Mike Adler (Inside Toronto) (August 24, 2023 – paper),within%20days%20of%20each%20other.

Erica Alini (Globe and Mail) (June 10, 2023 – paper)

Tamara Shepherd (Inside Toronto) ) (January 5, 2023 – paper)


. (Toronto Star) (June 1, 2022) ‘Barely surviving.’ Ontario disability recipient shares what it’s like to live off $1,169 a month

(May 12, 2022) ‘We didn’t ask to be injured’: Torontonians on the Ontario Disability Support Program fear future without change


Heather Scoffield. (Toronto Star) (December 1, 2021) Inflation is battering Canada’s most vulnerable

Heather Scoffield. (Toronto Star) (August 26, 2021) Scarborough and Covid-19

Anna Desmarais. (CBC NWT) (August 20, 2021) How CERB is affecting rent payments for N.W.T. clients in social housing

Angelyn Francis. (Toronto Star) (May 3, 2021) Scarborough researchers found the link between multi-generational households and COVID-19. What it could change about housing in years to come


Rob Carrick. (The Globe and Mail) (November 24, 2020) A voice of pandemic money stress: ‘I can’t contemplate Christmas’

Brendan Kennedy. (Toronto Star) (October 19, 2020) The welfare diet turns 25

Lauren O’Neil. (Blog TO) (June 15, 2020) Toronto renters spend way more on their housing than mansion owners do (@laurenonizzle)

Jason Pereira. ( (March 18, 2020) Retirement Programs and Retiring on a Low Income (transcript)


Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (November 26, 2019) Those who toil in low-wage jobs in the GTA more likely to be visible minorities

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (October 15, 2019) Needy North Scarborough shortchanged by City

Heather Scoffield. (Toronto Star) (August 22, 2019) Income gap figures don’t speak to deepening poverty

Dominik Kurek. (Inside Toronto) (May 6, 2019) There’s no silver bullet

Greg Bonnell. (Bloomberg News Network) (April 10, 2019) Cash Hurdles for Low income

Preet Banerjee. (Mostly Money) (March 7, 2019) The Upside-down World of Financial Planning for Retirement on a Low Income


Brendan Kennedy. (Toronto Star) (December 16, 2018) Battle of Ortona veterans raise a glass

Don Martin. (CTV News) (November 6, 2018) Reality check on poverty strategy

May Warren. (Toronto Star) (September 15, 2018) Downtown Toronto becoming like Downton Abbey

George Thomson. (Toronto Star) (June 6, 2018) Income Security Reform at stake

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (April 18, 2018) Toronto residents pin hopes on basic income


Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (December 26, 2017) Anti poverty activists share dream but live totally different lives

Mike Adler. (Inside Toronto) (November 17, 2017) A penniless woman becomes a voice-for-Canada’s poor

Doug Saunders. (Globe & Mail) (May 27, 2017) Income Taxes turn 100: What have we learned?

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (April 24, 2017) Ontario launches Basic income pilot

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Star Touch) (April 18, 2017) Ontario embraces Basic income


Vanmala Subramaniam. (Vice Money) (November 28, 2016) Poverty is expensive

CBC News. (November 28, 2016) Poverty costs Toronto billions

David Shum. (Global News) (November 28, 2016) Poverty costs Toronto more than $4.4 billion annually

Editor. (Toronto Star) (November 29, 2016) City Council must fully implement anti-poverty plan

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (November 28, 2016) Cost of poverty in Toronto pegged at $5.5 billion

Debarati Mukherjee. (India Blooms) (November 29, 2016) Poverty costs Toronto billions

Anna Maria Tremonti. (The Current, CBC) (May 25, 2016) Canadian seniors still working to make ends meet

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Toronto Star) (May 9, 2016) Ontario’s soaring poverty gap ‘starkest’ for single adults as welfare rates stagnate

Lauren Heuser. (National Post) (April 6, 2016) Only the feds can really fix housing in Canada

Muriel Draisma. (CBC) (February 24, 2016) Scarborough renewal 

Michael Hainsworth. (BNN) (February 19, 2016) Fruit and vegetable price increases


Matt Galloway. (Metro Morning, CBC) (October 26, 2015) Nutritious eating on a low income 

Laurie Monsebraaten. (Reporter, Toronto Star) (October 10, 2015) Cost of Ontario’s 1995 ‘welfare diet’ soars amid inadequate rates, also see The National 20 years ago

Chris Reynolds. (Reporter, Toronto Star) (October 7, 2015) Why does Toronto’s visitor guide snub Scarborough?

