At events attended by over 700 individuals, the church leaders heard from dozens of experts, local politicians, and church members passionate about public justice issues. It was clear that people in the Canadian churches really care about poverty and climate change.
News: Poverty in Canada
The Economy, the Environment, and Societal Well-Being
As faithful citizens we are encouraged to seek out, debate and promote policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.
Elections offer an important moment to reflect on the policy options before us. As Christians, we are urged to think beyond ourselves and our families, and to consider the well-being of our society as a whole.
Originally published in The Hill Times.
By Katie-Sue Derejko and Janelle Vandergrift
Jurisdictional debates have become the roadblock in the Canadian conversation about poverty, well-being, and health care. This obstacle is inevitable considering the way Canada is governed. But are jurisdictional arguments truly an insurmountable barrier or are they instead an easy way of letting the federal government off the hook? We fear it might be the latter.
#WeHaveAPlan – But Do They?
Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty release a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada
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Ottawa, ON: February 3, 2015 – It’s time for a plan to end poverty in Canada. In a country as wealthy as ours, 4.8 million people struggle to make ends meet: to pay their rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. Today, Dignity for All, a collaborative campaign between Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, released their much-anticipated National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada.
Most Canadians are not aware that 1 in 7 people in this country experience poverty. More than 800 000 rely on food banks each month and 13.3% of Canadian children live in poverty. And on any given night, about 30, 000 Canadians are homeless.
But what does poverty actually look like in Canada?
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Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2014 – Today, marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. People passionate about ending poverty will use the lunchtime on that day to draw attention to the 833,000 Canadians who have to rely on food banks each month to put food on their tables. As part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada, volunteers at “ChewOnThis!” events are asking people across Canada to join the strong call for a federal plan to address poverty by simply going online to dignityforall.ca/chew-on-this.
“If we don’t make sense of poverty measures, we will limit our ability as a society to make good decisions about poverty and related issues” (Cutting through the Fog, 2010, p. 20)
Every Fall, many in the anti-poverty movement in Canada report on poverty trends.
Last week 38 representatives of national health organizations, social justice groups, unions, First Nations and Inuit populations, and faith based organizations gathered in Ottawa to join Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada in crafting policy recommendations on health and poverty. The summit, “Health as a Right and a Public Good” was the fourth in a series of events where campaign members and industry experts converge to work on the foundation of a campaign-drafted federal poverty plan.
Call it what you want – a basic income, guaranteed annual income, or guaranteed livable income – it’s an idea that’s gaining momentum both in Canada and abroad as countries such as Switzerland, India, and Brazil begin to test and consider such a program.