This video presents Classism in Canada.

  • Classism and poverty in British Columbia and Canada.

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The Put Food in the Budget (PFIB) – a non-profit organization – invites you to an Equity Literacy Forum on Towards a Classism Reduction Strategy for Ontario, October 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Put Food in the Budget and several other grassroots social justice campaigns will be participating along with faith groups, unions, social planning councils and school boards from around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to host Dr. Paul Gorski who will be speaking on Equity Literacy – Towards a CLASSISM Reduction Strategy for Ontario.

The Major Topics of the Forum

  • De-bunking what we already know to be the un-true stereotypes of people living in poverty, which go unchallenged everyday in discourse across our communities and in our schools and institutions.
  • Reveal the systemic and pervasive nature of classism which perpetuates poverty, blames individuals for economic injustices, rejects real change and promotes a widespread reliance on charity to address social issues.

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 24th to Vanessa Bilenduke at Community Development Council Durham:

  • Email: vbilenduke@cdcd.org ,
  • Phone: 905-686-2661, ext. 117.

Here is your invite from Yvonne Kelly (Social Planning Council of York Region, Member of Freedom 90 and Put Food in the Budget Campaigns).

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This video (May 27, 2013) presents “Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announces social assistance plans at City Hall in Windsor.”

  • Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the City of Windsor’s Employment and Training Services today to highlight the government’s commitment to transforming social assistance, helping people keep more of their hard-earned money while entering the workforce.

  • In the 2013 Budget, the government laid out its plan to move forward on implementing key recommendations from the Lankin-Sheikh report by creating a $200 monthly earnings exemption for people who receive benefits from Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

  • The government would also increase social assistance rates, create more inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities and work to reduce poverty rates in Ontario.

  • The 2013 Budget is designed to create jobs and help people in their everyday lives. By taking steps to remove barriers to employment, the government wants to make it easier for more social assistance recipients to enter the workforce and ensure that everyone in Ontario is treated fairly.

Hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents in Canada do not have enough to eat each month and, thus, are forced to go to food banks every month because of inadequate incomes.

Since 1970 the middle class is shrinking as poverty is growing in Toronto.

Here are some statistics on food banks in Canada.

  • 900,000 Canadians used food banks in 2010.
  • 50 percent of people who need food banks stay away out of shame.
  • $6.6 billion is the annual estimated cost of unhealthy eating in Canada.
  • 38 percent increase in the number of working poor in Canada between 1998 to 2008.
  • More than 10,000 people have completed the Do the Math campaign highlighting inadequate welfare rates.

The Toronto Star gives the following statistics regarding who’s on social assistance as of June 2012.

  • Ontario Works (OW)
    • 477,339 individuals, or about 3.6 per cent of the population;
    • 171,867 are children;
    • average age: 36;
    • 60 per cent of cases are singles;
    • 30 per cent are single parents;
    • 3 per cent are couples without children;
    • 8 per cent are couples with children; and
    • about 75 per cent of children are in families led by single parents.
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

    • 415,338 individuals or about 3.1 per cent of the population;
    • 43 percent of applicants have a physical disability;
    • 39 percent have a mental disability;
    • 18 percent have a developmental disability;
    • about 60 percent of new applicants in 2009-10 were suffering from mental illness;
    • 59,403 are children;
    • average age: 46;
    • 77 per cent are singles;
    • 9 per cent are single parents;
    • 8 per cent are couples without children;
    • 6 per cent are couples with children; and
    • just over half of children are in families led by single parents.

In the following letter, Put Food in the Budget is asking for our help to urge Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately raise social assistance rates to levels that ensure lives of health and dignity.

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Poverty Free Ontario's image

Poverty Free Ontario’s image

This video presents “Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Protests” in Ontario, Canada:

  • 30 000 protesters gathered to protest liberal policies at a rally organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • Jannen Belbeck reports”

In the following letter, both Poverty Free Ontario and Put Food in the Budget is asking for our help:

  • to urge our political leaders to keep their word to address poverty:
    • In 2009, all three Ontario political parties voted for legislation to reduce poverty

  • now that the Ontario Budget has been set for May 2, 2013, we have only a few more days to make our voices heard:
    • Please send a letter to your MPP with copies to the Premier Kathleen Wynne and Opposition Leaders Tim Hudak, and Andrea Horwath  via the following link urging Ontario Budget as the 2013 Ontario provincial budget negotiation process unfolds:

Dear Friend,

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This video presents “Put Food in the Budget”:

  • “Do the Math is part of the Put Food in the Budget campaign in OntarioOK
  • Currently a single person on social assistance gets $585 per month to cover housing, food, transport, and everything else”
  • As I found out taking the Do the Math challenge, this amount is not enough for to cover a healthy food supply and forces those in need to find a different food bank sources 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”

In the following letter,  Put Food in the Budget urges us to:

  • Please call Premier Kathleen Wynne at 416-325-1941 and tell her to immediately increase the base rate of Ontario Works by $100 a month – and to not cut the special diet allowance
  • As well, please contact MPPs in your local ridings to encourage them to support the $100 base rate increase

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Canadian Social Assistance Review: Ontario Commissioners Want Your Feedback By March 16, 2012

Canadian Social Assistance Review: Ontario Commissioners Want Your Feedback By March 16, 2012

This is an update to my previous blogs:

” The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario is tasked with carrying out a comprehensive review, and in June 2012 providing the government with specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system.

In February 2012 the Commission released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform, which discusses different approaches to improving some of the key areas of the social assistance system. Through this paper, the Commission is seeking further input and advice from stakeholders and communities by March 16 to help frame recommendations to the government.

The following letter from both Yvonne Kelly (Chair of the Do the Math Committee of York Region and Co-Author of the York  Region Social Audit Report – “Behind the Masks – testimonials from those marginalized by income) and Pat Taylor (Co-Chair of the Social Planning Council of York Region and Member of the Ontario Social Planning Network):

  • gives an update on the Community Consultation & Discussion (held on March 7, 2012) in York Region (YR) for the Social Assistance Review Commission’s Paper 2 (second input paper)
  • and urges Canadians to submit your own feedback to the Commission in various ways, according to the instructions below

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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”

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