Tavia Grant. (Reporter, Globe & Mail) (September 21, 2015) Toronto’s food banks see rising demand in inner suburbs

Maclean’s Magazine. (September 18, 2015) Vanishing Canada: Why we are all losers in Ottawa’s war on data

The Toronto Star. (July 2, 2015) Coaching poor to build a financial safety net

The Toronto Star. (April 20, 2015) Toronto: The Downton Abbey of Canada?

The Toronto Star. (March 29, 2015) Should poor seniors pay to volunteer?

The Toronto Star, (February 12, 2015) It’s not just welfare computer system that needs a fix

The Toronto Star. (January 25, 2015) Ontario’s welfare computer glitches are not the first

The Toronto Star. (January 14, 2015) Annual earnings exemptions urged for Ontario welfare recipients 


The Stratford Citizen. (November 28, 2014) Veterans Minister Julian Fantino and St. Mary’s Veteran Al Stapleton.

Tavia Grant. (Reporter, Globe & Mail) (November 4, 2014) The Recession is over but food bank use is still climbing in Canada

The Hon. Deb Matthews. Minister. (ONN 2014) Shout-out to John Stapleton at 7:12 point

Ellen Roseman (Columnist). Toronto Star. (November 3, 2014) Low income Canadians hit by banking frills 

Steve Paikin (Host). The Agenda. (September 22, 2014) Poverty reduction

Liz Bernier (Reporter). Canadian HR Reporter. (September 8, 2014) Money for nothing

Mike Adler (Reporter). Scarborough Mirror. (June 25, 2014) Creating a more positive image for Scarborough

Kat Sienuic (Reporter). Globe & Mail. (June 3, 2014) Former OLG head Rod Phillips to take reins of CivicAction


Ron Charles (Reporter) & Sarah Bridge (Producer). CBC: The National. (December 16, 2013) The changing face of poverty in Canada

Laurie Monsebraaten. Toronto Star. (December 13, 2013) Welfareization of disability incomes

Paul Weinberg. NOW Magazine. (October 24, 2013). Poverty patchwork

Laurie Monsebraaten. Toronto Star. (August 31, 2013). Ontario rolls out welfare reforms

Murray Brewster. Canadian Press (C.P.). (July 10, 2013). Al Stapleton and Sicily memories

Catherine Porter and Christopher So. Toronto Star. (May 22, 2013). Not anytime soon: The life and times of Linda Chamberlain

John Stapleton. Toronto Star. (April 26, 2013). It’s time to end the erosion of public assistance in Ontario

Lorna Dueck. Global Network. (video posted February 28, 2013). Part 1: Working Poor Senator Hugh Segal

Lorna Dueck. Global Network. (video posted February 28, 2013). Part 2: Working Poor: Where do they live? John Stapleton & Michael Menezes

Ellen Roseman. Toronto Star. (January 22, 2013). End of paper tax return raises fears

Catherine Porter. Toronto Star. (January 6, 2013). Star readers give gift of mobility


Catherine Porter. Toronto Star. (December 21 & 25). Meals on wheels nourishes mind as well as body

Laurie Monsebraaten. Toronto Star. (December 13, 2012). Ontario anti poverty efforts pull 40,000 children out of poverty

Natalia Segal. Public Policy and Governance Review. (November 25, 2012). Seen and Heard: John Stapleton, the Janeiro Donelson Perez Lecture on Inequality

Tavia Grant. Globe &  Mail. (October 30, 2012). Recession’s legacy has food-bank usage soaring in Canada

Catherine Porter. Toronto Star. Two Female Hardship survivors give back to others. (October 23, 2012). Linda Coltman and Linda Chamberlain

James Daw. Low Income Senior’s Income Tax Shock. (July 30, 2012). Adeline’s story

Tavia Grant. Globe & Mail. (June 18, 2012). Could be worse: Family income stays steady

