Here you will find an article describing the next set of ‘moves’ planned in Toronto.
I think this betrays the usual ‘progress’ we see under our current mayor. The plan is to spend a lot of time discussing what might be done over the next twenty years.
Here’s a quote from that web page, emphasis mine:
It is part of a series of panel discussions the city’s anti-poverty advocate, Councillor Joe Mihevc, hopes will generate bold ideas “to set the stage” for the next phase of Toronto’s 20-year poverty reduction strategy, approved by city council in 2015.
So, in more than two years, the city strategy has hatched a plan to spend time creating a strategy. Vintage Toronto Council, Vintage John Tory: photo ops and not much substance.
Here you will find an article describing what our Premier, Kathleen Wynne, is actually doing about poverty.
Here’s a quote from that web page:
Participants must be:
- 18 to 64 years old for the duration of the pilot.
- living in one of the selected test regions for the past at least 12 months or longer (and still live there):
- Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County
- Thunder Bay, along with the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge, Township of Shuniah, Municipality of Neebing, Township of Conmee, Township of O’Connor, Township of Gillies
- living on a low income (under $34,000 per year if you’re single or under $48,000 per year if you’re a couple)
This pilot is already running and may be expanded. I don’t remember Wynne holding a lot of consultation. The tricky bits were deciding on the dollar numbers to use as thresholds, caps, and clawbacks.
How come Toronto doesn’t offer to co-fund an expansion to here?
Now for the dumber questions.
Suppose Doug Ford became leader of the Provincial Progressive Conservatives. (He did.) Suppose he becomes premier of Ontario. (He could.)
Which thing to you think he will do first?
- Drive all the progressives out of the party?
- Cancel the provincial guaranteed income program?
- Speed up the discussions on poverty in Toronto?
I’m betting on: close to success in the first bullet, gerrymandering to un-fund the second bullet, and pointing out that the Scarborough Subway needs money more than the poor, who often don’t vote.
Is that cynical enough? That’s the final dumb question.