Having worked with Partners in Mission Food Bank for 25 years now, I have seen only marginal, incremental improvements in how we as a society deal with poverty, and I have to say there is no net improvement for the folks we assist. Even if employment was the panacea for those living in poverty [and it’s not], we would still have people who are suffering from a myriad of physical and mental health issues who are unable to work. The jobs in the service and retail sectors are still not sufficient in allowing people to earn a living wage, and even though we are about to see the minimum wage increase in 2018, the commitment of full-time hours is just not there. This is wrong and is unacceptable in a country as prosperous as Canada