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Entries Tagged as 'poverty reduction'

7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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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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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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The call for a BC poverty reduction plan: where have the parties landed

May 8th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The CCPA is a founding member of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (PRC), which for over four years now has been advancing the call for a comprehensive BC poverty reduction plan. Its Open Letter calling on the BC government to adopt a legislated plan has been signed by hundreds of organizations. The PRC has now […]

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A call for courageous leadership from BC parties in 2013

January 8th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

As we head towards the May 2013 BC election, what I’d most love to hear from BC’s political leaders is evidence that they are ready to get serious about the defining issues of this era. In particular, I’m going to be looking for real leadership on the issues of climate change and inequality (what we […]

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The case for exempting child support from welfare

July 20th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

Based on recent announcements, it seems that the Ministry of Social Development is in the mood to address some of the long-standing problems within BC’s welfare system (although welfare rates remain distressingly low). Seth Klein recently recapped the Ministry’s June 11th announcement, which set out almost 30 proposed changes to the system. More recently, the […]

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New BC welfare rules: some positive steps forward (and a couple steps back)

June 12th, 2012 · · 10 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Yesterday (June 11) the BC government surprised many when it announced a host of welfare policy changes. In all, almost 30 welfare rule adjustments are to be enacted (the full list can be found here). After more than a year as premier, the announcement was billed as “the first pillar of [Premier Clark’s] Families First […]

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Poverty Reduction: Even Alberta joins the fold. When will BC?

April 29th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

With Alison Redford’s big re-election as Alberta premier last week, Alberta will now join the ranks of provinces with a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. This will leave BC and Saskatchewan as the only jurisdictions in Canada without a provincial or territorial plan. The Alberta plan may prove to be the most ambitious to date. On […]

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How much does poverty cost BC?

July 14th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

We’ve known for a long time that we all pay for poverty. We just didn’t know how much. This is the question I investigate in my latest CCPA report The Cost of Poverty in BC. If you’re not in the mood for reading the report, you can watch a short video that summarizes the findings […]

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