Megan Yarema
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Megan Yarema joined Canada Without Poverty in 2010 after working in both the private and non-profit sector in Canada and abroad. She completed her Master’s in human security and peacebuilding and was the founder of Jabu Bags, a social enterprise in Swaziland, Africa.

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Why It May Get Harder for the Homeless to Vote

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:19 AM

At the heart of democracy is the right to choose our government by casting a ballot. From the establishment of our political process in Canada, to the fight for the right of women and Aboriginal peoples to vote, participation in the political system is entrenched in the fabric of Canada...

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Working at the Minimum Keeps People in Poverty

(7) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:16 PM

The news is rife with hype about the minimum wage lately and with good reason. As Ontario considered options to increase the minimum rate everyone wanted to have their say -- economists, think tanks, non-profit organizations and business leaders. What could have been an opportunity to focus on the people...

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Child Poverty Needs More Action, Less Talk

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:40 PM

When promises made by politicians don't materialize it is clear that words on paper are nothing but good intentions or opportunistic moments.

In 1989 the federal government voted unanimously on a motion to end child poverty by the year 2000. Nothing happened. In 2009, at the 20-year anniversary of...

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Why Food Charity Won't Solve Canada's Hunger Problem

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:49 PM

A throne speech may cause great anticipation for some, but unless you are considered "middle class" or a consumer, this speech was not made for you. Presented in the same week as World Food Day (Oct, 16) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17), it was...

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New Census Raises Poverty Debate

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:04 PM

New poverty numbers released last week have received mixed reviews. Replacing the Census (with much protest), the National Household Survey (NHS) churned out income and shelter metrics from 2011 that were meant to highlight how the country has fared since the 2008 recession. Instead of offering concrete insight into the...

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Will Canada's Premiers Tackle Housing?

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:12 AM

The premiers have a tough job this week. They have to choose which pressing issue will be discussed, debated and (hopefully) tackled in just three days at the Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara, Ontario. Host premier Kathleen Wynne will have to steer the conversation through issues related to...

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Where Child Poverty Thrives

(16) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:38 PM

While the federal government adjourns for summer break, they would be hardpressed to ignore headlines this week about their failure to ensure Indigenous peoples in Canada are thriving. A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children illuminates a stark reality for status First Nations...

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Canada's Egregious Human Rights Record Demands Explanation

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:25 PM

According to the federal government Canada is a human rights leader, but this status was openly questioned at the Human Rights Council last week in Geneva. Under review for the second time as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, Canada found itself facing recommendations to step up its...

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Canada Must Respect the Right to Food

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 3:34 PM

From personal attacks to commendable recommendations -- this is the legacy of a UN final report on the right to food in Canada. Prepared Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, following his mission to Canada last May, the report illustrates that...

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Homelessness in a Land of Plenty

(15) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:15 AM

A national conversation on housing is underway. This is, in part, thanks to the federal Bill C-400 calling for a national housing strategy, which was debated at second reading in the House of Commons last week. Canada currently has no such strategy and no coherent plan to address...

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Random Hacks Of Kindness: Where Technical Talent, Good Intentions Converge

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 2:45 PM

It may only take two days to begin to change the world. Computer hackers are dedicating a weekend in December to social change. Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is an event where technical talent and good intentions converge.

This year, for the first time, RHoK is coming to Vancouver...

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Canada Needs a Poverty Strategy Now

(20) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 12:14 PM

On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, two women joined Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada and the federal All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus to discuss solutions to poverty. The women, who have a lived experience of poverty, spoke to a group of...

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Without Government Help, Poverty in Ontario is Only Gaining Steam

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 6:56 AM

A report released today by the Ontario Common Front, a coalition of over 90 groups and organizations, states that Ontario is dead last in terms of growing poverty rates, rising inequality and spending on public services.

While Ontario established a poverty action plan in 2009, there has...

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Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 1:43 PM

The general buzz of activity on Parliament Hill may be in summer hibernation, but the effects of the last session are reverberating through the provinces. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories are gathering in Halifax July 25-27 for the annual Council of the Federation meeting and will likely be...

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Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Poverty costs society in terms of lost human capital and money spent on health care, criminal justice systems, and other social services. It is also a violation of economic and social rights and is an affront to dignity. Change requires action, and last week members of the federal government came...

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All Canadians Have a Right to Food

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 12:00 PM

It's a big week for food security in Canada -- not only did Food Banks Canada launch their annual Hunger Awareness Week, but the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food arrived as well. Both events highlight the growing problem of hunger in Canada and help...

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Canada's Poor Have Just Become Poorer

(21) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 12:07 AM

The shock of the 2012 federal budget is just setting in, but the repercussions will be felt for years to come. Although deemed "moderate," this budget has cut thousands of jobs and left a scar on our social welfare system. A particularly unsettling decision was to dismantle the National Council...

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This Budget Misses the Mark

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Imagine a Canada with a publicly funded childcare system, accessible support for students facing rising post-secondary tuition, a prescription drug program and affordable housing for everyone. Reducing poverty, protecting retirement programs and creating new jobs are goals shared by many Canadians, but unfortunately the 2012 federal budget ignores the need...

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Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care System

(11) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 3:16 PM

Today the premiers meet with the federal government to discuss the future of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and Canada Social Transfer (CST) which support provincial health and social systems.

The transfers are critical funding streams that can improve the dismal welfare rates, long hospital wait times, and limited...

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Canada's Housing Crisis Goes Beyond Attawapiskat

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Recent images of the northern Ontario First Nation community in Attawapiskat illustrated the shocking reality that there are Canadians living in decrepit housing. However, while ramshackle housing is common in many Aboriginal communities, the crisis embodied by Attawapiskat is not isolated to the Aboriginal demographic, nor to remote communities.

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