News - British columbia

August 8, 2012
The Ministry of Social Development announced a number of changes to income assistance policies. The majority of these changes will come into effect Oct 1, 2012. The exceptions are School Start-up...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
July 25, 2012
Advocate for victims of spousal violence pulled her own life together and now helps others fix theirs.
Keywords: British Columbia
July 25, 2012
The blog for the Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has an interesting article comparing the poverty reduction strategies for Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia. Twelve years ago, the two...
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, British Columbia, Newfoundland, All of Canada
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
May 24, 2012
A B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Mark McEwan has struck down Victoria's civil court hearing fees as unconstitutional. The BC government charges $500 a day for civil court starting on day four of a trial...
Keywords: Legal Research, Poverty Research, British Columbia
May 16, 2012
For the last couple of days, the Tyee has been posting a series that explores three of the most widely advocated proposals to end poverty: the living wage, a guaranteed annual income, and government...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
May 1, 2012
Keywords: Government Policy, Poverty Research, British Columbia
April 27, 2012
In this article in the Tyee, advocates question the food bank model. Food should be a fundamental right and a question of social justice but it has become a question of charity.
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
April 27, 2012
For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and child care quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
April 24, 2012
Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance has been revised and reprinted and is now available to order. This popular booklet is for people in British Columbia who need welfare. It...
Keywords: Legal Assistance, Legal Info (PLEI), Welfare, British Columbia
March 27, 2012
A report released yesterday calls on the provincial government to restore funding and begin a strategic reform of the criminal justice system. The report, “Justice Denied - The Causes of B.C.’s...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Legal Research, British Columbia
March 27, 2012
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will appear today before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, International
March 22, 2012
Local research indicates 20 per cent of Revelstoke (and area) residents are struggling to meet their basic needs and Revelstoke has some of the highest rent and food prices in the region. Due to the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 16, 2012
With housing prices at record levels, a University of British Columbia-led study finds that new Canadians are struggling to find adequate and affordable housing in the country’s three largest cities...
Keywords: Housing, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia, All of Canada
March 9, 2012
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council has released the first issue of the DT Eastside Newspaper with a pull out poster of proposed condo development in the DTES. The DNC wants to put the voices...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
March 6, 2012
The Carnegie Community Action Project has created a map that shows the increase of property values and businesses that exclude low income people, and the decrease in the number of low cost housing...
Keywords: Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 5, 2012
Last year there were more women, youth, aboriginal people and families who were homeless in Metro Vancouver according to the 2011 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count. The Count found that in almost all...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
March 2, 2012
Earlier this week, former city councillor and housing activist, Jim Green died of cancer. David Beers, editor of The Tyee, has written about Green's life and his legacy.
Keywords: British Columbia
February 28, 2012
BC Dietitians have released a report, The Cost of Eating in BC 2011 that brings attention to the fact that many British Columbians don’t have enough money to buy healthy food. And, it’s not getting...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
February 24, 2012
An article in Rabble talks about how gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is a form of structural violence and ultimately normalizes power structures.
Keywords: Homelessness, Poverty Research, British Columbia