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December 15, 2014
The Northern Women's Forum hosted the 12th annual event at Wilson Square in front of the Prince George Courthouse on December 7. Community members donated blankets, socks, gloves, coats and other...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
December 10, 2014
British Columbia is the only province in Canada that does not have a human rights commission. That makes us the weakest province when it comes to fostering human rights awareness and preventing...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
December 5, 2014
Food banks are necessary to address the immediate needs of people living with hunger and malnutrition. However, these services can only provide short-term relief for the downstream symptoms of...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
November 24, 2014
British Columbia has the fifth highest child poverty rate in Canada, according to the 2014 Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. This means...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 19, 2014
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre is assisting a Lower Mainland woman who wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn a B.C. Legal Services Society decision denying her legal aid. The case...
Keywords: Family, British Columbia
October 21, 2014
From an article by rabble.ca: "When asked why live-in caregivers should be granted landed status upon arrival, Migrante-BC's Jane Ordinario asserted that doing so would allow live-in caregivers to...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 20, 2014
Tenants from Vancouver’s SROs gathered on October 19 for an SRO Tenants’ Convention at the Japanese Hall in the DTES. With an aim to equip tenants with the skills to tackle issues ranging from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 7, 2014
Communities, workers, and places of work are all starting to see the benefits of paying a living wage. A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
September 30, 2014
A group representing homeless people in Abbotsford has won the right to have their legal case around access to basic shelter seen in court. For the past few years, the City of Abbotsford has been...
Keywords: Homelessness, Manitoba
September 25, 2014
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has changed their name to Disability Alliance BC. They also have a new logo and tagline that they hope with speak to the importance of building...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
September 16, 2014
The Board of Directors at Canada Without Poverty (CWP) is made up of individuals from all over Canada who have lived experience of poverty. The experiences of their board help CWP to understand the...
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
September 9, 2014
Talk by Dr Gary Bloch, a strong advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through primary care and political advocacy. Register for the event: http://bchealth.eventbrite.ca *Not in...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia
September 4, 2014
Vancouver Community Network, the Lower Mainland FreeNet, is working to ensure that life-saving information can circulate quickly among affected groups via text messages. The system will provide...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
September 3, 2014
Vibrant Communities Canada bloggers talk about the limitations of poverty reduction strategies and a Poverty Outline for Saint John, New Brunswick.
Keywords: Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario
September 3, 2014
This map from the Wellesley Institute includes information about housing initiatives across Canada, including resources for seniors, Indigenous communities and women.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
August 20, 2014
What would happen if housing were enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Yutaka Dirks gives an inside account of the radical new fight to end homelessness in an article in This...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario, All of Canada
August 18, 2014
A short documentary by David Shortt and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition highlighting the root causes of queer and trans poverty in British Columbia. Premiering at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Welfare, British Columbia
August 5, 2014
An interesting article posted on the Carnegie Community Action Project blog. In “Challenging the rhetoric of stigmatization: the benefits of concentrated poverty in Toronto’s Regent Park”, Martine...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
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 23, 2014
Being poor can make you sick. Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect...
Keywords: Health, Housing, United States