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# .

NEWS RELEASE

June 7, 2015

Stroll & Roll to Freedom

July 7 March Planned to Protest low Disability Rates Read more of Please Urge Ontario to Raise ODSP Rates: Join ‘Stroll & Roll to Freedom’ March on July 7, 2015

Oct 17 is International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

Join PACC (Poverty Action For Change Coalition) for York Region’s representative 2014 event at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons, 200 Duncan St., outside The Lions Hall, simultaneously being held alongside events around the world to draw attention to those in poverty at home and abroad.

The International Day has been marked in Newmarket over 12 years now, and was originally designed 23 years ago, when launched in Paris France in front of the U.N. building, by a man of cloth who came from poverty and who wanted to make a difference, culminating with millions standing at once setting a world record for doing so in 2011! He has made a difference. You can too!

Come out and lend an ear or voice on Oct 17 2014!

Tom Pearson
Chair, PACC (Poverty Action For Change Coalition)

Here are the key highlights of this International Day for The Eradication of Poverty, a FREE event in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Read more of You’re Invited: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, York Region Oct.17, 2014, 7-10 PM

This video presents “Friendly Neighbourhood Youth Road hockey Challenge 2013 and Elvis.”

  • Highlights 2013 Newmarket Mitsubishi Friendly Neighbourhood Roadhockey Challenge in Newmarket, Ontario,  Canada.

Join us on Fri. March 14 for the OPENING FACEOFF PARTY at Big Daddy’s, 446 Davis Dr. Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, featuring The Yappers, Clean Fill Wanted and Krhyme Syndicate! $5 cover.”

Doors open 8pm

Proceeds go to the Mike Thorhnhill Award!
Headliners, reggae rooted
“The Yappers”. http://tpetalent.blogspot.ca/2013/09/the-yappers-ska-reggae-rock-country.html

2014 Friendly Neighbourhood Youth Road Hockey Challenge

– FREE Entry –

Sat., March 15, 2014

10am – 5pm

395 Mulock Drive, Town of Newmarket offices and parking lot, Ontario, Canada

Contact: Tom Pearson 289-221-0928
www.povertyacc.com

Have you formed your team yet? Challenged someone?

The 10th Annual Friendly Neighbourhood Youth Road Hockey Challenge, Ontario’s longest running ball hockey event, to be held this year at  395 Mulock Drive Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, at the town office building and parking lot.

Be a Leader! Form a team and you could win a $ Award – The Mike Thornhill Friendship Award.

Hey You(th)! Form a road hockey team for the 2014 March Break Sat Mar 15 Friendly Neighbourhood Youth Road Hockey Challenge and you could win a cash Mike Thornhill Award! or just come out and play! No cost for entry.

  • Challenge a team prior to form /play to increase your award chances as it goes to a pro-active community and schoolyard leader..like she or he who forms the team!
  • Teams representing streets,neighbourhoods, churches,companies,schools,clubs and mixed gendered teams welcome.
  • The Mike Thornhill Friendship Award is awarded in memory of a Newmarket youth killed by violence outside a donut shop several years back. No cost!

Here are some highlights.

Read more of You’re Invited: Ontario’s Friendly Neighbourhood Youth Road Hockey Challenge March 15, 2014

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

This is an update to my previous blogs:

The United Nations’ 2012 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Wednesday, 17 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, which

  • is organized in partnership with the:
    • International Movement ATD Fourth World
    • NGO Sub-committee for the Eradication of Poverty
    • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations

Please click here for the United Nations’ contact info.

Tom Pearson, Chair of the Poverty Action for Change Coalition (P.A.C.C.), invites you to the upcoming International Day for the Eradication of Poverty event, which

  • is a FREE public event in Newmarket (220 Duncan St), Ontario, Canada, on October 17, 2012
  • takes place from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • you can enjoy:
    • FREE healthy and fresh hot soup, bread and nourishment
    • information booths
    • street performers
    • main-stage speakers / performers
    • opportunities to interact and/or participate:
      • There will be a mic for those wishing to speak out about poverty:
        • a main-stage features an open-mic ongoing for anyone with a message to share
      • Performers wishing to come up must check in at the main-stage or arrange in advance to ensure your spot: please email at tpeproductions@gmail.com for performer contact
      • For more info or to donate or set up a booth call 289-221-0928 or email at povertyacc@gmail.com

Also, Tom Pearson provides the schedule of performances and activities in the following News Release:

Read more of You’re Invited: International Day for The Eradication of Poverty Oct.17, 2012

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Interfaith Dinner Sept.13 & International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct.17.

Tom Pearson, Chairman of Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) is calling all Entertainers and Artists to display and/or perform any piece(s) related to poverty for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty event in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, as follows:

Read more of Calling Entertainers & Artists: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct.17,2012

Throughout the year,  Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) supports a range of educational and advocacy initiatives focused on the elimination of poverty in Ontario, Canada.

One such initiative is the following Interfaith Dinner Invitation:

Perspectives on Social Justice
(Interfaith Dinner)

FREE

September 13, 2012

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Trinity
10 Trinity Square
Toronto, Ontario

Moderator
Deacon Pedro Guevara Mann, Salt & Light TV

Opening Remarks
Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator, Campaign 2000

Please register for this FREE educational dinner event to hear faith perspectives on the theme of social justice. 

  • Space is limited
  • Register before September 9, 2012

Please click here for more information.

To register, please click here.

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

Read more of You’re Invited: Interfaith Dinner Sept.13 & International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct.17

Responses to the 2012 Ontario Budget:

Poverty Action For Change Coalition (P.A.C.C.)

On March 27, the 2012 Ontario Budget, Strong Action for Ontario was released.

In this video,

Read more of Requesting Canadian Responses to the Ontario Budget 2012: Surveys from Liberals and NDP