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Pearson: An ennobling struggle to build a life of purpose, hope

Pearson: An ennobling struggle to build a life of purpose, hope

A lot has been said, written, sung, painted and even preached on the subjects of poverty, mental illness, addictions and homelessness in London during the past few years. 

Debating Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase: Part II

Debating Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase: Part II

As we continue the conversation around minimum wage in Ontario, finding solutions that go deeper than surface level is challenging.

Debating Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase: Part I

Debating Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase: Part I

This month, the Ontario government announced that the province’s minimum wage will be raised to $15 per hour by 2019.

The Female Face of Poverty

The Female Face of Poverty

I had the privilege of participating in creating “London For All: A Roadmap to End Poverty”. Although of course I think all the content is important, I particularly value the following lines: “Poverty impacts everyone, but it impacts people differently and for different reasons. 

A Job is (or was) the Best Social Policy

A Job is (or was) the Best Social Policy

At one time, most farms in southern Ontario had a Beatty Brothers windmill, along with their other farm implements. A little later, many homes had a Beatty wringer washing machine. Their water pumps were famous, too.

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

I was a full time graduate student and part-time research assistant. I was earning straight A’s and I had received prestigious funding to support my thesis research. I was married and owned a home. On the surface, I was in my element and I had a perfect life.

Wrapping Up Seniors' Month Through a Creative Lens

Wrapping Up Seniors' Month Through a Creative Lens

“It’s pretty sad, Kathy, when you can’t even afford to volunteer or go to the theatre. You start to lose your soul and spirit.” As Seniors Month comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on the amazing people I’ve met since we started the Creative Age Network.

Innovation and Poverty Reduction Through an Intergenerational Workforce

Innovation and Poverty Reduction Through an Intergenerational Workforce

As a young person developing a career while working towards poverty reduction in London, I am conflicted. I am a millennial, which means that I am interested in London’s ability to attract and retain young people within London’s diverse and vibrant workforce. 

Reflections on Seniors' Poverty

Reflections on Seniors' Poverty

I work at the public library, and have met several seniors who have been dealing with poverty and social isolation. One of my patrons is over 90 years old, and agreed to share her thoughts with me.

Seniors, technology and social action

Seniors, technology and social action

“To me, Radical Retirement is a positive and passionate attitude towards aging that encourages internet literacy and activism and other creative civic engagement strategies to involve and empower older adults. We become less isolated, more energized, and more involved with our communities, resulting in a feeling of connectivity, support, and sense of purpose. We can use technology to bring awareness to important issues like seniors’ poverty.”

Statistics never tell the whole story: A reflection on seniors' poverty

Statistics never tell the whole story: A reflection on seniors' poverty

For three months in a row this year, February, March and April our jobless rate grew. And grew, to a whopping 7.3%. If you know anyone who is unemployed or under-employed and desperately looking for work, the disappointment continues. Statistics never tell the whole story. 

Taking action on affordable seniors' housing

Taking action on affordable seniors' housing

London has made a commitment to increase accessibility to affordable housing (City of London, 2016). They are adding new housing that meet the criteria for affordable housing (not more than 30% of income) and have added 1200 units since 2005. In these units, the cost to inhabit one of these units is market value or lower. 

Will my struggles pay off?

Will my struggles pay off?

I will be 52 next week. I was trafficked for 8 years through the strip bars in Southwestern Ontario. Through the process, I lost any savings I had and all of my possessions. I escaped 7 years ago with the clothes on my back.

It's time to eradicate structural violence in London

It's time to eradicate structural violence in London

The social services in Canada are there to be the safety nets we need when our options run out, or we can no longer find the resources (financially, mentally, physically) to protect our own well-being and that of our family’s, but  those safety nets designed to protect us, can often be the ones further harming our well-being.

Reflections on a Life in Poverty

Reflections on a Life in Poverty

I am a woman and I’m getting “up there”. I am/was a single a mother of 3 sons and now I’m a grandmother. I am blessed.  But back then, did I know poverty!

Today's seniors facing complex problems

Today's seniors facing complex problems

I was honoured when my leader, Andrea Horwath, asked me to take on the role of Critic for Seniors Affairs on behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats. When I made the decision to enter into politics, I wanted to ensure that I could focus my efforts on vulnerable members of our community. In this new role, I was grateful to meet that challenge head on.

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard...

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard...

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone; But when she got there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. For some reason, I started thinking about this childhood nursery rhyme. 

June is Senior's Month – Time to Raise Awareness about their Concerns

June is Senior's Month – Time to Raise Awareness about their Concerns

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario.  It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our seniors and raise awareness about some of their concerns. 

Poverty, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking

Poverty, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking

On Wednesday evening, I went to an event that I found very upsetting. Working in the area of poverty, I am always trying to gain insight into why things are the way they are for our city, so it was a natural fit for me to attend the “Poverty, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking”

Looking at Poverty Through the Lens of People with Disabilities

Looking at Poverty Through the Lens of People with Disabilities

Canada has much to be proud of when it comes to addressing the inclusion of people with disabilities within society.