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Megan Hooft

Canada Without Poverty: Human Rights, Poverty Blogger

Megan joined Canada Without Poverty in 2010 after working in both the private and non-profit sector in Canada and abroad. She completed her Master’s in human security and peacebuilding.
Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI

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.
07/24/2012 01:43 EDT
Parliamentarians Want Action on

Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty

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.
06/22/2012 02:58 EDT
All Canadians Have a Right to

All Canadians Have a Right to Food

It's a big week for food security in Canada -- not only did Food Banks Canada launch their annual Hunger Awareness Week, but the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food arrived as well. One in four Canadians use the service of a food bank. As people challenge themselves to 'give up' a food item they enjoy, they should consider the reason people go hungry: lack of income.
05/12/2012 12:01 EDT
Canada's Poor Have Just Become

Canada's Poor Have Just Become Poorer

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?
04/29/2012 12:07 EDT
This Budget Misses the

This Budget Misses the Mark

Small spending allotments are trampled by spending cuts to health and essential service agencies. A mention of money being set aside for Aboriginal education is accompanied by a cut of two per cent to Aboriginal Affairs, and 5.7 per cent cut to Health Canada. This seems like a "take from Peter to give to Paul" kind of game, with no one being the clear winner.
03/30/2012 02:33 EDT
Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care

Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care System

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.
01/16/2012 05:39 EST
Canada's Housing Crisis Goes Beyond

Canada's Housing Crisis Goes Beyond Attawapiskat

Housing is increasingly unaffordable for many. Federal support for housing has plummeted and could decrease further in an era of so-called fiscal restraint. The numbers point to more and more households unable to meet, or at risk of not meeting, basic needs including housing. Something's gotta give.
01/04/2012 11:03 EST