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Latest Media and Policy News: 18 January 2013


Top Story: "Welfare to Work"

Hudak releases PC’s white paper on social assistance

Coverage

Star picks up on proposed benefit reductions:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1316316--hudak-calls-for-shrinking-cheques-individual-employment-plans-for-welfare-recipients Globe focuses on proposed downloading:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-tories-want-to-download-disability-support-to-cities/article7454458/
CTV: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/tories-seek-to-overhaul-ontario-s-welfare-system-1.1118558
 
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/17/tim-hudak-ontario-tories-welfare_n_2496714.html
 
CHCH (note: video): http://chch.com/home/item/11213-hudak-puts-out-plan-to-get-welfare-recipients-working

Sun News: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/01/20130117-172339.html
  • Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/17/create-welfare-smart-card-that-can-only-be-used-for-food-hudak
  • Also covered in the Kingston Whig Standard: http://www.thewhig.com/2013/01/17/create-welfare-smart-card-that-can-only-be-used-for-food-hudak
  • Same “create welfare smart card for food” in all QMI local papers: Brantford Expositor, Brockville Recorder, Napanee Guide, Strathroy Age Dispatch, Chronicle Online, Shoreline Beacon, Thorold Edition, Barrys Bay This Week, Wallaceburg Courier Press, Norwich Gazette, Midland Free Press, Kingston This Week, Kenora Daily Miner and News, Seaforth Huron Expositor, Simcoe Reformer, Ingersoll Times, Orillia Packet, The Londoner, Sarnia This Week, Community Press, Goderich Signal Star, Bancroft This Week, Bradford Times, Lindsay Post, Midnorth Monitor, Delhi News Record, Kincardine News, Petrolia Topic, Sault This Week, Kapuskasing Times, Cochrane Times Post, Innisfil Examiner, Wiarton Echo, Frontenac This Week, Mitchell Advocate…
Toronto Sun – Wednesday’s story about merging OW and ODSP: http://www.strathroyagedispatch.com/2013/01/17/create-welfare-smart-card-that-can-only-be-used-for-food-hudak Windsor Star: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/01/17/hudak-urges-welfare-clawback/
 
London Free Press: http://www.lfpress.com/2013/01/16/pcs-would-merge-welfare-disability-programs-hudak
 
London FM 96: http://www.fm96.com/channels/newsinfo/localnews/story.aspx?ID=1865777
 
Times-Colonist: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/national/tories-propose-to-reward-welfare-recipients-who-work-clawback-those-who-don-t-1.49842
 
Global Toronto: http://www.globaltoronto.com/tories+propose+to+reward+welfare+recipients+who+work+clawback+those+who+dont/6442790668/story.html
 
Metro Toronto: http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/513585/hudak-calls-for-individual-employment-plan-for-welfare-recipients/
 
Examiner.com (note, this is a video): http://www.examiner.com/article/ontario-pcs-suggest-imposing-debit-style-food-cards-welfare-system
 
Canoe news: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2013/01/17/20504106.html
 
Canadian Charger: http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/page.php?id=5&a=931
 
‘Trapped in a Whirlpool’ blog: http://trappedinawhirlpool.blogspot.ca/2013/01/hudaks-lethal-war-on-our-most-vulnerable.html
 

Other (But Not Unrelated) News

In Australia, “welfare cuts to lone parents will not help them find work”:
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/welfare-cuts-to-lone-parents-will-not-help-them-find-work-20130116-2ctp0.html
 
Tennessee Republican Senator wants welfare recipients prohibited from buying alcohol:
http://www.marshalltribune.com/story/1931703.html
 
UK MPP raises “welfare cash card” idea to prevent purchases of “luxury items” like cigarettes and alcohol:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/welfare-cash-cards-spying-website
 
Landlords’ group in Niagara County, NY, want welfare shelter payments paid directly to them:
http://tonawanda-news.com/local/x1746079695/Stricter-controls-on-welfare-benefits-urged
 
Michigan institutes new 3-week “work readiness assessment” waiting period:
UK saves money by capping welfare benefits – perhaps for 6 years:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251844/Tories-pledge-cap-rises-welfare-SIX-years-win-election.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
 
The State of Georgia’s war on the poor:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/12/georgia_s_war_against_the_poor_the_southern_state_is_emptying_its_welfare.html
 
David Cameron’s New Year’s address includes no backing down on benefit reforms:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9770922/David-Cameron-well-help-the-strivers-not-welfare-claimants.html
 
From Ian Duncan Smith – UK welfare transfers “increase dependency” and “push public finances to the breaking point”:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9772131/Iain-Duncan-Smith-weve-brought-back-fairness-to-welfare.html
 
And meanwhile, more homeless people died on Toronto’s streets last year than in the past five years:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1316515--34-homeless-die-in-toronto-in-2012-the-most-in-five-years




Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

 

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