This is an update to my previous blogs:

Here is a letter from Yvonne Kelly of  The PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET CAMPAIGN inviting you to attend a public consultation re: the Options Paper just released from the Commissioners reviewing our Social Assistance System (both OW – Ontario Works - and ODSP – Ontario Disability Support Program) in Ontario, Canada:

Hello Everyone

Please find the invitation below to attend a public consultation re: the Options Paper just released from the Commissioners reviewing our Social Assistance System in Ontario. One concern is that given the direction of the paper, that we may not see adequacy of rates being addressed in the final recommendations they make in the final report to the Ontario government in June. Please do review the paper (link below) and join us on March 7th as the Human Services Planning Board hosts this community consultation.

The Commissioners have been invited to attend and have not sent a final confirmation. Nonetheless, this consultation with the community, service providers and community based groups can yield important feedback on the review thus far that will be compiled and provided to the Commission as part of their overall review of the system (both OW and ODSP) in Ontario.

Please RSVP as noted below and if you are able to attend and assist by taking notes in a small group or leading the discussion in a small group please reply to me. We are looking for about 8 individuals to help out in this way.

Bye for now.
Yvonne”
yvonnek@yrfn.ca

Your invitation:

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One Paycheck Away  is a one-minute video depicting the growing gap between the rich and the ‘rest of us” in Canada, as shown here:

The following Put Food in the Budget editorial provides the update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Holiday Lunch Dec.19 + Urge Dalton McGuinty to Give a $100 Increase to OW and ODSP:

“Billions for Business,
Pennies for the Poor”

Read more of “Billions for Business, Pennies for the Poor”: Please Petition Premier McGuinty to Give a $100 Increase to Canadians’ OW and ODSP

Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year 2012!

Wishing our readers a better, healthier, and Happier New Year 2012!

It’s been an amazing year!

Thank you for your marvellous help; together we had accomplished so much as well as made great differences as follows:

Read more of 2012! Happy New Year!

The following video portrays these concerns:

  • currently a single person on social assistance in Ontario, Canada, gets $585 per month to cover housing, food, transport, and everything else
  • this amount is not enough to cover a healthy food supply and
  • forces those in need to find a different food bank source for day to day.
  • Do the Math yourself and advocate to Put Food In the Budget with an extra $100 increase in social assistance to support healthy food choices. http://putfoodinthebudget.ca/

Put Food in the Budget and the ODSP Action Coalition invite you to a holiday lunch and to sign a special Holiday Card to Dalton McGuinty calling for an immediate $100 increase to OW (Ontario Works) and ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) as a down payment on social assistance rates that reflect the real cost of living.

Your Invite:

FREE Holiday Lunch

December 19, 2011
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

 The Stop Community Food Centre
1884 DAVENPORT RD,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please R.S.V.P. to mark@thestop.org

The Special Holiday Card to Dalton McGuinty reads as follows:

You're Invited: Holiday Lunch Dec. 19 +  Urge Dalton McGuinty to Give a $100 Increase to OW and ODSP Now! Above, illustration and design by Tony Biddle.

You're Invited: Holiday Lunch Dec. 19 + Urge Dalton McGuinty to Give a $100 Increase to OW and ODSP Now! Above, illustration and design by Tony Biddle.

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