[Hpn] TDRC press release - response re Provincial Budget

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:30:59 -0500


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TORONTO DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE

6 Trinity Square, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1B1

Phone: 416-599-TDRC (8372) Fax: 416-599-5445

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For Immediate Release                                                    =
                                         March 23, 2006

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What Can You Buy for 35 cents?!

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It's not enough for a stamp or a cup of coffee, but yet the Ontario =
Liberals expect single people living on social assistance to be happy =
with their 2% increase; a mere 35 cents a day more than they receive =
now.

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The latest budget from Premier McGuinty's Liberals is long on rhetoric =
and short on concrete promises to help the poor.=20

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"A 2% increase to Ontario Works and ODSP benefits is a mere drop in the =
bucket, when compared with what is needed," says Tanya Gulliver, Interim =
Coordinator at the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. "This works out to =
only $23 a month more for a mother with two children - not even a dollar =
day."

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"Our social assistance rates are now 10% below the national average; we =
needed a 40% increase - not 2%", Gulliver adds.=20

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The government also fell short on a promise to stop clawing back the =
National Child Benefit Supplement. They will allow recipients to keep =
the increases made to the NCBS since July 2004, but will continue to =
take away the bulk of the money.



"Housing received little attention in this budget," says TDRC co-founder =
and Street Nurse Cathy Crowe. "It is a re-announcement of old monies and =
promises, when what is needed is significant new investment in social =
housing."

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"We're very disappointed that this government is not keeping its =
promises," says Crowe.

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lang=3DEN-CA><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>It=92s not enough for a stamp or a cup =
of coffee,=20
but yet the Ontario Liberals expect single people living on social =
assistance to=20
be happy with their 2% increase; a mere 35 cents a day more than they =
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<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN =
lang=3DEN-CA><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>The latest budget from Premier =
McGuinty=92s Liberals=20
is long on rhetoric and short on concrete promises to help the poor.=20
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<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN =
lang=3DEN-CA><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>=93A 2% increase to Ontario Works and =
ODSP benefits=20
is a mere drop in the bucket, when compared with what is needed,=94 says =
Tanya=20
Gulliver, Interim Coordinator at the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. =
=93This=20
works out to only $23 a month more for a mother with two children =96 =
not even a=20
dollar day.=94</FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>=93Our social assistance rates are now =
10% below the=20
national average; we needed a 40% increase =96 not 2%=94, Gulliver adds. =

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face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>The government also fell short on a =
promise to=20
stop clawing back the National Child Benefit Supplement. They will allow =

recipients to keep the increases made to the NCBS since July 2004, but =
will=20
continue to take away the bulk of the money.</FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>=93Housing received little attention =
in this=20
budget,=94 says TDRC co-founder and Street Nurse Cathy Crowe. =93It is a =

re-announcement of old monies and promises, when what is needed is =
significant=20
new investment in social housing.=94</FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>=93We=92re very disappointed that this =
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