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 7: Feminist Policy in Ontario

Listen to episode 7 here.

Tara speaks with Toronto creative Franceta Johnson about some of what the three parties have to offer in terms of policy that helps to combat the inequality between men and women in Ontario.

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • promised they will cover up to $6,750 in childcare costs per child under the age of 15 (the average cost of childcare in Toronto is $3000/month)
  • stated would ensure individuals under the age of 18 obtain parental permission before receiving an abortion
  • promised to roll back health and sex ed curriculum reforms with greater parental input

Liberals:

  • pledged free childcare for children over the age of two and full day kindergarten
  • reformed Ontario’s sex ed curriculum in 2015 and plan on maintaining it
  • maintains a pro-choice position for all

NDP:

  • promised to maintain Liberal’s sex ed curriculum
  • pledged free childcare for all households who earn under $40,000 annually and childcare for $12/day for households earning over $40,000
  • maintains a pro-choice position for all

Episode 6: The NDP Platform

Listen to episode 6 here.

Kate and Tara discuss the highlights of the Ontario NDP platform, including the large social spending commitments like universal dental care and pharmacare and revenue-creating measures like tax hikes for the wealthiest Ontarians and a yearly tax on foreign home owners in the GTA.

Resources:

NDP Platform PDF – www.ontariondp.ca/platform

Highlights:

  • universal dental care
  • universal pharmacare
  • free childcare for households earning under $40,000 annually and an average of $12/day for households earning over $40,000
  • free transition drugs for trans individuals
  • $16 billion in school repairs
  • index the minimum wage to inflation and extend parameters to include all workers, including students and servers
  • turn OSAP loans into non-repayable grants
  • buy back Hydro One and reduce Hydro bills by 30% immediately
  • establish a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
    • cut children’s mental health waits to a 30-day max with a $590 million investment
    • hire 400 more mental health care workers to provide mental health supports in every high school
  • raise taxes by 1% on $220,000 incomes
  • raise taxes by 2% on over $300,000 incomes
  • corporate tax rate raised from 11.5% to 13%
  • GTA: annual property tax on foreign owners at 0.5% per year in 2018 and 2% in 2019
  • increase taxes on cars more than 90,000