Canadians are just beginning to prepare themselves for the season of Christmas. For Christians it is the moment when God took human form and renewed the hope of salvation for the world. Believers recount this story of an infant deity born into poverty so bleak that his first hours were spent in a barn “because there was no room for them in the inn.”
One month before Christmas 2009, Canadians were informed that almost one in every ten kids still lives in poverty in this, one of the richest countries on the face of the earth. On November 24th 1989 the Parliament of Canada unanimously voted to end child poverty by the year 2000. Today, after twenty years, this promise remains broken. Read more »
It can be easy to get discouraged. We’re being governed by a precarious minority parliament, the economy is still in the tank, and despite a 20-year-old commitment to change, almost one child out of every 10 still lives in poverty in Canada today. All that, and the short, dark days of winter are upon us.
Still, there are reasons to be hopeful. Over the last few weeks we have witnessed a steady stream of small successes that encourage the belief that change is possible. Read more »
By Rebekah Sears | Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - 9:00AM
The gap between the rich and poor is a growing problem in Canada. It affects the general well-being of Canadians and especially that of more vulnerable groups in our society, including children.
Ed Broadbent, former leader of the NDP (1975-1989) and long time MP (over 20 years) is challenging Canadians to work towards narrowing this gap. While involved in politics, Broadbent constantly advocated for causes such as this in the House of Commons, gaining much admiration from supporters across the political spectrum.
CPJ has joined other Campaign 2000 partners to raise awareness about the need for jobs that pay living wages and to pursue strategies to get there. The project, Addressing the Falling Fortunes of Young Children and Families in Canada, is underway in four communities across Canada: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John’s (Newfoundland) and is funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Children's advocates expressed deep concern over the absence of government interest in the ongoing battle against child poverty, following the Throne Speech and the Prime Minister's response. Read more »