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Entries Tagged as 'Poverty, inequality & welfare'

How to make the Metro Vancouver living wage work for single parents

April 27th, 2016 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The living wage is designed to reflect the real costs of raising a family in a particular community. It’s based on a two-parent families with young children because most Canadian children live in two-parent families, but the goal is for the living wage to also meet the needs of different types of families throughout their life cycle, including single-parent families. […]

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What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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The Farmers’ Food Donation Tax Credit misses the mark in food security

March 3rd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare

On February 25 BC joined Ontario and Quebec in offering farmers a tax incentive for donating to food assistance programs, such as food banks or school meal programs. Promised in last month’s budget, the Farmers’ Food Donation Tax Credit provides individuals or businesses registered as farms a 25% credit on any donated animal or plant product grown, raised or […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

February 16th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket. […]

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7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

February 15th, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system, […]

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BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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Refugees are bringing new attention to the gaps in our social safety net

January 27th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Refugees are bringing new attention to the gaps in our social safety net · Immigrants & refugees, Poverty, inequality & welfare

As we welcome refugees in larger numbers this year, the spotlight is turned on our disintegrating social infrastructure. For example, Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) receive a monthly allowance equivalent to the provincial social assistance rates. A family of two adults and two children receives a maximum monthly shelter allowance of $700; families with four children […]

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Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing?

November 17th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing? · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week, Statistics Canada released new data showing the BC economy did better than expected in 2014, growing by 3.2% in real terms. This is a strong economic performance, the fastest on record since the recession ended.  The new growth numbers were published just as the annual Welfare Food Challenge organized by Raise the Rates captured headlines […]

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We have a new federal government. What now?

October 22nd, 2015 · · 14 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Democracy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub Monday’s election results brought a palpable sense of relief to Canadians who had tired of the divisive and nasty politics of the Harper Conservatives, and they point to important lessons for progressives (which we outlined in this previous post). But a majority government is certainly a lost opportunity. A […]

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Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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