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April 24, 2003
The province and Ottawa are paving the way for better homes for the poor, investing $30 million into new housing for low to moderate income families. People who work with people in need welcome the...
Keywords: Housing, New Brunswick
April 24, 2003
Originally the government of the Northwest Territories announced a new rent scale for people living in public housing that would see people with higher incomes paying more for their government...
Keywords: Housing, Northwest Territories
March 10, 2003
It is recommended that a person receiving income assistance have someone attend ministry appointments with them. This quick guide has some very good tips on the dos and don'ts for a witness. The...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
March 5, 2003
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has issued its Concluding Comments on Canada. It has singled out B.C. for criticism because of the negative...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
February 15, 2003
The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP), represents 216 community based organizations in Ontario. OFCMHAP recognized that there is a distinct lack of...
Keywords: Health, Mental Health, Ontario
January 17, 2003
British Columbia is moving backwards on women’s equality due to current provincial government policies and is in contravention of its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
In 2001 Louise Gosselin challenged a cut to the welfare rate in Quebec for "employable" persons between the ages of 18 and 30 from $470 a month to $170 a month. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Welfare, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
A Coroners Inquest into the death of Kimberly Rogers has concluded. Ms. Rogers was found dead August 2001 in an apartment where she had been serving a six-month conditional sentence for welfare fraud...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
January 17, 2003
Bill 112, a law drafted by community groups, and designed to cut poverty in half over the next ten years, was passed unanimously by the National Assembly. The new law commits the provincial...
Keywords: Organizing, Québec
January 17, 2003
The biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference will be held at the University of Ottawa from June 15 to 17, 2003. The working title for the theme of this year's Conference is "Social...
Keywords: Organizing, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
Statistic Canada has released the the 2001 Low Income Cut-Offs - the 'Poverty Line'. The information can be found in the Canadian Council of Social Development's (CCSD) easy to read table or in the...
Keywords: Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
The City of Toronto is one of the few cities that has an "extreme weather alert" program. Weather is monitored over the winter months and when extreme weather is predicted members of the designated...
Keywords: Homelessness, Ontario
January 17, 2003
The findings of A Street Needs Assessment: An Investigation of the Characteristics and Service Needs of Persons who are Homeless and not Currently using Emergency Shelters in Ottawa (in PDF),...
Keywords: Homelessness, Ontario
January 17, 2003
Bill 70, the Residential Tenancy Act, will bring changes for landlords and tenants in British Columbia. Included in the proposed new Bill includes a change to security deposits - allowing landlords...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
Campaign 2000 has released the 2002 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada (in PDF) and has called on the federal government to adopt three main recommendations as priorities for a social investment...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
Bill 63, Workers Compensation Amendment Act (No. 2), 2002 was introduced recently in the legislature in British Columbia. This bill reduces the levels of review from 3 to 2, creates a new internal...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
Health charities issued a news release expressing their outrage at the federal government's proposal to amend the Income Tax Act to further tighten the eligibility criteria for people who have...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
January 17, 2003
The Poverty and Human Rights Project's goal is to strengthen the rights of the poorest people, by fostering recognition of rights to social and economic security, and by increasing the capacity of...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
January 2, 2003
December 19, 2002 Ottawa For Immediate Release Human Rights and housing groups see positive signs in Supreme Court poverty decision (Gosselin) The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and the...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
November 29, 2002
StatsCan's publication, The Daily, recently featured a story regarding the release of family income figures for the year 2000. "After-tax income rose for the fifth straight year in 2000 ... At the...
Keywords: Family, Poverty Research, All of Canada