May 30
"Rather than use the coercive power of the courts and police to displace this tent city, we are calling for the province to see this moment as an opportunity to reverse policies and political processes that have caused displacement and homelessness to be...
British Columbia's housing minister says the government is going back to court as early as next week in a second attempt to shut down a homeless camp on the grounds of Victoria's courthouse.
Government to seek injunction against Victoria tent city following fire inspection

May 25
“You can’t always tell who’s living in poverty or who needs help making ends meet.”
Hidden Camera Reveals How Little People Really Know About Poverty

May 17
Unacceptable: 60% of First Nation children on reserve live in poverty, institute says http://ow.ly/FHao1005IDK
Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous kids, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Institute says 60% of First Nation children on reserve live in poverty

May 11
"It's not just handing out food, it's trying to enrich someone's life who comes in here." http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/new-brunswick/food-bank-moncton-1.3576261
The Food Depot Alimentaire has opened the doors of its new food centre in Moncton, at the site of the old military base gym near the corner of St. George and Vaughan Harvey Blvds.
New, centralized food bank in Moncton now open

May 09
Ontario's poverty gap for single adults on welfare has skyrocketed by 200 per cent over past 20 years https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/05/09/ontarios-poverty-gap-soars-as-welfare-rates-stagnate.html
Ontario's poverty gap for single adults on welfare has skyrocketed by 200 per cent over past 20 years, according to analysis by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Ontario's soaring poverty gap ‘starkest’ for single adults as welfare rates stagnate | Toronto Star

May 03
Former homeless man pushing a cart across Canada to raise money and awareness http://ow.ly/3zMcfa
Former homeless man Joe Roberts will push a shopping cart more than 9000 kilometres to raise home and awareness of youth homelessness.
Push for Change: Entrepreneur to push cart across Canada to fight homelessness

Apr 28
A staggering number: Two-thirds of Saskatchewan’s First Nations children live in poverty. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/04/27/two-thirds-of-saskatchewans-first-nations-children-live-in-poverty-advocate-says.html
The province also has more children in care and the highest number of kids using food banks in Canada.
Two-thirds of Saskatchewan’s First Nations children live in poverty, advocate says | Toronto Star

Apr 21
The struggles of homeless veterans started gaining attention over the last decade, as shelters, police agencies and academics started recognizing the unique population. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) published a report in 2015 estimating 2,250 veterans use homeless shelters every ye…
Homeless veterans: helping those who have fallen behind

Apr 18
The report highlights triple-disadvantage faced by women in the retail sector. Although women make up almost 60 per cent of the overall retail workforce, men still outnumber them in the highest-paid retail jobs.
Women in retail jobs hardest hit in by gender pay gap, says new report | Toronto Star

Apr 14
Canada ranked 26th out of 35 nations in UNICEF study looking at well-being of children in bottom 10 per cent of family income. http://m.thestar.com/#/article/news/canada/2016/04/14/poorest-children-in-canada-falling-even-further-behind.html

Apr 05
What does the Budget 2016 mean for housing and homelessness in Canada? Report from Raising the Roof : http://www.raisingtheroof.org/2016-budget-housing-homelessness-canada/
How does the Budget 2016 address the issues of housing and homelessness in Canada? We share the government's commitment for the years ahead.
What does the Budget 2016 mean for housing and homelessness?

Apr 01
Homelessness is an early death sentence "Homeless people are dying at a much earlier age – between 40 and 49 years old – in comparison to the rest of the population; which has an average age of death at 76.4 years and a life expectancy of 82.92...
The report, Still Dying on the Street, uses the most recent data from the BC Coroners Service.
‘Homelessness is an early death sentence’: Advocacy group

Mar 31
Did you know that people living on a First Nations reserve in Canada are 10 times more likely to die in a house fire due to substandard living conditions? http://www.netnewsledger.com/2016/03/31/66271/
THUNDER BAY – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says a Pikangikum house fire tragedy, which claimed the lives of six adults and three children, is the direct result of chronic poverty and third world living conditions. “On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario I want to pass along our condolences to the…
NetNewsLedger - Thunder Bay News - Pikangikum House Fire Direct Result of Chronic Poverty

Mar 31
Check out this blog from our friends at Canada Without Poverty about how the budget will affect those living in poverty.
Poverty is a violation of human rights.
Connecting the dots – What does the Budget mean for poverty?

Mar 22
We agree that there is way too much food waste that could be going to people who need it. Is this a good way to ensure that it does? Sign on if you agree and comment with your opinions!
Each month, over 350,000 people in Ontario use food banks and 20% of food banks run out of food. These...
petition: End Hunger in Ontario by Forcing Grocery Stores to Donate their Edible Waste

Mar 22
Access to water is a human right, but roughly one in 10 people are without a safe source. Find out how much you know about water today: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/mar/22/world-water-day-quiz-are-you-a-fount-of-wisdom
Access to water is a basic human right, but roughly one in 10 people globally are without a safe source. To mark World Water Day, try our quiz
World Water Day quiz – are you a fount of wisdom?

Mar 16
Homeless and their advocates expect help, solutions in federal budget http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/517186/homeless-and-their-advocates-expect-help-solutions-federal-budget
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Mar 15
Poverty and inequality fuel suicide crisis, Especially in First Nations communities. http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/poverty-inequality-fueling-suicide-crisis-1.3487028
Two communities in crisis in two provinces serve as a stark reminder that suicide, especially among indigenous youth, remains an enormous problem across the country. But without first addressing poverty, the problem will continue, says a Manitoba First Nation leader.
Poverty, inequality fuel suicide crisis, First Nations leader says

Mar 10
What is 'absolute homelessness'?
Volunteers have counted roughly 200 homeless people in four New Brunswick communities as part of a national initiative to track homelessness across Canada.
200 New Brunswickers in 4 cities live in 'absolute homelessness'

Mar 09
"The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty."
Living in a car is a step up from street homelessness, but it isn't much safer: Homeless people are 13 times more likely to be the victims of violence than housed people. And homeless women are even more vulnerable.
I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty.


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