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What are some innovations in Canada or elsewhere that other governments, community organizations, academia or businesses have introduced or proposed to effectively reduce poverty?

over 2 years ago
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  • lockje over 2 years ago
    Speaking from experience, my student loans (administered through OSAP and the NSLSC) are crippling, especially when there are more opportunities for current students rather than recent graduates of a post-secondary program. As I struggle to find a job to even pay my rent, my loans collect an exorbitant interest rate, even during the 6-month 'grace period'. Here are my suggestions: first, following the example of Scandinavian countries, or even the UK and Australia, make loan repayment proportional to the individual's income (not my parent's income) and lower the interest rate. Second, expand recent graduate job/internship grants, especially in the social science and nonprofit sectors (something like the CSJ but for at least 6 months) and require participating organizations to pay at least 15 dollars per hour.
  • Dave almost 3 years ago
    One innovation would be to stop focusing on meeting the interests of the super rich (multinational corporations and private banksters) and start representing the interests of those who you are supposed to represent (of, by and for) - the people. Remember the real change we were promised? The neoliberal policies continue whether we vote blue or red. Red just does it by telling us that they feel our pain (lying). Globalization, so called "free trade deals," belt tightening (while our infrastructure, health care system, institutions, and utility systems decay) - and an electoral system that the super rich can control - are all designed for them, not the people. That the Conservatives and Liberals alike carry out the agenda of the rich and powerful, is testament to the fact that they have both been bought and paid for. It's also the reason that the inequality gap widens and poverty grows. The agenda of those that really run the show, will continue and these conversations are certain to be little more than PR work, as all of the other conversations before were. Our PM's veil has been lifted and he now stands as the naked marionette that he is for the rich and powerful puppet masters who control his strings.
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    • LegalAdvocate almost 3 years ago
      We need a national discussion on taxation and politicians that are not hesitant to raise taxes on the very wealthy.
    • Melvin Webber over 2 years ago
      Agree with the need to reduce political influence of corporations and super rich. Currently "Free Trade" is designed by and benefits corporations and the "Economic-Trickle-Down" is too small to significantly benefit the general public.
  • BBed over 2 years ago
    The Closer to Home and EveryOne's Home initiatives by the City of Red Deer, AB are admirable efforts to reduce and eliminate homelessness. Housing First is a huge improvement upon the traditional approach to the abject homeless, although far more could be done through national housing and poverty reduction strategies for those in core housing need. It is not enough that social agencies have to do an intricate dance of only dealing with landlords/property managers after an eviction notice has been served on a tenant. Portable housing subsidies administered through the tax system would be useful and effective. The Ontario government's brave attempt to at least do a pilot project with Basic Income, while admirable overall, affects only 4,000 individuals and seems almost designed to whip up animosity between social assistance recipients and working poor households. Without any obvious commitment to address the immediate insufficiency of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program benefits, the Basic Income Pilot risks being perceived as a delaying tactic to get an unpopular government to the next election - at which point the project becomes no more than a hot potato tossed to the next government. However, the innovative quality of the project merits mention.The Vibrant Communities, Living-Wage, and $15 And Fairness initiatives/movements are encouraging as signs of awareness that poverty has no legitimate excuse to exist in as wealthy a nation as Canada. The emerging community discussions of replacing alleviation measures with reduction and elimination are heartening. Faith-based and non-profit organizations, themselves dependent on funding and community support, have borne more than their fair share over the past several decades. It's time to transform our culture into one that makes every effort to recognize the rights of every individual to a life of dignity and fulfillment of fullest potential.
  • michael kerr over 2 years ago
    As Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change has been advocating and educating on in Ontario - with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation - any national effort, any strategy, any plan, any policy or any program developed to deal with poverty and its reduction or elimination - has to take a differentiated approach. It must acknowledge and specifically address the unique and different circumstances and lived realities of each of the historically disadvantaged and systematically marginalized groups in Canada - First Peoples, peoples of colour, single mothers, persons with (dis)abilities, LGBTQ community members, single adults, and youth - and the intersections of these ! So any federal initiative need track each of these groups over time - with appropriate data capture tools, techniques and templates - in order to determine and best ensure that all groups of people are in fact benefiting from any and all of the interventions - and doing do equitably !!
  • Emiko Ohama almost 3 years ago
    I am working on an Empowerment Initiative through my club, TRUSU Lean In - Leadership for Gender Equality Club. The goal is to make a direct impact to gender equality now by empowering local underprivileged female youth and TRU students in financial need with self-reliant income, work experience and physical activity. We are raising money so that we can sponsor shoes, uniform, equipment, start-up fees and the certification course to referee a sport. Most youth can start officiating at the age of twelve and refereeing is a pretty flexible job that also supports personal development and growth. We are going to pair a youth together with a university student so that there is support when going through the learning curve of becoming an official. Hopefully by Fall 2017 when we host the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Training Conference, we will have worked with local NGOs & our Financial Aid & Awards department to recruit our first project participants. We also hope to partner with another club on campus who can teach project participants financial literacy, so that they can learn how to save money and eventually come to our university too. I think the general gist of this idea could be remodelled to be more intergenerational and also translatable to other jobs that youth need certification to do. Refereeing simply serves as an effective physical activity intervention at the same time.
  • Mike_S almost 3 years ago
    When another Country is doing something that works, it's not weak for some other Country to learn from them. When a Country learns from many Countries, then other Countries in turn will learn from them. Where Can You Study Abroad for Free ? What school kids eat in other Countries, Photos Of School Lunches From Around The World Will Make American Kids Want To Study Abroad. This article is a good read because it takes into consideration of not only the USA but other countries , including Canada, and what countries priorities are, for taking care of it's people. 9 Countries That Do It Better: Why Does Europe Take Better Care of Its People Than America ? The world's wealthy democracies have somewhat different priorities, leading to some very different outcomes for their citizens..