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The Put Food in the Budget campaign began in January 2009 in response to Premier McGuinty's decision to exclude an increase in social assistance rates for adults in Ontario from his poverty reduction strategy.

 

Some of the Put Food in the Budget Campaign Initiatives during the last seven years.

 


 

Put food in the social assistance budget - By Barb Nahwegahbow Windspeaker Contributor
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MIKE BALKWILL   |   NOW   |   13 DECEMBER, 2015
Big-profit banks steal show at CBC's annual food drive
 
Their donations represent less than one-millionth of their bottom line, a pretty cheap price for a shiny Christmas ornament to deflect the attention of the public from growing food bank use.
If the Grinch had gone to the same finishing school as Bay Street bankers, he might have got away with stealing Christmas. At the CBC's annual Sounds of the Season fundraising drive December 4, representatives from five major banks took to the stage to contribute $10,000 each to the charity drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank. The praise received by the banks for their donations was, to borrow a line from one famous bank commercial, priceless, when you consider the billions in profits raked in this year by our financial institutions — collectively some $40 billion.
26 NOVEMBER, 2015
           
 
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Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne
 
Dear Premier Wynne,
When you attended the CBCs Sounds of the Season program in December 2014, members of the Put Food in the Budget campaign were in the audience. We came in hopes that you would make good on a promise you made during the Liberal leadership campaign: to become Ontario's social justice premier. But instead of acting as a premier who cares about social justice, you brought a few cans of food to donate to food banks.

 

 Download a copy of our survey.  Then print copies and hand them out in your community Download a copy of our postcard, print it, cut it out and mail it to Premier Wynne. Please donate! Your donations support our demand that Premier Wynne put food in the budget.

 

 
DESMOND COLE   |   TORONTO STAR   |   26 NOVEMBER, 2015
 
Queen's Park is failing hungry Ontarians
 
Despite her promise to be the "social justice premier,"
Kathleen Wynne has failed to ensure that low-income
Ontarians can afford to eat.
A single adult on welfare receives approximately $680 a month. Only $376 of that amount can be spent on rent, leaving a welfare recipient about $305 every month — less than ten bucks a day — for all food, transportation, clothing, and any other basic needs. Everyone needs to eat, but on such a limited budget, people understandably choose to go hungry so they can get around or pay rent. The province's health professionals keep telling us that people who don't eat well are more likely to get sick. In purely pragmatic terms, it's foolish for the province to let people go without healthy food when we know doing so drives up health care costs.
 
Do the Math survey

 

10,000 people in Ontario put themselves in the shoes of a single person on social assistance and calculated they would require a minimum monthly income of $1,500 to ensure a life of health and dignity. MPPs from all three parties who completed the same survey said a minimum monthly income of $1,340 is required.

 

Do the Math challenge

 

1,000 people in 26 communities across Ontario live on a "food bank diet" for one week and tell friends, family, co-workers and media how difficult it is.

 

 

Municipalities in Ontario pass a resolution to support a social assistance rate increase

 

Twenty-eight municipalities (representing more than four million people) endorse the demand for an immediate $100-a-month increase in social assistance.

 

 

Valentines for Finance Minister Dwight Duncan

 

More than 2,000 people send Valentines to Dwight Duncan supporting an increase in social assistance — and Valentine's Day demonstrations force him to meet campaign leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

Challenged Campbell's Nourish campaign

 

Campbell's re-thinks the public launch of their "Nourish" soup distribution in Ontario in response to our protest.

 

 

 

Christmas cards for Premier McGuinty

 

Thousands of people in Ontario send a Xmas card to Premier McGuinty telling him to stop stuffing the stockings of his big business friends — contributing to the public opinion that supported cancellation of the corporate tax holiday in the 2012 Ontario budget.

 

 

 

 

 

"Dear Mr. Premier" consultation tour

 

People in 25 communities in Ontario tell a life-size mannequin of Premier McGuinty what they think of his austerity budget.

 

 

 

In 2008 Premier McGuinty promised a strategy to reduce poverty in Ontario. Since then the Liberal government has:
Effectively cut social assistance rates — with rate increases lower than the rate of inflation
Increased the Ontario Child Benefit once — and then cancelled additional promised increases
Cancelled the Special Diet Allowance — and then restored it in response to a broad based protest
Cut corporate taxes — unnecessarily increasing the size of the provincial deficit
Introduced an "austerity budget" that cancels the Community Start Up Benefit, and threatens to reduce spending on social assistance and vital community and public services
   

 

What will be the top priority of Premier Wynne? 
Social justice? Or more austerity?

 


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