Help protect our agricultural lands

Here is a message from the Richmond Food Security Society regarding Bill 24, the Agricultural land Commission Amendment Act. Act Now to Protect B.C.’s Farmlands! Ask Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24 The Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve was created in 1973 to protect B.C.’s dwindling supply of agricultural land. In the ensuing 40 years, it … Read more

Poverty Reduction Act introduced in B.C.’s Legislature

Poverty reduction plan for BC

This morning, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall brought forward the motion that the BC government launch a poverty reduction plan with Bill M212: Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act: “Poverty lives in British Columbia. It is not something that only happens elsewhere — in Africa, Asia or Latin America. It is an issue here in our communities, … Read more

End the child support clawback

A note from our friends at the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition regarding child support clawback for single mothers on welfare:   BC’s government currently has a policy of taking off child support dollar for dollar from single parents’ income assistance benefit. By taking that money away, the provincial government is depriving children living in lone-parent … Read more

Facebook contest April 7 to 21

To raise awareness about poverty and to spread our message to as many people as possible, we are running a Facebook contest from April 7 to April 21 where two winners will be selected to win a $75 gift card to Future Shop, or a pair of passes to the VanDusen Botanical Garden! To enter, … Read more

On the Path to Better Health

The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA), a group of organizations that have come together with a mission to improve the health of British Columbians, released a report yesterday titled On the Path to Better Health. Examining trends over the last 10 years in the province with regards to chronic disease, it highlights items such as a … Read more

Kids, poverty and mental health

This story from the CBC illustrates how poverty can have an enormous affect on a child’s mental health and well being. Although the article talks about Hamilton, ON the themes are universal. Read on: Poverty can be a powerful predictor of a child’s mental health. A child who lives in poverty is three times more … Read more