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Poverty Groups Want Province to Raise Food Supplement


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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Liberals Urged to ‘Put Food in the Budget’


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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March 10 Rally


The day was wet but we were not discouraged! The finance minister, Dwight Duncan did agree to meet with a couple of people and has agreed to a future meeting with some key people from the Anglican church and Put Food in the Budget!

The Speakers at the Rally!

Michael Prue – NDP

Cheri DiNovo – NDP

Emma Frees – The Stop

Tracy Mead – Health and Strength Action Group

Elin Goulden – Anglican Church

The Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls- Anglican Church

Rev Andrea Budgey- Anglican Church

Valentine’s Day


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.

November 15th – Do the Math at the Barns


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 🙂

$100.00 Choir

$100.00 Choir

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!

Giving Dwight Duncan the LOVE!


This Valentines day we are all sending Dwight Duncan a lovely valentine to show him our love!!!  For all he has done to support and help folks that live in poverty, while he lives high on the hog.

Grab yourself a valentine!  You can copy and paste to an email, or download using the link below each picture!  The more the merrier!!

They can be printed off and mailed so that you can add to them… pasted on his office windows..get creative!

Let’s make sure on Feb 14th that he feels all our love!

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And this final version – print it off and write what you like on it… mail it?

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Dear Honourable Duncan:

Poverty is bad for our health and bad for the economy.  Welfare (OW) and Disability (ODSP) income support programs do not provide enough money for people to be able to eat a healthy diet and to live with dignity. A single person cannot live on a maximum of $592/month. A poor diet  and  the stress caused by not having enough money to make ends meet leads to much higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and many other health problems. Poverty costs our health care system about $2.9 billion annually.

In this budget, do something to change this situation. Ontario does not need to have corporate tax rates 15% below the American rate by 2013. We do need you to Put Food in the Budget! Allocate funds so the government can immediately introduce a $100 Healthy Food Supplement for all adults on social assistance.

Name:

Address:

Signature:

Hon. Dwight Duncan, M.P.P (Windsor-Tecumseh)
Constituency Office
2825 Lauzon Parkway [map]
Suite #211
Windsor ON N8T 3H5

Phone: 519-251-5199
Fax: 519-251-5299
Email: dduncan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

If you wish to contact Hon. Dwight Duncan as the Minister of Finance

The Honourable Dwight Duncan – Minister of Finance and Chair of Management Board of Cabinet
7 Queen’s Park Crescent
7th floor
Toronto, ON, M7A 1Y7
Phone: (416) 325-0400
Fax: (416) 325-0374
E-mail: financecommunications.fin@ontario.ca, or visit www.fin.gov.on.ca

CLICK HERE TO LEAVE HIM A VALENTINES ON HIS FACEBOOK!

Hunger, Poverty at a ‘Crisis Point’


Isabel Teotonio
Staff Reporter

The only way to stop the growing rate of hunger is by increasing wages, investing in income security programs, providing affordable housing and improving access to community food programs, according to a list of recommendations to be released on Monday.

The Recession Relief Coalition is releasing 10 top recommendations that are key to combatting the troubling rise of hunger in the province. They are geared toward policy-makers at all levels of government.

“Hunger and poverty are at a crisis point,” said Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor with the University of Toronto, who helped draft the recommendations.

“We are facing the highest levels of food bank use and some of the highest rates of social assistance use ever,” said Bloch, noting his practice is largely comprised of people living below the poverty line and struggling for basic survival.

The recommendations were put together by a six-member panel after a full day of evidence at a hunger inquiry in late November. The panel — which also included a retired minister, celebrity chef and a housing advocate — heard from more than 30 front-line workers, social service agency staff, academics community leaders and people directly affected by hunger. The coalition’s full report is expected in January.

After decades of cutbacks to government revenues, through individual and corporate tax cuts, “a small reversal of these cuts” would provide funds for some basic social insurance programs to fight hunger and poverty, Bloch said.

“We are willing to pump ever-increasing dollars into health care, much of it to treat the health problems caused by high levels of poverty, but we seem unwilling to address the root causes of these problems,” he told the Star.

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In response to this article a fellow campaigner wrote to the Toronto Star….Hmmm – food for thought?

Re:  Hunger, poverty at a ‘crisis point’

I am worried about the illusion created by the big crates full of donated food that we all see in the large grocery stores. The illusion is that this is the kind of food people receive when they go to the foodbank. The reality is that this food makes up only a tiny proportion of the food that people actually receive. Most comes from corporate donations. I use food banks. I just opened a frozen package of wieners and decided I could not even feed them to my dog – they were outdated and spoiled. This is a very common experience. I also never receive enough to get me through a week and the food I get is often high sugar, salt etc. Despite the public’s best intentions and generosity, foodbanks cannot solve the problem of chronic hunger and malnutrition. What we need is government policy and funding to address the reasons people need to go to food banks – like the fact that a single person receives a maximum of $592 from social assistance to live on for a month. I hope that all the people who care enough to donate can also see past the illusion of the overflowing crates and not let our governments hide behind charity and foodbanks as a way to address hunger.

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