February 19, 2013

A Poverty Reduction Budget for Ontario in 2013

Allow low-income Ontarians to Earn More, Keep More and see benefits Restored!

On February 19th 2013, the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction launched a social media campaign and e-action urging all political parties to invest in a poverty reduction budget for Ontario in 2013.

25in5 is encouraging us all to sign on to the campaign and send an e-postcard to our political leaders "reminding them to fulfill their commitment to reduce child poverty by 25% by the end of 2013."

Our experience working with people living on low-incomes tells us that, in order for people to lift themselves out of poverty, we need to remove the barriers that trap people into poverty.  Removing barriers to exiting poverty means allowing low income Ontarians to Earn More from employment, Keep More assets and child support and see benefits Restored - benefits that have been cancelled or eroded over the last 20 years.

For more information please visit and to send the e-postcard click here.

February 5, 2013

Diary of an Advocacy Associate: The Making of the Precariat

Precariat: people suffering from precarity, a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare.

Precariat: a term applied to the condition of lacking job security or being beholden to intermittent or underemployment....... Resulting in a precarious existence.
Definitions from Wikipedia
I came across this great video recently.  It does a great job of explaining just how our society has gone about creating the conditions for increasing poverty and inequality.......leading to a precarious existence for many in our society.

The Making and Unmaking of the Precariat
Loïc Wacquant, University of California Berkeley

I have to admit that I often struggle with the words necessary to articulate the growing body of evidence telling us that poverty and inequality are detrimental to our society.  

In the course of my days, I often wonder..........