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Charity not correct way to tackle poverty in BC: Op-Ed published by Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight

In early January 2015, the Vancouver Sun and the Georgia Straight published an editorial by Trish Garner, Community Organizer with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (BCPRC), where she explains how poverty in the province amounts to a human rights violation:

[T]he provincial government is clearly failing to meet its human rights obligations. B.C. has had one of the highest poverty rates in Canada for 13 years, and yet it is now the last province left without a poverty reduction plan.

Basic civil and political rights, such as freedom of speech and the right to vote, are relatively well protected in Canadian law, but economic and social rights to basic necessities such as food, water, housing, and education are routinely violated. Without these rights secured, poverty is a barrier to accessing civil and political rights in a meaningful and effective way. This has a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups including women, LGBTQ communities, racialized and Indigenous persons, and people with disabilities, among others.

The article comes weeks after the BCPRC published its Human Rights Framework, which details instances where International Law supports this approach, and lists multiple interventions by United Nations Rapporteurs who have made strong calls for the Canadian government to live up to its commitments before UN Treaties.

You can read the full editorial at the Vancouver Sun‘s and the Georgia Straight‘s websites.