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Media & Policy News: 24 February 2017

Top Stories

Wages are falling in Canada’s low-end jobs:

Prescription from ER doctor: Expand public dental programs:

OCBCC:  Three ideas to build a better future for child care in Ontario:

Ontario legislature resumes with a focus on Hydro:

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Valentine’s budget lacks heart:

BC government hikes disability rates by $50, maintains freeze on welfare:

Ontario’s budget deficit drops to $1.9 billion:

Federal poverty reduction consultations:

Many Canadians too cash-strapped to raise children:

First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water:

Eliminating poverty the best prescription for better health, doctor says:

Star editorial: Ottawa should name a children’s advocate:

Canada Revenue Agency finds $400 million more in tax crackdown:

CETA to cost average working Canadian $2460 in lost income and eliminate 23,000 jobs: Report:



Ontario seeking public input to update Fair Wage Policy:

Dignity takes a back seat when poverty has you sleeping in your car:

Immigration from abroad, rest of Canada adds to Ontario’s housing crunch:

Ontario funding sexual violence response projects:

Government release: Ontario’s economic growth outpaces G7 countries:

Government release: Ontario introduces legislation to protect human trafficking survivors:

Ontario PCs shuffle critics:


Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic to share reconciliation report:

Stats Can conducts Aboriginal Peoples Survey:

Information about CPA Ontario’s Tax Preparation Assistance Program:

Feb 28 Thunder Bay: Training workshop for front line workers on police powers:

Stats Can: CPI January 2017:

Stats Can: CPI: New basket weights, 2015:

Stats Can: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2016:

Stats Can study: Transition from temporary foreign workers to permanent residents:

Now online: IRPP: Income Inequality in Canada: Driving forces, outcomes and policy:

CLEO resource: Now in Arabic: Need welfare? How to  apply to Ontario Works:

Homeless Hub Newsletter:


Around the Province

Hamilton looking at cutting Ontario Works jobs after consultants review:

Leaders in vulnerable Hamilton neighbourhoods will be taught about legal rights:

Windsor Star reader letter: MCSS failing some who need it:

Simcoe County report shows youth leaving child welfare, former prisoners and people with mental health disabilities struggling with homelessness:

Opioid crisis is a real Peterborough problem:

Oshawa’s unemployment rate continues to fall:

Kenora Week of Action Against Poverty builds relationships, finds solutions:

Every inmate at Kenora jail has addictions, mental health issues: Human rights commissioner:

Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic offering monthly legal education sessions:

City of Toronto could save 2.7% over time if it did its share to eliminate poverty starting now:

Bankruptcy forces Toronto’s MicroSkills to close doors after 33 years:

OCAP: A response to John Tory’s continued denial of the homeless shelter crisis:

Refugees fearful of US immigration order week sanctuary in Toronto shelters:

Parkdale landlord facing growing backlash over rent hikes:


Across the Country

PEI minimum wage going up:

Halifax council considering poverty reduction in budget:

Manitoba Tories urged to get serious about poverty:

Report looks at poverty in Brandon, Manitoba:

Nearly 80% of refugees employed within a year of landing in Alberta: StatsCan:

Number of Alberta EI recipients nears record:

Medicine Hat unveils proposal to assist residents dealing with poverty:

BC and Prince George experience drop in EI beneficiaries during December:

Action needed on poverty reduction in BC:

Provincial minimum wage increases in 2017:



Canada is betting on a universal basic income to help cities gutted by manufacturing job loss:

Liberals’ pension reforms fall woefully short for Canadian workers:

Many Canadians in the dark on minimum debt payments:

Op-ed: The time for Indigenous-corporate partnerships is now:

Supreme Court to hear appeals about Christian university law school:

Conservative leadership candidate reverses support for transgender rights:

Canada should welcome more refugees in the time of Trump, say church groups and NGOs:

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests:

Canadian banks, police following money trail to target human trafficking:



Tax haven blacklist omits Luxembourg as Brussels announces reform plans:

Despite gains, African-Americans still disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty:

Draft of first Trump budget would cut legal aid for millions of poor Americans:

Tech CEOs back call for basic income as AI job losses threaten industry backlash:

Mark Cuban: Basic income ‘the worst possible response’ to job losses from robots:

Tackling poverty: Could universal basic income solve India’s problem?:

Some minimum wage stories from around the US:

I’m an American living in Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes:

New research highlights devastating impact of poverty on children’s mental health:

UK benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system:

Full list of 360 UK employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage:

After seven years of bailouts, Greeks sink yet deeper in poverty:

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Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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