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January 17, 2014
Last year, 45 people in Nunavut took their own lives, the highest level of suicides ever recorded in the territory. Nunavut has had a suicide crisis since becoming a territory in 1999. Lynn Ryan...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Indigenous, Nunavut
January 15, 2014
A group of health-care professionals is urging the Ontario government to raise the minimum wage to $14 from $10.25 an hour, saying poverty is a real health issue, especially for children. Doctors,...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Health, Ontario
January 14, 2014
Needle exchanges, methadone clinics and safe injection sites are now permitted in Abbotsford, B.C., after the city council voted on January 13th to amend a 2005 zoning-bylaw that had forbidden them....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
Tenant organizer Yutaka Dirks writes that through organizing "tenants can win increased legal protections from eviction, funding for new social housing, and, eventually, the full control of their own...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, Tenants' Rights, All of Canada
January 10, 2014
On December 20, 2013, a high-profile camp in Abbotsford's Jubilee Park was abandoned after the city went to court for a removal order. Since then, there have been at least four new camps along the...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
A Georgia Straight article by Trish Garner, a community organizer for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, describes donations as a common response to poverty. She states that giving to charities...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 9, 2014
As part of Homelessness Action Week 2014, the City of Vancouver has joined with Reel Causes to hold a short video contest for amateur and professional film makers to raise awareness about, promote...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
December 20, 2013
The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) has made a positive change to the regulations governing the Request for Reconsideration process. This change will start immediately....
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution including living off avails of prostitution, operating a bawdy house, and communicating in public for...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
December 17, 2013
Two senior Conservative cabinet ministers have come out with remarks recently that show ignorance and disregard for people living in poverty. Last week Industry Minister James Moore was asked about...
Keywords: Poorbashing, All of Canada
December 12, 2013
ACORN Canada is fighting for the right for all people to have access to affordable high speed internet. They are targeting the large telecommunications companies and the federal government to provide...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
December 10, 2013
Today on the 20th Anniversary of Human Rights Day and with this week's passing of Nelson Mandela we look a speech he made in 2005 for a campaign to end poverty. But in this new century, millions of...
Keywords: Poverty Research
December 3, 2013
Today on International Day for Persons with Disabilities take a look at the work of organizations in BC that are working for the rights of people with disabilities including the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
November 27, 2013
Yesterday Campaign 2000 along with their provincial partners including First Call BC, released their annual child poverty report cards. 1 in 7 children in Canada are poor, and the rate is actually...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia, All of Canada
November 26, 2013
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has put together a report and short video that shows that after a year and a half only 6% of the BC Ombudsperson’s recommendations for addressing crisis in...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
November 22, 2013
This is an excellent new decision from the Federal Court of Appeal on antedating an EI claim, especially for farmworkers. "Antedating" means backdating the application so that additional hours can be...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
November 7, 2013
According to a newest Statscan survey on Internet use there is a huge link between household income and internet use. According to Statscan, 62% of people in the poorest households use the internet...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Technology, All of Canada
November 5, 2013
According to Food Banks Canada food bank use in Canada is 23% higher than it was just five years ago. There was a slight drop in food bank use from last year but 833,000 people in Canada still relied...
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November 5, 2013
A federal court judge has overturned unilateral changes to social assistance on reserves. The federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development had ordered the Mi'kmaq bands to reduce...
Keywords: Indigenous, Welfare, New Brunswick, All of Canada
October 29, 2013
A new Justice Access Centre ("JAC") opened on October 24, 2013 in Victoria, BC. The Justice Access Centre provides support to families in Victoria and the southern part of Vancouver Island dealing...
Keywords: Legal Assistance, British Columbia