Feature Quote:

“In essence, we have come to accept that this level of child poverty is just a normal part of life.

Yet this is a fixable problem; other advanced industrial nations have almost eliminated child poverty. A 2016 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report, using 2013 data, notes: “In Finland and Iceland the child income poverty rate is only around five to six per cent, while in Denmark it is less than three per cent.” Using that measure of poverty, Canada’s rate is about 16 per cent. So clearly, as my late friend and colleague Clyde Hertzman used to remark: “It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Trevor Hancock in the Times Colonist

A selection of BC poverty-related media coverage:

April 2017

Should welfare rates be raised in BC? – Vancouver Courier

Child poverty is outrageous and unhealthy – Victoria Times Colonist

Reality check on seniors’ poverty, inequality – Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver homeless numbers jump 30% since 2014 – Vancouver Sun

Homelessness a problem that just keeps growing and growing – Vancouver Sun

BC earns a ‘B’ on society report card – Kelowna Now

March 2017

Lack of funding fails aboriginal children: report – Victoria Times Colonist

BC’s working poor: meet the people whose jobs don’t pay the bills – Vancouver Sun

Province pledges millions towards poverty reduction, social programs – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Poverty shouldn’t exist in BC – Oliver Chronicle

Housing groups want BC to double welfare cheques – News 1130

Pyramid of feminine hygiene products collected  – CBC

MLA Mungall still working to reduce poverty in BC – Nelson Star

Fight for $15 minimum wage coalition looking to sway students  – Capilano Courier

Trish Garner: BC budget gives little to tackle poverty and affordability – The Province

Poverty hard on BC students and teachers educator says – CBC

Maple Ridge MLAs misspoke about youth house funding – Maple Ridge News

Minister defends no welfare rate increase in 10 years – CBC

Frozen welfare: downtown rally highlights decade long 610 rate – Vancouver Sun

February 2017

BC poverty reduction plan long overdue – The Province

Minister defends no welfare increase in 10 years – CBC Radio

Nearly 600,000  live in poverty – still no reduction plan – My Prince George

Basic income in BC,  Green Party wants it but some welfare advocates don’t – CBC Radio

‘They expect you to live with nothing’ – Vancouver Metro

Lower Mainland mayors say homelessness in state of crisis – Globe & Mail

Basic Income in BC? – CBC

A befuddling question: Why are those on social assistance in BC ignored? – Globe & Mail

Disability rate increase criticized – Nelson Star

Poverty reduction plan long overdue – The Province

BC gov’t hikes disability rates by $50, maintains freeze on welfare – the Tyee

We need a BC budget that truly lifts all boats – The Tyee

Meager provincial hike to disability assistance an insult – Vancouver Sun

Province’s ‘incredibly disappointing’ disability rate increase panned – CBC

BC audit shows child welfare services falling short – Globe & Mail

Poverty violates human rights – HuffPost Canada

Eliminating poverty the best prescription for better health – Vancouver Sun

Making a stink: BC poverty rates have ‘bean’ too low – Metro

January 2017

BC’s poverty rate is nothing to brag about – Times Colonist

BC Hydro can’t be ordered to make power cheaper for poor – The Tyee

Greens look to basic income for poverty – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Robbing Tiny Tim to pay Scrooge – Vancouver Sun

Poverty amid plenty in BC – Vancouver Sun

UNICEF Chief says BC must do more to end child poverty – CBC

Gap between rich and poor growing in BC – Press Progress

Social Safety Net broken – The Now

Disability payments should be boosted – The Province

BC needs an official poverty reduction plan, critics say – CBC

$10 childcare challenges BC Liberals – The Province

Childcare Plan an economic boost for BC – Vancouver Sun

BC jobs plan not enough to address poverty – Times Colonist

BC has second highest poverty rate – Vancouver Sun

CCPA calls for poverty reduction plan – CKNW

December 2016

Governments fail to provide necessities of life – Times Colonist

Child poverty high in Alberni Valley – Alberni Valley News

November 2016

Housing, homelessness on BC voters’ minds – Business in Vancouver

BC needs poverty reduction plan – Times Colonist

BC Liberals must do more to help the poor – The Province

BC: 1-in-5 children still live in poverty – Vancouver Sun

Food Bank use at all-time high in BC – CBC Radio

BC children’s well-being worsening – Vancouver Metro

BC’s high child poverty rate – AM730

Canadians still without right to housing – Vancouver Courier

Anti-poverty protesters at housing forum – Vancouver Sun

October 2016

Migrants struggle to access healthcare – The Province

Government should fix filthy, broken buildings – Vancouver Metro

BC seniors more vulnerable to homelessness – CBC

BC housing crisis worsens child poverty – Vancouver Metro

BC NDP vows $10 childcare – The Tyee

Poverty and children with mental illness – Vancouver Metro

Action on poverty – The Province

Welfare Food Challenge: I can choose – The Tyee

Going Hungry for a cause – Tri-City News

September 2016

Seeking a BC poverty reduction plan – Times-Colonist

Half a million going hungry- Vancouver Sun

City of millionaires- CBC

BC has highest rate of inequality in Canada- Times Colonist

For some B.C. children with mental illness, poverty is the diagnosis- Vancouver Metro

Trish Garner: Let’s demand action on poverty in B.C.- The Province

Homelessness, affordable housing key issues as UBCM kicks off- CBC

Northern B.C. families have highest levels of food insecurity- Business Vancouver

Surrey has highest rate of kids in income assisted homes- 24hrs

Rally for affordable housing 2016 – The Province

BC childcare squeeze – Vancouver Sun

July 2016

Food Banks call for gov’t action- CBC

Renting unaffordable for many – VanCity

BC gov’t forced to end charges for methadone – Georgia Straight

Methadone exemption on social assistance 2016 – CBC

June 2016

Poverty group battles order to shut tent city – Times Colonist

Victoria homeless camp symptom of broken housing market – CBC

May 2016

May 31 record high homeless count- Vancouver Sun

Homelessness top issue in British Columbia – Business in Vancouver

Lens on Poverty: Pay Hydro or go hungry – The Tyee

April 2016

Social assistance rates threaten residents health – Public Health Association

January 2016

In BC help out of poverty…unless you’re on income assistance – The Tyee

November 2015

Child Poverty in BC 1-in-5 – CBC

December 2014

BC poverty stats 2014 – Georgia Straight