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Feb 09
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As a public health nurse I receive referrals for a myriad of reasons. I work with families at what is likely one of the lowest times of their life. They are nearly all living in poverty- that is pr...
Public Health Nursing and the Myths of Poverty

		
Feb 05
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Anti-Poverty Activists Want $3.2B For Affordable Housing. Do you agree that this funding would help? http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/9158628
Groups say the money should be invested in affordable housing.
Anti-Poverty Activists Push Liberals For $3.2B In Budget

		
Feb 02
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It appears that there are strong links between mental illness, poverty, and unemployment. What do you think? http://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/ohrc-report-strongly-links-mental-illness-to-poverty-unemployment-1.2754681?platform=hootsuite
Those who suffer from mental illness or addiction are much more likely to be poor, unemployed and living in inadequate housing, especially when they also suffer from other forms of disability, a new report finds.
OHRC report strongly links mental illness to poverty, unemployment

		
Jan 27
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Canada discriminates against children on reserves, tribunal rules "On-reserve child welfare system receives up to 38% less funding than...
The federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decides.
Canada must 'cease the discriminatory practice' of child welfare services on reserves, tribunal...

		
Jan 26
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How supportive housing 'rescued' one homeless man #_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=67BEHWT">http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/health-headlines/how-supportive-housing-rescued-one-homeless-man-1.2751852#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=67BEHWT
Supportive housing for homeless Canadians suffering with a mental illness costs a fraction of what a bed in a shelter, or in a hospital, would. But advocates say wait times for supportive housing have grown exponentially, and are expected to keep growing.
How supportive housing 'rescued' one homeless man

		
Jan 25
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It looks like a refugee camp Inside the Victoria park where about 100 homeless moved into huts and tents http://natpo.st/23mp84C
Tents began appearing here in June; there are now about 100 homeless people living on the courthouse grounds. A girl, 16, recently showed up and planted roots
'It looks likes a refugee camp': Inside the Victoria park where about 100 homeless moved into...

		
Jan 20
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Did you know the richest 62 people in the world own the same as the world’s poorest? Time to #EvenItUp http://ow.ly/3yTObj

		
Jan 19
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Advocates say Canada urgently needs national housing program #.Vp4qXqsfDoI.twitter">http://rabble.ca/news/2016/01/canada-urgently-needs-national-housing-program-say-advocates?platform=hootsuite#.Vp4qXqsfDoI.twitter
As the new federal government works on this year's budget, several housing advocates draw attention to the urgent need for the implementation of a national housing program in Canada.
Canada urgently needs national housing program, say advocates

		
Jan 18
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We can't pretend the food crisis in the North doesn't exist. It is getting worse. http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/6531152
IQALUIT, Nunavut - Israel Mablick opens the door of his refrigerator and takes stock of its meagre offerings."This is all we have for food," he says, gesturing to the mostly empty shelves.Th
'We Can't Pretend It Doesn't Exist Any More'

		
Jan 12
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Homelessness in Canada is a “national emergency”. Canada Without Poverty's Leilani Farha, CWP’s Executive Director and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing sheds light on the recent announcement by the federal government to undertake a...
Poverty is a violation of human rights.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What Homeless Counts Miss | Canada Without Poverty

		
Jan 11
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Only one of many stories that need to be resolved: "Relief comes to young indigenous family losing hope in homeless shelter" http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/young-indigenous-family-losing-hope-in-homeless-shelter-may-get-some-relief/
Elijah Provost and his wife Alexandra Catface moved their three young children off their southern Alberta reserve for the first time nearly three weeks ago because they couldn't find work or housin...
Relief comes to young indigenous family losing hope in homeless shelter

		
Jan 07
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National homeless count planned for winter and spring of 2016 "The last time the federal government estimated the overall homeless population was 2005, when it was pegged at 150,000...
The federal government is hoping to get a better snapshot of Canada's homeless population through a headcount to be conducted in 30 different communities this winter and spring.
National homeless count planned for winter and spring of 2016

		
Jan 06
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5 things to know about food insecurity in Canada. http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/8913414
Food insecurity, also known as 'food poverty,' can cause significant anxiety over diminishing household food supplies and result in individuals modifying their eating patterns -- adults skipping meals so children can eat or sacrificing quality food choices for cheaper, less healthy options, for exam…
5 Things To Know About Food Insecurity In Canada

		
Jan 05
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In order to end child poverty we must lift parents on social assistance out of poverty so they can provide for their...
My New Year's resolution is to help the provincial government see the errors of its ways and encourage Ontario MPPs to make positive changes that will help children across the province.
Lift parents on social assistance out of poverty so they can provide for their children

		
Dec 31
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An unfortunate reality: Surrey, Vancouver food banks see more refugee clients #.VoUoPSzcZSo.twitter">http://www.cknw.com/2015/12/30/132376/#.VoUoPSzcZSo.twitter
Once the euphoria of the reunion at the airport is over ...
Surrey, Vancouver food banks see more refugee clients | News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver's News....

		
Dec 29
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Poverty is already and issue for many Syrian refugees: "Syrian refugees airlifted into poverty" http://ow.ly/3yGzBV
Anyone thinking Syrian refugees have arrived in the Promised Land once they touch down on Canadian soil should consider they are really being airlifted into poverty. Like the Hafiz family living in the growing Syrian enclave in Surrey, they might be safe from bombs and bullets but their journey to a…
Adopt-a-school: Syrian refugees airlifted into poverty

		
Dec 24
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Shutting Down Planned Parenthood Would Catapult Women Into Poverty http://www.thenation.com/article/shutting-down-planned-parenthood-would-catapult-women-into-poverty/
Already forgotten in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings is a more persistent terrorist threat to average Americans: right-wing extremists. Robert Lewis Dear, who shot and killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, has since pleaded guilty to being a “warrior..…
Shutting Down Planned Parenthood Would Catapult Women Into Poverty

		
Dec 23
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"The most glaring violation of human rights is at a doorstep near you. The global stigma surrounding homeless people sees them treated like illegally parked...
The most glaring violation of human rights is at a doorstep near you. The global stigma surrounding homeless people sees them treated like illegally parked cars
Homeless people are not cockroaches or vermin – they are human and have rights

		
Dec 22
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The Impact of an Underfunded Poverty Reduction Strategy: http://ow.ly/3yC4rB
Photo by Rick Miller from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. In 1995, Pat Capponi was living on welfare when premier Mike Harris announced a nearly 22 per cent cut to
The Impact of an Underfunded Poverty Reduction Strategy | politics | Torontoist

		

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