In her late 50s, the widow of a Toronto police officer, Elizabeth Fenton, decided to donate a large portion of her pension to the Toronto Police Foundation.
The fund has given more than $1.2 million to local charities since its creation in 2002.
Fenton was an early supporter of the Toronto Transit Commission, the transit authority that was formed in 2000, and she said she was inspired to donate because she has lived in poverty and had to move many times over the years.
The TTC, she said, is a great organization and that’s why I want to give back.
She gave the foundation her pension as a way to make a statement to the community that the TRC and the TTC are working to provide good jobs, good healthcare and decent wages.
“If it helps someone in need, it’s a good thing,” she said.
Fortunes in poverty “I have lived in this city for 10 years, so I don’t want to think about that,” Fenton said.
“I want to see the city and the city’s residents are better off.
“It’s not fair that I’m in this position and that I have to fight to live on $15 an hour, or that I can’t afford to buy food. “
“All my life, I’ve been fighting for this.” “
Fenton’s story is an extreme example of the plight of poverty in Canada. “
All my life, I’ve been fighting for this.”
Fenton’s story is an extreme example of the plight of poverty in Canada.
According to a 2015 report by the National Centre for Policy Alternatives, an organization focused on the issues of poverty, the Toronto area has the highest number of people living in poverty in the country.
The report said nearly 20 per cent of the area’s poverty-related issues are linked to lack of opportunity and that over a third of the city is classified as “near-poor.”
While Toronto’s poverty rate is higher than the national average, it is still significantly lower than the city as a whole, according to the report.
Fentons story isn’t the only one in Canada that shows a strong connection to poverty.
The Toronto Transit Authority has a poverty rate that is 20 per a cent of its population, while the number of Toronto residents living in low-income households is higher in some areas than the overall population.
But the foundation’s website notes that the TTC is a key partner in helping to alleviate poverty and that it has given about $2.8 million in support to local and provincial charities in the past 10 years.
In addition to helping with its budget, the foundation also provides financial assistance to individuals and families struggling with financial issues.
It says it helps thousands of families each year and has helped hundreds of families and individuals to overcome challenges in their lives.
Fentsons experience in the Toronto housing market is a cautionary tale for others who may not have as much support from their family or friends.
In her case, it could be that her situation has helped to make her feel like she is not alone.
“The problem is not that I don.
But I know there are people who live in the same situation and are also struggling, and they need the same things that I do,” Fenton said.
For many, the thought of having to fight for the basics is not something they would consider when considering the importance of being able to afford housing, she added.
“That’s what the foundation is all about, to give people a chance at a better life.”
With files from the Canadian Press