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Entries Tagged as 'living wage'

Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage

May 9th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

A couple days ago, I submitted the following letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun. Hopefully they will publish it shortly: Mark Von Schellwitz (opinion piece, May 6) is right that a minimum wage and a living wage are not the same thing. But he seems to be confused about the difference. He claims […]

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New Living Wage Reports Force Us to Look at Child Poverty in the City

April 29th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

There reports released today show that the costs of supporting a family are rising fast in the three largest urban areas of our province, home to 2/3 of BC’s population. Two parents working full-time must each earn $20.10/hour in Metro Vancouver, $18.93/hour in Greater Victoria and $17.02/hour in the Fraser Valley. The living wage reflects […]

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Anti-poverty movement, meet the culture of medicine.

January 23rd, 2014 · · 4 Comments · Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Uncategorized

The evidence for the burden of income inequality on health is plentiful and convincing, with inequity and its health impact both increasing in British Columbia in recent years. Many voices are calling for attention to poverty reduction and a living wage. But what happens when you add doctors into this conversation? Progress and challenges both. Some physicians are at the […]

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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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Seeking a Real Families First Agenda this First BC Family Day

February 7th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Adrienne Montani On February 11, British Columbians will enjoy a well-deserved new stat holiday. With the inaugural Family Day, Premier Christy Clark has made good on a promise made during her bid for the BC Liberal leadership. The winter stretch needed a new long weekend, and many will appreciate this new-found […]

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England’s serious debate about living wages

November 8th, 2012 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

I was in London for the last week and I was amazed to see what a big issue the idea of paying people a living wage has become there. The living wage, as opposed to the minimum wage, is based on what a family needs to have the essentials of life. Last week a KPMG […]

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Local living wage employer wins best employer award

February 29th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Hats off to Eclipse Awards, a local small business that was one of the first to seek certification as an official Living Wage Employer. At an awards ceremony last night, Eclipse won the Best Employer award from Small Business BC. Their status as a living wage employer played an important role. Here’s a news release […]

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Growing support for cities to adopt living wage

November 16th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Municipalities, Poverty, inequality & welfare

New developments since my recent post calling on municipalities to lead the way on adopting living wage policies: First, over just over 100 candidates have responded to the Open Letter issued by the Living Wage for Families campaign, covering almost every Lower Mainland municipality. Almost all have expressed support for this proposal or at least […]

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Living Wage Policy: Why Municipal Governments should lead the way

October 25th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

By Michael McCarthy Flynn and Seth Klein The Living Wage for Families Campaign, along with 54 organizations representing over 300,000 British Columbians, recently issued an Open Letter calling on all municipal election candidates to help low-income families in their cities by passing a Living Wage policy if they are elected (available here). Many families are […]

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