I speak up, out, loudly, angrily, brazenly and maybe for you, annoyingly.
I did so today on CBC’s The Current, Special Edition: We are the 10%.
I do it because I truly believe we are crazy making.
Statistics Canada says the inflation rate is 3.4%. The cost of fruits and vegetables have increased anywhere from 6 to 13%. Ontario has set rent increases to a possible 3.1%.
Social assistance rates rose in Ontario by only 1% this year, ensuring people spiral into deeper poverty.
I started a petition to stop this because if we do not speak up, change will never occur.
I believe that social assistance rates in Ontario need to be set at a rate that adequately reflects the cost of basic necessities such as food and shelter.
This is more than just the right thing to do. During difficult economic times, it is in the best interest of all Ontarians to stimulate local economies and reduce spending on poverty-related health care costs by increasing benefits to adequate levels.
Agree? Please sign the petition.