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!
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By ANTONELLA ARTUSO,
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief
Ontario anti-poverty activists are pushing the provincial government to invest in a $100-a-month healthy food supplement for social assistance recipients.
At a “Put Food in the Budget” rally Thursday in front of the Queen’s Park building that houses the finance ministry, dozens of activists called for the measure to be included in the upcoming spring budget.
Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls, speaking on behalf of 80 parishes representing over 30,000 Anglicans, said the deficit-plagued government doesn’t have to necessarily spend more but rather should adjust its priorities to ensure the poor have enough to eat.
An estimated 400,000 Ontarians rely on food banks, both those who are on social assistance and the working poor.
Nicholls said she was one of many prominent Ontarians who attempted to live on the “poverty diet” provided by food banks.
“I was shocked at how quickly within a day or two you began to feel not well. No fresh fruit. No fresh vegetables,” Nicholls said.
Tracy Mead, a social assistance recipient and member of the South Riverdale Health and Strength Action Group in Toronto, said the support payments don’t go far enough to buy fresh food.
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Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter
Back in 1995, the opposition Liberals scorned the Mike Harris government’s so-called “welfare diet,” which purported to show that a single person on social assistance could eat for $90 a month.
Today that meagre Tory shopping list — which included pasta but no sauce and bread but no butter — costs $48 more. And yet since the Liberals took office in 2003, a single able-bodied person on welfare gets just $29 more in their monthly cheque for food.
“It’s no wonder food bank use in Ontario is soaring,” said social policy expert John Stapleton, who used the 1995 shopping list to buy the welfare diet at a Scarborough discount grocery store in January.
It is one more reason anti-poverty activists across the province are calling on Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to put a $100 monthly food supplement for welfare recipients in this spring’s provincial budget.
On Thursday, the Toronto Anglican Diocese is highlighting the need at a Queen’s Park rally. About 80 area parishes, representing more than 30,000 Anglicans, are backing the call for the Liberals to “put food in the budget.” They will be joined by food activists from other faiths and representatives from 30 other Ontario communities who are also concerned about rising hunger across the province.
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Valentine’s for Dwight Duncan Day: On February 14th at 11:15 in the morning a cherubic delegation delivered almost 300 Valentines to Andrew Chornenky, Press Secretary to Dwight Duncan. We know that over the course of the day Finance Minister Duncan received several hundred more (over 1100) and acknowledged these in a post on Dwight Duncan’s Blog. You will see there are many additional comments on the blog responding to Dwight Duncan. Please add yours! If you click here you can see Susan Bender presenting the Valentines on behalf of the delegation. At the very end you can see Emma Frees point out to Andrew the negative health consequences of poverty.
Yes, I’m going back a bit, but I’ve fallen behind in posting – so I’m going to get all caught up now… thank you Dreamwalker for the push! lol 🙂
Put Food in the Budget Rally November 15th, 2010 – Opening remarks from Mike Balkwill.
Rally to Put Food in the Budget – Speakers
Rally to Put Food in the Budget – Speakers, Part II
The %100.00 Choir!
We decided that our bulletin board needed an overhaul!
This is Susan – she is the super lady I volunteer for… she runs our group.
This is for HSAG (Health and Strength Action Group)
And my buddy Ron… he makes GREAT food! 🙂
Even Terry came out to play!
We went early, before the volunteer appreciation party to work on it! Yay! It’s done! 🙂
Not so pretty as the tree we all did for the TDoR, but still good. lol
Today a couple of us from the Health and Strength Action group attended the farmer’s market. They gave us a table AND a tent! Our very own to use! 🙂 It was really great. We were handing out our fliers and trying to raise awareness.
Jack Layton stopped by… he says he was involved with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre when it first opened and he helped start a food program there… I’ll have to research this further. lol (INSERTED LATER: And I did! Click Here! ) He was the only person to sign our sheet (well, his *aide* did), requesting more information AND invited us to his free annual free BBQ in the same park (Withrow Park) for Sunday, August 29th! Noon until four. He said we could do the same thing there, handing out fliers and telling people about our cause. I’m actually quite impressed. I was all feisty, thinking he was not going to be *with us*. lol I advanced on him with a hands on hips attitude. LOL
It was rather funny. On my left was a table brought by Ralph Thornton centre – the Riverdale Food Working Group, and they are partnered with us at South Riverdale. They were trying to raise money by selling products that volunteers had made. Jams and salsa and such! Yummy! And on my right was a table by St. John’s – the Compassionate Mission, where I volunteered for a year, feeding folks! So I was surrounded by groups that I work with. 🙂
Riverdale Food Group - with Ralph Thornton
We did notice that we weren’t getting as much attention as the other tables, even though they placed us right in the middle and we’re thinking that it’s because we didn’t have any goodies to offer… something to keep in mind for next time! It IS, afterall, a farmer’s market and people come for food. 🙂
All in all, a great day!
My new bag, I tested it, it worked. lol