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Poverty Reduction Initiative

The Green Pastures Society accessed $1.4million for 470 families living in poverty with their pilot project. Learn how they intend to help reduce poverty in greater Toronto by accessing over a billion dollars in unclaimed entitlements for the poor.
http://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/ccednet/pdfs/Green_Pastures_Poster.pdf?goback=.gde_4873833_member_218367793

added  Sept 20

Mamadou Coulibaly is a teacher in Mali in west Africa. Everyday, he works hard to teach his students the skills that they need to make a better life for themselves. But in a country where 50% of adults lack basic math and reading skills, this is an uphill battle. Most Mali teachers have never received any training to help them teach literacy; because of this, only 23 percent of boys and 10 percent of girls can read a simple sentence by the end of grade four. But there is a way that Coulibaly and other teachers could help students despite this. Video provides the perfect way for students and teachers alike to learn math and literacy skills.

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Mali Teacher

As a video enthusiast, you know that video technology can be a powerful tool for change. Video has the potential to communicate and educate mass audiences as never before - young children especially respond to video with an interest so often missing when they're struggling with traditional teaching tools. One Media Player per Teacher (OMPT) provides the teachers who directly teach the children of the world's one billion poorest with media devices that make their jobs easier, players containing information, training materials and lessons in an attempt to lift poor countries out of poverty through high-quality primary education. We have the technology that can jump start the education of the world's poorest populations; we just need to find a way to share it with the people who need it most. Your donation will help the students of Mali improve their education.

OMPT provides projectors to Mali schools with educational lessons stored as digital files. By partnering with School-to-School International (an organization that strives to transform education and school health in developing countries), OMPT also provides video teacher training.

Your donation will go toward:

  • Working with master teachers to create training videos for the projectors.
  • Purchasing quality video equipment that runs "off-grid" in the poorest sections of the world.
  • Directly helping the students of Mali to improve their education.

Now is the best time to step up to help these youth. For a limited time, if you make your contribution through Annie B's Community Drive, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. This will only last until September 30, so please hurry! Remember you can help the teachers of Mali build a better future with a donation as small as $5 or as large as $300. Their future is in your hands.

Dignity For All Campaign

This is a group message to (1) all federal parliamentarians who have endorsed the Dignity for All Campaign to date; (2) representatives of groups that have endorsed the campaign (blind copied); and (3) various others supportive of the campaign (blind copied).  Please share this message with others.  Apologies for any duplicate posting and for the English-only text.

1)      The Dignity for All Campaign has three goals: (1) a federal plan for poverty elimination that complements provincial and territorial plans; (2) a federal anti-poverty Act that ensures enduring federal commitment and accountability for results; and (3) sufficient federal investment in social security for all Canadians. 

2)      As of February 10th, 488 groups have endorsed the campaign (list attached).  Thank you all!  Please help the milestone of 500 groups be surpassed soon, by asking representatives of other groups you know to sign on via the on-line endorsement portal (English, French).

3)      As of February 10th, 108 federal parliamentarians plus Green Party Leader Elizabeth May have endorsed the campaign (list attached).  This list includes 89 Members of Parliament (representation from all parties in the House, and including NDP Leader Jack Layton) and 19 Senators (representation from Conservative and Liberal parties).  Thank you all!  Please encourage your fellow parliamentarians who have not yet endorsed the campaign to do so, via the on-line endorsement portal (English, French).

4)      Re: goal #1 (federal plan for poverty elimination):

a)      A Dignity Campaign policy summit (March 3-4, Ottawa) will focus on federal housing policy and on early childhood education and care.  Thanks to the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and Canadian Union of Public Employees for financial support for this event, the first in a series of summits to explore optimum federal policy with respect to a number of thematic concerns.

b)      The federal government has until March 17 to formally respond to the November 2010 HUMA Committee report (English, French) on the federal role on poverty.  Campaign representatives will be ready to publicly comment on the government’s response, anticipated to be similar to the weak response given to the 2009 Senate Subcommittee on Cities report on the federal role on poverty.

c)       You and/or your group can support the HUMA report by contacting the Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and asking her to adopt the report’s recommendations.  Find out more by visiting Make Poverty History’s on-line Support the Report action page (English, French).   

