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Toronto, Aug 4 (Canadian-Media): A partnership with OnX and Cisco and Toronto was announced last week by the City of Toronto which will allow bring free client Wi-Fi to nine City-run shelters and homelessness program sites, media reports said.
"This important initiative is part of the City's work to help provide greater inclusive access to services for those who need it the most. Free 24/7 Wi-Fi internet access on-site will allow clients to more easily communicate online and access the information and services they need," said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St Paul's), City of Toronto Poverty Advocate.
Many of the clients in the City's shelter and homelessness programs have access to a mobile device but do not have a data plan to access the internet. They rely heavily on free public Wi-Fi to access support, services and benefits, search and apply for jobs and housing opportunities, and stay connected with loved ones and social networks.
"In today’s world of rapidly changing technologies, access is everything. Yet those who are unable to share in ever-evolving information are at a disadvantage. It’s called the digital divide and the City is committed to preventing it from widening," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
“In tandem with our key partner Cisco, OnX is very proud to be part of this meaningful program that we believe will have a positive impact on the lives of clients at shelters in the city of Toronto,” said Paul Khawaja, President OnX Canada. “I am proud of the work we have done and grateful for the opportunity to further contribute to the community as a whole.”
The nine sites are Robertson House, Bellwood House, Women's Residence, Fort York Residence, Family Residence, Birkdale Residence, Birchmount Residence, Adelaide Resource Centre for Women and the Streets to Homes Assessment & Referral Centre.
Robertson House, a shelter for women and children, will be the first location to receive free public client Wi-Fi.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services said yesterday that Ontario is working on a plan to reform Social Assistance to helps more people re-enter the workforce and get back on track, media reports said.
Lisa MacLeod. Image credit: Facebook page
Over the past 15 years the number of Ontarians on Social Assistance has escalated by 55 percent.
MacLeod said Ontario government has decided to accelerate 100 day deadline to develop this Assistance program to help people out of poverty.
"Social assistance will always be about compassion for people in need, but it must also be about lifting people up and helping them get their lives back on track through more jobs, more opportunities and more hope. Tackling the serious issues facing our social assistance system is not an easy thing to do. But it is the right thing to do. And we will get this right," said MacLeod.
Ontario, meanwhile, will provide current Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients with an increase of 1.5 percent across-the-board, in support rates to help them with a higher cost of living.
MacLeod also announced that the Province will be closing Ontario’s Basic Income research project in order to focus resources on more important resources.
“Our plan will help get people back to work and keep them working, while supporting people with disabilities to work when they are able and participate in their communities,” said MacLeod. “And our efforts to fix social assistance will go hand-in-hand with our commitments to reduce gas prices by 10 cents per litre, lower hydro rates, and provide targeted tax relief for working parents and minimum wage earners, all of which will provide focused benefits to lower income families.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)