THUNDER BAY – Poverty Free Thunder Bay has launched an online survey and are calling on the City of Thunder Bay to step up to help people on low incomes and enduring poverty.
PFTB says, “On April 21, 2020, Premier Doug Ford said: “As we face some of the darkest times in our province’s history, we have a duty to protect and care for the most vulnerable in our society…Our seniors and people with disabilities are the most at risk during this crisis, and we must go above and beyond to ensure they get financial relief, food, medicine, and other essentials without delay.”
Poverty Free Thunder Bay works to end poverty for all who live in poverty from Youth to Seniors in our City. Those with Disabilities, visible and not, those with Mental Health & Health challenges, Injured Workers, LGBTQ2S+ community, Indigenous People.
We are a Grassroots organization, rich and diverse in our members. We advocate with those finding their voices. We amplify their VOICE. We are the Voice of Change.
COVID-19 did what lobbying and logic and Doug Ford could not do – it temporarily removed bus fares and the burden they place on low-income people. We want to find out what this has meant to people who use public transit to grocery shop, get to work, or attend medical appointments.
Today, Poverty Free Thunder Bay has launched a survey asking people to share their stories. This will help in our future work to make public transit more affordable, as a public good that benefits all citizens.
We will start by asking City Council for a “no fares” day each month post-COVID-19, then one “no fares” day each week. When the benefits are clear to all, we will work for “no fares” on public transit.
The survey will be open from June 22nd to July 20th, 2020.
We welcome your thoughts on our survey. Remember, once you open and go in, you cannot go in again.