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February 12, 2014
"We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to achieve its political goal of budgetary balance by 2015. ...Economic history teaches...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 12, 2014
CUPE has provided a summary and response to the federal budget released by the Harper government. "The Harper government has squandered another opportunity to improve the lives of Canadians with...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 11, 2014
The massive funding cuts and erosion of national housing programs in the 1990s continues to fuel a Canada-wide crisis in affordable and adequate housing. That’s the policy finding in the housing...
Keywords: Housing, All of Canada
February 7, 2014
This blog post by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reflects on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and the B.C. govermnent's justification for its Olympic bid on the basis of the...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 7, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recently held their 2014 Alternative Federal Budget press conference. The CCPA offers an Alternative Federal Budget report on its website, so that...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
February 7, 2014
After helping to dodge a date with the wrecking ball, supporters of a historic Downtown Eastside building are ramping up fundraising to save and restore it. The 122-year-old Ming Sun building at 439...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
February 6, 2014
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, United States
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
February 4, 2014
As many as 80 homeless people in the Waterloo region may be seeking a place to take refuge after one of the sites in the Out of the Cold program closes later this winter. Ray of Hope is renovating...
Keywords: Homelessness, Ontario
February 3, 2014
Last year, Waterloo Region's cost-shared spending with the province was cut to $2.5 million from $6 million the year before, a 58-per-cent cut. Politicians agreed to prop up the program temporarily...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, Ontario
February 3, 2014
The Canada Border Services Agency has set a quota to try to strip at least 875 refugees of their status this fiscal year — four-and-a-half times last year’s target — in a move one immigration expert...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
February 3, 2014
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government will soon propose legislation linking future increases in the minimum wage to inflation. Minimum wage will be raised to $11 an hour starting June 2014. An article...
Keywords: Government Policy, Ontario
January 29, 2014
Fed up with the continuous stream of federal government misinformation on refugee health policy and Minister Alexander’s repeated attacks on government critics, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is...
Keywords: Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 28, 2014
Provincial Ombudsperson Kim Carter released today her office’s latest report Time Matters: An Investigation into the BC Employment and Assistance Reconsideration Process. The report identifies that...
Keywords: Unemployment, British Columbia
January 23, 2014
The federal government is cutting its subsidies for housing co-ops, leaving those dependent on the extra funds wondering how they’ll keep a roof over their heads. Nicholas Gazzard, the executive...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, All of Canada
January 23, 2014
According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, former foster children in B.C. will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they cannot afford to attend post-...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, British Columbia
January 22, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law has just published a series of educational tools on fraud awareness, designed specifically for seniors, entitled Be a Savvy Senior: Fraud Protection Strategies for...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
January 20, 2014
Jane Ordinario and Leo Alejandria are not strangers to the struggles of the thousands of Filipino workers who come to B.C. lured by the promise of steady work at better pay than they can make at home...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 20, 2014
Two years ago, Igloolik became the first site for an innovative Internet broadcasting project that Kunuk and his partner Norman Cohn hope will help birth a new wave of grassroots filmmaking in 10...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Inuit, Technology, Nunavut
January 20, 2014
Seven in 10 Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut live in homes without enough to eat. Median income for non-aboriginals in Nunavut is $86,600 a year; for the Inuit, it is $19,900. Despite chronic poverty...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, Nunavut