September 30, 2011

Take action for a poverty free Ontario

Here is a simple action you can take to urge Ontario's politicians to work for a poverty free Ontario.

Make Poverty History, a national anti-poverty coalition with a cross-Canada and international focus, has put together an easy way for you to voice your support for a poverty free Ontario to Ontario's party leaders.

September 29, 2011

Where do Ontario's political parties stand on ending poverty?

In May 2009, the Ontario Legislature voted unanimously for the Poverty Reduction Act. As the October 6, 2011 provincial election draws near, where do Ontario's political parties stand on ending poverty?

Campaign 2000 asked the parties what specific policy steps they would take to eradicate poverty in Ontario. Check out what the parties had to say. There is a short grid with the party positions. And there is a longer grid, with more detailed responses from the parties.

September 27, 2011

A Call to Action on Poverty in Ontario

We call on all Ontario’s political parties to outline their plan of action to fight poverty in our province and ensure progress for all.

Today, the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, which played a pivotal role in getting poverty reduction on the agenda in the 2007 election, has released a Call to Action on Poverty in Ontario.

Despite the hard economic times we are facing and the reality that food banks are swamped, poverty has received little attention during the current provincial election campaign.

That is not to say that Ontarians are not committed to eradicating poverty. In fact, people across the province are calling on politicians to commit to doing just that. They are raising their voices through the Let's Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario campaign and ISARC's Faith to End Poverty initiative.

Coming on the day of the televised leaders debate, the 25 in 5 Network Call Action and the hundreds of individuals and organizations who have already endorsed it aim to get Ontario's political parties to recommit to the goal of eradicating poverty and to be specific about how they intend to do that.

September 20, 2011

Confronting Poverty on the Agenda

TVO's public affairs program The Agenda has been running a series of episodes focusing on the October 6 provincial election in Ontario.

The September 13 episode featured an (almost) all-party debate on confronting poverty

Ontario's four leading political parties were invited to send a representative. The Green, the Liberal and the New Democratic Parties each sent a representative. The Progressive Conservatives declined to send someone. Included in the conversation was Laurel Rothman, Executive Director of Campaign 2000.

September 19, 2011

Let's Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario

MCCO Program Director Wenda Adema helps me
place a Let's Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario
sign at the MCCO office in Kitchener
There is a new election sign springing up on lawns across Ontario this fall. It does not ask you to vote for a particular politician. It says Let's Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario.

It is a part of a campaign to remind all the parties in this fall's provincial election of the commitment they made on May 6, 2009 when they voted unanimously to pass Ontario's Poverty Reduction Act.

We have signs available at MCCO's 50 Kent Ave. office in Kitchener if you would like to post one on your lawn or at your place of worship.

To learn more about this campaign and find out how to participate wherever you live in Ontario visit the Poverty Free Ontario website and ISARC's Faith to End Poverty website.

And check back here in the coming days for information on what Ontario's political parties propose to do about tackling poverty in Ontario if they form the next Provincial Government.

September 8, 2011

Ontario Political Party Leaders -- In their own words

Day two of Ontario's election campaign.

Here is a sampling of video from Ontario's political parties featuring their leaders talking about their plans for Ontario.

September 7, 2011

What does the Provincial Election Mean to You?

The Ontario election is on. October 6 is voting day. Will you vote? How will you vote? What matters to you in this election?
  • Lower tuition?
  • Reduced public transit fares?
  • Forced labour for provincial prisoners?
  • Tax credits of various sorts?
These are just some of the policies on offer by different political parties.

MCC Ontario has pulled together some questions and resources for this election. 
We ask how we can build stronger, healthier and safer communities, where everyone is included and we can all live free from poverty.

Check out some of the materials that are already available and check back for more resources in the coming days.