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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
March 5, 2015
Welfare rates in BC have not increased in eight years and recipients are increasingly finding that as prices in BC continue to rise, getting by on the existing rates is virtually impossible. The BC...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, 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 4, 2015
The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Organizing, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, United States
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 28, 2015
In a recent article, Iglika Ivanova, an economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives points out that income inequality continues to be a pressing issue for Canadians. Even though there...
Keywords: Media, Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 23, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its 2015 Gates Annual Letter this week. The letter, titled “Our Big Bet for the Future,” makes a bold prediction: “The lives of people in poor...
Keywords: Health, Human Rights, Media, Poverty Research, International
January 22, 2015
The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), an anti-poverty advocacy organization in Victoria, has filed a petition for judicial review challenging a decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB...
Keywords: Housing, Legal Assistance, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
January 21, 2015
People in Canada’s northern territories continue to be troubled by food prices that are dramatically inflated relative to other parts of the country. Statistics Canada data from 2009, the last year...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Health, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
January 19, 2015
Oxfam International has just released a report which forecasts that the richest 1% of the global population will own more than half the world’s wealth by next year. Oxfam’s executive director is...
Keywords: Media, Poverty Research, International
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
December 16, 2014
Long-time street nurse Cathy Crowe talks about social justice in an article on rabble.ca: "This time of year people are always asking me what they can do to help the homeless. Where can they help to...
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