June 24, 2011
The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance has released its first discussion paper and is now travelling around Ontario to do consultations in various communities. You can read the paper at...
Keywords: Welfare, Ontario
June 17, 2011
The Statistics Canada data on the number of Albertans whose income falls below the Market Basket Measure of low income was released June 15th, 2011. The Edmonton Social Planning Council news release...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Poverty Research, Workers' Rights
June 15, 2011
In early 2010, the John Howard Society of Toronto commissioned a cost benefit study and analysis of Transitional Housing and supports (THS) for two types of ex-prisoners moving to the community from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
June 9, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group will publishing stories collected from their "In Our Own Voices" project throughout the month of June. Check their website for a new story every Monday,...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
June 7, 2011
In this video, an Income Assistance client in Victoria BC finds her rent increased. A hidden video camera records her struggling with a government worker over the resulting impact on her benefits.
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Welfare, British Columbia
June 3, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group is launching the In Our Own Voices writing project in June 2011. After a six-week period of intensive writing, we are ready to share our stories about hope...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
May 13, 2011
The Workers' Action Centre’s latest report exposes a reality of work where wages, overtime and vacation goes unpaid and people work at less than minimum wage. Based on a survey of 520 people in low-...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
April 28, 2011
The B.C. Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) has released its report Reaching Out, Weighing In which is the result of broad based community discussions, including two major public forums hosted...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
April 20, 2011
The Vancouver City Council has approved a plan to increase building heights in the Chinatown sub-district of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The “Historic Area Heights Review” (HAHR) plan increases...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
April 18, 2011
How do the political parties currently vying for our votes specifically plan to address poverty in Canada? Citizens for Public Justice, along with the Dignity for All campaign, have put together a...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, All of Canada
April 12, 2011
Just one day prior to the dissolution of Parliament, the Conservative government proposed "Conditional Permanent
Residences" for sponsored spouses. This proposed measure would apply to spouses and...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
April 12, 2011
A article in rabble.ca talks about the amazing work of the Power of Women (POW) group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. POW is "a group of women who live in a neighbourhood where residents face a...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
March 21, 2011
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination a new report by the Wellesley Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals that despite an increasingly...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, All of Canada
March 16, 2011
The CCPA has released the Alternative Federal Budget for 2011. This year's budget presents a comprehensive recovery plan designed to:
get Canadians working in good jobs again;
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
March 14, 2011
The Recession Relief Coalition (RRC) presents Hunger Crisis: Report of the Hunger Inquiry (2011). This report contains shocking testimony about hunger in Ontario as well as recommendations to help...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Ontario
March 10, 2011
Nutrition North Canada is a subsidy program run by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada meant to lower the price of healthy perishable foods for Canadians living in remote Northern areas. Nutrition...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
March 10, 2011
From the Edmonton Social Planning Council and ThreeSource:
The Alberta government announced its 2011 funding for the provincial 10-year plan to end homelessness. Read the press release online:
March 8, 2011
Len Doust's report, "Foundation for Change: Report on the Public Legal Commission on Legal Aid in BC" reflects problems with lack of services:
"The need for legal aid for poverty law matters is...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
March 1, 2011
Many Canadians believe that the poor are themselves responsible for living in poverty, says a new report exploring attitudes on poverty by the Salvation Army. This report launches The Dignity Project...
Keywords: Organizing, Poorbashing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
February 25, 2011
PovNet was asked to speak at a workshop on social media and sharing public legal education at the Just a Click Away conference in Vancouver. We were inspired by the thoughts and words of the amazing...
Keywords: Legal Info (PLEI), Technology