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Cuts to Social Assistance?

Previously announced cuts to the welfare system are currently in question as the Ford government directed municipalities to “destroy” inserts to October welfare cheques outlining cuts taking effect this fall. Anti-poverty activists and municipal officials are hopeful that the province may be reconsidering the changes, widely believed to be harmful to vulnerable children and people … Continue reading

Be You, You Belong

The Be You, You Belong initiative aims to help parents and caregivers of children under six-years old in Ajax and Pickering connect with local services that support healthy child development. Enter the “Be You, You Belong” contest for a chance to win a $50 Indigo gift card. Click for details and contest rules!   Read … Continue reading

Growing Middle Class

The world is on the verge of a historic milestone. Based on the research of Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas, it is predicted that by 2020, the middle class will account for more than half of the world’s population. The middle class are defined as those who can afford the basic needs like food, shelter … Continue reading

Kindergarten Parent Survey

Are you a Durham Region parent of a Junior (year 1) or Senior (year 2) Kindergarten student? Please share your opinions to help inform early learning programs in Durham Region. When you complete the survey by June 15, your name will be entered into a draw to win one of twenty $50 gift cards to … Continue reading

Boy Crisis?

You may have heard that girls are doing better than boys in school. Did you know that in some of Canada’s leading universities, the ratio is 70% female, 30% male in some of the most prestigious programs? Many are referring to this trend as a boy crisis. Unfortunately, there is a narrative in the public … Continue reading

A Living Wage

Anti-poverty agencies are putting Living Wage theories to the test. Mission Services of London, Ontario recently announced that all of its employees will earn at least a Living Wage of $15.53/hr. Part-time Sales Associate, Carol Keep, indicates that receiving an extra $4 an hour has made a huge difference in her life – it means … Continue reading

Reinventing Home

Soaring real estate prices and a precarious work reality for young people is changing the way that some families are choosing to live. The Toronto Star recently released an article about a family of four who has chosen to re-invent their home to adapt to changing living conditions. Recognizing that it would be impossible for … Continue reading

New Law For Parents

The Province of Ontario recently passed a new Law to ensure equal recognition for all parents and children. For the first time since 1978, Ontario’s parentage laws have been updated. Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016, recognizes the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their … Continue reading

Online Safety

Do your children use the internet? As a parent, how much do you know about online safety? Parents need to teach and guide their children about online safety, including teaching children how to use online tools and what choices they may need to make. Take a look at some of the resources and information provided … Continue reading

Change is Coming

Are you aware of how your family finances might change under the new Trudeau government? The Liberal party campaigned on key measures that will likely effect you. Some of the changes include: Middle Class Tax Cuts (as much as $670/year) Tax Increases for High Earners (more than $200,000/year) A New Canada Child Benefit (replacing Universal … Continue reading