5)      Re: goal #2 (federal Act):

a)      Bill C-545 (An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada), introduced in the House on June 17, 2010 by Tony Martin, MP (NDP) with support from Mike Savage, MP (Liberal) and Yves Lessard, MP (Bloc Québécois) marks a significant step towards fulfilling the second goal of the Dignity Campaign.  Were it to pass into law, it would mandate a federal plan to eliminate poverty, ensure critical mechanisms for accountability for progress, and achieve several other notable things.  Help spread word across Canada about this landmark proposed law. 

6)      Re: goal #3 (sufficient federal investment in social security for all Canadians):

a)      Under international law to which Canada is signatory, every Canadian (more broadly, every person) has the right to “social security”, i.e., programs “providing social protection, or protection against socially recognized conditions, including poverty, old age, disability, unemployment and others” (source).  Through the Dignity Campaign and related efforts, a coherent articulation can emerge of how social security can be attained and ensured across generations.

b)      At the federal level, the next big test of Canada’s direction towards or away from social security will be the forthcoming federal budget, anticipated to be brought down in the second half of March – and possibly triggering the next federal election should the budget be defeated.  Prior to this, keep watch for the release, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, of the Alternative Federal Budget which will include careful analysis and well-considered recommendations specific to poverty and related concerns.

c)       Also keep watch for forthcoming information, analysis and hopefully public debate concerning the renewal, by March 31, 2014, of the Canada Health and Canada Social transfers.  The substance of this renewal could have major implications for future social security.  Click here for one recent in-depth analysis of this issue.

7)      Continued thanks to all those investing time, energy and resources into building Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada.  Success is within our reach.

Rob Rainer

Executive Director / Directeur executif

CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY / CANADA SANS PAUVRETÉ

Working in alliance with the CWP Advocacy Network / Travaillant en alliance avec le Réseau de revendication CSP

Honorary Directors

Hon. Monique Bégin; Ed Broadbent; Ovide Mercredi

Ottawa office: 1210 - 1 rue Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7; (613) 789-0096 (1-800-810-1076)

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
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G20: GLOBAL JOBS PLAN NOW!

This week, we could turn the tide of the global recession which is threatening progress on everything we care about and has already plunged 100 million people back into poverty and unemployment.
Right now, French President Sarkozy, the new chair of the G20 group of the world's largest economies, is deciding the group's agenda. Experts have urged the G20 to urgently halt protectionism and cuts and launch a coordinated global investment plan to save millions.
Former UK PM Gordon Brown has urgently appealed to Avaaz to act -- a wave of public pressure now can persuade President Sarkozy to lead. Click above to watch Brown's appeal, sign the petition, and forward the campaign - it will personally delivered to Sarkozy when we reach 500,000 voices:

Sign the petition here

The End Of Poverty 

A feature length documentary film

Free Screening

Date:
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Time:
18:00 - 22:00
Location:
Hart House U of T East Common Room
Street:
7 Kings College Circle

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate?
The film has been selected to over 25 international film festivals and will be released in theatres in November 2009. Directed by Philippe Diaz, produced by Cinema Libre Studio with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

Social Assistance Review to Begin Soon

The social assistance system in Ontario is broken. It doesn’t provide the financial supports people need to live, and it doesn’t give people the opportunities or supports they need to have the lives they deserve.

That’s why a broad review of social assistance is so important, and why ISAC has advocated hard for one over the past year.

So it was encouraging that the Ontario government committed to reviewing social assistance programs in Ontario as part of its long-awaited Poverty Reduction Strategy announcement on Dec 4, 2008.

