Persons with disabilities


The 2017 Federal Budget and Income Security

Information from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): The federal Budget announced on March 22 does very little to address the poverty and income inequality that...


Housing 'the Largest Single Commitment' in Morneau's Budget

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau made housing "the largest single commitment in Budget 2017," making a start on an 11-year, $11.2-billion spending plan for "a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable...


Miners shine spotlight on broken WSIB system

From a Hamilton Spectator opinion piece: The darkest dark exists hundreds of feet underground, pierced only by machinery and the headlamps of veterans of the deep — miners whose lives and health have too often been sacrificed to...


Why a family of 6 in Oakville is living on $36K a year

From a CBC News article: As he's packing lunches and serving up waffles for his young daughters, Steve Rescan stops to rest every few minutes. He's hunched over, with his hands on the counter to steady himself. 

"I've got...


April 3 & 4: Gaining Ground: Women & Harm Reduction Workshop

Information from Canadian Harm Reduction Network: The workshop will have speakers on these key topics:

  • Why do women use substances?
  • Substance Use, Mothers & Child Welfare
  • Harm Reduction in a VAW...

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 17 March 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Top stories include:

Ontario housing minister vows to boost rent control after CBC Toronto...


April & May: Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

Information from HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO): The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce our next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at our office in...


No Fixed Address: rental market for Torontonians on disability 'absolutely horrible'

Torontonians who rely on Ontario's Disability Support Program (ODSP) face a number of challenges when looking for apartments in the city, including sky-high prices and discriminatory landlords.

When Katherina Yerro, 26, isn't able to pick...


Toronto health officials recommend prescribing heroin to opioid addicts

In a new action plan meant to stem the growing tide of drug-overdose deaths, Toronto Public Health officials are recommending that Canada's largest city offer some drug users prescription heroin to help them manage their addictions.



Ontario urged to overhaul power of attorney laws to improve 'accountability'

The creation of a specialized tribunal and more education and transparency around power of attorney are among the 58 recommendations in a report going to government on strengthening the laws around...

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