Community Forum on Free Transit for Low Income Individuals


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Free Transit for Low Income Individuals - Community Forum


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Saturday, 3 June 2017 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Historic St Pauls Lutheran Church 137 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON N2G 1W2 Canada

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 The Alliance Against Poverty (AAP) has organized a Community Forum on Free Transit to develop a local campaign to make public transit free for everyone in Waterloo Region who lives in poverty. We would really like you to participate in our Forum.

            The Forum will occur on Saturday, June 3rd from 2 to 4 pm in the fully-accessible downstairs hall of Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. This church is located in downtown Kitchener at the corner of 137 Queen St. S. and Church St., just one block away from the Charles St. bus terminal. You enter the hall from Church St. via the large doors. The accessibility entrance is at the rear of the church off the parking lot, entering by the office door to the elevator. Free parking is available in the rear lot.

            Please arrive by 1:30 pm for light refreshments and conversation. Then join a table of 12 participants. The forum will begin promptly at 2:00 pm with two brief presentations: Regan Brussé will give a user’s perspective on public transit, and Joe Mancini of the Working Center will advocate for making public transit free for everyone who lives in poverty. AAP member Richard Walsh will host and moderate the Forum.

            Attendance is limited, so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by "purchasing" your free ticket by May 16th at the latest. 


Thank you very much for your anticipated interest.


Please note: This will be a video recorded session. So as to ensure full public availability, a recording of this session will be made available on the Alliance Against Poverty website following the event. Press and Media are welcome and may record this session as well. All attending are deemed to be agreeing to the above recordings and their publication.

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Come out and support AAP's campaign for Free Transit Access for All

Graphic by Fani Hsieh
Graphic by Fani Hsieh

If you think transit access is an important issue and you would like to support the Alliance Against Poverty's campaign for free transit access for those on OW or ODSP, please come out to support us!

Please note that the October 19th presentation to Regional Council had to be postponed. Please stay tuned for the next AAP Transit access for all event ! 

On Wednesday, September 21st  (7pm) members of the Alliance Against Poverty gave a short presentation at Waterloo Regional Council (150 Frederick St., Kitchener). We argued that residents of the Region of Waterloo who live below the poverty line deserve free transit! The proposal that we have been supporting for several years is simple - anyone in the region who is on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) should have access to free transit.

Transportation and mobility are key in today’s economy, and transportation is a serious struggle for those living below the poverty line. Access to transportation, especially for the poor, is essential for employment, food, and basic support services. And Grand River Transit (GRT) prices are not affordable to an individual on a fixed lower income. It's time for the Region of Waterloo to come up with a better plan!

Regan Brusse's interview about AAP's push for free transit for folks in poverty, on the Eric Drozd Show on 570 News can be found at 10am Wed., Sept 21st here 

 KW Record Article: Anti-poverty advocates continue push for free transit (Paige Desmond)

  WATERLOO REGION — Anti-poverty advocates are continuing their efforts to get free transit access for poor people.

 On Wednesday, members of the Alliance Against Poverty appealed to Region of Waterloo councillors to provide free Grand River Transit access to all residents on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

 Regan Brusse told council accessible transit is crucial for low-income residents to access everything from social services to job interviews and employment.

 "Transportation is so clearly necessary to obtain a viable income. Our public transit system must be affordable to all," she said.

 Brusse herself has been on social assistance and pointed out something as simple as getting food from the food bank is a challenge without taking the bus.

 "When I'm picking up food for my family of four it can feel like it weighs four tonnes," she said. "I can never walk it home. There's no chance."

 This isn't the first time free transit for the poor has been raised at regional council. read full article, click here

Article in the Cord: Petition for KW Residents to have Free Transit

A local Kitchener-Waterloo organization has amped up their push to make public transit free for lower-class residents throughout the region.

The Alliance Against Poverty (AAP), founded over a decade ago, is an alliance of individuals from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds striving to eliminate poverty.

They have launched campaigns aimed at housing and living wage in the past and have now decided to take on public transit.

The AAP sets itself apart from other similar groups by refusing government donations and by instituting a system of wealth redistribution whereby members who can afford to do so pay a 50 dollar monthly membership fee and members who are in need of assistance may take 50 dollars from their pool.

“We’re all about wealth redistribution and easing the burden of poverty,” said Brayden McNeill, AAP member. “I think that’s a really significant aspect of the AAP, is that we practice what we preach.”

The latest push in their Accessible Transit for All campaign was a presentation delivered by AAP member, Regan Brusse, on September 21 to the Waterloo Regional Council. read full article, click here

Stay tuned!


AAP Supports Global Climate March

AAP members joined the Global Climate March on November 29, 2015 to rally for a Global Climate Agreement

AAP Supports $15 and Fairness Campaign (April 15, 2016)

Friday, April 15, 2016: Alliance Against Poverty members came out to support the efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 / hour.


Alliance Against Poverty Information Walk for CBC-KW “Sounds of the Season”

 The Alliance Against Poverty (the AAP), a local grassroots group pressing for economic justice for everyone, will hold an Information Walk outside of The Museum at 10 King St. W., Kitchener, from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m., where the CBC “Sounds of the Season” broadcast will occur tomorrow, Friday, December 4th.

The AAP believes that rather than treating the symptoms of poverty, such as lack of food, with food banks and a lot of expensively administered, overlapping social programs, a simpler and more effective approach is a cure for poverty that eliminates the need for perpetual treatments of poverty’s symptoms. That cure is a Guaranteed Livable Income, also known as a Basic Income.

The idea of a GLI is supported by a wide range of people and groups from conservative to progressive. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, stated "the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income." Canada’s former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal also has been an advocate of a GLI for decades.

In August 2015 the Canadian Medical Association passed a resolution recommending a GLI for Canadians, because doctors know that poverty has a huge impact on health, which drives up the costs of health care. A GLI would cost all levels of government a lot less than the present system of meagre social assistance. In addition, the Green Party supports a GLI. 

The AAP wants to see a GLI implemented in Canada to wipe out poverty and make food banks unnecessary. During the Information Walk, AAP members will distribute handouts on the GLI.

However, the AAP says: “Until there’s a GLI, keep supporting the Food Bank.”


Richard Walsh            email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    mobile: 519-897-3630


Justice beyond Charity: GLI for everyone will eliminate poverty, make people healthier, and cut health care costs.



The Canadian Medical Association says: Poverty is a public health issue, so we need to treat the cause with a Guaranteed Livable Income....not the symptoms with food banks.

Canadian Medical Association's prescription for Poverty: Treat the cause with a basic income - not the symptoms with food banks.