This commitment is significant because it gives anti-poverty advocates and activists the opportunity to insist that government create a new social assistance system that provides adequate benefits and supports in a dignified and helpful manner.

The government has not yet announced the scope of or process for the Review, so ISAC is advocating to ensure the Review goes beyond tinkering with so-called “stupid rules” but instead completely re-imagines and redesigns the system so that it works.

We will send out information about how to participate in the Review when we know more. Check our website for updates at

www.incomesecurity.org/campaigns/OntarioPovertyReductionStrategy.html.        

Ending Poverty Project:

Nothing About Us Without Us

What would it take to end poverty in your community? That’s the question the Ending Poverty Project wants to help answer in nine communities across Ontario .

Since January 2008, 290 low-income people have been engaged with the Project to find solutions to the problem of poverty in their local area.

Working with partner organizations in the nine communities, ISAC and Ontario Campaign 2000 — the Project’s initiators — released a report in December 2008 on their first year’s work. Solutions Start with Us: Voices of Low Income People in Ontario recounts the experiences of low-income people and their ideas for steps governments can take to make life better.

The report was sent to key government ministers and the MPPs overseeing implementation of Ontario's poverty reduction strategy.

Now in its second year, the Project will continue working in the nine communities — Windsor, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, and Owen Sound, as well as families in Rexdale, youth in Scarborough, South Asian families in Scarborough, and people with disabilities in Toronto.

Key local issues identified by low-income people over the past year will be the focus for this year’s work in each community, as well as building awareness of local poverty and ways to tackle it.

The Report and more information about the Project is on ISAC’s website at www.incomesecurity.org/endingpovertyproject.htm.      

Website highlights:

ISAC has updated its website with new information and easier navigation. Have a look at: www.incomesecurity.org.

ISAC is a founding member of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction. Information about 25 in 5 is at www.25in5.ca

A typical scene in the Sherbourne & Dundas area. Poverty and boredom go hand in hand.

Blood on the streets

I was at an Ontario Coalition Against Poverty meeting Sunday and if they are right, it will soon be time to get seriously organized. Check out "A Call to Action", "Take Back the Land" & "Slavery in Canada" on my video page at...

http://downbutnotout.synthasite.com/videos.php   

Scroll to the YouTube multi player near the bottom.

When these people speak of the coming clash between corporations and the people they don't seem to realize that the corporations WILL NOT give up their stranglehold easily or peacefully. They will utilize their police and armed forces to obliterate all opposition in the name of law and order. There will be death and destruction throughout the world. Only those who actively oppose this, who are smart enough to fight from a low profile will survive the first year of the conflict and remain at large. The others will be incarcerated or dead. We must fight when this time comes, but we must fight wisely. Our enemy is not the police or the armed forces; it is the elite who control these forces, the CEO's and presidents of the corporations and the politicians who have sold out to them. These must be our targets. All protest activity must be focused upon them.

Time for a little optimism

I'm starting to see things slowly turning here. Mainstream media over the past 6 months or so has been much more sympathetic and that seems to be influencing the views of the general population. Slowly, but surely the politicians are getting the message that they'd better do something real if they want to keep their jobs. I think the economic downturn has forced their hands too. When the working, voting, tax paying citizens start becoming homeless, unemployed and unemployable it begins to sink in. I hate to sound gleeful about more people being forced out of their homes, but I’ve been reading about people with seriously good qualifications and exceptional educations who have lost their jobs and been unable to find new ones and finally wound up eating in soup kitchens just like the rest of us. Perhaps this is what was needed to make the politicians sit up and take notice. If so, maybe some good can come out of the suffering that the economic meltdown is creating.

