News - British columbia

February 22, 2012
The government released the 2012 BC Budget yesterday, claiming that they were forced to release an austerity budget. The government also claimed to remain committed to supporting families and...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 21, 2012
With the recent deaths of eleven migrant workers in Ontario, which mirrors a similar tragic van crash in BC in 2007, advocates and activists are renewing their demands for the provincial and federal...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, Ontario, All of Canada
February 21, 2012
Classroom teachers are front-line witnesses to the devastating impact of poverty on children in their communities. Amy Dash, a Home Economics teacher at Lakes District Secondary in Burns Lake, notes...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 17, 2012
The BC Ombudsperson, Kim Carter released the second of two planned reports on her office’s three year investigation into the care of seniors in British Columbia. The Best of Care: Getting it Right...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
February 16, 2012
People forced to live on the streets in Victoria are being targeted by the police and are subject to unnecessary force and frequent arrest without sufficient cause, according to a report by the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Violence, British Columbia
February 14, 2012
Today in the Vancouver Sun, Seth Klein from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Michael Goldberg former director of research at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC and Steve...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 2, 2012
According to Kim Slater: Here's what we still know about the province: the child poverty rate in B.C. has reached 12% again and is the highest in Canada for the eighth consecutive year; the overall...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 2, 2012
At the end of May 2011 Raise the Rates launched the ‘MLA Welfare Challenge’. This challenged one or more of BC MLAs to live on welfare for a month to gain real life experience of living on welfare....
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
January 31, 2012
With Jagrup Brar's time on welfare coming to an end he has called the challenge “a very, very eye-opening, heartbreaking experience.” He has met with many individuals and organizations dealing with...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
January 16, 2012
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities' Robin Loxton has written an article in Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal on the various benefits available to people who are on Persons with...
Keywords: Disability, Mental Health, Welfare, British Columbia
January 11, 2012
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition works towards introducting a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan in BC Check out their new website.
Keywords: Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
January 2, 2012
When Raise the Rates challenged any BC MLA to live on welfare for one month, only one MLA took up the call. Surrey NDP MLA Jagrup Brar started his one month on welfare on January 1st with a backpack...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
November 30, 2011
Jagrup Brar, MLA Surrey Fleetwood, has accepted the MLA Welfare Challenge to live on the welfare rate of $610 for a month. He will start on January 1, 2012, spending part of the month in Surrey and...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
November 15, 2011
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 3, 2011
The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) has collaborated on a report on Policing Poverty in Victoria Policing practices and the criminal justice system hold distinct and dramatic...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
October 25, 2011
Smithers Interior News reported recently on an increase in users of the Broadway Place homeless shelter in Smithers. Although Smithers' efforts to provide housing for the homeless were praised by...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
October 25, 2011
Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre has a new fact sheet available: “Can my landlord turn off my heat?” View all of TRAC's factsheets here.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 20, 2011
From Pivot: "“Whose problem is it?” It seems that is the eternal question in the debate about Canada’s housing crisis. The federal government maintains that housing is the purview of the provinces....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 13, 2011
"We Need Legal Aid" is the name of a new website produced by the Canadian Bar Association BC to press for more provincial funding for legal aid in that province. http://www.weneedlegalaid.com You...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
October 13, 2011
"It is shameful that in our wealthy province we no longer have resources available which would give real help to parties in this situation," wrote B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell in a...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia