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Entries Tagged as 'child poverty'

My Welfare Food Challenge: Day 7 – The End

October 22nd, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Well, I’ve made it to the end of my week eating only what I could buy for $26. But eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner for seven days is no damn fun. I can’t wait to eat something different and fresh. Did a final weigh-in this morning. I lost 4-5 lbs. this […]

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My welfare food challenge: Day 6

October 21st, 2013 · · 12 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

I can see now that I’m going to make it to the end of this week (last year, a number of people who took the challenge didn’t make it). With my $26 I was able to purchase sufficient quantity, but not great nutrition. I’ve had no fresh or leafy green veggies, and only one kind […]

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My welfare challenge: Days 4 and 5

October 20th, 2013 · · 10 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Fascinating to see all the comments on these blog posts. I want to highlight Dale’s comments in response to my Day 3 post in particular. Some may read these posts and point out that people with a recognized disability (those with PWD status in our welfare system) receive marginally more on welfare (a single person […]

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My welfare food challenge: Day 3

October 18th, 2013 · · 12 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

It is very boring eating the same food every day – oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich, an apple, soup or pasta. No treats, no variety. My other observation is that living on this budget means you think about food all the time – When can I next eat? How will I make this last? Where will […]

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My welfare food challenge: Day 2

October 17th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Day 2, and I’ve already bent the rules. The battle against the cold is no going well, so I’m taking some cold medicine and drinking tea (which was not in my budget). Otherwise, still on the plan. For dinner last night I had some of the large soup I made in preparation (it’s actually pretty […]

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My welfare food challenge: Day 1

October 16th, 2013 · · 39 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Today is Day 1 of my welfare food challenge, during which I will spend one week trying to eat on a total budget of $26. You can read more about the Welfare Food Challenge here. I’ve been researching and writing about welfare policy since the late 1990s (including a major 2008 study entitled Living on […]

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Why does BC have the highest poverty rate in Canada?

July 16th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Statistics Canada recently released new data on the incomes of Canadians and it shows two worrisome trends continuing through the economic recovery: BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada and the highest child poverty rate (tied with Manitoba); and Ordinary families in BC haven’t had a raise since 2008 – family incomes in the […]

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Latest Statscan poverty numbers paint bleak picture for BC

July 8th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Statistics Canada has released Incomes in Canada for 2011, with the latest poverty rates. You can find it here. And the numbers for BC are grim indeed, painting a very different picture from the rosy one the government likes to present. First Call has put out a news release detailing some of the latest child […]

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Vancouver child poverty rate is second-highest in Canada

May 8th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The story of child poverty in Canada is very much an urban story. One out of every 10 children living in urban areas was poor in 2010, compared to one in 20 children living in non-urban areas. Three quarters (or 76%) of all poor children in Canada lived in one of the urban centres shown […]

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Living wage reports reveal a big gap between actual wages and the costs of raising a family in BC

May 2nd, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

How much do working parents need to earn to be able to afford to live in our community? There reports released today provide the answer for the three largest regional districts in BC, home to 2/3 of this province’s population: $19.62/hour in Metro Vancouver, $18.73/hour in Greater Victoria and $16.37/hour in the Fraser Valley.

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