The Mayor of Richmond has proclaimed this September as Literacy Month, with the purpose of encouraging children and youth to develop positive lifelong literacy habits. The Richmond Public Library is giving tips to parents and guardians, one each day, on how to get their kids interested in the topic. Today’s tip involves checking out Tumblebooks, which are e-books … Read more
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.
Being at the top of the charts is usually a good thing, unless that chart is showing the child poverty rates in B.C. federal ridings. Richmond ranks third in the province at 27.6 per cent. The statistics were compiled by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Campaign 2000, a national public education movement … Read more
The BC Rental Housing Coalition — comprised of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and other local housing organizations — wants to make affordable housing a 2015 federal election issue, and you can help. The coalition has developed a toolkit that defines the three talking points (building rental housing, supporting tenants and integrating housing policy), as … Read more
It’s no secret that adequate and affordable housing is an ongoing issue here in Richmond, as well as other parts of the Lower Mainland. Here is Richmond PRC chairperson De Whalen’s letter to the editor she submitted to the Richmond News recently on the subject: At last, a Richmond Councillor who is prepared to be … Read more
If you are unemployed, live in Richmond and looking to gain some transferrable skills to help you find and maintain employment, there are two programs being offered by Job Options BC that just might be the right fit. Here is a breakdown below: What do the Urban Older Workers and Job Options Programs offer? Up to … Read more
The disparity between income and cost of living grows yet a little further, as a report released earlier this week shows the living wage in the Lower Mainland has risen to $20.68 an hour, up from $20.10 in 2014. The report, Working for a Living Wage 2015: Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro … Read more