario to significantly raise the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates for Disabled Canadians.

The following video (2012) presents Laura Cattari: Living on ODSP:

Laura Cattari wants to reform Ontario’s social assistance program. She says it’s unwieldy and difficult to navigate. And she should know, as she is an ODSP recipient. She shares her experience with Steve Paikin.

Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) urges the provincial government to adjust their pay rates – an increase of 50% – for those with disabilities and part of the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Join supporters, including an MPP, as we walk, stroll or roll from York Region headquarters to the Aurora-Newmarket MPP’s office to support a better deal for Danny Philion and those mired in poverty by circumstance. Please note the fixed date is tentative. We are asking for a 50% increase in ODSP payments and hope to have the issue highlighted in parliament. Dan arrived at the initial meeting with the MPP Chris Ballard wearing no shoes or boots. ” I can’t afford boots” he informed him. Dan already has the best deal we offer those in his position including subsidized housing so something is not right here. Do you support a better deal than this for Dan? Support the Stroll & Roll for his freedom then. Stroll, walk, scoot, wheel or …

PACC – Poverty Action for Change Coalition

Stroll & Roll to Freedom

A March Hosted by Tom Pearson and Danny Philion

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm

 Starting at York Region (The Regional Municipality of York)
17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

and

Ending at MPP Chris Ballard’s Office, 238 Wellington St East, Aurora, Ontario

Contact for the event is via cell phone @ 289-221-0928.

…It is a reasonable request, and one the Ontario government will tell you they are working on this master plan for – but the one thing they have consistently resisted, despite the Harris era 40% cuts – is raising O.D.S.P. rates to livable rates. While welfare is meant to be temporary and used in parcel with community supports to move people forward in life, those with certain disabilities most often do not have that option, yet are painted with the same brush.

Join Dan July 7 2015 on the Stroll and Roll to Freedom starting at York Region Headquarters on Yonge St. Newmarket at 12 noon and ending at the MPP’s office.

” We’ve listened, and people have said they want to work” Ontario Government on their Poverty Reduction Strategy

I call that selective hearing. Yes they want to work. But they can’t all do so. What they really want is just to be recognized as valuable and useful members of society. That’s the issue. “You hear the expression falling through the cracks? Well guys like Dan are the ones who fall through those cracks”, I explained, ” and the direction of the poverty reduction strategy does nothing to address this..That’s where these cracks surface…”

I also stressed to Ballard that since Dan already has subsidized housing, and special diet, he is already getting the best deal we offer guys like him, and it isn’t near enough. I pointed out the 1% raise his government gave those on O.D.S.P. amounted to 3 bus rides in expensive York Region – $12 a month. The visit to his office would take up $8 of that, $16 for two both ways.

We both got the feeling Chris Ballard was receptive, and he even said he would possibly even march himself,…

It was a 15 minute trip to the M.P.P.’s office with York Region Wheel-trans on the way there, but took an hour and a half to get back with all the ladies’ stops, the driver carefully walking each to the door…

Tom Pearson, Chair of Poverty Action for Change Coalition

http://poverty-awareness.blogspot.ca/2014/12/seniors-inspire-ontario-poverty.html

Update from Poverty Action for Change Coalition:

RE: Stroll & Roll to Freedom – Event Date – June 7 2015
Postponed – Thunderstorm warning

Weather reports calling for thunderstorms on the date proposed for the Stroll & Roll to Freedom march, starting in Newmarket Ontario, have moved organizers to postpone the march.

Taking into account not only the danger during a possible storm, especially if caught mid-route, but also that some are unable to carry umbrellas and would face undo conditions with march areas passing through temporary sidewalk and road construction areas on Yonge St.. Wet, or cold weather conditions also negatively affect a person abilities with motor functions in the body when afflicted with muscular dystrophy as march organizer Dan Philion is. This also allows for some to cancel pick ups without losing demerit points – another bone of contention by Mr. Philion.

The march is to support a better deal for Dan and others in similar positions, stuck on disability support, with little hope to enjoy a stress free life, aside from dealing with their ailments.

The Stroll & Roll to Freedom group will announce another date and route in the near future.

