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23 Jun 2016  |  No Comment >>

We read often about poverty affecting demographics such as children and seniors, but one group that isn’t addressed nearly as much as it should be is the queer and trans community. People who identify as LGBTQ deal with high levels of poverty and marginalization as well  — for example, one in four queer and trans youth are forced out of their homes due to severe family conflict. Queer and trans youth are also twice as likely to live in unstable housing, moving three or more times in a year.
The BC Poverty …

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20 Apr 2016  |  No Comment >>

Considering 82 per cent of British Columbians believe the proposed $10 a Day child care plan would be beneficial to parents, it’s somewhat surprising that we don’t yet have anything concrete in place. The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC have just released their 2016 update of the plan reflecting the current federal landscape and new enthusiasm of residents across the province.
You can read latest materials on the 10aday.ca website.

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14 Nov 2015  |  No Comment >>

This holiday season, help impoverished Canadians by going one step further than just donating money or non-perishable food items. Join the #RethinkGiving campaign, organized by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, and ask the government for a longterm poverty reduction plan. There are a few ways you can get involved, from sending an email to the premier to disseminating the campaign poster. The coalition website has an easy-to-use toolkit and resources to get started right away.

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11 Nov 2015  |  No Comment >>

The fourth annual Welfare Food Challenge, which explores the connections between poverty, climate change, food security and welfare, wrapped up yesterday. People taking part in the six-day event from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9 were required to eat only what they could buy with $21. Learn more about the participants and this year’s challenge.

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22 Sep 2015  |  No Comment >>

Are you actively involved in your local community or know someone who is? National property management and development company Hollyburn Properties is giving away a one-year stay in one of their Vancouver one-bedroom apartments to a person who demonstrates extraordinary achievement in the area of community building.
“The objective of the Free Rent Contest is to reward an individual who participates above and beyond in community service,”” said Allan Wasel, Hollyburn general manager. “”We feel strongly that community values help foster healthy and sustainable living environments. Hollyburn supports a number of charity …

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14 Sep 2015  |  No Comment >>

Last year, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Vancity credit union joined together to create the Rental Housing Index for British Columbia, a useful resource providing detailed information on the viability of rental housing in the province. This eventually led to the development of  the Canadian Rental Housing Index, which has the same purpose but with an expanded scope that covers over 800 municipalities. To see the statistics for Richmond, go to the link above, then click on the “access this resource” button. After the page loads, type in “Richmond, BC” in the search bar that …

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18 Aug 2015  |  No Comment >>

If you are a woman who uses public transit in the Metro Vancouver Area, or know women who do, please read this callout for candidates to participate in an important research project.
My name is Tahia Ahmed. I’m working with Marion Pollack from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and Leah Levac at the University of Guelph. Leah is the principal investigator, and Marion and I are coordinators for the Vancouver part of a national research team looking at how changes to public services — such as public transit — affect women. …