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Media & Policy News: 6 February 2017

Top Stories

Greater enforcement of hate speech laws needed in Canada:

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds:

Report: Exclusions from minimum employment standards cost workers millions in lost wages:

WSIB lifts lid on secret drug list for injured workers:

Table scraps for the poor won’t end poverty:

Report highlights busy signals, long waits for EI service; hints at new spending:

Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills:

Stats show glaring gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment rates in the NWT:

Can a national housing benefit help families facing homelessness?

Minister visits Sault to discuss basic income; Activists say “tax the rich, give to the poor”:

Torstar is at a crossroads:



Ontario releases Inspection Blitz Report: Workers Action Centre responds:

Migrant worker wins $20,000 in human rights case:

Securing fair employment and income: Where Living Wage and the Fight for $15 and Fairness intersect:

Ontario Uber drivers launch class action in bid to be considered employees:

Premier Wynne and other Ontario politicians bombarded on social media by homophobic, sexist abuse:

Budget Talks – cast your vote for up to three ideas for $3 million in 2017-18 budget by February 23:

Government releases:


Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

How to legally organize a demonstration in Toronto:

Know your rights guide to protesting: Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

Fight for $15 and Fairness: 2017 has kicked into high gear:

Caledon Institute closing; work moving to Maytree Foundation:

Toronto: Upcoming community forum: Strategizing to prevent seniors evictions:

Maytree special series: Poverty and human rights in Canada:

Report: Aboriginal Homelessness in Flin Flon, Manitoba:

Stats Can releases and reports


Around the Province

Shuttered No Frills store causes worry in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood:

London and area agencies get $1 million from Queen’s Park to fight poverty:

University of Ottawa law students help people who are homeless:

South East LHIN offers oral care to low-income families:

Opinion: A reality check on Hamilton’s renaissance:

Anti-poverty activists rally behind Hamilton MPP’s social assistance bill:

Home prices and homelessness rising in Niagara:

Impact of end of child support clawback from OW and ODSP in Waterloo:

Toronto tenants crushed by rent hike exemptions:

Toronto ranked one of the most unaffordable cities in the world:

Keeping Toronto “affordable” will cost us all: Keenan:

Kenora program targets poverty: New service to equip people with employment skills:

United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and District gets funding for poverty reduction:


Across the Country

BC’s social safety net is broken:

Vancouver ranked third most unaffordable housing market in the world:

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, BC, minimum wage far below living wage:

Should Newfoundland and Labrador tie minimum wage to inflation? Consultations start February 6:

Birth certificate misspelling hinders EI application in Calgary:

Studies document experience of migrant workers in Saskatchewan:



Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Six things to keep in mind when talking about federal accessibility legislation:

Judge orders KPMG to name clients in Isle of Man tax shelter:

Federal minister fields questions on basic income at meeting with students:

New federal Parliamentary Secretaries list:



Republican lawmakers in five states propose bills to criminalize peaceful protest:

Massachusetts workers coalition pushes for $15 minimum wage and surtax on millionaires:

“French Bernie Sanders” becomes Socialist Party favourite with basic income policy position:

Street homelessness soars to six year high in the UK:

Opinion: Russia is a mess – the poverty rate in soaring and only 10 of 85 regions are financially stable:

Australia study shows poverty cuts life more than alcohol:

Trump considering order that would target immigrants on welfare or likely to rely on welfare:

The basic error of Trump’s draft order targeting immigrants on welfare:

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Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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