You may contact organizers by sending e-mails addressed to povertyacc@gmail.com, join them on Face Book or call 289-221-0928

""Danny Philion is tired of asking of charity for basics and hates food banks. Mr. Philion wants a 50% increase in his income rates rates in order to buy his own groceries, clothes, and to socialize." Image Credit: Tom Pearson

“”Danny Philion is tired of asking of charity for basics and hates food banks. Mr. Philion wants a 50% increase in his income rates rates in order to buy his own groceries, clothes, and to socialize.” Image Credit: Tom Pearson

For more info, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/856812211031428# .

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June 7, 2015

Stroll & Roll to Freedom

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Toronto Transit Planning Projects to Improve Transit: Public Meetings June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2015

Image: Courtesy Metrolinx

Image: Courtesy Metrolinx

This video presents Planning for the Relief Line:

  • The City of Toronto and the TTC are planning for the “Relief Line”, a future rapid transit line that would connect downtown Toronto to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River.
  • It will assist in relieving crowding on the Yonge Subway line and the Bloor-Yonge interchange station as well as provide riders with more travel options.

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx (an agency of the Government of Ontario) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working together on the following related transit planning initiatives to help improve the transit network in Toronto as well as  integrate connections between existing transit lines and future projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in Canada:

"Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors" Courtesy Government of Ontario

“Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors” Courtesy Government of Ontario

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The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx

The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx

  • SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West Corridor)

    • The SmartTrack concept builds on the provincial GO Regional Express Rail initiative.
    • It proposes a 53-kilometre, all-day, two-way, frequent service operating within two GO Rail corridors (Kitchener and Stouffville/Lakeshore East) and a new heavy rail corridor to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto

City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto

  • Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE)

    • To replace the aging Scarborough Rapid Transit  (SRT) line, this new line (SSE) extends the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue with at least three new stations, helping to make the subway network more accessible to Scarborough residents, and improve transit accessibility for residents across the City to important destinations in Scarborough.
    • Also, this line will eliminate the need to transfer at Kennedy Station.
Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

  • Relief Line

    • The City of Toronto, in partnership with the TTC, are studying options for a new rapid transit line connecting the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1) downtown, travelling east and north to meet the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) somewhere between Broadview and Coxwell.
Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto’s City Planning Division, Metrolinx and the TTC will host the following joint public information sessions on these transit planning initiatives: Read more of Toronto Transit Planning Projects to Improve Transit: Public Meetings June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2015

You’re Invited: Celebrate Hunter’s Point Dental Centre’s 10th Anniversary June 6, 2015: No Cost

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre

Presents

We Are Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!

FREE

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 am – 2 pm

In the parking lot in front of the clinic, there will be food and celebratory activities!

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre
7-2 Hunter’s Point Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 905-482-0652

Email: drwanchowwah@yoursmilecare.ca
Website: http://www.yoursmilecare.ca/

You’re invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hunter’s Point Dental Centre.

Hunter's Point Dental Centre's team

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre’s team

Time flies when you are doing what you love… Join us to celebrate 10 memorable years of caring for our loyal dental family! Bring your friends & family to mingle with our team.

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and we’d like to thank our patients for their patronage and loyalty. To mark this occasion, we are having an anniversary celebration on June 6th from 11 am to 2 pm in front of our clinic. There will be food, games, and giveaways, so join us with your children, family and friends for a fun filled day.

Keep Smiling,

Dr. Patricia Wan-Chow-Wah
Hunter’s Point Dental Centre

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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Ontario Proposes ‘Protecting Condominium Owners Act’ for Canadians: No Surprise Costs for a Newly-built Condo; New Condo Authority; Financial Management Rules; Mandatory Licensing for Managers

The following video presents Condo Owners Assoc Call for Action for Condo Owners Rights.mp4:

Condo Owners Association – COA Ontario Calls for Action for Condo Owners Rights with an overview of issues and concerns. Condo Reform and changes needed to our 15 year old Condo Act, improved Tarion Warranties, Ontario Municipal overruling height restrictions and blocking view. Featuring a personal interview with condo owner having problems with Board of Directors.

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Support for Reforming Ontario’s Condominium Laws

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

May 27, 2015 9:00 A.M.

Quotes from condo experts

“The reforms the government will introduce today include a quick, low-cost dispute resolution system, a plan for licensing and training managers enhanced consumer protection, and a mandate for better and clearer information for buyers, condominium owners, residents and directors. Through these and many other improvements, Ontario’s condominium community can look forward to a bright future.”

