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?
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?