YWCA hub is coming downtown

Downtown will soon be home to a new $80 million supportive housing development and resource complex. Featuring 300 permanent affordable apartments for women in need and their families, the YWCA Elm Centre will take up a city block bordered by Edward, Elm, Chestnut and Elizabeth streets. The YWCA has received $5 million from the estates of the late Ken Thomson and the late Audrey Campbell in memory of their sister Irma Brydson, mother of Elmwood Spa founder Sherry Brydson. The complex will also feature several public venues including a 200-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, retail space, a restaurant, and the headquarters for YWCA Toronto and YWCA Canada. For more information visit www.ywcatoronto.org.This is good news indeed. Thank God the citizens in Toronto have more heart than our political leaders. If we kept waiting for them to do the right thing, it would never get done.

The Salvation Army's Gateway shelter on Jarvis St. is one of the best in Toronto.

Just in from OCAP   www.ocap.ca

THE ECONOMY GOES INTO CRISIS

It’s Their System, They Broke It, And We’re Not Paying To Fix It.
We are watching the greatest financial crisis since 1929 unfold before our
eyes.  Even if they manage to shore up their system for the moment, there
is no doubt that a serious international downturn in the economy is
getting underway.  As this situation begins to impact the lives of our
families and communities, we must understand and prepare to deal with what
the crisis will mean to us:

1.Financial bailout for the rich: Governments everywhere have responded to
the crisis of financial institutions by pouring hundreds and hundreds of
billions of dollars into various bail-out packages for the rich.  For
years, they have been telling us no money exists for decent wages, proper
housing, schools or health care and, certainly, no money to ensure that
poor people on assistance can pay the rent and eat properly.  Now we see
that this was all a lie.  When the banks and corporations are in trouble,
a
Niagara Falls of public money suddenly becomes available to them.  Don’t
tell us, when we lose our jobs and can’t pay our rent or put food on the
table, that ‘we can’t spend our way out of a recession’. Government must
start spending for us as they have for corporate interests.
2.Get ready for ordinary people to feel the crunch:  This downturn is
unfolding in a context where EI and welfare systems have been cut back
considerably over the last few years.  Recently re-elected Harper
Conservatives have made clear they will not put resources into social
programs and other initiatives crucial to our survival.  In fact, they
will try to do the very opposite.  As the downturn cuts into government
revenues, government will try to cut programs, in order to balance their
books.  This should not only be expected from the openly right wing
Federal Government. 
Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty has already made clear that
economic downturn will delay Queen’s Park’s ‘poverty reduction’ measures.
Undoubtedly, the ‘progressive’ Toronto City Council will respond to an
upsurge in welfare cases by ensuring local offices turn away as many
people in need as they possibly can.
3.Communities under attack will have to organize:  As the downturn hits,
we can expect a lot of jobs to be lost. In
Ontario, this has already begun
in the manufacturing sector. Companies will try to lay off workers without
paying money owed to them.  The number of people facing eviction for non-
payment of rent will go up considerably.  Unscrupulous employers will try
to take advantage of the desperation of the unemployed by cutting wages
and not providing overtime and holiday pay.  People needing EI and welfare
will face a bureaucratic wall built to deny them income they need and have
a right to.  Already overcrowded shelters for the homeless will face a
huge increase in the numbers turning to them.  We will need to bring
people together to take action.  Delegations from the community will have
to confront government agencies that withhold income.  We will have to
mobilize to defend families facing eviction and fight to ensure evictions
are banned during the crisis – a tactic already being employed in the
US.
Additional resources for income support programs for those without work
must be provided.  To win such things, we’ll need to take strong and bold
action. Grassroots organizations must work together, to demand necessary
government actions. Local committees will have to form, to take up this
kind of work. We’ll need the strength of trade unions, with their strike
weapon, to be set in motion.  If the leaders of these unions are too timid
and conservative, their members will have to make them take action or get
out of the way and make way for those who will.  There will have to be a
major fight-back in
Toronto and across the country, to prevent poor and
working people from being saddled with the costs of a mess created by the
greed of banks, corporations, and the governments who serve their
interests.
4.We must fight for what we need: We live under a system of capitalism
expressly organized to make profit for a few at the expense of the great
majority.  As this system moves into crisis, those few will seek solutions
that work in their favour.  For at least thirty-five years, capitalists
and government have worked to rescind the concessions they made at an
early time.  Social supports have been removed, workers’ rights
undermined, and the world markets have been given a free hand to engage in
a wild frenzy of parasitic speculation.  Now, it seems to have blown up in
their faces, and the response will be to make working and poor people
cover the cost.  And yet, money remains available for the things their
profit system requires.  The federal government still finds money to wage
war in
AfghanistanDalton McGuinty has just announced that $635 million
to fund the Pan Am Games is available, but a $500 million budgetary
shortfall exists, so hospitals and schools should expect less funding.
The banks will be allowed to come back with their hands out as many times
as they like, and public funds will be thrown at them without delay.  For
the needs of poor people, however, nothing will be provided, unless we
fight.  We will become a priority when we pose enough of a problem that
that they have to treat us as one.  Otherwise, we will be the ones paying
for this crisis.  Get ready to fight back.
If you would like to work together, to organize in your community to
ensure people under attack are supported, to demand and win our basic
needs and rights, please get in touch.
THE
ONTARIO
COALITION AGAINST POVERTY (OCAP)
(416) 925-6939 - ocap@tao.cawww.ocap.ca

