Episode 10: Poverty & Homelessness

Listen to episode 10 here. 

 

On this special 10th episode, Tara and Kate chat with friend of the show Kiki Cekota about the news from Ontario politics this week, as well as the three party election platforms and how they rank in terms of the way they plan to address poverty and homelessness in this province. Tara and Kate also sit down with Jocelyn Helland, Executive Director at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth in Toronto to understand the challenges facing some of our most vulnerable communities and what government can and should do help.

Resources:

407 data breach story: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…legations-1.4671063

LIberals promise to end auto-insurance discrimination: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…stal-code-1.4668052

Patrick Brown book: www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brown…c-ontario-1.4665677

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • Ford stated repeatedly he will cut provincial spending overall by $6 billion
  • will cap the minimum wage at $14/hour and eliminate income tax on minimum wage earners
  • will cover up to $6,750 in childcare costs per child under the age of 15

Liberals:

  • increased the minimum wage to $14/hour in January 2018, rising to $15/hour January 2019
  • pledged to provide more community-based mental health services to more than 12,000 young people in 2018–19, growing to approximately 46,000 over four years
  • committed to adding 525 more supportive housing units for people with complex mental health and addictions needs
  • pledged $17.1 billion over 10 years for mental health spending
  • offered free childcare for children over the age of two and implemented full-day kindergarten

NDP:

  • committed to follow the Liberal minimum wage plan, but increase parameters to all workers (including students and servers)
  • pledged to invest in 30,000 new supportive housing units over the next 10 years, building at least 3,000 every year
  • pledged to hire 2,200 new mental health care workers (including counsellors, social workers, case managers, system navigators and assertive community treatment staff)
  • pledged free childcare for households earning under $40,000 and averaging $12/day for households earning more

 

 

Episode 2: Housing

Listen to episode 2 here

Tara and Kate talk to Toronto Housing Matters founder Chris Spoke about the price of housing in the province of Ontario and what we are seeing so far policy-wise from the three parties

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • eliminate rent controls
  • eliminate foreign buyers tax

Liberals:

  • maintain foreign buyers tax as a one time payment in Greater Golden Horseshoe Region
  • create more than 2,000 new housing units with a mix of market-based and affordable units

NDP:

  • build 30,000 new supportive housing units over 10 years
  • 65,000 new affordable homes over 10 years
  • introduce legislation requiring developers to include affordable homes in new projects
  • introduce yearly Housing Speculation Tax on foreign buyers who own homes in Ontario
    • $5 for assessed $1000 value in 2018, rising to $20 for assessed $1000 value in 2019