Posted October 15, 2019
Members of ACORN in cities across Ontario are committed to fighting back each month against the Ford government’s cuts to essential programs in our communities. This month we had actions in Hamilton, Toronto, and Ottawa, speaking out on affordable childcare, ODSP, and ending predatory lending!
ACORN Hamilton members hit the streets on Thursday for our monthly Ford Fight Back Action! This petition action focused on ACORN’s affordable childcare demands. In total members got 75 signatures and got 8 phone calls made to the Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
The Ford government’s tax credit doesn’t create more childcare spaces or provide adequate financial support for most families. We are calling for fees on a geared- to- income, sliding fee scale capped at $10/day!
10 Ottawa ACORN members took to the streets outside of the ODSP office to petition against Doug Ford's attempts to change the definition of disability. Ford's efforts to bring the provincial definition in line with federal ones would create more restrictive requirements for accessing financial supports for people with mental illness and/or episodic disabilities.
In one hour ACORN members gathered just under 80 petition signatures for the #FordFightBack!
At the monthly Ford Fightback action, Toronto ACORN members marched into EasyFinancial to demand they end their predatory lending practices and that the province immediately lowers the interest rates to 30% or less! Predatory lenders like EasyFinancial are exploiting loopholes in the law and charging interests rates that are 60% or higher. The province needs to protect low income communities from payday and installment lenders!
Members marched inside and gave a letter of demands to EasyFinancial's CEO Jason Mullins. Afterward, members petitioned and handed out flyers outside for ACORNs Fair Banking campaign!