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September 26, 2012

Judaism, Christianity and Poverty - How would you really like to be treated?


On September 13, 2012, the Interfaith Social AssistanceReform Coalition (ISARC), in collaboration with IDI and the Church of the HolyTrinity, held this really interesting event, where individuals from four different faiths – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist – all shared their perspectives on social justice based on the teachings of their respective religions.

Avrum Rosensweig speaking at the Interfaith
Perspectives on Social Justice Dinner
One of my favourite quotes from the evening (and there are many) comes from Avrum Rosensweig, a Jewish Scholar and founder of Ve’ahavta (The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee).  During the discussion he talked about Judaism calling people to do two things:
1) Be a good human being and
2) understand the human being beside you. 

This quote got me thinking about the Christian call to treat others just as you want to be treated (Luke 6:31). 

How do these two important teachings connect for me?

September 20, 2012

Diary of an Advocacy Associate: The 25 in 5 Network is back in Action


About 5 years ago, a group of anti-poverty advocates got together and asked the Ontario government to create a poverty reduction strategy.  The group called themselves the 25-in-5 network and asked that any poverty reduction strategy the government put forward aim to reduce Ontario’s poverty rate by 25% over five years. 


Well guess what, the group actually had quite a bit of success!!

September 14, 2012

Let's Include Single Adults in the Next Poverty Reduction Strategy


Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy defines living in deep poverty as anyone who’s income is less than 40% of the median adjusted family income in Canada (as reported by statistics Canada).  One of the main goals of the current poverty reduction strategy, which was implemented in 2008, was to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25% by 2013.  As we reported in an earlier post, the government has made some progress in achieving this target. 

In the coming year, Ontario is required, through the Poverty Reduction Act, to review and update its current poverty reduction strategy.    There are many items to consider when updating the new strategy.  One such measure is the depth of poverty, not only for children, but for adults as well.

September 11, 2012

Diary of an Advocacy Associate: The Journey Begins


I've been working at MCCO and contributing to this blog for about two months now, and yesterday I realized that I failed to introduce myself……..

I'm Kaylie.  That's a picture of me at my desk.  I work at MCCO as a poverty advocacy associate and, so far, am really enjoying my job.  Though I've worked as a member of the poverty advocacy team before (as a research intern last summer), this fall marks my first real foray into the world of advocacy.

I’d like to take you with me.