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Why Canada Needs an Anti-Poverty Plan

By Katie-Sue Derejko

It is clear that unconscionable disparities exist in this country.

The statistics in the “National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada” should be enough to convince most that something needs to be done to address them. It also clearly tells us that the piecemeal efforts and siloed funding initiatives we currently have in Canada are not going to be enough to address what many would define as a wicked problem.



Several years ago, I participated in a poverty simulation that involved one day (8 hours, really) without food.

It was miserable.

My head ached, my brain was foggy, I was emotional, overwhelmed, and felt useless. I also learned a lot – a whole lot.


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