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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Yesterday in the news it was reported that there were Giant Hogweed plants discovered in downtown Toronto, on Rose Ave.
Giant Hogweed is a noxious plant that, if you touch the sap, can cause your skin to blister and peel like a bad sunburn (phytophotodermatitis), and you can go temporarily or permanently blind if you rub it in your eyes. So a home owner (Bob Olson) discovered some at the base of his fire escape. Then he noticed some in his neighbors yard. The city came in and taped off the area. The ones with flowers will produce more plants if left there, the ones without are under a year old and will not.
When I first arrived at Rose Ave to get pix I asked a woman if she knew where the house was with the Hogweed… she says, Hogweed? What’s that?? I don’t know anything about it. I turn around and DIRECTLY across from her house is THE taped off house. lol I said to her *how can you not know anything about it? It’s right there! That’s like showing up in the middle of the G20 rally and asking what’s going on!*
Me and HogWeed - Taken by Jack Boland from the Sun - I'm a SUPER STAR NOW! lol Ms. Hogweed 2010
So I go over to the house in question and speak with Jack Boland from the Sun newspaper..he’s there to take pix too (I let him! lol). We spoke with the owner..and the general consensus was that the woman across the street that I had spoken to had been the one planting these around the area. lol She had a 7 foot plant before I arrived…but it was gone.
After the city came to clean it I went back to get more pix. This stuff has roots like carrots so it must be repeatedly mowed, and or dug up.
After it's cut down?
This is what I saw, pretty slapstick way of getting rid of something so dangerous, eh? I hope they don’t have kids in that house… and after cutting it down I imagine there is a lot of that juice laying around… animals? There were at least a dozen pigeons eating from the grass around it and squirrels running amok in both yards.
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On March 4, the Toronto Sun had this article written by Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief, about the special diet and the budget.
“Poverty activists fear the Ontario government is prepared to gut a special diet program for people on social assistance.
The government has already cut the program back significantly through stealth measures — getting welfare staff to challenge medical diagnoses and reject application forms, said John Clarke, of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.”
To read more, click here for the *article* and here for the *hansard*.
Well, it’s a gorgeous looking day out there…. ostensibly. LOL
New word of the day. A columnist (Ian Geillespie) for the Toronto Sun wrote a wee article, on March 6, on the things we should know but have forgotten / blanked out…gapped on. And this word started it off. Of course I had to go and look up all the things he said he forgot because it’s true… it’s things we should know..but for some reason we don’t… and that is true for more than just he or I. I would supply a link, but it appears they’ve only updated to early Feb on their site. The article was rather amusing. I don’t normally read the Sun…I get it for the crossword – but I had time..and I’m glad I read this one!
I emailed him the answers. Ha ha.
Now… what to do with the rest of this most glorious looking day?????