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October 6, 2001
Trying to raise awareness about workers' rights there is an ongoing world-wide campaign to display a poster advertising the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in workplaces...
Keywords: Organizing, Workers' Rights, International
October 6, 2001
The federated anti-poverty groups of BC (“fapg”) is an umbrella organization of over 130 groups as well as approximately 65 individual members concerned with poverty and social justice issues, and...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
The BC government announcement that the Ministry of Human Resources will provide a monthly nutritional supplement of up to $225 to Disability Benefits recipients who face chronic progressive health...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
Thursday, October 04, 2001 Press Release While we, of the fapg, applaud the Liberal government for making $225 per month available to persons living with severe medical conditions causing progressive...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
In August the Federal, provincial and territorial housing ministers made an important promise at their annual summit. They promised to sign-off on a new national housing program at a special meeting...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, All of Canada
October 6, 2001
October 1, 2001 marked the day the Ontario government began a controversial plan of mandatory literacy testing for welfare recipients. In a press release the Community and Social Services Critic is...
Keywords: Poorbashing, Welfare, Ontario
October 6, 2001
August 21, 2001 - by Michael Shapcott, National Housing and Homelessness Network An important breakthrough at the federal-provincial-territorial housing ministers' meeting in London - thanks to the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
October 6, 2001
This video is based on interviews with leading members of OCAP including John Clarke and Gaetan Heroux, as well as footage of actions organized by the group in the last few years. Judy Koch has...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, Ontario
October 6, 2001
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and other groups are supporting a group of panhandlers in Toronto who have been charged with violating the new Safe Streets Act. The panhandlers are...
Keywords: Panhandling, Ontario
August 21, 2001
Under a new welfare program that took effect August 1, 2001, new welfare recipients sentenced to more than 30 days house arrest will lose their benefits (specified in section 15(2) of the new welfare...
Keywords: Welfare, Nova Scotia
August 21, 2001
Jean-Guy Allard's Granma International article (Link removed - No longer exists) reports on a tragic situation and its human rights implications for Canadian Aboriginal and First Nations people.
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada
August 21, 2001
The G8 - the Group of 8 of the world's most industrialized nations meet annually to discuss everything from international trade to the environment to relations with developing countries and beyond...
Keywords: Technology, International
August 21, 2001
From time to time, an interpretation statement of a particular issue or right which are intended to guide governments is passed by committees of the United Nations. In twenty-five years the Committee...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, International
August 21, 2001
CERA (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation) is launching a new project called "Women and Housing in Canada: Barriers to Equality" and wants to hear from women in Canada about how their ability...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
June 11, 2001
A new book by Jean Swanson, a long time anti-poverty activist with End Legislated Poverty, challenges how people with power and money attack the poor. "I am sure that anyone who has experienced...
Keywords: Poorbashing, All of Canada
June 11, 2001
The Canadian Mental Health Association has awarded Community Legal Assistance (CLAS) the Aleck Trawick Q.C. Award, established to highlight the importance of legal advocacy as part of overall mental...
Keywords: Mental Health, British Columbia
June 11, 2001
The Ontario Federation of Labour has a new publication, From Poverty Wages to a Living Wage (in PDF), that has some good background and information on the minimum wage issue.
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
June 11, 2001
The June 2001 report, The Global Report on Stopping Forced Labour by the International Labour Organization, examines the most prevalent forms of forced labour still in existence today. Worldwide...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, International
April 13, 2001
The provincial government is improving BC Benefits to provide better support for low-income people who are temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition. Under the current designation of "...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
April 13, 2001
Canada's employment insurance laws are constitutionally unfair to women because, as primary caregivers, it is harder for them to work the hours needed to qualify, a tribunal ruled Thursday. "When a...
Keywords: Unemployment, Women, All of Canada