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Colour of Poverty Campaign – Colour of Change Network Report Card

September 27, 2011 Poverty Reduction

There are a lot of reports put out by advocacy groups in the advance of the provincial election.

Most of the ones I’ve looked at represent sincere efforts by these advocacy groups to look at party policies and records and analyze how effective they are/will be.

This is not an easy task. Many of these reports seem to put much emphasis on grading the parties but put less effort into analysis of the issues that voters will be interested in.

A lack of analysis is definitely not the case with a thorough report that came out last week from the Colour of Poverty Campaign – Colour of Change Network (COP-COC).

The Network works to facilitate race-conscious remedies for long-standing institutional, structural and systemic disparities and inequities. In the context of the current election campaign they hope that political parties and media will “pay closer attention to the issues that are most important to members of racialized groups in general.”

Gathering input from community based organizations and individuals who work in various sectors (including anti-racism work, health, education, housing, legal services, and child care) they have put together a Racial Justice Report Card which examines the record of the three main political parties in Ontario over the most current term of office. They’ve done this by looking at laws and policies that were passed or adopted, as well as the opposition parties’ ?stated policy positions on these laws and policies, and proposed legislation that might have failed legislatively from this past term” – and in addition what the parties have announced in their election platforms up to September 21st.

Although they have put their grades (the A, B, C, D kind) upfront in the report, the total the 24 page document is well worth reading.

So I hope you will read the full report (http://www.ocasi.org/downloads/Ontario%20Racial%20Justice%20Report%20Card%202011.pdf) and draw your own conclusions.

I will note, with disappointment, the authors’ conclusion that:

None of the parties have demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues facing racialized communities (First Peoples and peoples of colour) in Ontario – nor have they provided any effective solutions for addressing such challenges. “

It seems that some of the proposed strategies “have some potential” but “more in-depth and critical thinking about the real impact of the structural and systemic problems is required.”

Tish October 9, 2011

Boy that really me the heck out.

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