Matthew Ryan Smith
We need to dismantle welfare and replace it with a better and more dignified form of income support.
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We didn't want charity, especially when we needed it the most. Yet it was the blind kindness of strangers that made the toughest of times a little less daunting. A full belly was one of our first steps towards a fuller life. What was once a source of shame for my family is now an important part of our story.
As Canadians have been doing for more than three decades, refugees from Syria and many other countries turn to our nation's food banks, because government supports for the most vulnerable don't even provide enough money to cover the most basic necessities.
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I saw a clip of a woman asking Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson how he reconciles traditional Christian values, specifically the caring of the indigent, with present Republican policies to...
Food bank use currently hovering at record levels. Food Banks Canada's HungerCount report shows that the food bank network acts as an unofficial Canadian safety net, trying to fill the gaps left by low-wage jobs and radically inadequate provincial social assistance programs.
I had to change my whole mental attitude and approach to being a welfare recipient. I no longer see myself as a victim.
Could the Guaranteed Annual Income -- once considered radical notion -- now be an idea whose time has come? It has been supported by generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. So why are such a broad group of people pushing such a program?
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I took a good look at what poverty is like in Canada. Canada doesn't "do" food stamps. So, last fall, I decided I would find out the numbers that would be representative of poverty on this side of the border. I feel ill.
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In 2010, Jennifer Tanudjaja chose to become an applicant in a court case that sought to establish that having to spend 52 per cent of her monthly benefits on rent violated her Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person. Ms. Tanudjaja wanted the taxpayers to do even more for her and her sons than they were already doing.
After starting the week-long Welfare Food Challenge in British Columbia last week, in which she could only spend $21 on groceries, Bif Naked revealed it was anything but easy. "Many people do not live...
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Declaring B.C.'s welfare rates "simply inadequate," Vancouver rocker Bif Naked is trying to survive on only $3 a day as part of the Welfare Food Challenge. This is a particularly personal protest for...
Vancouver rocker Bif Naked has faced a lot of unexpected challenges in her life, but this month she'll be facing one on purpose as she joins the third annual Welfare Food Challenge. The Province repor...
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.
When an election is called in Ontario, chances are the Progressive Conservatives will play to type and pitch a package of vaguely pro-growth policies, while the Liberals and NDP counter with egalitarian ideas that are marginally more statist. Yet all three will stand united in common consensus that whether government needs to do more or do less, the province will only have a brighter economic tomorrow so long as the government does something. However, a new study suggests the economic doldrums of Canada's largest province may actually be rooted in deep-set public pathologies that have very little to do with government and a lot to do with cultural myths.
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.
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.
Fed up with the double standard of aboriginal leaders who want more funds yet seem incompetent and irresponsible in their own management, many Canadian have simply shut down listening to Idle No More. How might we deal with a dismissive reaction all too instinctive to many watching this situation unfold?
TORONTO - Toronto's auditor general has found that $20 million of welfare was collected by people with business licences in the city.The audit revealed that social assistance payments went to 1,539 bu...
The shock of the 2012 federal budget is just setting in, but the repercussions will be felt for years to come. A particularly unsettling decision was to dismantle the National Council of Welfare (NCW). What other organization has the resources to produce an annual, detailed analysis of social assistance, as well as regular reports on the root causes of poverty?
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.
The word is spreading: investing in girls is the catalyst poor countries need to break the cycle of poverty. But what about the boys? In our focus on girls, are we leaving the boys behind -- making them the new disadvantaged group?