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December 19, 2006



I am please to see that business like the York region newspaper are giving to the poor but It is not covering 1/4 of the people. Many working poor like me do not have any acess to any services as per we are not homeless(yet) or the children do not have any problem so no help from CAS. What is very saddening (in my case) is that I tried to contact many organizations to get help for Christmas and I was refused because I was not part of the population they help or I did not get any answer at all from some local churches. You said that you were poor before and you did not want to go back there, well for me the nightmare keeps repeating. I go back to school get more degrees (universities) but I do seems to be able to ever get ahead because of the student loans. In the last 1 1/2 I started to get sick while I was working in IT support, working many extra hours and I had to quit my stressful work where I was just bearely making enough money to survive. Because now I am working contract with the school board and cannot afford to go back to school(again) to be a qualified teacher, we are poor(again) with no hope for it to get better or no hope for my children to pursue their dreams. I do not know where we will be living in the next couple of months because I can no longer afford to live in a subsidize division were I have to pay market rent($1260.00/month+). If you are asking why I do not ask for subsidy? Well I did and I am on a waiting list(up to 5 years). This is the reality in York region. The regional government want people to live and work but people cannot afford to live in this region. The only few legal appartments available are extremely expensive and the rest, well you should have a look and see if you would stay in places that are fire hazards, mouldy and were landord will control when you are allowed to wash you clothes and leave in the morning because they have too many cars!!! I know that a lot of the Regional money is sent to Toronto which is unfair but maybe this government should first fight more to get it back and also should spent less money renovating community centres that are keeping increasing the prices of activities so children that could benefits from it can no longer participes. I hope that many more organization will start caring to find a long term solution for working poor in York region.
Thank you for reading this letter.

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Joan Ransberry


Veteran reporter Joan Ransberry has seen and heard it all in the many years of covering municipal, regional, provincial and federal politics. Not afraid to blow the whistle, poke fun or venture where others won't go, her blog takes a peek at the human, the stupid and goofy side of government.


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