Calling Out for Projects to Reduce Poverty and Raise Prosperity in Niagara

A Call-Out for Ideas from the Niagara Prosperity Initiative

Posted January 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Prosperity Initiative’s 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP)will be open February 4 – March 1, 2019. An information session will be held at 1pm on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Four Points by Sheraton, Thorold.  Registration is not required. 

NPI is open to funding projects that focus on specific areas within housing, health, employment and neighbourhood/community empowerment.

The questions and instructions for the 2019 RFP are attached and available under the resources menu at

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Ontario’s Government Boosting Transit Funding for  St. Catharines and Pelham

Support Will Help Enhance and Expand Transit Systems

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted January 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff .

Niagara, Ontario – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West has announced that the municipalities of St. Catharines and Pelham will be receiving $2,632,909 and $51,334 respectively in provincial funding. Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems with Ontario’s gas tax program.

“St. Catherines and Pelham can use this funding to upgrade transit service, purchase new vehicles, add routes, and improve accessibility,” said Oosterhoff. “The goal is to keep commuters moving, and prevent gridlock.”

“We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and attract more riders,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. Continue reading

Less Help, Higher Costs For Ontario’s Students Who Need Grants And Loans For School

Free tuition for low-income students cancelled

“The Ford government is going after low-income and middle-income students by cutting grants, making loan support harder to get, and cranking up the amount of interest they’ll pay.”             – NDP Colleges and Universities critic Chris Glover

News from Ontario’s New Democratic and Official Opposition Party

Posted January 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park — Students who need grants and loans to help pay for post-secondary education are going to get less help and pay more interest, following changes by the Doug Ford government.

“The Ford government is going after low-income and middle-income students by cutting grants, making loan support harder to get, and cranking up the amount of interest they’ll pay,” said NDP Colleges and Universities critic Chris Glover. “This is going to mean more debt, holding back young people already desperate for relief from debt.” Continue reading

Ford Sets Students and Post-Secondary Education on Disastrous Path in Ontario

“The Doug Ford government has attempted to spin this announcement as a 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees when in reality Ford’s plan will increase out-of-pocket costs for students, diminish the quality of education students receive and undermine crucial student supports on campus,” said Nour Alideeb, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

A Response to Ford’s 10-Per-Cent Tuition Fee Cut Announcement from the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

Posted January 17, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Toronto, Ontario – On January 17, 2019, the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) government launched a reckless plan for post-secondary education in the province, leaving students in Ontario worse off. Continue reading

Ford’s Self-Described “Government for the People Lowers Post-Secondary School Tuition Fees by 10 Per Pent

“Instead of using OSAP (the Ontario Student Assistance Program) to indirectly subsidize future rounds of tuition hikes, we will focus our resources on the families in greatest need while challenging our partners in the post-secondary sector to deliver better value for the high tuitions they already charge.” – Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

News from the Ontario Government

Posted January 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

(A Note from Niagara At Large – We urge are readers to also click on the link and read the following response to this Ford announcment from the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario at – . NAL has also posted this response from the Students Federation as a separate story.)

The first ever province-wide tuition reduction will make college and university more affordable and accessible for students and families, while empowering students to choose how fees are spent

For the first time in Ontario, students at every publicly-assisted college and university will see their tuition rates go down by 10 per cent thanks to a province-wide tuition rate reduction introduced by Ontario’s Government for the People. The tuition rate reduction is the latest step in the Ford Government’s plan to keep more money in the pockets of Ontario students and families. Continue reading

One of Niagara’s Great Used Book Stores Hosts First ‘Cannibas 101’ Class

The Class, called “Grow Yer Own Stone,” will be held at t Hannelore Headley Books on Sunday, February 10th                      in St. Catharines, Ontario

News from the Proprietors of Hannelore Headley Books in St. Catharines

Posted January 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

On Feb 10, 2019, Hannelore Headley Books will be offering their first  “Cannabis 101” class that we are calling “Grow Yer Own Stone.”

With legalization in Ontario, we have been asked by our customers to offer some basic courses so that they all can grow their recreational cannabis indoors and out!

The class runs from 1-4 p.m.(or a bit longer depending on discussions) on Sunday Feb 10.  You must be pre-registered and can pay at the bookstore or by etransfer . Continue reading

Person Centered Care becomes Niagara’s Tenth Certified Living Wage Employer

“A living wage reflects what earners need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in the community,”          – Glen Walker, Chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

News from the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Posted January 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Glen Walker, Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network presenting certificate to Alyshia Meredith, Owner/Founder. Person Centred Care Inc., Fort Erie.

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Person Centered Care (PCC) has become Niagara’s tenth certified Living Wage Employer.

Person Centered Care is a private agency that was founded in 2016 by Alyshia Meredith. Their Life Skills Coaches are trained to support people of all ages with vulnerabilities such as developmental disabilities, mental health, dual diagnosis, and the elderly. Supports include goal setting, outreach and day services, person-directed programs and activities, and respite care. Continue reading