Open Letter to Minister Deb Matthews On principles for the Ontario Nutritional Supplement Program

From 25 in 5, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and the ODSP Action Coalition Dear Minister Matthews, The decision the McGuinty government has taken to end the Special Diet Allowance for people on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program has been interpreted as a disturbing signal about the degree to which government … Continue reading Open Letter to Minister Deb Matthews On principles for the Ontario Nutritional Supplement Program

Special Diet #Rally and March on the #McGuinty Government: Thursday, April 15th – #Toronto

Rally and March on the McGuinty Government: Thursday, April 15th @ 12 Noon Allan Gardens Park (Sherbourne and Gerrard) *free meal *accessibility pick-up @ 11:30 am at south-east corner of Dundas-Yonge WE DEMAND: -Raise Welfare and Disability rates by 40% now! -Stop the attacks: Give us back the Special Diet! -Defend Public Services On March … Continue reading Special Diet #Rally and March on the #McGuinty Government: Thursday, April 15th – #Toronto

#Ontario scraps Special Diet Allowance to further #Medicalize people in #Poverty

Poverty advocates decry loss of diet allowance Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Ontario is scrapping the Special Diet Allowance that helps people on social assistance pay extra food costs related to specific medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Confirming the pre-budget fears of anti-poverty advocates, the Liberal government cited last fall’s provincial … Continue reading #Ontario scraps Special Diet Allowance to further #Medicalize people in #Poverty

Special Diet Program Discriminatory: Human Rights Tribunal

On Wednesday, February 17, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released its long-awaited decision in the lead Special Diet Allowance complaint cases. In a 61-page decision, Interim Tribunal Chair David Wright found that the Ontario government’s Special Diet Allowance Program discriminated against the lead complainants on the basis of disability and ordered retroactive and future … Continue reading Special Diet Program Discriminatory: Human Rights Tribunal

No one knows what sort of future there will be for #amputees in #Haiti

Mitchell Landsberg Ottawa Citizen , Feb. 23, 2010 She is 19 years old, with an angelic face and big, heavy-lidded eyes. A bright young woman close to graduating from high school, a rare accomplishment in Haiti. As her sister runs a hand through her hair, Sounlove Zamour tells how the Jan. 12 earthquake split her … Continue reading No one knows what sort of future there will be for #amputees in #Haiti

Needs of #Haiti’s #disabled must not be forgotten, says #UN expert body

9 February 2010 – A group of United Nations experts today stressed that the needs of Haitians with disabilities must be included in the relief, recovery and reconstruction processes following the earthquake that battered the small Caribbean nation last month. Persons with disabilities must not become “the forgotten ones during the emergency response and the … Continue reading Needs of #Haiti’s #disabled must not be forgotten, says #UN expert body