Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
Open letter urges federal government to maintain support of charities during hard times
Posted Nov 21, 2008 - Canada's charities and nonprofits have published an open letter to Stephen Harper in select Canadian newspapers urging him to consider the important role of charities and nonprofits in assisting Canadians and communities, particularly during periods of economic hardship.
Article source Imagine Canada
Food banks report says poverty costs Ontario billions each year
Posted Nov 20, 2008 - This report, which offers the first ever cost-benefit analysis of poverty reduction in Ontario, says that poverty costs up to $13 billion per year in lost revenues for the federal and provincial government.
Article source Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
Coalition kicks off poverty reduction tour
Posted Nov 17, 2008 - An anti-poverty coalition of organizations and individuals has launched a 22-stop provincial tour to promote a realistic and achievable plan that would make Ontario a leader in poverty reduction.
Article source 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
Governments need to tackle poverty as tough economic times hit
Posted Nov 17, 2008 - In this opinion piece in the Toronto Star, Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, highlights the ways in which poverty has become widespread in spite of good economic times, and lists steps governments can take to tackle poverty in a systemic, comprehensive way.
Article source Toronto Star
Address poverty and racism to reduce youth crime: McMurtry-Curling Report
Posted Nov 16, 2008 - Poverty, racism, the lack of decent housing, culturally insensitive education systems, and limited job prospects are behind the conditions that lead to violence among youth, according to the Report of the Review of Roots of Youth Violence.
Article source Review of the Roots of Youth Violence
Law Commission recommends regulation of cheque-cashing industry, easier ID requirements, for cashing of government cheques
Posted Nov 10, 2008 - The Law Commission of Ontario has released its report on fees for cashing government cheques, initiated because of concerns that people who receive government cheques often have low incomes but are paying high fees for cheque cashing services.
Article source Law Commission of Ontario
Anti-poverty network sets five tests for success of government's poverty reduction strategy
Posted Oct 29, 2008 - More than 350 anti-poverty activists for the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction have outlined their expectations for the Ontario government's Poverty Reduction Strategy, due to be released in December.
Article source Poverty Watch Ontario
Most Canadians would be proud if Canada took lead in wiping out poverty, poll says
Posted Oct 28, 2008 - The majority of Canadians believe Canada should try to distinguish itself in the world as a country where no one lives in poverty, according to an Environics Research poll conducted for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Article source Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
Campaign calls for municipal voting rights for permanent residents
Posted Oct 14, 2008 - I Vote Toronto is a newly-launched community campaign that seeks to extend municipal voting rights to all permanent residents living in Toronto.
Article source I Vote Toronto
Tenant advocates urge action against proposed Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act
Posted Oct 14, 2008 - The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario warns that Bill 106, The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, will have serious impacts on the rights of tenants and fails to address real concerns of community safety, and urges people to tell their MPP to vote against the Bill.
Article source Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
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