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When do we talk about health? Ontario’s option paper needs to build a stronger vision of a health-enabling social assistance system

Today the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its much anticipated options paper. The paper sets out some interesting ideas and 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…

Towards a Social Assistance System that Enables Health and Health Equity

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People with low incomes and on social assistance face a daunting range of challenges to their well-being — one of which is systemic and damaging health Continue Reading…

TO's shrinking middle class = more poverty, more poor health

Toronto used to be a middle-class, middle-income kind of town - but no more. Prof. David Hulchanski of the University of Toronto's Cities Centre has updated his 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…

Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable

News emerged this morning that the City has quietly cut the Hardship Fund – a fund that provides essential medical supports to people who do not receive Continue Reading…

The poor are still, well, poor!

The National Council on Welfare (an advisory council to the federal government) has released Welfare Incomes 2005 today (August 24) and the numbers show that Continue Reading…

The Big Action on Health Is Far Beyond Health Care

I blogged earlier on how crucial it is to build equity into the new Action Plan for Health Care released by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. This is Continue Reading…

TD urges social investment for TO's "deep pools of poverty"

Toronto and the surrouding Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are "a powerful economic locomotive which produces nearly one-fifth of the entire nation's GDP", along Continue Reading…

Talkin' poverty with Minister Matthews…

The Ontario government launched its public consultation on its proposed Poverty Reduction Strategy with a few bumps this week. Closed-door, invitation-only Continue Reading…