A southwest Edmonton church is again spearheading a low-income housing development in Terwillegar, six years after community opposition derailed a supportive housing project for the homeless on the same property.

The church has been trying unsuccessfully to develop affordable housing on the property since 2013.

Anne Stevenson, Right at Home Housing Society chair, said this time they will win over their neighbours.

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is cutting benefits for some welfare recipients by $25 a month as part of a medium-term overhaul of social assistance.

Starting next month, the province is ending a job-seeking allowance for recipients who are not disabled and who do not have children.

The allowance was set up a decade ago by the former NDP government and Families Minister Heather Stefanson said it has been given out with no strings attached.

“It’s more of a handout than a hand up,” Stefanson said Monday.

Dueling rallies in Maple Ridge Sunday, both centered around where people living in the city’s homeless camps should go.

Hundreds packed Memorial Park demanding the province rethink plans to expand modular housing in parts of the city. “Our city, our choice,” was their rallying cry.

Just a few blocks away, supporters and residents of the Anita Place Tent City held their own rally, calling for compassion and more modular housing units and low-income housing options in the city. “Homes not hate” was their chant of choice.

A Lower Mainland social assistance office is reportedly making changes to how it deals with those waiting to access its services after being criticized for keeping many waiting outside.

Pastor Jesse Wegenast, harm reduction co-ordinator with The 5 and 2 Ministries in Abbotsford, says for about a year the city’s office for the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction would only allow a handful of people in the office at a time, forcing the remainder to wait outside, a practice he says is indicative of how society treats those in poverty or homelessness.

On April 11th the Ford Government released their 2019 provincial budget. We’ve crafted a response highlighting areas of significant concern in the document. See below for our media release:

Poverty was not mentioned once in the 382 pages of yesterday’s provincial budget. While the government professes a desire to improve Ontarians’ health and health care system, it shows no interest in addressing poverty, the most significant determinant of health. This short-sightedness will prevent our province’s most vulnerable from improving their health, and increase health and social services costs in the years to come.

Summary of our key concerns …

The Scott Moe government boasts that Saskatchewan’s a low-tax province. It shouldn’t. Taxes serve important objectives, and our leaders need to understand that.

On March 20, the Saskatchewan government tabled its 2019-20 provincial budget, projecting a balanced budget for the upcoming year. In many ways that’s quite remarkable, with Saskatchewan’s economy heavily dependent on the price of oil. But budgets are about choices, and a modest tax increase could have accomplished much.

The closure of Penticton’s emergency winter shelters appears to have resulted in an increase in social issues and crime downtown.

Both the City of Penticton and Penticton RCMP report a spike in anti-social behaviours following the closure of the city’s emergency shelters on the last weekend in March.

Penticton RCMP spokesperson Const. James Grandy said in an email last week the emergency shelter closings left many of the homeless on the street with nowhere to go.