Talking Poverty Podcast

Volunteers from the 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. A huge thank you to Rob Fillo for composing and recording our new theme song, premiering in Episode 4. Talking Poverty is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and TuneIn.

Ep4 Talking Health with Terrie Hendrickson, Dr. Amy Lubik & Dr. Charissa Patricelli

“I would argue that for some people their health is determined by 99% of their social determinants. Because they cannot access health care without housing, without food. So, I would say it’s part of daily work to see people who can’t get food for their kids, who lose their children to the child welfare system because they do not have access to adequate housing. So, that’s why I’m really interested to be involved with First Call and to learn more about what we can do at the policy level because it has a huge, huge impact.” – Dr. Charissa Patricelli

“If you look at the health care system, which is very complex, we have long wait times for various surgeries. But part of the reasons why we have long wait times for surgeries are because we have seniors who can’t get home support because the programs were cut, so they’re stuck in hospital beds, so they have to cancel surgeries because they don’t have a bed for somebody to go into… if you were able to take that senior out of the acute care bed in a hospital, put them back at home in their community and give them proper health & home support… then you’re saving tons of money and frees up a bed in a hospital which means surgery can happen.” -Terrie Hendrickson

“Income inequality is something that the Public Health Association of BC has really been focusing on and income redistribution is one of the things that we suggested in our recent submission to the federal poverty reduction strategy… When there’s so much inequality, you lose social cohesion, so people don’t trust each other, so there’s so much more stress and depression, and less friendliness. The more equity there is, the more people feel like they’re in it together.” – Dr. Amy Lubik

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.”