Category Archives: social assistance

Experimenting with(out) poverty: Health impacts of a guaranteed annual income

In an age of austerity, a time when public discourse related to healthcare revolves around which services to cut, its difficult to imagine that at one time in Canadian history, medicare was seen as just one part of a just … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s Shelter Health Network

According to the report, “On Any Given Night: Measuring Homelessness in Hamilton”, published by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, the two major contributors to homelessness are the lack of adequate income and the lack of affordable housing. Families … Continue reading

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ODSP recipient, anti-poverty advocate: “The attitude that you must be ‘faking it’ is incredibly dehumanizing”

Earlier this month, the Hamilton Community Foundation released its annual Vital Signs report, a “community check-up…that measures the vitality of our communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life.” The report found, among … Continue reading

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Anti-poverty activist Dr Roland Wong positive ahead of disciplinary hearing

We know that people from food insufficient households are more likely to have poor health outcomes – they have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure for example. We’ve also talked before about the fact that an … Continue reading

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Med students urge province to Put Food in the Budget

In the province of Ontario, an individual living on social assistance receives 592$/month. This sum must cover the cost of food, rent, transportation and all other living expenses. Earlier this month, 20 McMaster medical students did the math and concluded … Continue reading

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