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Health Equity and the Occupy Movements

With Occupy movements, born out of Occupy Wall Street, happening in Canada and around the world, social and economic inequality are on the agenda. More and Continue Reading…

Welfare Reform in New Zealand: Lessons for Ontario?

Welfare reform has been on the agenda in New Zealand for some time, with both the previous Labour-led and current, more conservative National-led government Continue Reading…

If you had a disability, would you be able to work?

If you had a disability, would you be able to work? It’s a tough question, and you might say that it depends on the severity of the disability. That’s Continue Reading…

Lessons from New Zealand: It’s not all about the money

One of the challenges of policy making is understanding the likely impact of following a particular course of action. Policy makers analyze policy proposals and Continue Reading…

Reviewing Social Assistance in Ontario

In 2010, the province the established Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Continue Reading…

How the Social Assistance System Causes Poor Health

Income and health are inextricably linked. It is well documented that people with low income more likely to have poor health, whether measured by self-reported Continue Reading…

Building a Social Assistance System that Enables Good Health for All: Start from a Powerful Vision

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about the submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario that the Wellesley Continue Reading…

Can a basket of supports help to avoid poor health for people on social assistance?

My last blog about reforming social assistance in Ontario talked about building the vision of a health-enabling social assistance system. This was the Continue Reading…

Time to End the 3 Month OHIP Wait Period

We’ve blogged in the past about the unfair 3 month wait period that Ontario forces on new immigrants and Canadian citizens returning to the province; refugees Continue Reading…

Should social assistance help you to scrape by, or to get a good job?

Social assistance is about more than just providing enough money for people to survive. Social assistance should also work to ensure wider opportunities for Continue Reading…