According to me…..


For anyone who would like to get involved and join us – here is the information you need!!

We need people with all sorts of skills.  Taking minutes, leafleting, canvassing for petitions… making banners, decorating bulletin boards, we are a very creative group and our campaigns to raise awareness are fun!!!

Our groups started in 2009 from another campaign called Poverty is Making us Sick.  We work locally with our community and we are a group made up of community members that live with low incomes.

The meetings are open – anyone can come along and join in.  You don’t need to call ahead.  If you are interested in receiving information, or meeting minutes, upcoming events, please leave us a message (healthsag@gmail.com) and we can get in touch.  We meet every other Thursday.  The next meeting is August 11th at 1:30.

Where are we?
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
M4M 3P3
416-461-1925

If you take the 72 Pape bus down to Queen Street East and Carlaw Ave, from the subway – you just walk 2 seconds East (south side)…. and there we are!!!

For more information on what we’re involved in right now, you can check the link for us on Facebook (click here).
You will find information on upcoming special events and meeting notifications.

We’re trying to raise rates for every person on social assistance and demanding that the process of deciding what money people get on Social Assistance is transparent and reflects the ACTUAL cost of living!  

We fight for minimum wage increases and are involved in trying to lower TTC costs so that transportation is accessible to everyone!

healthsag@gmail.com

Welcome!!!


Serenity Rainbow Sig 2008 by Kelly Krogman!

Serenity Rainbow Sig 2008 by Kelly Krogman!

Have a phenomenal day, please!


It’s been a long time since I visited my site.  I guess I got busy.  Life is like that🙂

I’m still fighting with Put Food in the Budget and alive.  A ton  of things have changed in my life, but I’m not going to do that.  I’m going to start fresh, right here, right now.  I’m going to start blogging again.  I miss it.

And that’s me, today.


Visionary visits city, advocating social justice.  Our Mike Balkwill from the Put Food in the Budget campaign is traveling through the North of Ontario….

Read the article here.


A ‘reality’ TV show in the UK, with the less than subtle name ‘Benefits Street’, is being used to whip up hatred against the victims of austerity and social cutbacks and to lay the ground for the even more vicious measures the Cameron Government is preparing. Our allies in Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are participating in a demonstration on Monday to challenge this disgusting show and those responsible for it. They have asked OCAP to get as many people here as possA ‘reality’ TV show in the UK, with the less than subtle name ‘Benefits Street’, is being used to whip up hatred against the victims of austerity and social cutbacks and to lay the ground for the even more vicious measures the Cameron Government is preparing. Our allies in Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are participating in a demonstration on Monday to challenge this disgusting show and those responsible for it. They have asked OCAP to get as many people here as possible to tweet and e mail messages supporting this fight back. Please read this information and do all you can to set in motion a barrage of electronic solidarity on Monday. (Thank you John Clarke )ible to tweet and e mail messages supporting this fight back. Please read this information and do all you can to set in motion a barrage of electronic solidarity on Monday. (Thank you John Clarke )

An Appeal from DPAC for help from OCAP members & Supporters

Sign the petition to stop this show here!

Communique from DPAC:
Last Monday, 6th of January the first episode of a new “Reality TV” show was broadcast in the UK called “Benefits Street”. This is the latest in a long line of TV shows which are designed to demonize Social Security Claimants and paint them as scroungers of “hard working people’s tax money”.
This is deliberate misinformation and is very much in line with the UK government propaganda that unemployed people are to blame for unemployment, not the government’s own austerity economics, and that people claiming out of work and disability benefits are just too lazy to earn their own money, and that people who live on benefits are doing so as a “lifestyle choice”.
You can view the trailer for the series or if you wish the entire first episode . And here is some of the media fallout from the show 1 , 234.
We at DPAC and other campaigning organizations in the UK have had enough of this propaganda and we’re going to fight back.
A Demonstration has been organized at the offices of the television production company that is responsible for making this series. Ironically they call themselves “Love Productions” – they are on twitter as @LoveProdHouse 

The Demonstration has been set for 3pm GMT on Monday 13th Jan, that is 10am EST. You can read the announcement here and here.
As well as a demo outside the production offices, we’re going to be making a noise on twitter and we would really appreciate support from you. It would add to our numbers and let activists in the UK know that we are not alone.
We will be tweeting to the production company @LoveProdHouse and the TV Broadcaster @Channel4 to let them know that these programs are not acceptable, and we would really appreciate it if you could join with us in this. If you are not a twitter user you can Email the broadcaster Channel 4- HERE.
We are preparing a web-page with pre-prepared tweets that you may wish to use which will be up on Monday HERE or you are welcome to tweet them your own tweets.
Please use the hashtags #BenefitsStreet and the hashtags #DPAC #OCAP so that we in the UK can see that you are with us.
As well as the demonstration in the afternoon, the second episode airs on TV at 9pm GMT – 4pm EST.
We will be out tweeting in force to try to get our message across about the poison spread by this sort of programme. Once again we would really appreciate you joining us in this.
The second episode of this program focuses on immigration, which means its likely to be just as toxic as the first episode – if not even more so.

Our New Video!


Credits to Malu and Serenity and the entire Put Food in the Budget team!!

Stop the Cuts


Stop the Cuts – The Health and Strength Action Group is holding a CSUMB clinic at South Riverdale Community Health Centre this Tuesday (Dec 4) from 12:30 – 2:45. If you are eligible for the community start up benefit – we will help you apply for it before they cut it out of the program in the new year!

For more actions, see our Facebook page!!  CLICK HERE

stc


I haven’t been here in a long time.  I’m still doing all I did before… Only two jobs and one volunteer.  The long distance relationship.. well, it’s busy and painful and beautiful.  It might not end well.   I do love him.  The police tell me they have arrested my dad… I guess he isn’t allowed to leave the country and has to go to court to set a date.  This will take a long time.  I wonder if he will live that long.  Thing is… if he just admitted it… I’d have closure.  I guess … him being charged again, same charge – is a bit of closure.  It’s the world saying ok, we know it happened and the process has begun to make amends.  But no one can make amends for what he did.  No one can fix it.  17 years of abuse… I’ve been living with / through… I kid myself if I think it hasn’t affected my world.  What do I want?  I never wanted jail time for him… just help.. but there is no help for that.  So I don’t know.

I’m living in a warehouse.  I’m probably going to be homeless at some point.  The city says we aren’t allowed to live here.. but I love it here.   My day consists of biking to an apartment to shower… handwashing dishes in cold water, carrying buckets of water up and down.  Of wondering when I’m going to be homeless .. and my cat too.  I wasn’t stable enough to have a pet.. but she was left to me, so I have her and love her.

I’m really shitty with money.  It’s not the end of the month yet and I’m broke. lol

I drink too much.  I think I have to quit.  I’m destroying myself.  I’m destroying my relationships.  I’ve decided to look up Al-anon meetings tomorrow… it’s my first step.  I should be in AA and IA… but one step at a time.

Basically I’m a mess and I don’t even know why I’m writing except to get it out.

It’s been a horrid week… I saw a dog get killed and my friend’s mom died on her birthday and all the rest. I don’t know.

That’s all for now.  Maybe later I can write something more important.


I met the most interesting guy the other day.

I was on the bus and he asked me if my headphones were Sennheisers.  I said yes they were… so he told me that he just got back from a ski competition, and Sennheiser is one of the sponsors!

He tells me they were absolutely fantastic!

Click here for the link to see the videos – and VOTE!!!  They’re terrific!

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