Wednesday Do The Math Challenge Update

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Wednesday October 6th, 2010

  1. Diana Stapleton Speaks at Press Conference
  2. “Poverty Hits Hard in City Core” Spectator covers Different Impacts of Poverty and Food Insecurity event yesterday in Hamilton
  3. Listen to Ottawa CBC morning show for interview with Ottawa Challenge Team Member
  4. Muskoka Challenge Team
  5. Woodstock Challenge Team
  6. Hamilton Challenge Team
  7. Spread the Word

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1. Diana Stapleton: Chairperson of Weston Emergency Food Bank said at press conference: “I have supported the Liberal party in Ontario for most of my life, but if you cannot see your way to doing a better job helping the most vulnerable members of our community I will have to take my vote elsewhere.” Hear her speak here!

2. Poverty Hits Hard in City Core: Ines Rios, executive director of St. Joseph’s Immigrant Women’s Centre, said when she moved to Canada from Chile in her late 20s, “I thought this country will have justice because there are so many resources. I thought it was impossible that I would ever be poor or see poverty.” For full story see here.

3. Listen to Ottawa CBC morning show: If you are in the Ottawa area listen for Challenge Team members Sara Lyons and Holly Ralph on the CBC morning talk show – sometime between 6:00 and 8:30!

4. Muskoka Challenge Team

  • laude Doubty, Mayor of Huntsville.
  • Gord Adams, Chair of the District of Muskoka.
  • Fran Coleman Councillor in Huntsville.
  • Matt Driscoll reporter for local press.
  • Beth Ward ED of YWCA.
  • Susan Biehn Smith and Kim Scott are both members of PROMPT and work for HANDS, the family help network.

5. Woodstock Challenge team: includes Woodstock Sentinel-Review reporter Bruce Urquhart and his Day Two of Challenge report is here

6. Hamilton Challenge Team includes:

  • Hussein Hamdani – Hamilton Spectator columnist.
  • Dr. Yaser Haddar.
  • Carol Wood – Chaplain, McMaster University.
  • Gary Warner – Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, recipient of Order of Canada.
  • Michael Patterson – Executive Officer, Diocese of Niagara Anglican Church of Canada.
  • Terry Cooke – CEO, Hamilton Community Foundation.

7. Spread the Word: You can help us spread the word of the Do the Math Challenge by forwarding this email through your networks. Thank you!! Please forward this email among your networks. And follow The Challenge on Posterous and on Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Do The Math Challenge Update

  1. Things in Ontario have to change. I am on OW because I work as a PSW and don’t make more than $1000 a month working so they top me up. With the extra hours I have that I am not working I was attending school. Unfortunately I had to stop going and upgrading my grade 12 so I can enter into my nursing program.

    I had to fight for basic things like a bus pass, money to cover my locker (I had to lug my books all over as it is not in the budget putting my money maker at risk, lol my back ppl I lift people most of the time to perform my duties) or a student card (needed to get student buss pass pay $15 save roughly $20 a month not a bad investment, they thought so) never mind a Winter Jacket as I work in homecare going from one persons home to the next all evening and I attend school all day or decent clothes so I don’t look like the stigma of the welfare case everywhere I go or basic school supplies like binders paper and pens. After fighting from September to November I was granted $85.00 to cover buss pass and dropped out. I start trying again in January wonder if it will be any better?

    Then I go to the Doc to get a prescription for birth control and I am told the only one covered is the pill. Wow guess I lost that choice too. Sad, I felt like a suffragette sitting in the docs office as he explained this. I really was offended.

    The last point I want to bring up is the highway robbery of our children. This year all child benefits were scrapped from the OW cheque but everyday they are still collecting child support for these same children. That to me equates to Ow stealing from my children if they aren’t helping support them anymore how can the collect support. How they got that past Mr. & Mrs. taxpayer is beyond me they must have some good hoodwinking skills.

    I am not lazy nor am I afraid to work hard to get myself more self sufficient. I have 3 children and my youngest is 2. I could just as easily under OW rules be sitting on my behind doing nothing so why is it so hard to be in school and working? Is that not what Mr. & Mrs. taxpayer want from me? So why do I have to fight to be able to get the basic things I need to do it. In the end taxpayers come out with a fully trained nurse with lots of experience from working her way up, I was under the impression we were desperate for them. That Salary would have me off first pay cheque. All seems counter productive and leaves me exhausted and discouraged at the end of the day. I just wish they could see how hard I am working to get out and stop fighting I have a copy of the policies and the help is there but most is discretionary help and when you are doing many activities the workers get annoyed and stop granting what you need.

  2. ODSP took my dignity and my basic human rights,because i can,t work i,am being punish and my daughter,we have 1245 a month and her father pays 450 a month for support,but it goes to ODSP and not for me and her.so in reality they only have to pay me 845.it should not be that way.with that extra money i could of put it in a education fund for my daughter and rsp savings for me.My god where are my rights.and there is so much more that the ODSP is wrong and that there polocies will never let us get ahead.it will keep us in poverty and going to food banks..MY RENT is 875.can they do the math,because we are all starving.How can we save for the future,we do’t have a future if they don,t change the system.My god I have so much family around ontario,and they are so mad.they pay there tax and they never knew that ODSP work like welfare(ontario Works)They just could not beleive how they treath there tax money like that ,they make it seem like they are doing good thinks with the money for people that are disable,but they are starting to realize how.we are really kept in poverty and are basic human rights are being violated and never mind are dignaty.that gone.well the more people i make aware ,the government won’t have a choice in changing the system the way it works,they should to something are else i think and election will come soon if they don’t do something for people like me.when tax payers are getting mad in the way they are cheating the people that didn’t ask ,are was not there faulth thet they are disable and need help. they see what they are doing to us. so the more i tell people on how it really works the better for us.so keep on passing this around and maybe we will see real change happening for poor ,disable,parents,children,youth,seniors.we should have the same rights as workers.we didn’t ask to be disable.sylvie gravel.705-544-2124

  3. ODSP took my dignity and my basic human rights,because i can,t work i,am being punish and my daughter,we have 1245 a month and her father pays 450 a month for support,but it goes to ODSP and not for me and her.so in reality they only have to pay me 845.it should not be that way.with that extra money i could of put it in a education fund for my daughter and rsp savings for me.My god where are my rights.and there is so much more that the ODSP is wrong and that there polocies will never let us get ahead.it will keep us in poverty and going to food banks..MY RENT is 875.can they do the math,because we are all starving.How can we save for the future,we do’t have a future if they don,t change the system.My god I have so much family around ontario,and they are so mad.they pay there tax and they never knew that ODSP work like welfare(ontario Works)They just could not beleive how they treath there tax money like that ,they make it seem like they are doing good thinks with the money for people that are disable,but they are starting to realize how.we are really kept in poverty and are basic human rights are being violated and never mind are dignaty.that gone.well the more people i make aware ,the government won’t have a choice in changing the system the way it works,they should to something are else i think and election will come soon if they don’t do something for people like me.when tax payers are getting mad in the way they are cheating the people that didn’t ask ,are was not there faulth thet they are disable and need help. they see what they are doing to us. so the more i tell people on how it really works the better for us.so keep on passing this around and maybe we will see real change happening for poor ,disable,parents,children,youth,seniors.we should have the same rights as workers.we didn’t ask to be disable.sylvie gravel.705-544-2124

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