Talking Poverty Podcast

Volunteers from Poverty Free Action Team host a podcast interviewing anti-poverty advocates about action that you can take in the call for a poverty reduction plan. Talking Poverty is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, iTunes, and TuneIn.

Ep3 Talking Disability Assistance with Heather McCain

“As a person with a disability and as executive director of an organization for people with disabilities, I can tell you there is a lot of consultation, but unfortunately a lot of the ‘consultation’ is a check in a box. It’s ‘did we consult with people with disabilities? Yes.’ The question is: are you going to listen to people with disabilities? Are you going to implement what they said is needed? Are you going to work with them to improve things? Consultation is great, but that is the first step, and we need to make sure that it’s followed through all the way.”

Ep2 Talking Food Security with Paul Taylor

“We often say at the Neighbourhood House that giving someone a can of beans or teaching someone to make kale chips will not end hunger. The work that’s the most important, has the most impact, is about challenging the government to use the levers available to them to address a wicked problem like poverty or food security.”

Ep1 Talking Housing with Jean Swanson

“When I was in my early 30s, I started working at the Downtown Eastside Resident’s Association in the DTES, and we worked on getting improvements in the SROs, getting higher welfare rates… getting the Carnegie open as a community centre. Do you know what we didn’t work on? We didn’t work on ending homelessness because there was hardly any; there was some, I’d say it was about a tenth of what it is now. I’m guesstimating because we didn’t do counts in those days.”