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Media & Policy News: 20 January 2017

Top Stories

New book aims to teach children about painful history of residential schools:

Two Canadian billionaires are as rich as nearly 1/3 of Canada: Oxfam:

Federal Disability Tax Credit not extended to those with mental illness:

Only half of Canadians with disabilities have a full- or part-time job: CIBC poll:

How Ontario’s welfare system fails those in need:

Premier pledges more relief on hydro bills:

Campaigners push Liberals for $15 minimum wage in Ontario:

Ontario eyes stronger protections for workers who get sick on the job:

Himelfarb and Romanow: We can end homelessness in Canada:



ISAC’s second pre-budget submission – Investments needed in employment standards enforcement:

OFL: Budget should commit to building Ontarians up:

Applications for hydro subsidy below expectations:

Natural gas-fired hydro plant and its 11 lost jobs mourned as first victims of Ontario’s cap and trade program:

Attorney General orders probe of Legal Aid Ontario:

Drug users say supervised injection sites address ills of substance abuse:

Parents, early-childhood educators in Ottawa offer province suggestions to improve daycare:

Pain expert says Ontario opioid strategy demonizes people:

Government release: New projects with Indigenous partners to tackle poverty across Ontario:

Government release: Ontario supporting 93 community projects across the province:

Government release: Ontario making college and university more affordable for adult learners:


Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Steps to Justice: A new, first-of-its-kind website gives Ontarians step-by-step, comprehensive and reliable information about their legal problems:

Wellesley Institute: Supportive Housing in Ontario: Estimating the need:

Launching the Canadian version of the Homelessness Vulnerability Assessment Tool Manual:

Stats Can: Employment Insurance, November 2016:

Smiles 4 Canada program offers free orthodontist services to kids under 14:

CCPA-BC: Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan:


Around the Province

Kenora Chiefs Advisory gets $13 million in funding for life skills program:

New pilot project helps people who are homeless in Ottawa overcome the barrier of lost ID:

Hamilton launches new strategy to improve supports for urban Indigenous people:

Chatham-Kent average household incomes sixth lowest in Ontario:

Chatham-Kent health board backs recommendation for subsidized dental care:

Sudbury businesses question if labour law changes are necessary:

Ontario’s Labour Minister in Sudbury to tout changes to better protect mining workers:

OCAP: Toronto Community Housing is boarding up homes as shelters are bursting at the seams:

Budget cuts will widen health gaps in Toronto: Wellesley Institute:

TDSB should be ashamed of how it balances budget: Keenan:


Across the Country

Disability payments should be boosted in next BC budget, advocates and experts say:

B.C. needs an official poverty reduction plan, critics say:

BC organizations calling for minimum wage of $15:

UNICEF Canada CEO speaks in Vancouver about high child poverty weeks before provincial budget:

More people unemployed in Saskatchewan, Stats Can says:

Latest Employment Insurance numbers show continued tough trend in Alberta:

Quebec’s minimum wage will rise to $11.25 on May 1:

Brother of a man who was homeless in Montreal left with tangle of confusion after his violent death:

Special Diet payments part of Nova Scotia department’s program review, says minister:

New Brunswick’s minimum wage to be tied to inflation starting in 2018:



Trudeau confronted by emotional Ontario woman upset over cost of hydro bill;

Trudeau gets an earful from veteran, chiefs, disabled participant in London, ON:

Advocates call to stop exploitation of newcomer migrant workers:

Feds explore creation of a new housing benefit:

Why Canadians can’t stop borrowing: Stagnating incomes:

Federal government fails on First Nations child health delivery, says advocate:

Common Frontiers: The Canadian government should replace NAFTA or scrap it:

Internal document raises possibility of “Netflix tax”:

Bank of Canada to keep interest rate unchanged in 2017:



More than half of Americans reportedly have less than $1000 to their name:

Press release: Does Betsy Devos understand impact of poverty and trauma on children’s learning?:

Massachusetts legislature to consider five anti-poverty bills:

Opinion: Why 21 states are wrong about minimum wage hikes:

Expanded tax credit would keep more working Americans from poverty:

Japan’s rising child poverty exposes true cost of two decades of economic decline:

Japanese city officials sorry for offensive welfare team jackets:

Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised in the UK for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh:

Overwhelmed UK care worker makes emotional please for more than minimum wage:

Future of Australia’s cashless welfare card remains uncertain after trial:

Opinion: Universal basic income is our best weapon against the rising far right:

Slow world growth foiling UN plan to end poverty:

World is more than 450 years off target from meeting child poverty promise:

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Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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