Sunday, December 03, 2006


Canada has failed miserably

WELFARE INCOMES 2005 (updated 2006) page 98.

The National Council of Welfare has consistently called for major improvements in welfare and related programs. Provincial and territorial governments need to commit to adequate levels of income support. There needs to be an enhanced federal financial arrangement for welfare. The clawback of federal child benefits needs to end immediately.

In June 2006, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
criticized the canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments for failing to live up to their
commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Article 2 of the Covenant refers to state parties “achieving progressively the full realization of
the rights recognized in the present Covenant”. In this context, Canada has failed miserably in
ensuring Canadians’ rights to an adequate standard of living and the right to social security.
The continuing decline of welfare incomes for most households represents a failure on the
part of federal, provincial and territorial governments to respect their commitments.

Along the same lines Hunger Count.

Newfoundland and Labrador
In 2006, Newfoundland and Labrador show a marginal increase in the number of food bank clients compared to last year (1.6%). Child food bank recipients consist of 38.4 % and the province has the highest percentage of families with children visiting food banks among all the provinces, at 65.1%. Newfoundland and Labrador assist the greatest proportion of welfare recipients in the country at 78.4%.

With one of the highest levels of poverty in the country, Newfoundland is only the second province in Canada to actively implement a poverty-reduction strategy.24 In its recent budget, the province announced significant investments in its social safety net, moving forward on its ten-year commitment to become the province with the lowest rate of poverty.25

It is hoped that the goals outlined in the province’s poverty reduction strategy will eventually bring about a notable drop in the number of people needing emergency food assistance. The province still has a long road ahead regarding the latter as it continues to have the highest per capita food bank use for the ninth consecutive year.

Eg Walters, Executive Director of the Community Food Sharing Association in St. John’s and Provincial HungerCount Coordinator, reports on various circumstances in the region affecting food bank use:

“Many challenges continue to face food banks throughout our province as they try to meet the ever constant demands placed upon them. The economic climate of the Eastern Avalon Peninsula continues to be driven by the offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Some uncertainty, however, has developed in recent months due to an impasse between the provincial government and the consortium developing the Hebron Field. Stalled negotiations have resulted in layoffs in this sector combined with business expansion being placed in a holding pattern.

“Rural sectors of our province continue to be impacted by uncertain fish stocks and fish plant closures. Last year’s flooding on the west coast, combined with the closure of the Abitibi Paper Mill, have placed some strain on the ability of food banks to keep up with the demand.”

Along the same lines again Royal commission on renewing and strengthing our place in canada.

Along the same lines again community income.

Along the same lines again Poverty.
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OttaWally posted then removed.

The "clawback" is done by provincial governments.

Shouldn't it be "provinces have failed miserably"?

I didn't say I was going to remove all of your posts Wally just that one with reference to Todd Russell because I know you have a vested interest in keeping your job so IMO you would be even more biased than you usually are.
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