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John Stapleton
This essay explores the weaknesses in the design of North American social welfare institutions through the stories of two individuals. Murray Barr was a homeless and severely alcoholic man in Reno, Nevada whose story was first told by Malcolm...
John Stapleton
Far fewer people can access social assistance, whether they apply before or apply after exhausting an EI claim. Comparing 2007 to 2010, asymmetric EI eligibility has resulted in uniformly lower social assistance caseloads from Quebec to the East...
Richard Shillington, John Stapleton
The paper is about the challenges facing citizens when presented with statistics on poverty, and emphasizes the need to question the implications and assumptions underlying various poverty measures. The authors look at how we measure poverty levels...
Bee Lee Soh, John Stapleton
In 2017, anti-poverty activist Bee Lee Soh and Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton were selected, from among 400 nominations, to participate on the federal government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty. The committee...
John Stapleton, Brendon Pooran, René Doucet
In early 2010, the John Howard Society of Toronto commissioned a cost benefit study and analysis of Transitional Housing and supports (THS) for two types of ex-prisoners moving to the community from incarceration. The first group is comprised of...
John Stapleton, Brian Murphy, Yue Xing
The number of working poor in the Toronto Region increased by 42% between 2000 and 2005, according to a new study from the Metcalf Foundation. This group accounted for more than 70,000 adults in the city of Toronto and more then 113,000 in the...
Alexa Briggs, Celia Lee, John Stapleton
This report estimates the price of inaction. Regardless of the strategy used to address poverty, it asks, “What does it cost us to allow poverty to persist in Toronto?” It estimates how much more we may be spending in the health care and justice...
James Milway, Katherine Chan, John Stapleton, Brian Cook
Though much progress has been made with Ontario’s current Poverty Reduction Strategy, more needs to be done. A focus on food and healthy eating is crucial because it is the foundation for a society to function properly and effectively. We have three...
John Stapleton, Anne Tweedle, Stephanie Procyk, René Doucet, Brendon Pooran
Seven cost-benefit analyses have been undertaken in the United States and Australia to examine the costs to society of providing extra supports to youth in care after the age of 18. The studies reveal vastly different approaches, assumptions, and...
Steve Pomeroy, Marion Steele, Joshua Hoy, John Stapleton
Hundreds of thousands of poor people in Ontario – whether they work or receive social assistance – spend more than half their income on shelter. This is a proposal to address this feature of poverty in Ontario by designing a new housing benefit. A...
John Stapleton, Rick Eagan, Maureen Fair, Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)
The multi-service neighbourhood centre, St. Christopher House, has worked with a social policy expert and diverse low-income community members to develop and test the idea of a Registered Development Savings Plan (RDSP): a designated savings...