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Demand for electricity bill assistance is growing in Waterloo Region

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As Waterloo Region residents’ hydro bills continue to skyrocket, 919 people sought help from the Waterloo Region Energy Assistance Program in 2013. Most of those recipients – 55 per cent – live in Kitchener. Cambridge recipients totalled 32 per cent and Waterloo recipients totalled 9 per cent, with four per cent going to the townships. The amount dolled out by the region for the program was $461,608, paid to low-income consumers whose hydro bills were in arrears. A staff report paints a picture of the…

 

Low income transit in Toronto and the struggle to make transit free

The passing of a resolution to “develop a Policy Framework for Toronto Transit Fare Equity for consideration by the end of 2015” by Toronto City Council on July 8th, 2014 is a step forward. It reflects a series of struggles by low income people, social activists working in community movements, social agencies, transit activists, and allies in the trenches of the municipal government bureaucracy and government to address a particularly important issue of social justice – equal access to urban mobility – and a significant item in…

 

Why Ontario’s Retirement Pension Plan is a good idea

Like universal health care in 1960, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) is a plan without proof, so it can be criticized as impractical, too expensive, likely to fail, likely to offer poor returns, be open to political interference and so on. You have to have faith that it can work and be as efficient as the Canada Pension Plan, a model other countries turn to. Click HERE to read more:  

 
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