3. News, Rights, Advocacy
Budget – “Don’t panic”
- · Low income Seniors get dentistry
- ODSP, OW were not destroyed
- Horse racing…
- Cuts to social assistance, legal aid, education, trees…
- Changes to awards and rights to access Compensation for Victims of Crime Act [CVCA]
Analysis of some of these proposed changes is available here at Income Security Advocacy Cenre: Budget update: //bit.ly/2GNVBvH
Legal Aid Cut – BUT Ford will get you a lawyer:
“If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid,” Ford added in the interview. – Ontario Premier Doug Ford…phoned in to the Alan Carter Show on Global News radio show April 22
Funding for refugee and immigration cases was also eliminated. Bulletin:
- Does this mean that people with disabilities who are some of the most vulnerable people be exposed to torture, violence because of this policy?
- Can refugees report crimes to police?
- Can they call for assistance for overdoses, partner violence, child abuse?
- Will they be used as tools to undercut labour laws and wages, because they cannot access employment lawyers?
Planning for death for homeless people
Planning for death, when life is a struggle — project helps marginalized populations prepare for a dignified end
Justine Hunter Apr 19 //tgam.ca/2UCAYrf
Ontario Disability Support Program Shelter Allowance can cover storage lockers for homeless people
An ODSP claimant used a storage locker. She received back payment for 5 years storage locker costs and ongoing payments from ODSP. You (and your worker) can use this to argue for storage locker cost coverage if you are homeless.
‘Uncertain Futures’: An Episodic Disabilities Discussion Paper Episodic Disabilities Network (EDN) //bit.ly/2VvQ1aG
Episodic disabling conditions or diseases are lifelong, but unlike permanent or progressive disabling conditions, they result in episodes of disability. …
Top health officer calls on B.C. to‘urgently’ decriminalize possession of illicit drugs
Michelle Ghoussoub, Rhianna Schmunk · CBC News · Posted: Apr 24 //bit.ly/2VxV3mU
See the 50-page report
Evictions—Cutting tenant protections will harm our health
Scott Leon April 25, 2019 Wellesley Institute //bit.ly/2ZDx5FR
Changes could increase evictions:
· Shortened eviction timelines would give renters less opportunity to catch up on back rent and could lead to more evictions.
· Allowing private bailiffs to enforce evictions in the place of public sheriffs would weaken tenants’ positions at a vulnerable time…
· Removing Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) hearings altogether for tenants that cannot formally and speedily dispute the eviction could lead to more people being evicted.
· Limiting the issues tenants can raise in an LTB hearing to those disclosed in writing before the hearing would bias the process in favour of landlords. Tenants need to be able to come to the hearing and raise extenuating circumstances, such as disrepair.
“An oak tree comes from a single nut that stood its ground.” –Author Unknown
Organizing Guide for Psychiatric Survivors MindFreedom International
Tool to explain and advocate for disability rights for you or your communities.