Comment 9126

By beancounter (registered) | Posted July 13, 2007 at 23:22:25

Sorry, that should read example.

Having been on welfare in the pre-Mike Harris days I don't know how people can make it on the reduced stipend paid by Ontario Works now.

On the other hand, is increasing welfare payments something like adding more lanes to a congested highway, which often encourages more people to commute longer distances?

Perhaps we need to take a harder look at helping people get off the merry-go-round, to break the poverty cycle.

To start with, let's have the politicians actually talk to people on Social Assistancde or people who work for low wages. How can we help them become more employable in higher-paid jobs?

And why not pay rental allowance directly to landlords? Why have all the low income people live in welfare ghettos and have a huge bureacracy to run social housing empires?

Finally, and this may be a little bit too utopian, can we face the fact that there are very few single parents? Most of these children living in poverty have living fathers. Let's make sure that they take responsibility for their children.

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