Residents of Moncton’s tent city are allowed to stay at the site for one more day, due to the weather.

Residents were told Monday that they would have to vacate the premises on Albert Street no later than Wednesday.

However, the city said Wednesday that the rain is making it difficult for people to move, so they are extending the eviction order by a day.

Dozens of homeless people have been living in tents in the Albert Street area for months.

NiGiNan Housing Ventures is scrambling to provide services for families in need in Edmonton’s north end after its permit to serve meals and offer referrals at the former Transit Hotel was pulled last week.

“We need (a new) space. We’re looking right now,” said Carola Cunningham, CEO of NiGiNan. “It’s starting to get cold and people need a place to come.”

NiGiNan is a registered charity formed to address the needs and requirements of Indigenous people living in Edmonton.

Low income bus passes will be available as of May 2020.

A new report at Winnipeg City Hall says people can apply for the pass as of April 1.

It will be available for adults aged 18 to 64 who are:

  • part of a household with an income below the Stats Canada low income cut off;
  • approved for the province’s EIA program; or
  • newcomers who have been in the country less than a year who haven’t filed a tax return.

The discounted monthly rate will start at about $70 in 2020, then go to $60 in 2021 and $50 when fully implemented in 2022.

Seventy-two Indigenous children connected to child welfare died in northern Ontario, where three Indigenous agencies covering most of the territory were underfunded approximately $400 million over a five-year period.

The number of deaths jumps to 102 Indigenous children when looking at the entire province between 2013 to 2017.

And almost half of the deaths, 48 involving Indigenous agencies, happened in the two years it took Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respond to multiple orders made by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that first found Canada guilty of purposely underfunding on-reserve child welfare in its historic decision on Jan. 26, 2016.

NDP Childcare critic Doly Begum says a new report by Ontario’s independent Financial Accountability Office (FAO) proves that Doug Ford’s tax schemes are no replacement for affordable and reliable childcare.

The report finds:

  • Families will not receive anything close to the benefits the government promised. Only 0.1% of families will receive the much-touted maximum benefit. Recipients will only receive an average benefit of $1,300. Ontario families will continue to pay some of the highest childcare costs in Canada (currently, childcare costs in Ontario are $12,800, on average).
  • Only 3% of the benefits will go to families earning incomes below $21,400. These families will continue to struggle to get ahead.
  • Ontario will remain well below the national average in terms of women’s participation in the workforce. The FAO notes that provinces like Quebec, which have affordable childcare, are much more effective at ensuring women can return to work.
  • Quebec’s public childcare system continues to show what is needed to reduce childcare costs and boost labour participation.

The city is asking for help to eliminate its homelessness issue.

“No one person or agency or program can end homelessness alone,” Tracy Flaherty-Willmott, with OrgCode Consulting Inc., told a large group gathered on Monday at the Brantford Convention Centre.

The Brantford-Brant Community Conversation on Homelessness, organized by city staff, was expected to attract close to 200 participants for daytime and evening sessions.

The Ford government has directed municipalities to “destroy” more than 240,000 inserts to October welfare cheques outlining previously announced cuts to social assistance this fall.

The move has raised hopes among anti-poverty activists and municipal officials that the province may be reconsidering the changes, widely believed to be harmful to vulnerable children and people on social assistance with part-time jobs.

A spokeswoman for Todd Smith, minister of children, community and social services, refused to comment on the ministry directive or say why it was issued.