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Entries Tagged as 'Poverty, inequality & welfare'

Latest poverty stats show BC still has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada

December 15th, 2014 · · No Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The latest poverty statistics were released by Statistics Canada last Wednesday, and the data once again shows that British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada. Using the Low Income Cut-Off – After Tax (LICO-AT) as the poverty line, 1 in 10 British Columbians are living in poverty. That’s 469,000 people struggling […]

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An effective poverty reduction plan is not just a piece of paper

December 2nd, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

Last week, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition published its annual report card on child poverty in BC. As in past years, the results were sobering. Based on 2012 data, 20.6% of children, or one of five, live in poverty in BC. Nearly half of children living in single parent families live below […]

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Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty

November 24th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

One in five BC children lives in poverty. This is the sobering finding of the 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card released on November 24th, the 25th anniversary of a unanimous all-party resolution in Canada’s House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Child poverty is not just a big […]

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How the Pie is Sliced in BC

November 19th, 2014 · · No Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

It’s an interesting finding, and perhaps the start of a good trend: the share of income going to Canada’s top 1% has declined (Statscan release here, Globe story here). One great thing Statscan has done in recent years is to make its data freely available, so I went to dig deeper on national, BC and […]

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Solidarity and Persistence in the Welfare Food Challenge

October 21st, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare

My clinical, community, and research work revolves around the relationship between poverty and health. I am privileged to hear the stories of patients who are struggling. I get it, I think to myself, and I’m committed to making a change. Do I need to do the welfare food challenge to help me do this? Probably […]

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Where’s the fanfare for tackling poverty effectively? Connecting the dots between three political moments over three months

July 30th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The following op-ed was originally published in The Georgia Straight. On June 16, I attended the B.C. government’s Disability Summit, the culmination of a three-month public consultation process on disability in B.C. I watched Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae lead the audience through the event. I felt the flurry of excitement […]

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BC’s new 10 year plan for people with disabilities disappoints. We can do better.

June 19th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

On June 16 the Premier announced BC’s new 10 year plan, “Accessibility 2014: Making BC the Most Progressive Province in Canada for People with Disabilities by 2024.” The plan is the result of the provincial government’s Disability White Paper Consultation earlier this year. While many participants had a healthy amount of skepticism before, during and […]

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The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages

June 19th, 2014 · · 10 Comments · Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

A number of recent articles on the BC teachers’ strike have suggested that teachers could get the wage increases they want to see, as well as the needed investments in reducing class size and improving class composition, if only they supported resource development. Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation summed up the line of […]

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New AG report on access to welfare disability benefits

May 16th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Yesterday (May 15), BC’s Auditor General released an important new report on access to welfare disability benefits. The report didn’t get much media attention, but it should have. The report, news release and short video summary can be found here. Among the AG’s findings: The government has limited information on how effectively welfare’s PWD (Person […]

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