Make Poverty History

Here are some statistics from the “Make Poverty History” website

One in six Canadian children is poor.

Canada's child poverty rate of 15 percent is three times as high as the rates of Sweden, Norway or Finland.

Every month, 770,000 people in Canada use food banks. Forty percent of those relying on food banks are children. These statistics point to a betrayal of Canada's children. What makes the persistence of child poverty all the more disturbing is that Canada is a rich country, a country that ranked fourth in the world on the 2004 UN Human Development Index.

All three levels of government share the guilt for this appalling situation. The Federal Government has for years been downloading the responsibility to ensure all Canadians have adequate shelter and nourishment as a human right. The Provincial Governments in turn have been passing the burden on to Municipal Governments who lack the political clout to prevent it and have no resources to adequately protect the less fortunate in our society from homelessness or malnourishment.

Our politicians say that employment is on the rise, but fail to mention that people who historically worked in industry at decent levels of income are being forced into subsistence employment at or near the minimum wage. They continue to ignore the fact that it is virtually impossible for anyone to pay for housing and nourishment let alone all the other necessities of life if they are employed at minimum wage or rely on social assistance.

  • Why does being poor exclude good people from the protection that our politicians are supposed to guarantee?
  • Why are people forced to live and die on the streets of our cities and towns while million dollar condos are sprouting up like mushrooms?
  • Why is it that honest citizens are forced daily to choose between buying groceries or paying the rent?The answer to these questions is GREED.

GREED dictates that our political leaders and their cohorts ignore the problems or their constituents unless there is power or money in it resulting in ever more draconian laws being passed with the sole purpose of driving homeless and poor people out of our cities. But where can we go?

GREED declares that building condos will provide higher profits and a faster return than building rental housing. The result is a vast shortage of rental accommodation which drives the rental rate up beyond the ability to pay for an ever increasing segment of our society.

Our law makers have decided to balance their budgets on the backs of the poorest people in our society by first reducing social assistance rates to well below the poverty level and second by failing to peg the minimum wage and social assistance rates to inflation with the result that price increases continue to eat into our food budget. The politicians say that it is acceptable to require a huge segment of our population to rely on charity to survive. They say that food banks provide enough food to live on, so why should people be able to buy groceries? This attitude ignores the fact that a full belly does not necessarily mean adequate nourishment or that a consistent diet of Kraft Dinners and the like becomes so unattractive that we lose the desire to eat, not to mention the destruction of self esteem which is resultant from being forced to wait in line for hand outs with no variety or consideration to special dietary needs. I say that if it is not for GREED, why do the poor have to bear the brunt of balancing the budget while the rich just keep getting richer.

