City councillors are going to give more money to help run all of Peterborough’s emergency shelters for the homeless – and they’ll also offer enough to keep the Warming Room open year-round, at least until 2020.

The plan is to give more money to Brock Mission, Cameron House, Youth Emergency Shelter and the Warming Room.

In 2018, the city will take that $200,000 from a homelessness reserve fund and then budget for it in later years.

The Warming Room will get the largest boost: its funding will go from $85,000 annually to $160,000 (an increase of $75,000).

What is wrong with Tina Mundy and the Liberal government -defending their inaction on reducing poverty in P.E.I. by promising another action strategy in 2018?

Last week, Ms. Mundy is telling us that she wants input from all Islanders on reducing poverty so as to “craft” a new strategy for the future. Seems more like a new buzzword to further delay making any concrete changes.

Her example of how this government is tackling poverty by improving targeted programs and services for low income Islanders is really an example of how out of touch our elected officials are.

Families living on social assistance in inadequate housing and not enough money to buy food and clothing are those in need. Seniors living in their own homes and can’t afford to heat them or fix them are those in need. Families who live with members suffering from physical and mental disabilities and can’t afford medication or medical care are those in need.

For two decades, Dr. Miguel Sanchez has been writing about child poverty and each year he’s profoundly disturbed by what he finds.

“Year after year we have been reporting the very same number of children living below the poverty line,” says Sanchez. “It is unacceptable that in a society that claims to cherish children, we have close to 25 per cent of this province’s children living in abject poverty.”

Sanchez, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Work, has co-authored a report on child and family poverty in Saskatchewan, with Dr. Garson Hunter, Associate Professor in the Social Work Faculty.

The report using the latest numbers from Statistics Canada (Annual Income Estimates for Census Families and Individuals Final Estimates 2015), states that 24.1 per cent of children in Saskatchewan live below the poverty line, compared to the national average of 17.1 per cent

The Regional Food Distribution Association, which supplies food banks across Northwestern Ontario, is part of the Ontario Association of Food Banks that released its 2017 Hunger Report on Monday.

The report found that 499,415 individuals accessed a food bank over the last year. Children make up 33 per cent of that number and 90 per cent of food bank clients are rental or social housing tenants who spend more than 70 per cent of their income on housing.

“Provincially, more than 45 per cent of food bank clients — or 224,736 people — have less than $100 left each month after paying basic expenses,” said Carolyn Stewart, executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, in a statement.

Demand remains disconcertingly high at the Sudbury Food Bank.

According to an annual Hunger Report released this week, the service was used by 7,586 people per month last year.

Given the city’s population hovers just north of 161,000, that means five per cent of residents can’t put food on the table— or, if they did, they wouldn’t be able to pay their rent and keep a roof over their table.

“Really the food bank is a symptom — it’s not the problem,” said Dan Xilon, executive director of the food bank. “The problem is not enough affordable housing.”

In the People’s Republic of China, Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeing red over the Progressive Conservative People’s Guarantee manifesto.

“We’ve been waiting for quite awhile to see something substantial come out of Brown and the Conservatives. So we’ve seen those now and the thing that jumps out at me is the pretty serious cuts,” Wynne said Tuesday.

“We’re the leanest per-capita program spending government in the country,” said the premier, who has read the Tories’ 78-page platform.

“So to suggest that there’s this bloated government and you can come in and slash $12 billion and nobody will feel pain is nonsense,” she said.

“He has to be held to account on this.”

Ian got “relocated” to his current spot just before the 2010 Olympics, because he was “more visible” near a school at the time.

“It’s not the lap of luxury, but it’s not hell in a hand basket. I’m homeless, but not hopeless,” said an articulate Ian, wearing a T-shirt with the words “Never Give Up” under his thin jacket.

In reality, his home is a beat-up, solar-powered camper van, wrecked SUV, complemented by his self-landscaped garden, garnished with a tent and patio umbrella.