High hopes for federal action to end child poverty

High hopes for federal action to end child poverty Laurie Monsebraaten Nov 24 2015 Canadians have elected a government that appears ready to tackle child poverty with a list of progressive measures, including a new national benefit that could lift… Continue Reading

National Household Survey 2011: Ontario making progress fighting poverty

National Household Survey 2011: Ontario making progress fighting poverty Ontario rates of low-income suggest provincial efforts to reduce poverty are paying off. Laurie Monsebraaten Sep 11 2013 Dawnmarie Harriott was on welfare and living in a downtown Toronto rooming house… Continue Reading

Porter: Painful stories shed light on downside of ‘Canadian experience’

Porter: Painful stories shed light on downside of ‘Canadian experience’ Catherine Porter Apr 26 2011 When Judy Cong immigrated to Canada a decade ago, she promised her parents she’d sponsor them soon. She was an electronic engineer with 11 year’s… Continue Reading

Welfare reform creeps at snail’s pace

Welfare reform creeps at snail’s pace Laurie Monsebraaten Nov 30 2009 Bronwen Sims calls it Ontario’s “work disincentive program.” The 35-year-old woman, who suffers from bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia, has been living in poverty on Ontario’s disability support program for… Continue Reading