A local professor and well-known social justice advocate has defected from the New Democratic Party and joined the Green Party in a bid to win a seat in the next federal election. Richard Walsh, a professor of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1986, decided to make the shift to the Greens after representing the NDP in five separate provincial and federal elections, he said. He most recently ran in the 2011 election as an independent.... “All the other parliamenta
AAP members joined the Feb. 15th action in Toronto: This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front.
For more information, visit: www.RaisetheMinimumWage.ca See the video from Feb. 15th at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37CpWi4Umts
Presentation to Region of Waterloo Budget Hearing [11/2/15] by Richard Walsh, Alliance Against Poverty [firstname.lastname@example.org] I’m sure, councillors, you would all agree that with the collapse of Out of the Cold programs the need for more social supports for the homeless remains urgent and dire, especially with this endless winter. But, as I emphasized in my presentation last month on behalf of the Alliance Against Poverty, what’s crucial for the residents of Waterloo Region is stren
Good evening and thank you for having me here to speak to you about the Region of Waterloo’s growing living wage movement. I’m confident that many of you are familiar with the concept, but for those who aren’t a living wage is the basic hourly wage required for someone to live a life of dignity. The wage is based on the needs of a family of four with two full-time working parents and taking local factors into consideration. The calculation takes into account nine categories f
Transit accessibility and affordability are essential for a healthy community, and the Region's commitment to healthier transit options for our present and future population is very important. However, while we realize that sensible transit costs a lot of money, GRT's business-plan of recovering ever more of its operating costs from the fare box is unaffordable for the poorest who simply can't afford any increases, much less the 10% increases that we have seen in the past. Pe
Please sign our petition to Reinstate Route 18 or provide transit access to the House of Friendship on Guelph St.: https://www.change.org/p/region-of-waterloo-reinstate-route-18-or-provide-transit-access-to-the-house-of-friendship-on-guelph-st In April, 2014 Grand River Transit cancelled Route #18 (Guelph St.) citing low ridership. Despite the low ridership, this bus route was important since it provided the only public transit access to the emergency food hamper program offe