I’m 62 years old. I’ve lived long enough to see good times and bad, booming economies and recessions. I tell you this. Never has Canada been richer and never during my lifetime has homelessness and reliance on food banks been so wide spread. GREED says it’s ok to allow people who are your neighbours to sleep on the streets while you sleep in a luxury condominium. GREED says it’s ok for you to dine on treats from your local delicatessen while your neighbour makes do with a steady diet of Kraft Dinners if he’s lucky enough to receive sufficient help from the food bank to be able to eat regularly at all.

Canada used to be world renowned for its social conscience. It used to be that a Canadian citizen was guaranteed personal dignity, security and a fair piece of the pie. Today our poor live and die without a home. They go hungry most of the time. Police use Gestapo tactics to harass and brutally assault homeless people whose main offense is poverty. They receive no protection from the politicians who make the laws. Instead, the politicians and bureaucrats who are supposed to ensure our rights tacitly approve of this police brutality and in many cases secretly encourage it.

We are going to have an election soon. It’s time that Canadians told the politicians that this situation is intolerable. I can’t tell you who to support, but I can say that The Harper government has turned a blind eye to the situation long enough. Mr. Harper will probably say that if re-elected, he will make poverty a priority. I say a leopard can not change its spots. Let the record speak.

I used to be proud to be a Canadian. Now I am ASHAMED. We all should be ashamed.

Mother & child
 Finally Some Good News

Of course we all know how the government loves to study an issue to death. If you'r3e studying an issue, you don't have to do a thing about it. It will be up to all of us during the upcoming hearings to keep pressure on them to make sure they don't just bury it afterward.

NDP celebrates hearings on national poverty plan

Fri 4 Apr 2008

OTTAWA – A national poverty plan that would help people and communities remove barriers to reach their full potential and productivity moved closer to reality today as the NDP won parliamentary hearings on a poverty-reduction strategy.

NDP Poverty critic Tony Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), who has been fighting over a year for the hearings, said the study could lay the groundwork for a truly national plan where governments set firm targets, create timelines, and report annually so everyone can see the progress being made against poverty.

"As The National Council on Welfare and other groups have said, if there is no vision, no plan, no leadership, no resources assigned, and no accepted measure of results, we will be mired in the consequences of poverty for generations to come,” said Mr. Martin.

National social policy, labour, and faith communities have called on the government of Canada to adopt a poverty-reduction strategy.

The Human Resources and Social Development Committee will conduct the hearings beginning in May after the latest reports indicate one in six Canadians, which includes nearly 1.2 million children, still live in poverty.

Martin has asked that the study include consultations with Canadians living under the poverty line and a review of federal programs.

Ireland has had a national poverty plan since the mid-1990s, which has reduced poverty levels from 15 per cent to 6.8 per cent. Newfoundland and Labrador also has an anti-poverty strategy committed to becoming the province with the lowest poverty rate by 2016.

“Our goal is nothing short of a comprehensive national plan to reduce poverty in this land of plenty,” said Mr. Martin. “These hearings are an important step to that goal: in Canada, no one should be left behind.”

Well we haven’t heard much about this in the election campaign. I wonder what happened to it? lol

Kevin Clark at OCAP protest in Nathan Phillips Square


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As well as Ronzig's Gallery, Ronzig built and maintains Down But Not Out, a website dedicated to social activism and providing information about many of the current issues that threaten to destroy our planet and the social structures we have developed. This link will take you to the Home page of Down But Not Out which was recently ranked as the 12th best website about homelessness on the internet and the following information will explain each of the pages on the website. You will have the opportunity to comment on what you learn here and read the many comments of other visitors to the site.

Learn more about Ronzig and why he created Down But Not Out and why it began as a website discussing the issues of poverty, homelessness and addiction and how it evolved into much more, encompassing issues a wide ranging as politics, war imperialism, conspiracy, economics, health, the environment and more.

