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Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Public Policy Initiative

Anne Makhoul describes the influence of the Calgary and Area United Way vis-à-vis the review and modification of the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program.

Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC

While acknowledging that welfare rates in British Columbia have been lowering since 1995, Wallace, Klein and Reitsma-Street suggest that while the BC government’s discriminatory policy changes were designed to create reduction, many changes, including eligibility rules and application processes, dealt with superficial issues such as how people access welfare.

Disability Tax Fairness

The Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities was appointed in 2003. The Committee’s mandate was to recommend how the federal government could improve the treatment of persons with disabilities under the income system.

Disability Tax: The Budget's Quiet Little Secret

Sherri Torjman suggests the 2005 federal budget will be remembered for the drama surrounding it and for the big-ticket items such as child care, cities and environmental technologies.

RBC Financial Group: From Accommodation to Inclusion

In this community story, Anne Makhoul describes the positive steps taken by the Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries (RBC Financial Group) to employ persons with disabilities.

The Disability Supports Deduction: A Big Small Step

Sherri Torjman comments on the new disability supports deduction announced in the 2004 federal budget.

The Vote or Veto Budget: An Analysis of the 2005 Federal Budget

In this paper, Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman, Michael Mendelson, and Steve Pomeroy assess the 2005 federal budget according to three principles the Caledon Institute put forward during pre-budget consultations.