Solidarity Forever, But Surrounded By Politics at the Labour Day Picnic

It’s Labour Day, which means for most a chance to rest and recreate, but in Riverside Park every year, it’s a chance for organized labour to stand in solidarity with their fellow union employees. This year, with a Federal election on the horizon, and the spectre of Provincial cutbacks, things were slightly more political than usual. Continue reading “Solidarity Forever, But Surrounded By Politics at the Labour Day Picnic”

A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90

The Ontario government just cancelled the planned minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in January, but now, at least for workers in Guelph and Wellington County, it seems like they’re failing even further behind. According to a new report by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, a living wage in our area is now $16.90 per hour. Continue reading “A Living Wage for Guelph-Wellington is Now $16.90”

Local Poverty Advocates Concerned About Ontario Gov’s Move on Basic Income Pilot

Yesterday’s announcement that the Progressive Conservative government was reforming social assistance, while ending the Basic Guaranteed Income pilot started by the previous government, caught those combating poverty by surprise. In a word, the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination is “dismayed.” Continue reading “Local Poverty Advocates Concerned About Ontario Gov’s Move on Basic Income Pilot”

GUELPH POLITICAST #61 – Randalin Ellery, Guelph and Wellington Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty

A couple of years ago, I dedicated a December episode of the Guelph Politicast to the Guelph Food Bank. It seemed wise, and it still does, to dedicate some time at this point in the year to remembering that no matter how lucky we are, there’s always someone less lucky. The thought occurred to me again this Christmas season, and that’s where we get this episode of the Guelph Politicast, remembering Guelphites in need. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #61 – Randalin Ellery, Guelph and Wellington Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty”