Need higher welfare rates? Get ready to march. Raise the Rates is organizing a March for Welfare Justice to take place on Wed. March 27. The idea is to march from Premier Christy Clark’s office on W. 4th Ave. to NDP leader Adrian Dix’s office near the Joyce St. Skytrain station. It’s only 14.5 km!! […]
Raise the Rates visits NDP leader’s office By Raise the Rates Coalition A delegation of twenty people from Raise the Rates told the NDP that they want an immediate commitment to increasing welfare rates. The group delivered this message by hand to Adrian Dix’s office.
“Families first” doesn’t apply to families on welfare “Even though the Premier says families are first, families on welfare are last.” Stacey Bonefant was explaining why a group of about 15 people, including single parents on welfare, were at the Vancouver Aquarium 4 days before Family Day on Feb. 11th. “Families on welfare don’t have […]
This November Mark Brand, the Downtown Eastside gentrifying restaurateur, entrepreneur and enfant terrible behind the Save On Meats cultural engine celebrated on the western Canada lecture circuit, launched $2.25 breakfast sandwich tokens to “provide nutritious food to those in need.” Brand is marketing his breakfast tokens as charity. But charity is when relatively well-off individuals […]
What if everyone on welfare had a Masters degree in human nutrition and ten years experience as a professional cook? Would they be able to buy and cook enough food for a nutritious diet? The answer is no, according to Gerry Kasten a registered dietitian to took the Welfare Food Challenge that ended October 23rd. […]
Poverty grows in BC as welfare rates stay low: Parents & Grandparents in Poverty meet with Minister Cadieux
“The biggest challenge is that money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s what the Minister of SocialDevelopment told the Parents and Grandparents in Poverty group after hearing their stories about how hard it is to live on welfare and disability. The meeting took place on July 12 at the Minister’s office in Downtown Vancouver. Brenn Kapitan, […]
New changes to welfare… some good, some bad, none nearly enough After no increase in welfare rates for over five years, the BC government announced 28 changes to welfare policy last week. Unfortunately, none of them were rate increases and we still have to keep the pressure up.
Parents and grandparents tell Dix: “We’re not begging, just asking for justice” Raise welfare rates to a liveable level, build social housing that people on welfare and basic old age pension can afford, and stop clawing back 100% of earnings and child support payments. That’s what nine parents and one grandparent on income assistance told […]
See images from the news conference here Downtown Eastside residents want developer Marc Williams to get rid of garbage, debris and numerous, disgusting large and small rats that have overrun his property at 138 E. Hastings for almost a year. At a news conference this evening, residents invited the media to see rats that come […]
“Welfare challenge” group challenges BC to match Alberta’s disability rate Raise the Rates, the BC coalition that challenged MLAs to live on the welfare rate of $610 a month issued a new challenge today: