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March 12, 2014
Residents of a rural B.C. town believe the local health authority’s search for a replacement physician amounts to a prescription for mismanagement. The community’s sole general practitioner, Dr....
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
March 11, 2014
A recent B.C. study has found that a program that provides alcohol to chronic, homeless alcoholics reduces emergency hospital visits and arrests, likely saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 10, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia. The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, British Columbia
March 7, 2014
There are several important articles and websites PovNet would like to share with you on International Women's Day. The first is the "He to She" campaign, a UN Women Campaign that asks men to raise...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada, International
March 7, 2014
The TTC’s overnight bus and streetcar service should be free for everyone during extreme cold weather alerts, says a Toronto councillor. Josh Colle, who is a TTC commissioner, brought a motion...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
March 7, 2014
The Quebec provincial government has granted seasonal agriculture workers the same rights as all workers in Quebec, including the right to join a union. Read more about this court decision in an...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Québec
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
March 3, 2014
This year’s Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) hotel and housing report found that SROs in the DTES are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
March 3, 2014
A report entitled "Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada," written by Stephen Gaetz, a professor at York University in Toronto, explains that Canada needs to do a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, 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 18, 2014
Gasps swept through the packed auditorium as Abbotsford city council rejected a supportive housing project for homeless men after a tie vote on Monday night. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman cast the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
Bonnie Sherr Klein is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements. In this lecture at UBC Law (the 2014 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice) she shares...
Keywords: Disability, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
February 17, 2014
Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) has released its 2013 Hotel and Housing report. This year’s hotel and housing report found that Single Room Occupancy hotel rooms (SROs) in the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
The United Nations’ top advocate for Aboriginal rights, who is to issue a report later this year critical of Canada’s record on First Nations issues, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, All of Canada, International
February 13, 2014
The Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine has published an article entitled "Everyday Justice." The article explains the importance of educating people about the legal system before they need...
Keywords: Legal Assistance, Legal Info (PLEI), All of Canada
February 12, 2014
A Newswire article argues that the 2014 Federal Budget has no clear strategies to address Canada's 14.3% child poverty rate and is out of step with Canadian values of caring about our neighbours'...
Keywords: Children and Youth, 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