In the News
- Does Cash Aid Help the Poor - or Encourage Laziness? Hundreds of families in Zambia receive regular cash payouts as part of an experimental government program: "a small but steady stream of cash with no strings attached may be the smartest way to fix poverty". Nurith Aizenman, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, August 9, 2017.
- Canada urged to calculate how much it costs to raise children. Official estimates are needed as a way to guide policy and help parents, advocates say. Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star, March 7, 2017.
- Take Action Comics - digital comic book Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity [pdf] highlighting the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - the first in a series of reports from their Culture of Health program.
- If they had a million dollars... Every year over $1 billion of income benefits and tax credits legislated for the needs of the most vulnerable people in Canada never make it into their pockets. Prosper Canada has recommended that the Government of Canada invest $2 million annually over the next five years for targeted community outreach and support strategies to enable vulnerable Canadians to begin accessing the over $1 billion in benefits they are eligible for, but not receiving. Prosper Canada, February 7, 2017
- Unicef Report Card Gives Canada Low Marks. The UNICEF report card reveals how far rich countries like Canada have allowed their most disadvantaged children to fall behind the average child in health, education, income and life satisfaction. NetNewsledger, January 27, 2017.
- Project helping homeless overcome 'huge barrier' - lost ID. A pilot ID project in Ottawa is helping people to replace lost or stolen identification - a process simple for most, but "a big mountain to climb" for those living on the street. CBC News January 17, 2017.
- Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation was created to develop, oversee, coordinate and implement initiatives to reduce poverty and assist thousands of New Brunswickers to become more self-sufficient.
- Health Providers Against Poverty is an alliance of health care providers who came together in 2005 in Ontario and has since grown to have provincial chapters in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Laborador.
- The Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy - creates original media content on health policy topics for publication in the mainstream media. Canada spent over $180 billion dollars on healthcare in 2009. So why don’t all Canadians have similar chances of having a long healthy life?
News Articles 2017
News Articles 2016
- Three things the federal government can do to improve the Registered Disability Savings Plan. Commentary describing the RDSP, why so few are using it, and three quick ways to improve it. By Kathleen O'Grady. www.evidencenetwork.ca accessed December 19, 2016.
- The cost of poverty affects us all. The biggest barrier to ending poverty is the political orthodoxy we have lived by for the past 40 years. Gary Bloch, Toronto Star, December 6, 2016.
- How can we let one in 3.5 kids grow up in poverty? Analysis of Manitoba's dubious distinction of having Canada's highest child poverty rate for the second year in a row. Royce Koop, Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2016.
- Manitoba food bank usage "distressing" - Manitoba food banks saw a slight decline in traffic this year, but the province has the second-highest use rate in the country. Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press, November 15, 2016.
- Saskatchewan doctors now checking the fiscal health of patients. Family doctors in Saskatchewan are starting to ask their patients if they’ve ever had difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month. Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post, November 15, 2016.
Commentaries and Backgrounders
- Why We Need More Canadian Health Policy in the Media edited by Noralou Roos, Kathleen O'Grady, Eileen Boriskewich, Melanie Meloche-Holubowski, Carolyn Shimmin, Kristy Wittmeier, and Nanci Armstrong. 1st edition with content from December 2014 to December 2015. Freely available in various formats.
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