Reading Resources & Participant List

Reading Resources

Ontario Social Assistance Review Documents

Social Assistance Review Advisory Council Final Report

Terms of Reference for the Review (pdf)

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario (the Commission) has been established to develop specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system to improve client outcomes.


Income Security Advocacy Centre Social Assistance Review Resources page. You can sign up for RSS feeds from this page as it is updated. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The resources, research, and publications listed below talk about different ways to reform social assistance in Ontario, and ideas for other benefits that could help people on assistance. Note that the positions taken in these resources do not necessarily reflect the positions of ISAC.

Policy Reports & Journal Articles

John Stapleton, “Zero Dollar Linda”: A Meditation on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Million Dollar Murray,” the Linda Chamberlain Rule, and the Auditor General of Ontario.  Open Policy

In this essay I explain the tangled and irrational rules and accounting practices that led to Linda’s downfall and what she did to try to lessen her exposure to them. I also question why the Auditor General of Ontario did nothing to examine those practices, and chose instead to fan the flames of the public perception that Ontario’s welfare system is riddled with fraud.

Janet Halley & Kerry Rittich, Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law: Genealogies and Contemporary Studies of Family Law Exceptionalism 58Am.J.CompL.753

Part I spells out the methods we have devised for de-exceptionalizing the family from the market, and shows how these methods suggest new approaches to comparative family law. The basic premise here is that, while the liberal legal order’s market is patently and shamelessly distributive, market/family ideology masks the distributive functions of the household much as it masks those same functions in the market. Like most family law scholarship, work in Comparative Family Law is chronically complicit with this backgrounding, with the result that it persistently avoids noticing the ways in which large comparative projects, like efforts to codify local or customary law or to transplant legal rules or even entire legal systems, reallocate material resources and rearrange ideological investments and thereby produce concrete distributional outcomes.   Such work also risks underplaying the constitutive role of liberal legal reforms. Rather than merely transport, diffuse or consolidate legal norms, such reforms may have a deep impact on the lived family in ways that remake its structure, character, and preoccupations. We think we have   one-not the only, but a good-method for avoiding these pitfalls. Part II turns the method of Part I on a large historical problem: the emergence of FLE-indeed, the emergence of family law-in colonial settings and in the West along with the rise of global capitalism. An urgent comparative project opens up here: can we re-understand the place of sex, sexuality, gender, reproduction, and the family not as peripheral but as central to the making of the modern global legal order and, indeed, of the global political economy itself?

Lahey, the Benefit/Penalty Unit in Income Tax Policy: Diversity and Reform 2000 (Prepared for the Law Commission of Canada)

It is found that although Canadian law has become almost completely sex-, race-, and sexuality neutral, expanded use of the couple as the basis for allocating the tax burden and government benefits contributes to the poverty of low- and low-middle-income adults at the same time that it
unnecessarily enhances the economic power of higher-income adults. It is projected that if all co-resident adults were treated as spouses, they would lose $200 million in valuable tax benefits and transfer payments in the year 2000.

Other Items

Carol Goar in the Toronto Star on the Greater Toronto Summit session on Income Security Feb 2011

It had the lowest participation of any group. Moreover, it was unbalanced. There were dozens of anti-poverty activists, immigration settlement workers, child welfare advocates, community leaders and public health officials, but only a handful of private sector representatives.

Workshop Participants

Name links are to biographical information on the web, not email.

Rene Adams – Community Advocate

Katie Arnup – Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Kate Bezanson – Brock University

Tricia Bennet – Advocacy Intern, YWCA Toronto

Simon Black –  PhD student, York University

Sarah Blackstock – Director of Advocacy and Communication, YWCA Toronto

Josie DiZioCosti Immigrant Services

Shelley GaviganOsgoode Hall Law School

Joan GilmourOsgoode Hall Law School

Kathleen Lahey – Queen’s University (Research areas include: tax)

Sonia Lawrence – Osgoode Hall Law School, Institute of Feminist Legal Studies (Research areas: equality, critical race)

Mary MarroneIncome Security Advocacy  Centre

Jacquie Maund – Family Service Toronto, Coordinator of Campaign 2000

Melodie Mayson – Community Legal Worker, Co-Director, Neighbourhood Legal Services

Wendy McKeen – York University Equity Studies and Social Work (research area: welfare policy, history, equity)

Dana Milne – Provincial Organizers, Income Security Advocacy Centre

Eileen Morrow – Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses

Janet MosherOsgoode Hall Law School (research areas include: violence against women, poverty law)

Colette MurphyMetcalf Foundation

Emily ParadisCities Centre, University of Toronto

Lisa Philipps – Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Research areas include Tax law)

Carole Richards – Family Services Toronto

Rhonda Roffey – ED at Women’s Habitat

Cindy Wilkey – Lawyer with the Income Security Advocacy Centre


Sara Cumming – PhD student, Brock University

Jennifer  Pollock – JD student, Osgoode Hall Law School

-unable to attend-

Myriam Canas-Mendes – Community Advocate

Linda Chamberlain – Community Advocate

Nora Currie – Community Advocate

Deena LaddWorkers’ Action Centre

Olivia Nuamah – Atkinson Foundation

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