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Media & Policy News: 6 February 2017

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Greater enforcement of hate speech laws needed in Canada:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/02/01/greater-enforcement-of-hate-speech-laws-needed-in-canada.html

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds:
https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/01/25/better-education-doesnt-help-asian-job-candidates-beat-out-anglos-study.html

Report: Exclusions from minimum employment standards cost workers millions in lost wages:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/29/legal-loopholes-cost-workers-millions-in-lost-wages-report.html

WSIB lifts lid on secret drug list for injured workers:
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/23/wsib-lifts-lid-on-secret-drug-list-for-injured-workers.html

Table scraps for the poor won’t end poverty:
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/table-scraps-for-the-poor-wont-end-poverty/article33784638/

Report highlights busy signals, long waits for EI service; hints at new spending:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1437813-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:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-hydro-delivery-charge-1.3948106

Stats show glaring gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment rates in the NWT:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/indigenous-employment-statistics-canada-nwt-1.3942204

Can a national housing benefit help families facing homelessness?
http://homelesshub.ca/blog/can-national-housing-benefit-help-families-facing-homelessness

Minister visits Sault to discuss basic income; Activists say “tax the rich, give to the poor”:
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/minister-visits-sault-to-discuss-anti-poverty-measures-activist-says-tax-the-rich-give-to-the-poor-514472

Torstar is at a crossroads:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/torstar-toronto-star-fairfax-honderich/article33688741/

 

Ontario

Ontario releases Inspection Blitz Report: Workers Action Centre responds:
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b32b33961fd1e65272919d8a6&id=dadc085e68&e=51059eb750

Migrant worker wins $20,000 in human rights case:
https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/01/13/ontario-migrant-worker-wins-20000-in-human-rights-case.html

Securing fair employment and income: Where Living Wage and the Fight for $15 and Fairness intersect:
http://maytree.com/stories/securing-fair-employment-income-living-wage-fight-15-fairness-intersect/

Ontario Uber drivers launch class action in bid to be considered employees:
http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/ontario-uber-drivers-launch-class-action-in-bid-to-be-considered-employees-93189

Premier Wynne and other Ontario politicians bombarded on social media by homophobic, sexist abuse:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/kathleen-wynne-twitter-abuse-1.3949657

Budget Talks – cast your vote for up to three ideas for $3 million in 2017-18 budget by February 23:
https://talks.ontario.ca/

Government releases:

 

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

How to legally organize a demonstration in Toronto:
https://nowtoronto.com/news/reasonable-doubt-how-to-organize-a-demonstration/

Know your rights guide to protesting: Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
https://ccla.org/know-rights-guide-protesting/

Fight for $15 and Fairness: 2017 has kicked into high gear:
http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8e3951a35d48e64f736884ea9&id=0d48a18d17&e=f3bab51a7a

Caledon Institute closing; work moving to Maytree Foundation:
http://maytree.com/media-releases/announcing-next-chapter-caledon-maytree-partnership/

Toronto: Upcoming community forum: Strategizing to prevent seniors evictions:
http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/?p=2267

Maytree special series: Poverty and human rights in Canada:
http://maytree.com/what-we-focus-on/poverty-human-rights/special-series-poverty-human-rights-canada/

Report: Aboriginal Homelessness in Flin Flon, Manitoba:
http://homelesshub.ca/resource/aboriginal-homelessness-flin-flon-manitoba-2016

Stats Can releases and reports

 

Around the Province

Shuttered No Frills store causes worry in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood:
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/parkdale-no-frills-toronto-loblaws-1.3943840

London and area agencies get $1 million from Queen’s Park to fight poverty:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/18/area-poverty-fight-gets-1m-boost-from-queens-park

University of Ottawa law students help people who are homeless:
http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/01/18/university-of-ottawa-law-students-help-homeless.html

South East LHIN offers oral care to low-income families:
http://www.intelligencer.ca/2017/01/30/lhin-offers-oral-care-to-low-income-families

Opinion: A reality check on Hamilton’s renaissance:
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7079311-dreschel-a-reality-check-on-hamilton-s-renaissance/

Anti-poverty activists rally behind Hamilton MPP’s social assistance bill:
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7091554-anti-poverty-activists-rally-behind-hamilton-mpp-s-social-assistance-bill/

