Poverty Canada

'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate ...

$1.75 Isn't Enough To Feed You, But Millions Do It Every Day

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - During a challenge to eat and drink on $1.75 a day to understand the reality of extreme poverty, Nadia Chychrun realized the sacrifice paren...

We Are Not Our Genes: Social Policies Lag Behind Science

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

Poverty, neglect, family violence and substance abuse can expose children to toxic stress that changes their bodies and increases their likelihood of having many problems later in life, including early pregnancy, heart disease, asthma and cancer. Researchers understand these processes well.

Budget Watch 2014: The Need For Visionary Leadership

Simon Lewchuk | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Simon Lewchuk

By all accounts, this year's budget is all about "keeping the powder dry" for the "big event" in 2015. Next year's budget will be highly politicized, meant to set the stage for the general election in October. That 2015 budget will offer targeted, carefully designed tax cuts designed to secure electoral victory. Budget 2014 is merely laying the groundwork. But what will this budget direction cost?

This Province Is Seeing Near Record-High Food Bank Use

CBC | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Business

A near-record number of Ontarians are using food banks, according to a new report. The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) says that 375,789 pe...

Child Poverty Needs More Action, Less Talk

Megan Yarema | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

In 1989 the federal government voted unanimously on a motion to end child poverty by the year 2000. Nothing happened. In 2009, another motion was unanimously passed in the House of Commons that called for the development of a national poverty strategy. Again nothing happened. Actions speak louder than words, and in this case there is deafening silence.

New Census Raises Poverty Debate

Megan Yarema | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

According to the NHS, in 2011 4.8 million people were living with low income, with the majority of these individuals concentrated in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Let's put it another way. Almost 5 million people had an income of $14k or less in 2011, 13 per cent of which received income solely from government transfers.

Food Banks Are No Longer Just a Temporary Solution

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

In their 2012 Report, Food Banks Canada stated that in March 2012 alone, almost 900,000 Canadians turned to food banks. Canada needs to tackle hunger directly, rather than continue to pay out year after year for its long-term consequences. Hunger is toxic for those living through it, and it is harmful to Canada as a whole.

For Canada's Poor, Working Can Be a Disincentive

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

It is time to rethink government's role in reducing poverty and unemployment. Take, for example, the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which is supposed to help Canadians in low-paying jobs keep more of their employment income. Essentially, the program is a disincentive to work.

Could You Live On $1.75 A Day?

CP | Lois Abraham | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - Could you live on $1.75 a day and eat nutritiously? Hundreds of Canadians are going to join thousands around the world next week in a cha...

Could You Live in Canada on $1.75 a Day?

Erin Deviney | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Deviney

Extreme poverty is the most severe form of poverty -- in Canada, it equates to living off just $1.75 a day for everything in life. This tiny dollar amount has to pay for food, housing, medicine, water and education costs -- all for less than the money we would spend on a single bus fare or a morning coffee.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Gets Unimpressive Marks On Global Report Card

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Business

Canada gets an uninspiring ‘B’ on a new report card measuring social performance among a group of major developed countries, a ranking the think t...

This Province's Poverty Numbers Are On The Rise

CBC | Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Business

An expert on poverty in New Brunswick says unemployment for young adults has jumped by five per cent this year. Randy Hatfield said youth ...

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI

Megan Yarema | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

News of the changes to EI left Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, host of the upcoming Council of the Federation meeting, concerned that people will be pushed away from these critical industries causing them to suffer. Some argue that seasonal industries in the Atlantic Provinces, employing almost 20,000 people, are expected to be disproportionately affected.

Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty

Megan Yarema | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

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 together to demand just that.

Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care System

Megan Yarema | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

Poverty and health go hand-in-hand. People in poverty are more likely to use the health care system because of physical and mental health issues or illness, and be more likely to face an early death. Stress, poor nutrition, inadequate housing, and unstable social environments are a few reasons for this.

Canada's Poverty Problem Is Not Going to Fix Itself

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

If we can solve the problem early and prevent children from growing up in poverty in the first place, the savings both financially and in the quality of life they will go on to have will be dramatically increased.

What Happened To Canada's Promise To Eradicate Child Poverty?

CBC | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Business

It has been more than 20 years since the House of Commons unanimously resolved to end child poverty by 2000, but a national advocacy grou...

Canada's Food Banks See Recession-Level Demand

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - The number of people using food banks in Canada remains near record highs, two years after the end of the last recession.The annual study don...

Preston Manning Is Right: Government Should Be a Facilitator

Donald Lenihan | Posted 08.13.2011 | Canada
Donald Lenihan

The Manning Poll has little to do with either conservatism or liberalism. Its findings are the inevitable response to our government's growing inability to solve problems.