News - Government policy

October 9, 2015
We are putting together some resources on poverty and the federal election. Check out the following resources to see how various organizations are trying to get poverty to be a federal election issue...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
March 12, 2015
Christy Clark`s statement last week that a $15 minimum wage would hurt small businesses was the subject of scrutiny in a story released this week in the Globe and Mail. The article looks at the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Media, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 19, 2015
The BC provincial budget was unveiled earlier this week and has received significant criticism from many in the anti-poverty community over the last two days. An article published yesterday in the...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 16, 2015
The Georgia Straight has published an open letter from First Call BC to BC Premiere Christy Clark and BC Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. The letter responds to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
February 11, 2015
On February 17, BC Finance Minister, Mike de Jong will deliver the 2015 budget speech for the province. The speech has wide ranging implications for government operations and citizens alike. In...
Keywords: Government Policy, Media, British Columbia
February 2, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada handed down an important decision on Friday, affirming that the right to strike is protected under s.2(d) (freedom of association) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms....
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
January 28, 2015
A rally was held earlier this week protesting the lack of government regulation for payday loan stores in Burnaby. The story was reported in a recent article. “Monica McGovern with the group ACORN...
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, Government Policy, Organizing, British Columbia
January 14, 2015
Last month, the Law Society of BC released a report authored by its “Legal Services Regulatory Framework Taskforce” recommending that the organization request a legislative amendment allowing it to...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Assistance, British Columbia
January 14, 2015
A report released earlier this week by BC’s auditor general highlights many problems within BC’s provincial prison system. The report found that “lack of attention to performance management,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
January 12, 2015
A new report published by the Ministry of Children and Family Development has found that children in foster care are disproportionately accessing income assistance upon turning 19, according to an...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
July 30, 2014
Right now, the House of Commons and a committee of the Senate are reviewing a federal government Bill that will deprive elderly immigrants of equal access to benefits that make sure seniors don’t...
Keywords: Government Policy, Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
July 17, 2014
There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
July 9, 2014
Whitehorse residents and community leaders gathered in the rain Friday to express their disapproval of the government’s decision to scrap an affordable housing program in the city. About 40 people...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Yukon
July 7, 2014
The Conservative government’s latitude to choose its own policies was curtailed yet again on Friday when a judge called health-care cuts for failed refugee claimants a form of “cruel and unusual...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 28, 2014
Several dozen Vancouver lawyers plan to withdraw their services this summer to protest a lack of legal aid funding. At least 100 Vancouver lawyers plan not to take any legal aid clients for five...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, British Columbia
May 23, 2014
The Income Security Advocacy Centre has created that includes information about why it’s important to vote, how to make sure you can vote, accessible voting for people with disabilities, raising...
Keywords: Government Policy, Unemployment, Ontario
May 12, 2014
All British Columbians will be offered a blood test for HIV/AIDS every five years as part of new testing guidelines that are the first of their kind in Canada. Until now, only pregnant women have...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, British Columbia
May 12, 2014
The federal Justice Department has chopped $1.2 million from its research budget, and is tightening control to ensure future legal research is better aligned with the government’s agenda. Previous...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, All of Canada
May 9, 2014
Social workers unable to access the government’s child-welfare computer system are being told to check with police to see whether there are prior safety concerns about a family, documents show. A...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
The Opposition Critic for Social Development says a major glitch in the provincial computer system is putting vulnerable children and adults at serious risk. The province’s Integrated Case Management...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
NDP social development critic Michelle Mungall introduced in the legislature on Tuesday a private members bill that she said aims to fight poverty and improve economic realities for needy people. The...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 1, 2014
The street vending bylaw, currently being constitutionally challenged by Pivot Legal Society, penalizes a survival strategy for low-income people who struggle to make ends meet. More than 95% of all...
Keywords: Government Policy, Panhandling, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
In a report released yesterday, independent watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond called for "targeted services and supports" for youth past the current age limit of 19. She is recommending the province...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, British Columbia
April 22, 2014
Four residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are launching a constitutional challenge after being ticketed for selling personal items on the sidewalk. Defendant Ralph George says the group are...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
April 22, 2014
A federal fraud investigator has been suspended without pay, after she leaked documents showing that investigators had to cut people off their employment insurance benefits in order to meet quotas....
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
April 7, 2014
The federal government has proposed Bill C-24, which would makes immigration to Canada more difficult. Proposed changes include a longer wait for permanent residents before they can apply to be...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
March 31, 2014
Life in B.C. is about to get more expensive and advocates say it's the province's low-income seniors who will be hit the hardest. A number of rates affecting British Columbians are getting hiked,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Utilities, British Columbia
March 24, 2014
Squamish officials backed a call for a $10-a-day B.C. child care program that would come with a $1.5 billion annual price tag. Last week, the District of Squamish became the 26th municipality to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
March 6, 2014
B.C. union leaders are calling for the minimum wage to be increased from the current $10.25 to $13 an hour, which represents the poverty line. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2012....
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 21, 2014
The Tyee recently published an article concerning federal funding cuts to mental health refugee agencies. In six weeks, refugees arriving in British Columbia will no longer receive free help to cope...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
February 19, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published an article on their Policy Note blog entitled, "What you need to know about BC Budget 2014." It notes that despite a significantly weak...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
February 18, 2014
Dr. Pamela D. Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick, has published an article on Rabble concerning the federal government's newly unveiled budget. "...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, All of Canada
February 12, 2014
Glen Abernethy, the Northwest Territories minister with lead responsibility for the Anti-Poverty Strategy, gave the Legislative Assembly a status update on the Strategy this week. "As with any major...
Keywords: Government Policy, Northwest Territories
February 12, 2014
"Recessions are always harder on young workers, but we are nearly five years out from the end of the last recession and there is still no recovery in sight for young workers. For a comparison on the...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Unemployment, All of Canada
February 12, 2014
CUPE has provided a summary and response to the federal budget released by the Harper government. "The Harper government has squandered another opportunity to improve the lives of Canadians with...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 12, 2014
"We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to achieve its political goal of budgetary balance by 2015. ...Economic history teaches...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 7, 2014
This blog post by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reflects on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and the B.C. govermnent's justification for its Olympic bid on the basis of the...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 7, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recently held their 2014 Alternative Federal Budget press conference. The CCPA offers an Alternative Federal Budget report on its website, so that...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 3, 2014
Last year, Waterloo Region's cost-shared spending with the province was cut to $2.5 million from $6 million the year before, a 58-per-cent cut. Politicians agreed to prop up the program temporarily...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, Ontario