Of budgets, myths and dinner parties: Exciting ways to fight poverty in BC!

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Latest e-newsletter: By now you’ve probably heard that the provincial government issued their 2014 BC Budget recently. Despite the Family Day announcement that Christy Clark would raise welfare rates and roll out a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy (if you enjoy political satire, visit Raise the Rates for more on their spoof), the budget’s many pages could not cover up this missed opportunity by the provincial government. At the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (BCPRC) we’ve developed a brief report of our analysis of the budget (which you can read below), and we’re also sharing a small compilation of what our members think about it. It’s clear our member, the BC Federation of Labour, wanted more: in breaking news, they have joined other BC Labour leaders in calling for a raise in the minimum wage to $13 per hour.

But this past month has not only been filled with reports and analysis. Some of the most exciting news we have for you comes from the Poverty Reduction Action Committee (PRAC), which has met a few times in preparation for their next exciting project: a “Poverty Myth Busters” campaign! Work is underway to launch this fun and interesting way to talk about poverty and get to the root of the issue. If you are interested in participating with the PRAC crew, please get in touch or check out PRAC on our website!

There are also some great upcoming events this month, which you can attend to show your appreciation for the excellent work of organizations that are making a difference in BC. We encourage you to check out the invitations below to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Gala Dinner and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities’ “Swing into Spring” event, which will both be great fun for sure!

Finally, the government’s Disability Consultation closes on March 11 so take a moment to comment online if you haven’t already done so.

Please make sure to get in touch with us if you have any ideas or feel the itch to get involved; we’d love to hear from you and find ways to work together! In the meantime, remember to check out our website and Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter to keep informed.

Talk to you soon!

Trish and Gil

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