Home prices and homelessness rising in Niagara:
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2017/01/20/home-prices-homelessness-rising

Impact of end of child support clawback from OW and ODSP in Waterloo:
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7102095-child-support-payments-no-longer-clawed-back-from-social-assistance/

Toronto tenants crushed by rent hike exemptions:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-tenants-crushed-by-rent-hike-exemptions/article33806825/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe

Toronto ranked one of the most unaffordable cities in the world:
http://www.blogto.com/city/2017/01/toronto-ranked-one-most-unaffordable-cities-world/

Keeping Toronto “affordable” will cost us all: Keenan:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/01/keeping-toronto-affordable-will-cost-us-all-keenan.html

Kenora program targets poverty: New service to equip people with employment skills:
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/kenora-program-targets-poverty-new-service-to-equip-people-with/article_4fb2a8e2-e0b3-11e6-aa3f-930fad788a1a.html

United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and District gets funding for poverty reduction:
http://saultonline.com/2017/02/local-united-way-receives-financial-boost-for-poverty-reduction-strategy/

 

Across the Country

BC’s social safety net is broken:
http://www.thenownewspaper.com/news/410956775.html

Vancouver ranked third most unaffordable housing market in the world:
http://globalnews.ca/news/3198292/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:
http://thenelsondaily.com/news/poverty-study-finds-high-housing-need-trail-minimum-wage-far-below-living-wage-43681#.WJisNvJWLeQ

Should Newfoundland and Labrador tie minimum wage to inflation? Consultations start February 6:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/minimum-wage-consultations-newfoundland-1.3961751

Birth certificate misspelling hinders EI application in Calgary:
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/birth-certificate-misspelling-hinders-employment-insurance-application-1.3268932

Studies document experience of migrant workers in Saskatchewan:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-migrant-workers-studies-1.3964685

 

National

Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Six things to keep in mind when talking about federal accessibility legislation:
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/fda/6-things-to-keep-in-mind20Oct2016

Judge orders KPMG to name clients in Isle of Man tax shelter:
http://ipolitics.ca/2017/02/03/judge-orders-kpmg-to-name-clients-in-isle-of-man-tax-shelter/

Federal minister fields questions on basic income at meeting with students:
http://basicincome.org/news/2017/02/quebec-canada-federal-minister-fields-questions-on-basic-income-at-meeting-with-students/

New federal Parliamentary Secretaries list:
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/parliamentary-secretaries

 

International

Republican lawmakers in five states propose bills to criminalize peaceful protest:
https://theintercept.com/2017/01/19/republican-lawmakers-in-five-states-propose-bills-to-criminalize-peaceful-protest/

Massachusetts workers coalition pushes for $15 minimum wage and surtax on millionaires:
http://wwlp.com/2017/01/31/workers-coalition-pushes-for-15-minimum-wage-and-surtax-on-millionaires/

“French Bernie Sanders” becomes Socialist Party favourite with basic income policy position:
http://www.thelocal.fr/20170122/benoit-hamon-the-french-bernie-sanders-goes-from-underdog-to-socialist-favorite

Street homelessness soars to six year high in the UK:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/street-homelessness-rough-sleeping-up-16-to-six-year-high-john-healey-tim-farron-crisis-charity_uk_5888804ce4b0825491510c6a

Opinion: Russia is a mess – the poverty rate in soaring and only 10 of 85 regions are financially stable:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/russia-is-a-mess-the-poverty-rate-is-soaring-and-only-10-of-85-regions-are-financially-stable-2017-01-31

Australia study shows poverty cuts life more than alcohol:
http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/poverty-cuts-life-more-than-alcohol-study/news-story/d5e322c0e760adec2d2e3739df010eb7

Trump considering order that would target immigrants on welfare or likely to rely on welfare:
http://www.journalnow.com/news/nation_world/trump-considering-order-that-would-target-immigrants-on-welfare-or/article_37c483d2-e751-11e6-815c-fbdda288a07a.html

The basic error of Trump’s draft order targeting immigrants on welfare:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/31/the-basic-error-of-trumps-draft-order-targeting-immigrants-on-welfare/



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Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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