Having been a crack addict for nearly 2 decades, during the 2nd of which I was homeless, I have acquired an in depth understanding of addiction, how & why it begins, what it does to a person, what is involved with getting free of this curse and the social implications of this ever increasing plague on civilization. I disclose some little known and often ignored information and insights that will assist you in coming to a better understanding of what addiction is all about.

I have created a page where visitors to Down But Not Out can contribute by telling their story about how the issues discussed on the site has affected them or someone they care about. I encourage you to read what others have to say and please tell us your story. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.

There is an extensive examination of the economy on Down But Not Out with discussions about the recession, economic collapse, the increasing disparity between the rich, the poor and the middle class. I delve into the phenomena of the shrinking middle class and the emergence of a 2 class society where an economic elite rule and the rest of us are rapidly being relegated to economic slavery.

Whether you call it Global Warning, Climate Disruption or choose to adopt one of the euphemisms that opponents to addressing this impending disaster use to seek to reduce the significance of the crisis to protect their ill gotten financial profits, it is a scientific fact that our global environment is on the brink of collapse. If meaningful and immediate action is not taken the human race along with almost all other forms of life on the Planet Earth will soon face extinction.

Whenever I have time I try to post notices of significant events that you may wish to attend including rally's, protests, political meetings, or other relevant items here. I also use this page to post notices of upcoming art shows where my work will be on display.

The social, economic and political issues revolving around health and healthcare are currently creating an environment where universal healthcare in Canada is under attack. It is evident that the elite no longer wish to ensure adequate health services for an aging population. They see no need to preserve individual health when there is no shortage of replacement economic slaves to step in when one of us succumbs to preventable illness and dies.

There is a worldwide epidemic of homelessness that has emerged in the past couple of decades to plague society and the wealthiest nations, ones with more than sufficient resources to provide housing for their populations are the worst at addressing the situation. Having lived long enough to realize that even when our society was steeped in relative poverty compared to today's situation, homelessness was never a significant problem until recently as the elite grab more and more of the world's wealth and resources, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep a roof over our heads.

With the advent of the internet, hope for a just society has been restored, yet there are sinister powers threatening to crush that hope. Just when internet should be reaching the point of universal global access, these powers are forcing an increasing internet divide, where surprisingly millions who once could afford access are being economically deprived of this crucial commodity, for a commodity is what it has become and it is for sale at price not reflective of costs, but of what the market will bear. Perhaps we should be considering defining internet as a Necessary Service that is available to everyone at affordable rates of free of charge.

With the corporatization of mainstream media, it's difficult to find any honest reporting in this media, as they tend to stick like flies on flypaper to the elitist party line. However even the most cynical of these outlets of information are forced to include a modicum of honesty in their reports when faced with the vast amount of conflicting evidence distributed freely on the internet. It is beneficial also to be up to date on what they are saying in order to point out the inadequacies and outright lies that they distribute.

Over the years, Ronzig has been in the news on several occasions, both as the subject of articles and as interviewee. Of course I've commented on many news items as well. you'll find some of these pieces on my news page.

There is a disturbing trend in politics that is increasingly threatening the very fabric of Democracy, or the sorry excuse for such that we have  adopted. I'm speaking of the merging of the Capitalist manifesto into the political agenda to the effect that today's politicians see their job almost exclusively as serving the requirements of capitalism and corporate profits rather than the needs of the citizens who are the true backbone of any nation.

Ever wonder how it is possible that in the richest civilization that has ever existed on the planet, extreme poverty is reaching epidemic proportions?  The answer is obvious. Every single year for the past 3 decades the wealthiest 5% of the world's population have taken control and ownership of a greater proportion of the world's resources leaving less for each of the remaining 95% of the people who have to live on this planet. In every industrialized nation the middle class is under attack and is shrinking annually as people are forced down the economic scale into the burgeoning poverty class. The truly terrifying aspect of this is the fact that the members of the middle class which is the primary target of this attack believe that when the middle class is eliminated they will be part of the elite upper class of rulers rather than economic slaves of these rulers. Because of this the middle class votes consistently for politicians who serve this elite ruling class and don't even realize they are voting for their own destruction.

