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Peter Biesterfeld

“The shelter crisis is making our women sick, exhausted and at risk of violence and premature death, and this must end.” Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Now under Doug Ford, the poor are facing overt class warfare Read more

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Open for business? The Ford government and their big-business lobbies blame the introduction of a $14 minimum wage for the loss of 90,000 jobs in Ontario, but that's not what the real economic numbers show Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

For 50 days this summer, Queen’s Park was ground zero for protest over the continued denial of services to Indigenous children and youth in Canada’s health and child welfare systems Read more

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Naomi Klein says the election of the PCs is a blow to social justice movements and people will get hurt in Doug Ford’s Ontario no matter how fierce the resistance Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

“Hippies go home! We’re going to win. A majority!” Read more

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Doug Ford has pledged to scrap the $15 minimum wage and replace it with a tax credit – the World Bank also recommended lowering minimum wages and deregulating labour markets earlier this year Read more

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Canadian offshoot of U.S-based retailer Spirit Halloween has agreed to remove costumes with names like Pocahottie, Reservation Royalty, Naughty Navajo and Huron Honey from its Toronto stores Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

The mayor's "just right" financial blueprint for 2018 is not so magical for those forced to navigate the growing humanitarian crisis in Toronto's overcrowded shelter system Read more

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Chopra was a hero of the non-GMO movement, best remembered for leading the resistance to government and industry pressure from agro-chemical giant Monsanto to approve bovine growth hormone in Canada Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Activists say mayor’s plan to place 400 more beds in existing shelters instead of opening up new ones will only make an already unsafe overcrowding situation less safe Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Council’s new advocate for the poor says the city has to have the courage to be honest with the public: tackling poverty is going to cost money Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Among the materials banned by city staff was an Ontario Coalition Against Poverty banner with the words Tory’s Lies Cost Lives, a reference to the mayor's record on poverty Read more

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty says private security hired by the BIA has been threatening homeless people, kicking them awake and banning them from the premises in some cases ahead of special events at the park Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Activists say that delays in funding promised by federal and provincial governments to deal with inadequate mental health services in remote First Nations communities is resulting in youth going without care Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

"When it comes to what happened in the residential schools, the 60s scoop, the colonization of our territories, it’s the responsibility of Canadian citizens to understand and not cover it up,” says Davyn Calfchild. Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Mayor who's tweeted photos of himself with homeless people has also been the overseer - some would say the architect - of the desperate crisis in our shelter system Read more

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Peter Biesterfeld

"We're literally taking money away from the poorest to keep property taxes low for people who are wealthy," says Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks. "It's reverse Robin Hood." Read more

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Through rain, snow and whatever else the city throws at her, Kneve is in Allan Gardens and on the streets fighting for some of Toronto's most vulnerable Read more

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Prominent members of Toronto’s faith communities say the city isn’t sticking to its anti-poverty blueprint Read more

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