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Peter Biesterfeld

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 more

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Peter Biesterfeld

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

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Zach Ruiter

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 more

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

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Decades of austerity have eroded social assistance in the province to the point where people are unable to feed themselves. Now the Wynne government is taking poverty reduction cues from the International Monetary Fund more

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The other Leafs franchise in town, the one that plays baseball, is in a league of its own when it comes to breathing life into the west-end community it has called home since 1969 more

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Peter Biesterfeld

Why are the homeless dying? Some would rather take their chances outside in the freezing cold than risk the dangers of an overcrowded shelter system more

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Small booksellers across the country are getting pummeled, but Conspiracy Culture lives on thanks to devoted followers with a yen for “alternative perspectives” on the world more

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