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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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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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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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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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