— Armand Conant, Condominium Law Expert and Partner, Shibley Righton, LLP; a Past-President, Canada Condominium Institute (Toronto Chapter)

“The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario is thrilled that the government has moved quickly to introduce legislation to modernize the Condominium Act and create stronger protections for Ontario’s condo owners. For the past 38 years, ACMO has worked to educate condo managers and provide qualified professionals to serve condo owners and residents. Ontario needs condo managers who are qualified and well-trained, and we look forward to supporting the government as it puts this proposed new licensing body in place.”

— Dean McCabe, Board of Directors and Former President, Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario

“I applaud the government for taking this important step to enable professional licensing and oversight of condominium managers in Ontario. This Bill goes a long way towards strengthening protections for condo residents across the province by ensuring condos are managed only by qualified and professional condominium managers.”

–John Oakes, Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Condominium Services Ltd.

“In late 2009, my small 15-unit condo building had $250K fraudulently stolen by the property manager. The proposed condo legislation will create strong financial management rules for condos and license the province’s 2,500 condo managers. These changes will help disable rogue property managers, prevent fraud and mismanagement, and protect condo owners from issues similar to the ones my condo building faced.”

–Sandy Steffen, Owner Advocate

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Province Proposing Changes to Support Stronger Condo Communities

May 27, 2015 9:05 A.M.
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Ontario is introducing new legislation to increase protections for condominium owners, improve how condo corporations are run, and ensure that condo boards are governed professionally.

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

The proposed Protecting Condominium Owners Act marks the first major overhaul of the province’s condominium laws in more than 16 years. It is based on more than 2,200 consultation submissions from condo owners, developers, managers and industry experts during a public review of the Condominium Act.

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

If passed, the proposed legislation would establish:

  • Clearer, more comprehensive rules to prevent owners from being surprised by unexpected costs after buying a newly-built condo
  • A new Condominium Authority to provide quicker, lower-cost dispute resolution and help prevent common disputes
  • Strong financial management rules for condo corporations to help prevent financial and organizational mismanagement
  • Better governance requirements for condo boards, including training for condo directors
  • Mandatory licensing and education requirements for condominium managers.
Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

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Follow Toronto Paramedic Services @torontomedics on May 26, 2015; 7am – 7pm: Photos & Comments are Posted and Questions are Answered Live

To kick off Paramedic Services Week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, interested residents can take a look behind the scenes of the services Toronto paramedics provide to the community.

  • Join Toronto paramedics Ornella Guizzo and Kevin Sam as they help patients by following the Toronto Paramedic Services’ Toronto Medics Twitter account on May 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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25-May-2015

Toronto Paramedics live-tweet a day in the life of a Toronto paramedic

To kick off Paramedic Services Week in Toronto, interested residents can take a look behind the scenes of the services Toronto Paramedics provide to the community. Join Toronto paramedics Ornella Guizzo and Kevin Sam as they help patients by following the Toronto Paramedic Services’ twitter account on May 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Photos and comments will be posted to @torontomedics as the paramedics assist patients throughout their 12-hour shift. Resident questions will be answered live. Read more of Follow Toronto Paramedic Services @torontomedics on May 26, 2015; 7am – 7pm: Photos & Comments are Posted and Questions are Answered Live

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre’s Service @ No Cost for First-time Visitors Aged 2-10 Years May 31, 2015

The Hunter's Point Dental Centre's Staff

The Hunter’s Point Dental Centre’s Staff

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre

Presents

Our 5th Annual
FREE Kids Day
At The Dentist

FREE Dental Care for Any Child Aged 2-10 Years Old Who Has Never Visited Our Office

Sunday May 31, 2015
9am to 2pm

Dr. Patricia Wan-Chow-Wah
Hunter’s Point Dental Centre
7-2 Hunter’s Point Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4C 9Y4
Phone : 905-482-0652
Email :

YourSmileCare.ca

Limited Space: Please Call or Email to schedule an appointment for the event.

Hunter’s Point Dental Centre announces the 5th Annual FREE Kids Day, May 31, 2015.

This event is a cost-free opportunity to encourage early dental care in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Dear Friends,

There’s no better way to welcome this beautiful Spring weather than to give back to our community. Our special event is back and our office is proudly hosting its 5th Annual FREE Kids Day at the Dentist!

Please share with your friends & family. Spaces are limited, call to book your appointment today. There will be snacks, balloons, raffle & prizes!

Keep Smiling,

Dr. Patricia Wan-Chow-Wah
Hunter’s Point Dental Centre

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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