Michele Biss
Michèle Biss is the Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator at Canada Without Poverty. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Religious studies, with a minor in English as well as a Law degree from the faculty of Law both at University of Ottawa. She has extensive professional experience working for marginalized groups through casework, research and community legal education. Her particular areas of interest include support for women, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and persons living in poverty. She is a human rights lawyer and was called to the Ontario bar in 2014.

Entries by Michele Biss

Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More To Defeat It

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 3:08 PM

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A man begs for money on Sainte Catherine Street on a cold winter day in Montreal (Reuters)

Canada is at a critical turning point for the 4.9 million people in this country who are living in poverty.

For years, civil society...

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Are We There Yet? Gender Equality In Canada

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 6:35 AM

In the wake of a startling year for women's rights around the world, there is a feeling that we have a lot to be proud of as Canadians.

We have a Prime Minister who calls himself a feminist -- a word previously taboo even among women's groups -- we have...

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Embracing Human Rights Could Lead To The End Of Poverty In Canada

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 1:29 PM

It's a time for change here in Ottawa -- and it's happening faster than anyone expected.

From policy changes like the long overdue inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, to the public release of ministerial mandate letters, the political wind seems to have shifted course.

With this...

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Taking Human Rights Seriously Can Help End Poverty in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:40 PM

It's nowhere to be seen: human rights being used to address poverty in Canada. Human rights are a key tool in poverty reduction work in Canada, placing the most marginalized at the centre of policy -- but in communities across the country, it seems as though governments are not connecting...

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