In a society which professes to be primarily Christian is it not a paradox that we have created such an un-Christian attitude toward our neighbours? By assuming the philosophy of "Looking our for number ONE", we find it easy not only to allow our brothers and sisters to suffer and actually perish because they can not afford to pay for the basic requirements of survival, nourishment and shelter, but many of us are arrogant enough to hate them for their predicament. How are we to overcome this tide of apathy and animosity which in the end will destroy us if we fail?

If you group is interested in Ronzig's experiences and philosophies, I do speaking engagements and will talk on any of the topics covered here. I have had great success with audiences while speaking about homelessness & addiction, Democracy & politics as well as photography & art and would be pleased to accept a request to speak to you group.

Primarily because of American Imperialism the world has been in a constant state of war for the majority of the past 6 decades. Isn't it amazing how we can call making war on another nation a Police Action or Peacekeeping Action to camouflage the fact that we are invading a nation to seize control of its resources or to use it as a staging zone for our aggressive moves on its neighbours, yet we call defensive retaliation Terrorism? We call the slaughter of innocent civilians Collateral Damage to hide the fact that more than 80% of the people we kill in our wars are civilians primarily women and children. I find it disturbing that Prime Minister Harper has eagerly jumped into bed with the Americans and is arming Canada to fight along side our neighbours to the South as we seek to seize control of far off nations. We stand idly by and allow Israel, the puppet state of the Americans which exists solely because of American arms and financing to commit wide scale genocide in its attempt to eradicate the legitimate population of the region from the planet.

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Read the Legend of Ronzig the Wizard and his battle with his evil twin brother Ronzak the Sorcerer in the story of the ongoing struggle between good and evil that has been going on since the creation of the universe.

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Ronzig creates spectacular panorama works either as photographic images or as Digital photoArt that are available in standard sizes up to 44" x 13" on either canvas or archival quality photo paper (larger sizes available by special order).  Ronzig's Gallery will also embed a panorama image into the glaze of a series of ceramic tiles to create a unique wall or floor covering surface to your specs.

Ronzig's Digital photoArt & photographic images from Ronzig's Gallery cover a broad array of subject matter and themes resulting in highest quality art works to suit any preference. These images are all available on ceramic tiles & Collector Series Postcards as well a more traditional canvas and archival photo paper in a wide range of sizes to suit your requirements.

All of Ronzig's best work is available on Collector Series Postcards on archival photo paper, suitable not only for mailing a unique greeting to friends and loved ones, but also for framing as a group to hang on your wall.

Ronzig has done work for a wide range of clients from law firms to developers, health services facilities and the City of Toronto, all of which would certainly provide excellent references to Ronzig's Gallery.

Most of Ronzig's best work, be it video, photography or Digital photoArt is available as stock video clips or stock photo & art images at extremely reasonable prices for royalty free applications that you are producing.

Most of Ronzig's best work can be embedded into the glaze of ceramic tiles, resulting in virtually indestructible art works suitable for architectural uses such as surfaces for walls, floors, counter tops, back-splashes, fireplace surrounds or mantlepieces. As home furnishing uses they provide unique surfaces for tables or any other flat surfaced furniture. There is a series of 4" x 4" tiles with a protective backing designed for use as coasters that are bound to intrigue your guests as you entertain. Of course they make timeless stand alone art suitable for framing or placing on a stand for display.

Ronzig produces a wide range of videos, including Documentary works, event recording such as children's birthdays, activism and social protest works, art films, Mini Video Tours and special effects clips. Ronzig's Gallery is fully equipped and has access to support professionals to create original works with multi-camera filming, still photography and custom music for any production. He is presently working on a special fx movie, The Legend of Ronzig the Wizard, for which he the writer, art and costume designer, producer director and star.

 

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