How our libraries can help the homeless

Public libraries have become the place to go for growing numbers of homeless men and women seeking refugee from the heat, cold, snow and rain - or the hard life on the streets.

Posted:
September 21, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

Cancellation of Ontario's basic income project sparks global outrage

Academics and activists from across the globe say the cancellation will harm Canada's reputation on the world stage.

Posted:
September 19, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Social Assistance in Ontario: What's happened and what's next?

When: September 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T)

Where: Online

Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ecq6mnj4bx5v&campaign=gqull6hn1kwr

Register today for an upcoming webinar on September 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) - On July 31, 2018, while scrapping the Basic Income pilot, the Ontario government announced that a number of improvements to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) would not take place in the Fall of 2018 as scheduled. Minister MacLeod also announced that her ministry will reveal a new social assistance program after a 100 day review. In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley and liz walker of ISAC review these decisions and many of the improvements that were slated for the Fall of 2018, as well as the government’s stated priorities for changing the social assistance system and what they could mean. The webinar looks at the kinds of principles that the government should use to create an effective and compassionate social assistance system. The webinar also discusses actions that each of us can take before November 8, 2018 to ensure the provincial government hears from us about what a good system should be. 

Posted:
September 17, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Rights-based approach key to alleviating poverty

Charitable programs rob people of dignity and do nothing to lift them out of poverty, studies show. Their proliferation masks bigger problems, writes this author.

Posted:
September 17, 2018
Article source:
Policy Options

No Child Should Live in Poverty: New report calls for end to discrimination in the Canada Child Benefit

A new report details how some low-income families are excluded from a government program that would help them afford school supplies, as well as rent and food for their children.

Posted:
September 07, 2018
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

On the Radar: The right to appeal a decision about social assistance

This month's On the Radar talks about appeal rights and the appeal process. CLEO's Steps to Justice has more detailed information about OW and ODSP appeals.

Posted:
August 31, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Class-action lawsuit launched against Ontario government over cancellation of basic income pilot

Four Lindsay residents have launched a proposed class-action lawsuit for breach of contract against the province in the wake of the PC  government's action.

Posted:
August 28, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

How the Ontario Disability Support Program makes falling in love a challenging proposition

ODSP is supposed to assist those with disabilities — but critics say its marriage regulations can lead to dependence, financial hardship, and abuse.

Posted:
August 27, 2018
Article source:
TVO.org

To be bold, Doug Ford should eliminate – not tighten – social assistance rules in Ontario

Social assistance rules for people without disabilities in Ontario already demands that recipients be actively looking for work. Making this requirement even tougher won't work, says this writer.

Posted:
August 27, 2018
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

New and Revised CLEO Publications - August 21, 2018

CLEO is pleased to announce the following new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Posted:
August 21, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)