News: Poverty in Canada
Faith communities are an integral component in the struggle to overcome poverty, faith leaders told a conference on the subject.
These communities can encourage conversations about several key issues, such as basic income, said Sr. Sue Wilson, co-chair of the board of the London Poverty Research Centre.
Central to a new vision is seeing the person before you as a neighbour instead of a burden, she said.
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Volunteers call for forthcoming national anti-poverty plan to assure the rights of people in living in poverty
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2016 — Today, October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Volunteers across Canada are taking to the streets to participate in the fourth annual “ChewOnThis!” campaign. The campaign is organized by the Dignity for All campaign which is co-led by Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).
This October, an important policy commitment has begun to take shape that could affect the lives of almost 5 million people in Canada, including 1.3 million children, who are suffering.
It has been years since significant public policy on poverty has seen any movement. Yet recently, the Government of Canada took steps to begin consultations for a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy – a promise that was laid out in the mandate letters of ministers last year.
On October 17, 2017, people across Canada will gather in their communities for Chew on This! which marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This October, on the 5th anniversary of Chew on This!, we’re planning to have even more groups across the country join us as we draw attention to poverty and food insecurity in Canada.
If you would like to organize a local Chew on This! event, find more information from Dignity for All.
Across Canada | October 17, 2017
Anti-poverty group calls for Duclos to listen to Canadians with lived experiences of poverty
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Ottawa, ON: October 4, 2016 — Today, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced that he will be consulting with Canadians to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).
Christians are called to privilege the voices and experience of those who live in poverty. Their voices must be the strongest in the work to end poverty.
The Hill Times
Read Pierre Poilievre's op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen: "Harper, not Trudeau Sr., actually reduced poverty"
Read Darlene O'Leary's letter to the editor: "No, Harper didn’t help the poor"
From The Catalyst, Summer 2016
By Mary Boyd & Jamie Swift
Two CPJ supporters explain their arguments for and against implementing a basic income, a system where the government ensures that everyone in Canada receives a certain level of income.