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    Visiting our MPP’s office: day 2 of the S-CAP 11 trial.

    Last Monday, and again today, I got to learn a little more about the legal system. I’ve been watching the court proceedings for trespassing charges against 11 members of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty. The Coalition had done a bit of activist theatre back last year, bringing sleeping bags and soft drinks to our MPP’s office to turn it into “Sudbury’s newest homeless shelter.” I was one of the people there, though I left before the arrests commenced and I’m writing as an individual. We wanted to raise awareness of the likely results of cuts to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit. We were only there for about 20 minutes…

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    Sudbury’s fight against the municipal replacement for CSUMB

    The Ontario Liberal government’s ended the Community Start Up and Maintenance Budget (CSUMB) as of Jan. 1, 2013. A portion of the money previously going towards CSUMB was put into municipally run programs, including a one time payment of $42 million, spread across the province to help during the ‘transition year’. The Sudbury Coalition Against Povery is fighting as strongly as we can to get the replacement program, known as the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative or CHPI (pronounced “chippy”), to fund the same things and at the same levels as the CSUMB did. We had some issues with information between Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) being mishandled. In early May we had someone in…