Put Food in the Budget Urges Candidates to Raise Social Assistance Rates: June 12 Ontario Election

 From “10 Things You Might Not Know About Poverty In Canada,” George Stroumboulopoulos shared with us the following insights regarding poverty in Canada:

  • It’s hard to measure.
  • It varies widely between different groups.
  • Child poverty is high in Canada.
  • It’s a significant burden on the economy.
  • Many Canadians spend too much on shelter.
  • Poverty can shorten your life.
  • Many don’t have enough to eat.
  • Homelessness is widespread.
  • Debt levels are on the rise.
  • Early investment can yield big dividends.

Therefore, poverty is a very important issue for all Canadians.

Put Food in the Budget is urging Canadians in Ontario, Canada, to help get poor people’s issues on the agenda in this election and beyond.

Illustration by Tony Biddle:  www.PerfectWorldDesign.ca
Illustration by Tony Biddle: www.PerfectWorldDesign.ca

While politicians run for re-election, people are still walking to food banks …

“Leaders of Ontario’s major political parties are not talking about poverty during the election campaign, nor are they discussing meaningful increases to social assistance rates. What are they talking about?

  • Premier Kathleen Wynne’s proposed budget included just $30 a month more for people receiving Ontario Works benefits. That would raise the rate to $650 a month, still completely inadequate.
  • Tim Hudak has proposed a lifetime limit on Ontario Works payments a person could receive.
  • Andrea Horwath has made no comment on poverty or social assistance.

Our campaign to increase social assistance rates to levels that enable lives of health and dignity will therefore have to continue after the provincial election. We will need to continue working together to pressure whoever wins on June 12 to put food in the budget.

We’ve designed a poster for this election that you can download here. It illustrates how the leaders are focused on their own self-interest, ignoring Ontario residents who are poor and – among other indignities – must go to food banks.

We suggest printing the poster and doing the following:

  1. Put the poster up in public in your community.
  2. Plaster the poster to the windows and doors of local candidates’ campaign offices.
  3. Print information about poverty and food banks in your community on the poster’s reverse side, and hand it out at all-candidates meetings.

At community all-candidates meetings, ask the candidates from all parties “How much money per month do you think a single person on social assistance needs to live a life of health and dignity – and what is your party’s position on raising social assistance to that level?”

Put Food in the Budget

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Please Urge Ontario Political Leaders to Keep Their Promise to End Poverty in Ontario by Taking Decisive Action

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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You’re Invited: “The Coming Election – What it Means for Clean Energy in Ontario”

You're Invited: "The Coming Election – What it Means for Clean Energy in Ontario"
You're Invited: "The Coming Election – What it Means for Clean Energy in Ontario"

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Canadian Green Events + Global Green Actions.

Green Neighbours 21‘s topic for the upcoming meeting will be on:

 The Coming Election – What it Means for Clean Energy in Ontario

Monday, September 12, 2011

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Cheryl McNamara, Citizens Climate Lobby

Location: St Michael and All Angels Church
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

(southeast corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter off Wychwood, through wooden gate, top floor)

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