Ontario Hansard. (June 6, 2012). Testimony on social assistance

Hamilton Spectator. (May 16,2012). Working Poverty: 5 Questions

Walkom, T. (February 22, 2012). Harper’s Pension cuts hit the young the hardest

Galloway, M. (February 13, 2012). Metro Morning: Job not enough

Paperny, A. (February 11, 2012). Interactive map: Explore the data behind Toronto’s working poor

Paperny, A. (February 11, 2012). The poor in Toronto: They’re working but not getting any richer

Monsebraaten, L. (February 12, 2012) Metcalf Foundation study: working poor numbers way up in Toronto


Porter, C. (November 25, 2011) Linda Chamberlain rose from rough beginnings

Cheadle, B., &  Scoffield, H. (June 15, 2011). Poverty report shows single men doing less well than single moms. Macleans.

Rankin, J. (June 15, 2011). Housing for ex-cons: Spend a little, save  a lot. The Toronto Star.

Monsebraaten, L. (May 23, 2011). Penalized for working? Disabled lose 50 cents on every dollar earned. The Toronto Star.

Goar, C. (Mar. 29, 2011). Goar: Creative use of tax loophole blunts justiceThe Toronto Star.

Grant, T. (Feb. 7, 2011). Food inflation: It’s all about what’s on your plate. The Globe and Mail.


The Canadian Press. (Nov. 24, 2010). Recession exacerbates poverty among young men. Metro News.

Toronto Star Editorial (Nov. 23, 2010). Welfare rules: A smack down, not a hand up.

Porter, C. (Nov. 19, 2010). Porter: Linda Chamberlain’s job was making her brokeThe Toronto Star.

Monsebraaten, L. (May 17, 2010). Youth in state care need RESPs.

Daw. J. (Feb. 20, 2010). File a tax return, raise your income. The Toronto Star.


Toronto Star Editorial (Oct. 21, 2009). The welfare asset trap.

Toronto Star Editorial (Oct. 21, 2009). Welfare report blasts asset limit.

National Post Editorial (Oct. 2009). Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sets new standard for silly studies.

Stapleton, J. (2009). Designing new architecture for Ontario social assistance. The Toronto Star, Jun. 2.

Drummond, D., & Stapleton, J. (2009). What Ontario has to do to fix the hole in welfare. The Toronto Star, Mar. 18.

Stapleton, J., Gasparini, J., & Neethan S. (2009).  Ontario needs to step up and tackle social deficitThe Toronto Star, Mar. 4.

Goar, C. (2009). Last cushion reduced to shredsThe Toronto Star, Jan. 23.


Stapleton, J. (2008). Welfare won’t be much help. The Toronto Star, Dec. 24.

Monsebraaten, L. (2008). First steps on poverty draw praiseThe Toronto Star, Dec. 5.
Major milestones in poverty reduction in Ontario. (J. Stapleton)
Poverty timeline. The Toronto Star, Dec. 5.

Cooper, J. (2008). Economists sound off on approaches to fiscal downturn. CMA Management, November.

Monsebraaten, L. (2008). Welfare raise leaves cheque at 1988 levelsThe Toronto Star, Nov. 1.

Monsebraaten, L. (2008). Obama puts poor back on agenda. The Toronto Star, Nov. 8.

Drummond, D. & Stapleton, J. (2008). Ontario can help the poor saveThe Toronto Star, July 25.

Stapleton, J. (2008). How our tax system discourages self-reliance. National Post, January 4.


Stapleton, J. (2007, Fall). Reflections on a return to Italy 60 years later. The Monte Cassino Society, 2, 9-11.

Stapleton, J. (2007). Remove bricks from welfare wall. The Toronto Star, December 8.

Stapleton, J. (2007). Destroy Canada’s welfare trap. National Post, December 8.

Stapleton, J., & Barata, P. (2007). Canada’s social policy imperativesThe Toronto Star, October 23.

Stapleton, J. (2007). All governments have a duty to tear down walls of povertyThe Toronto Star, September, 16.

Stapleton, J. (2007). Working poor get little relief from Flaherty. The Toronto Star, March, 23.


Stapleton, J. (2006). Winning and losing Elections. Unpublished commentary.

Stapleton, J. (2006). We owe working Ontarians income security. Globe and  Mail05/09/06