Archive for March, 2009

Tax Harmonization Takes Food Off the Table

March 26, 2009 We are deeply concerned about the Ontario Government’s plans for harmonizing the PST and GST. Low income people cannot afford to lose ground as cash is taken out of their pockets for increased taxes on things like gas and electricity leaving them with less for food and other necessities. The Social Planning […]


Healthy Food Supplement Cross-Community Campaign (February-March, 2009)

March 18 (TORONTO) – The Put Food in the Budget campaign came to Queen’s Park on Wednesday, March 18, joining the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition with a large community event “Setting the Table” for the $100 month Healthy Food Supplement. Rev. Susan Eagle of ISARC blessed soup and bread provided by FoodShare and The […]

Put Food In The Budget

Bad Economy No Reason for Cold Feet on Poverty Reduction

Timely investments will reduce poverty but also stimulate local economies Sarah Blackstock, Pat Capponi, Janet Gasparini 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction Just four months ago, Ontarians congratulated our provincial government for committing to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent in the next five years. We knew there was a lot more work […]


Set The Table at Queen’s Park (Toronto)

You are invited to: Set The Table at Queen’s Park Join us for lunch and support the call for a $100 social assistance Healthy Food Supplement. When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Time: Noon Where: Front Lawn, Queen’s Park Soup will be served. For more information: 416-392-1494 PDF Flyer

Events, Put Food In The Budget

Ontario Needs to Tackle Social Deficit

Ottawa gave province fiscal breathing room but did little to help poor and unemployed John Stapleton, Janet Gasparini, Neethan Shan Two important questions faced Ontario’s poverty reduction plan after its December release: How much further would Ontario’s economy deteriorate? What would the federal government do in its winter budget to support Ontario’s goal to reduce […]