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Entries Tagged as 'poverty'

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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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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BC minimum wage increase leaves workers in poverty

March 12th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

After close to three years of no change, the BC minimum wage was overdue for an increase. But the measly raise announced today falls far short of what is necessary. The 20c per hour increase, scheduled to come into effect on Sept 15, 2015,  amounts to a raise of just under 2% over more than 3 years. […]

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It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty

November 24th, 2014 · · Comments Off on It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty · 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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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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Poverty Reduction Act tabled by Opposition in the BC Leg

May 6th, 2014 · · Comments Off on Poverty Reduction Act tabled by Opposition in the BC Leg · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The following news release was issued today by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition: Opposition proposes BC Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act: Now is the time for bi-partisan collaboration in addressing the root causes of poverty (British Columbia) Today in the BC Legislature, the Official Opposition (MLA Michelle Mungall) introduced a private member’s Bill proposing […]

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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

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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