Category: Poverty

Poverty reduction: Nova Scotia skunks Liberal garden party

For Nova Scotia Liberals, the devil was definitely in the details. With the opposition and the media having a field day on the SNC-Lavalin fiasco, the federal Liberal government countered with a good news announcement last week. The minister responsible for social development issued a statement proclaiming that the Liberal government has hit its 2020 poverty reduction targets three years early. Based on the latest Canadian Income Survey (CIS) from Stats Canada, the glad tidings from minister Jean-Yves Duclos were spread far and wide by Liberal MPs via twitter. And why not do some self-congratulating? A couple of years...

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Canada’s poverty rate down in 2016 – and new “poverty line” will drop it even further

Almost unnoticed in summer newscasts dominated by NAFTA, pipelines and Trump, Trump and more Trump, the Trudeau government released its Poverty Reduction Strategy a few weeks ago. It was a 100-page document that drew both criticism and accolades. Criticism was mainly around the lack of any dramatic new measures to fight poverty. The Liberals maintain that recently-introduced  income support programs and their slow developing commitments on what they like to call social infrastructure – things like housing, child care and public transit – will cut in half the number of Canadians living below the poverty line by 2030. That...

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Domesday File #2: NS poverty; highest in Canada

Domesday File: An occasional series inspired by the Domesday Book, the medieval survey of wealth and human resources  It is interesting to track media coverage when large amounts of data like this week’s Census report on families are released. For many people, what reporters and editors chose to highlight will be the extent of their exposure to the vast amount of information collected during last summer’s intelligence gathering exercise. Taking their cues from Statistics Canada on-line release, most of the national media went with what the agency suggested was news – the fact that as the Globe and Mail...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

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