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Getting it right in 2014: Acting now on poverty

The relationship between living in poverty and poor health is overwhelming. In Ontario, people in the lowest income group are more likely to have diabetes, Continue Reading…

Poverty in Toronto: Moving Toward Elimination

Almost a quarter of Torontonians live in poverty, and an even larger share of recent immigrants and youth. Poverty creates real problems at the municipal level. Continue Reading…

Poverty is a health issue: it’s time to address housing and homelessness

Housing insecurity and homelessness have significant health impacts. The poorest neighbourhoods have the worst quality housing and the worst health profiles. Continue Reading…

Ontario Budget: Earn more, Keep more, Restore

In 2008, the Ontario government committed to reduce child poverty by 25 percent in 5 years.  2013 marks the final year in the province’s first Poverty Continue Reading…

Social assistance reform is happening: Here’s three things to look out for

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne announced this week that social assistance reform is one of her key priorities. Wynne has asked the Secretary of the Cabinet – Continue Reading…

Time for Ontario to make some tough choices: poverty and inequality are not inevitable

In 2008, the Ontario government committed to reduce child poverty by 25 percent in 5 years. 2013 marks the final year in the province’s first Poverty Continue Reading…

Is Halloween candy really what’s scaring you?

This Halloween, Ontario’s doctors are suggesting that we scare kids – and parents – by putting gruesome images on their candy. Similar to anti-smoking Continue Reading…

Childhood obesity: What we can do right now

This morning, Dr. Monika Dutt, Cape Breton’s Medical Officer of Health, spoke to CBC Radio about options and opportunities to reduce the health impacts of Continue Reading…

Important progress toward a health-enabling social assistance system, but more work is required

The release today of the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recommends a number of important steps toward improving Continue Reading…

Wellesley Institute response to the Ontario Social Assistance Review

UPDATE: Read our response here.   In 2010, the provincial government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led Continue Reading…