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All of Us Are Paying for Government Inaction on Poverty

John Millar | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
John Millar

Here's what the evidence says about the devastating outcomes of poverty: poorer health, more chronic disease, more avoidable deaths, social injustice, increasing demand and costs for healthcare services and reduced productivity of the workforce. On a large scale and over the long-term, inequality can also slow the economy and erode democracy, political and social stability.

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.

How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

What if potential welfare applicants were required to apply online and receive their funds via direct deposit, with notification sent by email? This would mean they'd have to become Internet, email, and computer literate. This would make them more marketable to potential employers.

Canada's Richest Have Gotten Richer. The Poorest? Well...

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada Business

A new report on Canadian finances shows the rich have nearly doubled their net wealth over the span of 13 years while the poor have -- you guessed it ...

When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Darlena Cunha

It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.

Who Suffers When Minimum Wage Increases?

Yanick Labrie | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

Empirical studies on the matter carried out here in Canada are unequivocal: Raising the minimum wage leads to increased unemployment, especially among the young, who have less experience and qualifications.

Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End

Hugh Segal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Business
Hugh Segal

The wrong approach to poverty reduction is to ignore the problem, letting the ideological conceit that a rising tide lifts all boats obscure the hard reality that many Canadians have no boat -- or access to anyone who has ever had a boat. The answer is automatic top-ups for those who fall beneath the poverty line.

Canadians With Lower Income Have Higher Opportunity

Yanick Labrie | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

We often hear that in Canada, "the rich are becoming richer while the poor are getting poorer." Fortunately, studies focusing on economic mobility in Canada tell a totally different and more accurate story. By looking at these data, it becomes clear that it is the poorest 20 per cent who enjoy the highest upward economic mobility.

Why We Treat Animals Better Than the Poor

Marko Sijan | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Marko Sijan

And where's the "humanity" in defending animal rights? Like me, devout animal lovers and environmentalists (often one and the same) betray an underlying misanthropy, a profound disgust and disillusion with humanity. We can love animals because they aren't our competitors; they're dumb and easily used to serve our ends.

Guess How Many Canadians Are Poor?

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - The recession stopped progress on poverty in its tracks, according to new data from Statistics Canada that indicates al...