"[By] The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition".
"Editor Murray MacAdam".
Includes bibliographical references.
"Nearly two million people in Ontario live in poverty. How have the cutbacks of the past decade affected them ? What does the housing crisis really mean for families and for individuals ? Can governments do anything about widespread hunger, homelessness and poverty ? The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), which represents Ontario's major faith communities set out to find answers. More than 1500 people took part in 15 community consultations across Ontario during 2003. Many were low-income people whose voices are rarely heard in our society. [This book] tells their stories, along with analysis of the issues we face, and policy proposals to end the scandal of poverty in our wealthy province". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- A Call to Conscience -- Will Community Voices Shape Public Choices ? / Armine Yalnizyan -- The Scandal of Poverty : A Jewish Perspective / Dow Marmur -- The Social Assistance Roadblock -- Adding Insult to Injury : The Ontario Disability Support Program -- Will the Government Act ? / Nancy Vander Plaats -- The Toll on Health -- A Prescription for Poor Health / Dennis Raphael -- Hunger -- Hope Amidst Hunger Pangs / Sue Cox -- Nowhere to Call Home : The Housing Crisis -- A National Disgrace / Michael Shapcott -- The Quest for Work at a Living Wage -- Winning a Living Wage / Sarah Blackstock -- Poverty's Impact on Children and Families -- Honouring Our Promises : Meeting the Challenge to End Child and Family Poverty in Canada / Pedro Barata and Cara Mirabelli -- Federal Transfers for Social Programs : Forward or Backward ? / Greg deGroot-Maggetti -- Ontario at a Turning Point -- ISARC's Priorities for Action -- Appendices -- Notes -- Contributors.
Contents of Appendices: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
OTCH Note: The Anglican Church of Canada is a member of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition which was formed in 1986. An endorsement quote/blurb from the Most Rev. Terence Finlay, Anglican Archbishop of Toronto, appears on back cover. Editor Murray MacAdam is an Anglican lay person