The Wynne Government has begun a Province wide drive to review the entitlement to benefits of thousands of people on ODSP. The Lankin Sheikh Report that the Government commissioned urges that a 'backlog' of 30,000 cases should be subject to an accelerated medical review process and it appears that this is being acted upon. Staff have been transferred for this purpose and the reviews may move at a rate of 600 cases a month.
Support needed at Budget Committee: Wednesday August 6th
For almost a year, we have been fighting for safe space – shelter/24hour/after hour drop-ins for street-involved women in Toronto. This issue came to the forefront after the assault of a woman who was sleeping outside at the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne in September 2013 – she was sexually assaulted twice in one night by two different men. That same night, as is the case on many nights, the emergency shelter system was packed, and few options remain for women on the streets to find a safer place to rest, check-in, or get supplies and support. That lack of space has put the lives and safety of low income, homeless women and street-based sex workers at risk.
Advisory to City of Toronto Councillors on Motion MM52.9
On Wednesday June 11th, 2014, Motion MM52.9 by Councillor Michelle
Berardinetti and seconded by Councillor Mike Del Grande will be considered at Toronto City Council.
The motion asks for the following:
“Authorization for shelter staff in City of Toronto to conduct “warrant
checks” as part of the admissions process for clients when on-site staff
deem it necessary.”
June 10th + 11th City Council Votes on Three Important Motions
24hr Women’s drop-in + Sanctuary City + Save the Red Door Shelter
2014 Ontario Election: a Chance to Choose Between austerity, Austerity and AUSTERITY
Living wages, decent income and affordable housing are not on the ballot in this election. The only differences between the three parties is how much austerity each plans to impose and how quickly they intend to do it. All Parties agree that working class people and poor communities should pay for the crisis while the rich get a free ride. At most, the parties disagree about whether or not to throw a few crumbs at us as we sink deeper into poverty.