CITY TIGHTENS SCREWS ON PEOPLE ON WELFARE
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The City of Toronto is preparing to save funds by making sure that people on Ontario Works (OW) are denied benefits they need on an even bigger scale than happens at present. In announcing that fees for renting sports facilities will "only" increase by 8%, City officials have made clear that they will stick it to poor people on social assistance as a way of saving money.
David Miller and the "progressive" majority on City Council were not going to lay a finger on the swollen $800 million cop budget so they settled for another round of attacks on poor people and families.
Despite the ominous indications of economic recession, projections for a monthly welfare caseload of 79,000 have been revised and they will be "managing caseload numbers" in a vicious attempt to keep it at only 77,000 for a savings of $4.2 million.