We need a recovery that works for everyone and a plan for an equitable recovery.

The pandemic starkly showed just how badly our support systems work for people who face marginalization due to poverty, oppression and inequality. It is time we fixed our safety net to guarantee quality living conditions for all communities. COVID-19 has proven that governments can act swiftly to change policies and create programs.

Government policy is making us increasingly vulnerable to the pandemic, but repeated calls for change seem to go totally unheard at Queen’s Park, organizers say. While the government is holding back funds to fight a future deficit, the lack of focus on critical issues like housing and paid sick days are pushing the province into a third wave, and raising concerns in communities in every corner of the Province.

Visit https://www.justrecoveryontario.ca for more information.

Basic Income Waterloo Region

Basic Income Waterloo Region is a group of community members who are passionate about improving Canada’s social safety net, eliminating poverty and responding to the rise of automation in the workforce. We are committed to seeing a basic income implemented to solve the socio-economic problems affecting communities across Canada. We’re not aligned with any political party, because support for basic income extends across Canada’s political spectrum. We promote research, base our arguments on evidence and collaborate with partners throughout Waterloo Region and across the country to make basic income Canada’s next great social program.

For more information please visit www.basicincomewr.ca or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Waterloo region crime prevention council

Indigenous Justice Coordinator Lu Roberts is a member of this council as a Community Representative, with a focus on the areas of poverty law and Indigenous Issues.

This council strives to “connect citizens, decision makers and service providers in order to reduce and prevent crime, victimization and fear of crime through information sharing, public education and awareness raising, promotion of partnerships, focused problem solving, evidence based interventions, policy development, supporting grassroots initiatives, advising local government, capacity building, and advocating for change.”

  • Their focus includes:
  • Community Engagement – working with community where they’re at, mobilizing community, and amplifying existing partnerships and community conversations
  • Knowledge Mobilization – generating, sharing, and applying key concepts and research to address issues of social harm
  • Backbone Support – providing the support to get the work started and stepping away, policy development, advocacy, and navigating systems

For more information please visit: https://preventingcrime.ca/