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September 2008: face-to-face with beginning of recession
Network focus shifts to new narrative to frame PRS:
“ we cannot afford not to address poverty: crucial as economic stimulus in short term, crucial as human development strategy for Ontario's long-term prosperity”
- op-eds, cost of poverty reports, editorial meetings
November 2008: Leadership Forum to discuss poverty reduction “Blueprint”
Kick off of provincial tour to get community input on Blueprint
Visited 26 communities; more than 1000 participants
December 4, 2008: A PRS for Ontario “ There is a lot more work to do before we can say we have succeeded, but today we have built the foundation for real progress on poverty. We should celebrate this achievement. We will be focusing now on the next steps: the work that needs to be done to implement the plan announced today.” -- Pat Capponi responding to the Ontario government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
Network and advocates across the province greet the announcement with cautious optimism: a start, a turning of the corner... but not a done deal...
PRS is generally regarded as a good start and an important commitment.
Signals a change to way poverty is understood in Ontario; represents the end of era of blaming and demonizing the poor.
Recognition that much work to be done to fill in the gaps.
Network moves to frame investments in poverty reduction as crucial for Ontario's economic stimulus strategy: money in poor people's pockets good for local economy, investments in housing, ELCC critical as job creation.
PRS agenda requires policy reform AND new investments.
Moving forward, Network must consider tough questions:
As we push our case, what is the public policy context? What will governments’ policy response be to deficit conditions?
Where is the public on the deficit? A balanced approach over a few years until economy turns around? Demands for public spending cuts? Is Ontario public ready to talk taxes?
What does this mean for us? How do we balance our push for policy reforms (e.g. use $6B currently spent on welfare more effectively, reform educational opportunity grants) with our push for more money (social assistance increases, new housing benefit, etc).