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For a rustic as filthy rich as Canada, poverty is totally pointless. In About Canada: Poverty, Jim Silver illustrates that poverty is ready greater than a scarcity of cash: it's complicated and multifaceted and will profoundly harm the human spirit. on the centre of this research are Canada's neoliberal monetary regulations, that have created stipulations that make progressively more humans at risk of low source of revenue, vanishing public companies and terrible actual well-being. Silver additionally highlights the ways that poverty is in detail hooked up to colonialism and racial and gender discrimination, and unearths that the political and fiscal regulations enacted by means of the Canadian govt serve just a strong minority, whereas generating a number of adverse results for the remainder of us, in particular the negative. Silver issues out that the prices of poverty — when it comes to health and wellbeing care, crime, schooling and unemployment — are better than the prices of fixing poverty, and he lays out an...

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26 For Aboriginal people the problem of poverty becomes especially apparent when children are included. David Macdonald and Dan Wilson of the CCPA analyzed 2006 data and measured poverty via the LIM. What they found is that while 17 percent of all children in Canada live in families with incomes less than 50 percent of the median Canadian family income, the corresponding rate for Aboriginal children is 50 percent. 27 These are appalling rates of poverty. If we consider these three categories of people together — young Canadians, racialized Canadians and Aboriginal people — and extrapolate into the future, there are reasons for concern.

There has been a massive redistribution of income and wealth from most of the population to the very richest. ”63 The same trend has occurred in Quebec and Manitoba, although in both of these cases the gap has not widened as much as in Canada as a whole, primarily because provincial governments in those provinces have been somewhat more interventionist than the Federal Government. As will be seen, government spending is especially important for those at the bottom of the income scale. What is striking is that this widening of the earnings gap, with declines at the bottom of the scale and stagnation for the majority of Canadians, has happened not during an economic downturn, as might be expected, but during what was an economic boom.

5. Neoliberalism—Canada. I. Title. II. Title: Poverty. III. 50971 C2014-905175-1 CONTENTS Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Forms of Poverty Chapter 2 Poverty by the Numbers Chapter 3 Neoliberalism and Its Effects Chapter 4 Complex Poverty Chapter 5 The Costs of Poverty Chapter 6 Solutions that Work Notes Index To our newest grandson, the wonderful Odin Silver ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am happy to acknowledge the many people I have had the privilege of working with on poverty-related issues over many years. I am particularly grateful to those that I have worked with in Winnipeg’s inner city, especially at Lord Selkirk Park and the Selkirk Avenue education hub, but in numerous other inner-city projects as well.

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