The Ontario government “For The People” has promised jobs rather than increasing social assistance. The government will change the definition of disability to the federal standard, which will restrict access to ODSP for new applicants and will leave many of us poorer and more vulnerable.
Rent control will be removed on new units built after November 15th, 2018. The government believes this will increase rental buildings.
Sometimes we may not even believe it ourselves, but we are People. We are part of “The People”. People with ideas, humour, and rights.
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Dr Lee Jong-wook, Director General of WHO. “We have solutions to reverse the situation, in rich and poor countries alike. I urge countries, international organizations, academia, the healthcare and legal sectors and others to take a hard look at the conditions of people with mental disorders and take action to promote and protect their rights….
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OW / ODSP Changes Announced
Key Point: Government did not increase/decrease ODSP and OW levels in response to extensive advocacy. Disability definitions will exclude many new applicants (existing recipients will maintain benefits). Many new applicants will not qualify for ODSP so they will end up on much lower supports of Ontario Works with “wrap-around supports” for our needs (jobs workers, mental health workers etc…). Earnings exemptions and clawbacks have changed. Lots of details to come.
The Fare Pass Presto card saves money: $2.00 per ride, 115.50 monthly pass. If you receive a transport allowance from OW or ODSP check with a worker before you apply for the pass so that you don’t have that subsidy cut from your cheque.
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