Greetings BC Poverty Reduction Open Letter Endorsers,
This week marked the 20th anniversary of Canada’s commitment to end child poverty by the year 2000. With that deadline having come and gone, and poverty and homelessness still very much a reality for many Canadians young and old, we need your help to build the call.
On the national front…
The House of Commons marked the November 24th anniversary by passing a motion, as agreed to by the HUMA Committee, to develop a plan to eliminate poverty. The text is as follows:
That, with November 24th, 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1989 unanimous resolution of this House to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000, and not having achieved that goal, be it resolved that the Government of Canada, taking into consideration the Committee’s work in this regard, and respecting provincial and territorial jurisdiction, develop an immediate plan to eliminate poverty in Canada for all.
A Failing Grade
Coalition member, First Call, has released their annual BC Child Poverty Report Card showing that BC has the worst rate of child poverty in Canada for the sixth year in a row. You can download the report card from their website at www.firstcallbc.org. A national Child Poverty Report Card is available at www.campaign2000.ca.
And for First Call’s list of ideas for mobilizing against child poverty in BC:
We need volunteers!
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is looking for volunteers. We are asking our provincial government to make a commitment to poverty reduction in BC and we know you want the same thing. You have asked for a comprehensive plan with legislated targets and timelines and together we will get our message across.
We need volunteers to visit their local MLA throughout December and January. While the Province is preparing to welcome the world, we want to remind our elected government about BC’s most important legacy ? the health and well-being of all British Columbians. We want to find out more about our representatives’ commitment to reducing poverty. And we want you to tell them why poverty reduction is a priority for British Columbians. What do they need from us? Where do they think we can make the most impact? What’s it going to take to get the Province to make the policy changes we need? And what’s taking so long?
If you’re interested in working with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information to find out more. We’ll set you up with the tips and tools you need to get the answers we all need.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition