• Out of Sight – Out of Mind

    Toronto’s ‘Streets to Homes’ Response to Homelessness The City of Toronto’s ‘Streets to Homes’ program is a finalist for one of two awards that will be presented during the celebration of United Nations’ World Habitat Day. These annual awards are given for “practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.” ‘Streets to Homes’ is … Keep reading »

  • Raise the Rates: The Vital Struggle Against Ontario’s Sub-Poverty Welfare System

    A drastic reduction in the adequacy of income support payments is key to the neoliberal agenda. This is especially true in a country like Canada that had earlier seen the consolidation of a basic social infrastructure. However much the balance is tilted in favour of the employers, employment insurance (EI) and welfare payments limit the … Keep reading »

  • ‘Poverty Reduction’? Reforming without Reforms in a Neoliberal World

    On June 21, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) took over a downtown Toronto park for and with the homeless. We were able to create a short lived space where destitute victims of social cutbacks and urban redevelopment could stand together and raise a voice of resistance. Nine years previously, we had done the same … Keep reading »

  • Raise the Rates: The Vital Struggle Against Ontario’s Sub-Poverty Welfare System

    A drastic reduction in the adequacy of income support payments is key to the neoliberal agenda. This is especially true in a country like Canada that had earlier seen the consolidation of a basic social infrastructure. However much the balance is tilted in favour of the employers, employment insurance (EI) and welfare payments limit the … Keep reading »

  • Income Inequalities, Living Wages and Union Organizing

    It is now accepted across a wide spectrum of political thinking that the period of neoliberalism has sharpened income inequalities. This has occurred along a number of dimensions. The capitalist class has seen an increase in wealth from an increasing concentration of assets; a rapid run-up in asset prices; and corporate profits having been restored … Keep reading »