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July 11, 2013
The Employment and Income Assistance Advocates Network in Winnipeg has launched a contest to show how people on welfare struggle to find safe and affordable housing. The EIA Advocates Network hopes...
Keywords: Housing, Manitoba
July 8, 2013
There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Canada. In Ontario the Coroners Act provides for mandatory inquests for certain...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
July 8, 2013
CBC has a multimedia site on prison and indigenous women called, Warehousing Indigenous Women. Currently, indigenous women are the fastest growing prison population and account for 31.9 per cent of...
Keywords: Indigenous, Prisoners' Rights, Women, All of Canada
July 8, 2013
The child poverty rate in British Columbia is back to being the worst in Canada. It rose from 10.5 percent in 2010 to 11.3 percent in 2011, according to newly-released figures from Statistics Canada...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
June 27, 2013
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has released a report that documents the impact of poor conditions on the daily lives of Aboriginal people. The report, Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal...
Keywords: Indigenous, Poverty Research, All of Canada
June 20, 2013
The first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness, The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013, has found: At least 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a given year At least 30,000 are...
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June 20, 2013
A study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that a deplorable 40% of indigenous children live in poverty in Canada. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, two thirds of status...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, All of Canada
June 18, 2013
This paper, Poverty as a Human Rights Violation by Vincent Greason, explores how six provincial anti-poverty strategies are remarkably similar in spite of the fact that they address differing socio-...
Keywords: Human Rights, Poverty Research, All of Canada
June 11, 2013
Advocates in the Downtown Eastside are claiming that the police are targeting poor people with jaywalking and vending tickets. PIVOT and VANDU through a freedom of information request found that in...
Keywords: Poorbashing, British Columbia
June 4, 2013
Mentor, journalist, anti-poverty advocate, former director of the National Council of Welfare, volunteer at First Call, Steve Kerstetter has died. Last week there was a celebration of his life and in...
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May 31, 2013
Calgary city council has approved the aim of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) to reduce the number of people in Calgary living in poverty so that 95% of people are above the poverty...
Keywords: Alberta, Government Policy, Poverty Research
May 30, 2013
A year ago the Conservative government eliminated the budget of the National Council of Welfare (NCW). Since 1969, the NCW has provided welfare and poverty statistics, fact-based social policy...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
May 23, 2013
A new book, Tomorrow We’re All Going to the Harvest: Temporary Foreign Worker Programs and Neoliberal Political Economy, explores how the the temporary foreign worker program has created a Canadian...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 14, 2013
As the 2013 BC Elections come up in May, we are putting together a list of election resources that can help you understand some of the issues. The following websites have campaigns, information and...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
May 6, 2013
We have put together the following resources to give a broader sense of how the anti-poverty community is responding to the 2013 Ontario Budget. At this point, the minority Liberals need NDP support...
Keywords: Government Policy, Ontario
May 1, 2013
On this International Workers' Day, we have put together some recent stories on the struggles and victories for workers' rights in Canada: Mental health: The next frontier for workers' rights |...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
April 19, 2013
BC CCPA's latest fact sheet, Affordable Housing Options for Seniors Living in BC, highlights some types of affordable housing options for seniors including supportive housing, assisted living,...
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April 17, 2013
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), as well as people with lived experience of homelessness, advocacy organizations and community groups from across the country have formed the Right to...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
April 12, 2013
First Call, a coalition of organizations and individuals who have come together to work for stronger policies and a better allocation of resources for the benefit of children and youth, have prepared...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
April 10, 2013
Women, racialized persons, immigrants, temporary migrant workers, persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal persons and non-status workers are more likely to hold low wage, temporary jobs with no...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario