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April 14, 2014
The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite...
Keywords: Unemployment, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 14, 2014
A single mother with one child receives $945 a month in income assistance or $1,242 in disability assistance. If she receives any child-support money from an ex-partner, the government reduces her...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, British Columbia
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
Law Week is a national event held annually celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The theme for Law Week 2014 is Access to Justice: What does it mean to YOU? There are...
Keywords: Legal Info (PLEI), British Columbia
March 31, 2014
Although a notorious recipient of "corporate welfare," Walmart has now admitted that their massive profits also depend on the funding of food stamps and other public assistance programs. In their...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, International
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 31, 2014
The province is refusing to pick up the bill once federal subsidy contracts for low-income residents living in housing co-ops end, but the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia (CHF BC...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
March 28, 2014
A recent article in The Tyee highlights the critical need for funding of youth programs in the town of Houston, British Columbia. The Dze L' K'ant Friendship Centre in Houston runs the Teen...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
March 27, 2014
Aboriginal people who were adopted into white families during the "Sixties Scoop" say it's their turn for reconciliation and are calling for a formal apology from the federal government. Dozens of...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada
March 26, 2014
Montreal police receive around 140 calls a day involving the homeless or people with mental health issues, and the service needs more help in dealing with these cases, said Montreal police chief Marc...
Keywords: Mental Health, Québec
March 25, 2014
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses today released their first pan Canadian annual survey SHELTER VOICES on the state of emergency shelters in Canada. The survey shows...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
March 25, 2014
A home designed to keep people off drugs and out of jail is about to close its doors as federal funding is set to expire on March 31. The transitional home is a spot where people going through...
Keywords: Health, Housing, Manitoba
March 24, 2014
A photography exhibit opened Thursday night at Charlottetown's Confederation Centre of the Arts, featuring photographs by women living near or below the poverty line. The photos are accompanied by...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, Prince Edward Island
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 19, 2014
The City of Vancouver is trying to help find ways to connect the 100,000 city residents without a regular doctor to a primary care physician. The City has launched a provincially-funded citizen...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
March 19, 2014
Isobel Mackenzie has been named B.C.'s first seniors' advocate by B.C.'s Health Minister Terry Lake on Wednesday morning. Mackenzie has been working for seniors for 18 years, most recently as...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
March 19, 2014
Ottawa’s decision to divide P.E.I. into two zones for calculating employment insurance has been called into question. Currently the entire Island is one region for EI purposes. In October, the...
Keywords: Unemployment, Prince Edward Island
March 17, 2014
People who work in homeless shelters in Surrey, B.C., say the demographics of those accessing their services are changing. Jonquil Hallgate with Surrey Urban Mission, which offers programs and...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, British Columbia
March 14, 2014
For refugees, starting over just got easier as the provincial government has promised settlement service agencies in British Columbia it will pick up funding for refugee mental health services that...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
March 13, 2014
Over the last few months, the provincial government has been consulting on issues impacting people with disabilities. CLAS, BCCPD, Inclusion BC, BCANDS, CMHA-BC and SPARC BC have prepared a joint...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia