Mark your calendars for a not to be missed poverty reduction event!

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Greetings endorsers,

Save the date! Richard Wilkinson event, Tuesday, December 14th
*more details to come*

We’re hoping you can join us for a very special event we’re planning for Tuesday. December 14th. Award-winning author Richard Wilkinson will be joining us for a morning dialogue in Vancouver organized by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. While we will be hosting this event in Vancouver we hope to make this an interactive and province-wide event. Our goal is to set up video-conferencing capabilities in communities around BC and, in addition to hearing from Wilkinson, to open the floor to an exchange of updates on all the important poverty reduction work British Columbians are doing.

How can you participate?

  • If you are living in a community outside Vancouver and would like to attend by video-conference email so we can keep you updated on the logistics.
  • If your organization would be interested in participating and sharing a brief three-minute “report back” on the poverty reduction work you are doing let us know

On Richard Wilkinson: The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is pleased to welcome Richard G. Wilkinson, co-author of the critically-acclaimed The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (2009), an eloquent exploration of how one common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Boyd Tonkin, writing in The Independent, described The Spirit Level as “an intellectual flagship of post-crisis compassion, this reader-friendly fusion of number-crunching and moral uplift has helped steer a debate about the route to a kinder, fairer nation.” Wilkinson is a British researcher in social inequalities in health and the social determinants of health. He is Professor Emeritus of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, also Honorary Professor at University College London.

Homelessness Action Week, October 10-16th
Each year during Homelessness Action Week communities across British Columbia and the Yukon hold special events and activities for people who are are homeless and for the general public. For listings in your area check out the community calendars at

Municipal leaders want a provincial plan: UBCM resolution passes!
With poverty reduction resolutions submitted by White Rock, Nelson, Grand Forks, Parksville, Vancouver, and Victoria to this year’s Union of BC Municipalities Convention, UBCM delegates passed a resolution calling on the province to adopt a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Resolution B51 highlights “the need to provide adequate and accessible income support for the non-employed, improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce and improve food security for low-income individuals and families.”

“Cities all over BC know that the number one way to fight poverty is to build affordable housing at all levels. The Province needs to start working with us now in a meaningful way, it’s the only way we can tackle poverty once and for all.”
Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, Vancouver

Poverty reduction is a priority for British Columbians and their municipal representatives are hearing that. They’re ready to make sure the province hears it too. Congrats to all of you who worked on moving this resolution forward!


Provincial Health Officer calls on BC to look to plans in other provinces
BC Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall recently released a special report entitled “Investing in Prevention”. The report received quite a lot of media attention. However, most of the coverage dealt with the common-space issues of healthy eating, exercise and smoking. Almost no attention was paid to two of Dr. Kendall’s five key recommendations.

Specifically, Recommendation 2 calls on the government to:

“Recommit to early childhood development. The report “15 by 15: A Comprehensive Policy Framework for Early Human Capital Investment in BC”,
produced by the Human Early Learning Partnership, provides a blueprint for government to follow.

And Recommendation 3 says:

“Look at those provinces and territories that have committed to poverty reduction (e.g., Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Yukon) and create a ‘Made in BC’ program.”

The call is growing!

Thanks for all your support!

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition