Sunday, March 17, 2019

some tweaks to the comments form

So the comments form has been increased in height so you don't have to scroll around to do the image picking authentication thing, so the anonymous commenting can be easier.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

So the available info about soup kitchens has gotten even worse

It's unbelievable. TDIN has actually gotten worse. They've totally hidden their list and calendar on their website. Can't even find it anymore to help with this listing. So now, this totally outdated, incomplete list that's never been more inaccurate, is the easiest place to find this info. That's fucked.

So a concerted effort will be made this year to get things back up to speed. Just crazy that it's actually gotten worse while this site has been laying fallow.

Please! Help out by commenting below on all the stuff that's wrong.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What to tell people who now expect you to go into university because it's "free" for poor people in Ontario

So now that the government has been talking about introducing grants or whatever to low-income students, poor people across Ontario are probably getting flack for not jumping at the opportunity to attend university.

This is what happens. Governments make it look like something's available, and the public is split into two groups: those who don't need the program but now think it does things it doesn't do, and those who do need the program and end up finding out they can't access it, or that it doesn't work. There's all these myths that the public has in their heads about poor people, about the free stuff we can get, which we can't actually get. About drug rehab programs that don't exist. Stuff like that. Now we can add education to that list. A lot of people already thought that ODSP would pay for people's education. Now that misconception can be expected to expand. So we're going to get even more flack than we already do, for not taking advantage of opportunities that aren't actually there.

Probably the most powerful limitation of the program is that it doesn't apply to part-time students. So you have to take the plunge 100% and be a full-time student in order to apply to have free tuition. That excludes a lot of people right off the bat.

The government has been ultra vague about the program. Apparently it applies to people whose parents make less than 50k a year. So does it apply to people whose parents are outside Ontario? And how are people expected to document their parents' earnings?

Another big limitation is that people must first be accepted into a university program, and then apply for a grant. So does that mean that the grant is actually a loan, meaning it's not actually free? And is there a limit to the number of people who will be given the grant? Will there be waiting lists? Who knows. Anybody who's applied for the HSF knows about the difference between public perception and policy reality. The public thinks poor people can have their moving expenses paid for, and poor people end up using shopping carts and the TTC to move.

So it'll be interesting to see how this actually works out. For a program that's supposed to come into play very, very soon, there's not much information available.