Back in March, I wrote about fixing up Rideau Street and noted that council should tackle some of the underlying issues, including poverty. This came at a time when a number of funding cuts for organizations that help the poor and street-involved had been announced (and, it should be noted, these cuts were coming from other levels of government). Well, a few weeks after I wrote that, council passed a measure to provide $50,000 of transitional funds to organizations to help them transition.
There is still more to do, and not all organizations will qualify (it’s not helping the Odawa Centre, for instance), but council deserves credit for taking this measure.
Further, in that op-ed, I was responding to comments by councillor Riley Brockington. Brockington was part of the unanimous vote to provide transitional funding, so credit to him, too.