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Survey will measure extent of injured worker poverty
Posted March 17, 2009 - The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups is asking workers and advocates for help in gathering information about the financial situation of workers after a work-related injury or illness. The injured worker poverty questionnaire and a plan for successful participation in the study are included. There is also a web site where the survey can be completed online.
Article source Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups


New payday loan laws will license lenders, allow 'cooling off' period
Posted March 16, 2009 - The Ontario government's new payday loan legislation, which comes into effect on April 1, will license lenders, allow a "cooling off" period to cancel a loan, and set a limit on borrowing costs for payday loan agreements.
Article source Government of Ontario


Report says strategic investments will stimulate economy and fight poverty
Posted March 16, 2009 - The Ontario Association of Food Banks has released a report that says that Ontario's poverty rate could rise four per cent if the provincial government does not make key investments in social infrastructure.
Article source Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)


Advocates commend program that recognizes needs of low-income energy consumers
Posted March 11, 2009 - The Low-Income Energy Network has commended the Ontario Energy Board for a new program that recognizes the needs of low-income energy consumers.
Article source Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)


Oppressive poverty leads people with disabilities to campaign for higher support rates
Posted March 10, 2009 - A Toronto Star opinion piece describes people with disabilities who have been campaigning to get the Ontario government to raise disability support rates. They have been left out of the poverty reduction plan and only two MPPs have acknowledged their plight.
Article source Toronto Star


Video warns potential immigrants about unscrupulous consultants
Posted March 10, 2009 - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has launched a video warning potential immigrants about fraudulent immigration consultants. The video can be viewed on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site and will soon be posted on YouTube. Multilingual versions will be distributed to overseas missions and regional offices in Canada, among other outlets.
Article source Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)


Landlords' group admits legal files on tenants available on Internet
Posted March 6, 2009 - An article in the Toronto Star reports that the Landlord's Source Centre acknowledges that the company's legal files about tenants were available through an insecure web address. The article also reports that, yesterday, worried tenants overwhelmed the tenant hotline at the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations.
Article source Toronto Star


Call Finance Minister today to get poverty in the budget, activists urge
Posted March 5, 2009 - Anti-poverty activists urge people to take two minutes to phone the Finance Minister and tell him to put funding to tackle poverty in the upcoming provincial budget.
Article source Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)


Online tenant information raises concerns about privacy and identity theft
Posted March 5, 2009 - An article in the Toronto Star reports that private information about close to 1,400 tenants, including social insurance numbers and mental health issues, is available through the web site of the Landlord's Source Centre.
Article source Toronto Star


Audit reveals workplace safety rebates reward dangerous employers
Posted March 4, 2009 - A Toronto Star article reports that an audit of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's incentive program, which is supposed to promote safe workplaces, shows that the program is actually giving cash rewards to dangerous employers.
Article source Toronto Star


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