Owen Sound Election 2018

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- by Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

 

10. Poverty is a stubborn reality for tens of thousands of our neighbours. According to Bruce Grey United Way in 2017, a single parent with two kids needs a full-time wage of $21.01 per hour, but this is a dream for thousands of workers. How do you propose to reduce poverty?

 

Most of the responses to question 10 seem to refer the issue to other levels of government, so is advocacy for our residents to those governments part of a council member's role?

A lot of focus is on "good jobs", and the working-poor or precariously employed is certainly a local issue, but it the does not address the temporarily or permanently unemployable, or the elderly living on minimal pension income.

 

My parents used to frequently quote Mr.Mikawber from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."  Does it just take more creative ideas or strategic partnerships to mitigate the effects of low incomes?

 

Are there ways the City can control residents' costs of living, increase value or offer options? The public library, art gallery, parks, sponsored recreation opportunities and free city entertainment are all part of that, as are fees and fares.  Enforcing by-laws, providing safety lighting and police presence helps to make rental housing healthier and safer. The City also provided a guarantee for a loan for non-profit housing.

 

We have asked some of those people with lived experience or who work on behalf of those in poverty in our community for their reaction to the question and answers.

 

 Candidates answers to this question are here.

 

All 12 questions and the candidates' answers thus far are here.


 

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