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Ont. poverty report fails to include figures on how far province has come, says McGuinty

A progress report on Ontario's efforts to reduce child poverty 25per cent by 2013 fails to include figures on how far the province hascome in reaching that goal.

A progress report on Ontario's efforts to reduce child poverty 25
per cent by 2013 fails to include figures on how far the province has
come in reaching that goal.

Still, Premier Dalton McGuinty says
he's proud of the government's progress, adding poverty reduction is a
complicated issue that takes time.


In its progress report, the
government points to investments this year of more than $1.2 billion
from the federal and Ontario governments for social and affordable
housing over two years, as well as after-school programs for more than
15,500 children and youth.


But it doesn't provide any figures to measure how far it's come in its poverty-reduction target.


Poverty
advocates say some good steps have been taken but warn the province
will miss its poverty reduction targets without immediate public
support.


NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says more people are falling
into poverty and the government should be address basic issues rather
than set up more committees and groups to review the issues.

 
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