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Special Olympics Coach of the Year!

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Paul Turner being named Canadian Special Olympics Coach of the Year!

Tonight, Paul is being honoured at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 National Awards Night. He has been named Male Coach of the Year. Catch the webcast here: https://www.specialolympics.ca/2018Awards

Congratulations Paul! He has been a member of the Special Olympics family for 40 years, coaching floor hockey, softball and soccer. His most recent major game result was a silver medal in floor hockey at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms – PooranLaw

Thanks to the folks at PooranLaw, we can share greater clarity on what the reforms to social assistance are in Ontario, as announced by the PC government on November 22, 2018. Below is what was shared by PooranLaw.

Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms

On November 22, 2018, the PC government announced reforms to social assistance in Ontario. Following a 100-day review of Ontario Works (“OW”) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”), Minister Lisa MacLeod criticized the current system, stating that it created a “cycle of dependence” and proposed a complete over-haul of the system and its administration.

While the government spends $10 billion on social assistance annually for 1 million people, the Minister claimed that one in seven remain in poverty. In addition, half of the people on OW who successfully transition into the workforce end up coming back into the system. The Minister emphasized the need for a “wrap-around” approach that would empower individuals, rather than “police” them. For persons with disabilities, the Minister underscored simplifying programs, reducing red tape and allowing for greater flexibility.

A Plan for Change

While details are sparse, here is what we know about the PC plan to improve social assistance:

  • Definition of Disability for ODSP: The government intends to align the definition of disability with the federal standard, while those already on ODSP would be grandfathered into the system.
  • ODSP Eligibility: Financial eligibility for ODSP will be reviewed annually, rather than monthly.
  • ODSP Earning Exemption: Those on ODSP will receive a flat $6,000 annual exemption, without reducing their assistance. Twenty-five percent of earnings above $6,000 would be exempt. This is $1,200 more per year than the Liberals provided for earlier this year.
  • OW Earning Exemption: Recipients of OW will be able to earn up to $300 per month, without reducing their assistance (up from $200). Twenty-five percent of subsequent earnings would be exempt. Exemptions would start after one month on assistance, rather than after the usual three-month waiting period.
  • LIFT Credit: The Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit (“LIFT”) will allow individuals earning nearly $30,000 per year to keep an extra $850 annually.
  • Multi-ministerial Approach: Minister MacLeod was joined by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities during the announcement and highlighted the need for greater coordination among ministries.
  • Locally Focused Services: Municipal partners will be empowered to deliver services locally, including the creation of a local OW discretionary fund. The government has also tabled legislation on November 21, 2018 establishing a “Social Assistance Research Commission,” an advisory group appointed by the Lieutenant Governor that will recommend ODSP and OW rates for each region in Ontario based on economic geography and the cost of living.
  • Website: A new website has been launched to better match job seekers to employers (Ontario.ca/openforbusiness).

The principles of compassion, dignity and greater independence were referenced repeatedly throughout Minister McLeod’s announcement of the reform. We hope that these principles are reflected in the formal laws and policies that are developed and the manner of their implementation.  Continue reading Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms – PooranLaw

Go ALL-IN for CLGW – Poker Tournament Fundraiser

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Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament in support of Community Living Guelph Wellington

Join Community Living Guelph Wellington in this afternoon filled with fun and poker competition. All proceeds support CLGW.

Saturday November 10th, 2018

Registration starts at 11:00am

Tournament starts at 12:00pm

Guelph Curling Club (816 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON)

Format: $40.00 per ticket. All ticket money paid out to top 6 players. During the first hour, unlimited $20.00 re-buys are allowed, which will be counted as a donation for CLGW. At the first break, players will also be able to stack up for $20.00 (2000 in chips) or $40.00 (5000 in chips), as an additional donation.

Refreshments and food will be available for purchase at the bar.

For information and tickets, please contact Chris Clark at cclark@clgw.ca or Lynn Frost-Arcand at lfrostarcand@clgw.ca

See, share and download the flyer here.

PassportONE Information Events

Community Living Guelph Wellington, and Community Living Dufferin are hosting PassportONE Information Events

PassportONE Information Events, Passport, CLGW, developmental disability, disabilityDid you recently receive a PassportONE Package in the Mail? Do you have questions like…

  • What is PassportONE?
  • What forms do I need to complete and send back?
  • What can I spend the funding on?
  • How do the new invoicing forms work?
  • How do I register a support worker?
  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

CLGW and CLD will be hosting information events from now until the end of March to help answer your questions and make sure you’re benefiting from the new package.

Check and download the flyer for all dates and times.

Paul Turner named Special Olympics Provincial Coach of the Year

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Congratulations Paul on being named 2018 Ontario Special Olympics Coach of the Year

Last week, Paul Turner was celebrated in Toronto, as Ontario’s Male Coach of the Year. Paul has been a major influence in Special Olympics floor hockey and softball over his many years, including 2009 and 2016 World Games appearances, where both teams won silver medals.

His involvement with Special Olympics began 39 years ago, after he witnessed a bullying situation that really bothered him outside of his local YMCA. He was inspired to combine his love of sport and his respect for all people, and decided to volunteer for Special Olympics and help coach programs where athletes could participate in a fun and inclusive environment.

He has inspired many athletes along his long tenure of coaching.

Congratulations Paul. Absolutely well deserved!