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Media & Policy News: 10 February 2017

Top Stories

Ontario utilities continue to threaten disconnection during winter:

New benefits called “game changers” for ending child poverty:

Ottawa should suspend refugee pact with US, Harvard report says:

Time to acknowledge hate crimes against Indigenous people as reality, says legal expert:

Ontario invests an additional $140 million in mental health services:

Federal government looking for ways to improve job prospects for disabled Canadians, minister says:

Federal government revives Court Challenges program to give funding to groups who take government to court:

First releases from 2016 Census:



Toronto Mayor presses Premier Wynne to address daycare crisis:

Star launches legal challenge to end secrecy in Ontario tribunals:

Ontario announces investments in Indigenous projects in Ontario:

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly offers tips to prevent elder abuse:

CD Howe author: We have a lot better ways to relieve poverty than the outdated Guaranteed Minimum Income:

Government release: Ontario adds 28,800 jobs in January:


Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

$15 and Fairness: Time to show workers some love!:

February 15: Have a Heart and Stop the Cuts: Rally for a Fair Toronto City Budget:

OPSEU: Understanding Basic Income: A position paper:

Status of Women Canada: Gender-Based Analysis training tool for public policy makers:

What has caused high electricity prices: Ontario’s Electricity Sector: Privatization and deregulation:

HUMA’s poverty reduction strategies study: Written submissions due March 3, 2017:

Stats Can: New housing price index, December 2016:


Around the Province

Ottawa group wants province to top-up low income transit pass:

First Nations trade school opens in Thunder Bay:

Tenants in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood go on rent strike:

Working with Frail Elders conference a first for Manitoulin:


Across the Country

Making a stink: BC welfare rates have “bean” too low, say fundraiser protest planners:

Opinion: Human rights, basic needs: BIG difference possible in the lives of people with disabilities in PEI:–human-rights–basic-needs.html

Plan for double-digit Manitoba hydro rate increases worries business owners and poverty advocates:

Why the Saskatchewan government can’t cut its way to growth:

End Poverty Edmonton holds first event to get started on anti-poverty work:

Poverty simulation in Fort Saskatchewan, AB dispels myths:

Medicine Hat, AB council throws support behind poverty reduction strategy:

Powell River, BC debates recreation program for low-income residents:

Looking poverty in the eye in regional BC:



Stable housing critical to success of mental health treatment:

EI system “frustrating” says Cape Breton MP:

Liberals accused of backing away from EI break after pledge disappears from mandate letter:

Morneau’s growth council calls for higher retirement age:

When you don’t get the CPP survivor benefit you expect:

CPP managers try to weigh risks of climate change:

Did a Canadian court just establish a new right to be forgotten online?:

Federal funding for health falls short, new study finds:




Housing stress “dire” as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars:

Australian government moves to cut welfare benefits in order to overhaul childcare benefit:

Disabled child refugees entry to UK suspended by Home Office:

Last year worst for social housing construction in Ireland since 1970s:

Proposed legislation in Rhode Island would allow drug testing for welfare recipients:

International development projects should look at creating prosperity instead of alleviating poverty:

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Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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