On Dec. 5, 20 anti-poverty advocates from Hamilton travelled by bus to Queen’s Park. We met with six MPPs and attended Question Period. We had requested that Monique Taylor, MPP Hamilton Mountain, ask the government about a growing crisis being experienced by people dependent on social assistance — Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. This crisis has been created by the government’s decision not to give the usual 1.5 per cent annual cost-of-living raise to social assistance for 2019. This hits hard at a time when rents are increasing and the price of food has escalated by 7.6 per cent over the past year (Report of the Toronto Medical Officer of Health to the Toronto Board of Health, Oct. 16, 2019, Food in Toronto: Affordability, Accessibility, and Insecurity.)