More than 200 people are at risk of homelessness in the Tri-Region and 10 are currently not sheltered.

This information was found to be the result of a 2018 survey conducted by Family and Community Support Services in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain.

The report was released earlier this month and, according to FCSS officials, the most concerning aspect of the data is that poverty is in the community.

Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released new data on poverty in Canada. Surprisingly, the rate of low-income in Canada had dropped dramatically — from 14 per cent in 2014 to 9.5 per cent in 2017.

What could drive this impressive decline?

First, it may be related to how we measure poverty…

Another reason for the dramatic decrease in poverty of late could be the enhanced Canada Child Benefit…

What does $550 get you in Toronto you ask? The creators of a pop-up restaurant have the answer. A chichi dinner for 4 under the Gardiner in a little heated dome designed to look like a terrarium and furnished for comfort. They call it “Dinner with a View.”

What sort of view you ask? Well, not of the homeless camp, obviously. The City demolished that and evicted the people living there two weeks ago, remember?

What are we going to do it about you ask?

If you were a recipient of the Ontario Basic Income, you might benefit from this Class Action. We encourage you to fill out the form found at the bottom of this page so that we can keep you informed about the case.

This Class Action is against the Ontario Government, with respect to its decision to cancel the Basic Income Pilot in July 2018. This program was introduced in 2017 with the goal of studying whether granting Ontarians regular, fixed payments—in other words, giving Ontarians a “basic income”—was something that the Government should consider doing in the future.

Studies and statistics have consistently shown that suicide rates among Canada’s Indigenous peoples are two to three times higher than among non-Indigenous Canadians.

The reasons are complex, of course, but a new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concludes the quality and availability of foods plays a major role in the mental health of Indigenous people living off-reserve in the country, a finding that appears to confirm a study carried out in Atlantic Canada in 2017.

Basic income is a government payment to a person or family to provide a minimum income. It has never been implemented by any nation, but pilot programs are now underway or planned in Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Kenya, Ontario, and California. In 2016, a referendum in Switzerland rejected a proposal to establish a basic income. The aim is to reduce poverty and bureaucracy with a program that is more generous and easier to administer than standard programs such as welfare and disability.

… My concern is with the ethical justification of such programs, with whether it would be legitimate for a state to use tax money extracted from richer people to benefit the poor.