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May 5, 2010

25 in 5 E-bulletin Special Diet and Social Assistance

The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction's latest e-bulletin focuses on the Special Diet Allowance and Social Assistance.

Here's a taste of what it includes.

25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction

For May 5, 2010: Special Diet and Social Assistance

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In this week's eBulletin:

- Quote of the Week
- Open Letter to Premier McGuinty: Social Assistance Decisions Call Commitment into Question
- Take Action: Contact your MPP about Special Diet!
- Restraint Hits Poor the Hardest: Linda McQuaig on Special Diet in the Toronto Star
- Put Food in the Budget Meeting Draws a Crowd
- Community Living Advocates ‘Stay Home'
- Call for Nominations for 2010 Rosemarie Popham Family Advocacy Award
- 25 in 5 Provincial Leadership Assembly May 17-18


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Quote of the Week:

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

Who said it? Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States from 1933-1945. His words still ring true today.


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Open Letter to Premier McGuinty:

Budget Decisions on Social Assistance Call Commitment into Question

25 in 5 has sent the following letter to Premier McGuinty.

We'll let you know when we receive a response.

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Dear Premier McGuinty,

As organizations committed to the mission to reduce poverty, we write to express our serious concern about recent moves your government has taken on the poverty front.

More than a year into Ontario's efforts to reduce poverty by 25% by 2013, your government has made the following moves that call into question your government's commitment to meeting its own poverty reduction goals:

1) Ending the Special Diet Allowance Program without a previous and clearly thought through replacement plan, which will result in a significant drop in income for people on social assistance who have health-related nutritional needs;

2) Allowing, for the first time since 2006, social assistance rate increases to fall below the rate of inflation.

These actions are distressing, and - without adequate and commensurate resolution - threaten the health and safety of many struggling individuals in this province.

Read the entire letter.

To receive the 25 in 5 e-bulletin, send an e-mail to : info@25in5.ca

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