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June 9, 2002
British Columbia is soon to be the only provinces without a Human Rights Commission. The Attorney General has confirmed the government plans to scrap the Human Rights Commission altogether. The...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
June 9, 2002
On the anniversary of the tax cuts made by the BC Liberal Government the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a paper on who actually benefited from BC's tax cuts, and whether tax...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
June 9, 2002
Affordable housing was the topic of a debate following Libby Davies' Private Members Bill C-416, an act to provide for adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, be read the second...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
June 9, 2002
The National Housing and Homelessness Network (NHHN) has issued a statement on which provinces are living up to the agreement signed in November 2001. In that agreement all ten provinces agreed to...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
June 9, 2002
Young people raised in the poorest neighbourhoods of Canada's biggest city fare about the same as those from suburban, middle-class neighbourhoods in terms of income and education, a new federal...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, Ontario
June 9, 2002
The Ontario Divisional Court has found that the provincial government's regulation defining "spouse" in welfare law discriminates against sole support parents on social assistance. Four women had...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
June 9, 2002
Upstairs, downstairs and in between: The assets and debts of British Columbians is a new document by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, British Columbia
June 9, 2002
The B.C. Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance website has some information on the new Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal established under the recently passed Employment and Assistance...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
June 9, 2002
On Her Own: Young Women and Homelessness in Canada is a new report released by Status of Women Canada. It explores the causes, demographics and patterns of homelessness among young women (aged 12 to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
May 18, 2002
The BC government webpage holds the February 19, 2002 budget.
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
Seniors' Network of BC says "just say no" to government plans to move long-term care residents. The website also has information about the impact of government cuts to seniors, links to other...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
On April 15, 2002, the government of British Columbia introduced two bills that amend welfare legislation in B.C.: Bill 26, the Employment and Assistance Act which will repeal and replace the BC...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
The Attorney General introduced Bill 45, an Act to amend to the Legal Services Society Act in the legislature on May 1, 2002. The Bill has gone through second reading and is in Committee. This bill...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
The court dismissed the government's appeal of an Ontario divisional court ruling in June, 2000, and affirmed that the "spouse in the house" rule is discriminatory. Ontario Courts website have the...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
May 18, 2002
PEI's new Provincial Budget has increased spending in welfare benefits and disability benefits. PEI's budget document (in PDF) is available - page 6 tells of the increases.
Keywords: Government Policy, Prince Edward Island
May 18, 2002
Federated Anti-Poverty Groups of BC, End Legislated Poverty, and the National Anti-Poverty Organization v. Vancouver (City of). The BC Supreme Court rejected the groups' challenge of the City of...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released The 2002-2003 Alternative Budget of Choice for Saskatchewan: A Budget for Communities, by Communities.
Keywords: Government Policy, Saskatchewan
May 18, 2002
A report entitled Getting it Right for Canadians: The Disability Tax Credit by the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities has denounced a letter by Canada Customs and...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
May 18, 2002
The National Council of Welfare's (NCW) March report on welfare Incomes (in HTML) (the 2002 NCW's report can also be downloaded in PDF) found that welfare incomes were still well below the poverty...
Keywords: Welfare, All of Canada
May 18, 2002
Today, widespread homelessness in Canada is recognized as a national disaster that is both urban and rural and which most dramatically effects women. Despite this, programs and responses to...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada