Rising Inequality, Declining Health

Last year the Metcalf Foundation released a report on working poverty in Toronto. It found that 113,000 people were living in working poverty in the Toronto region in 2005, a 42% increase from 2000. The report findings indicate that people living in working poverty most …

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A New Kind Of Community Engagement: Building A Better Budget For Toronto

This is a guest post to the Wellesley Institute by Alex Mazer. Alex is a co-founder of Better Budget T.O., an advisor on strategy, regulation, and stakeholder management, and a former Director of Policy to the Ontario Minister of Finance.  One of the many items …

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Rising Deaths In US Welfare-To-Work Programs Raise Questions At Home

A new study in Florida found a higher death rate for those on welfare-to-work programs than those receiving social assistance who weren’t pushed to work and at risk of losing their benefits. This is the first time that researchers have been able to analyze long …

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Budget Provides Horwath With Possibilities To Negotiate For Ontario Families

Kathleen Wynne’s first budget provides concrete progress on social assistance reforms; but there are also missed opportunities to address increasing inequality in Ontario. The budget delivered best on social assistance reforms. In contrast to the cutbacks to Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefits in last year’s …

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Confronting Inequality In Ontario With A Public Service Budget

In yesterday’s speech, Finance Minister Sousa pledged to keep taxes at their current levels, and hold government spending growth to 1 percent. This was a profoundly disappointing announcement. There is no fiscal or economic reason for this policy stance and a different approach will have …

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Quality Jobs, Living Wages And Fair Wages In Toronto

Toronto’s labour market is challenging for many workers who are seeking secure, high quality jobs. These labour market conditions, as described in the staff report, Quality Jobs, Living Wages and Fair Wages, are a major contributor to rising inequality in the city. It is therefore …

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Why We Need To Strengthen Toronto’s Fair Wage Policies

Read our submission to Executive Committee.  Tomorrow, City Council’s executive committee will be considering proposals to strengthen the City’s fair wage policy and ensure health, safety, and fair wages in custodial services contracts. These proposals arose from Councillors’ concerns about contracting out cleaning services at …

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