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October 16, 2013
Last week PovNet launched our new PovNet Timeline: A Selective History of Poverty, Anti-poverty Organizing and Technology in BC at the Provincial Training Conference for Legal Advocates and the PLAIN...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
October 11, 2013
A new report by the Community Legal Assistance Society identifies significant and persistent unfairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), the body charged with administering BC’s tenancy laws...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 8, 2013
A new report by the Wellesley Institute, has found that refugees have faced adverse health effects since the federal government cut health care coverage to claimants in mid-2012. The report, The...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
October 3, 2013
For the last year, the Older Women’s Dialogue Project has been exploring the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women and what they can do to address these barriers to improve the...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, British Columbia
October 1, 2013
The B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is representing a group of tree planters, most of them immigrants or refugees of African origin, who were found living in squalid conditions in a...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 26, 2013
Two grassroots organizations, No More Silence and Families of Sisters in Spirit, are launching a community-based database of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, compiled by the victims’...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, All of Canada
September 24, 2013
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
September 24, 2013
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has launched the Reimagining Accessibility Design Challenge to challenge students to redesign the traditional disability symbol of a wheelchair and create a more...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Disability, All of Canada
September 19, 2013
Yesterday was the official launch of Reconciliation Week in Vancouver, a series of events being held in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Events are being held at...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
September 17, 2013
The Legal Services Society (LSS), the administer of Legal Aid in BC, is facing a large budget shortfall and is advising legal aid lawyers not to book any criminal, child protection cases or do any...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
September 12, 2013
The Tyee's Pieta Woolley has been writing about the reasons why many graduates of the provincial foster care and child protection system become homeless as young adults. As 620,000 B.C. children and...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
September 10, 2013
Yesterday the Conservative government announced a three year freeze on Employment Insurance premiums for employees and employers by saying that less people are unemployed and collecting EI. Advocates...
Keywords: Unemployment, All of Canada
September 10, 2013
For more then 120 years thousands of Aboriginal children in BC were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools where they were stripped of their language, culture and...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
August 21, 2013
An article in this week's Georgia Straight says that several advocacy groups have warned that TransLink’s new Compass fare card could make it impossible for social-service providers to continue to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Poorbashing, Welfare, British Columbia
August 19, 2013
A new Canadian Bar Association report by Melina Buckley says that "Inaccessible justice costs us all, but visits its harshest consequences on the poorest people in our communities." The report goes...
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August 19, 2013
"Our enemy is not radical Islam. It is global capitalism. It is a world where the wretched of the earth are forced to bow before the dictates of the marketplace, where children go hungry as global...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Unemployment, Violence, International
August 7, 2013
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Mental Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
July 25, 2013
Legal aid clinics in Ontario are facing another budget cut from Legal Aid Ontario.
Keywords: Legal Aid, Ontario
July 24, 2013
An article in the Times Colonist says that advocates for the Together Against Poverty Society in Victoria say it is impossible to reach the BC Income Assistance Office by calling the toll free line....
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
July 16, 2013
A paper published by a University of Guelph researcher, who focuses on the history of food in Canada, has found studies conducted after World War Two that researched the effects of malnutrition by...
Keywords: Indigenous, All of Canada