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OTTAWA—Canada still has shockingly high rates of women’s poverty but the recession seems to have sidelined anti-poverty policies, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Women’s Poverty and the Recession reveals even after taking into account government transfers and tax credits, almost one-quarter(24%) of Canadian women raising children on their own and 14% of single older women are poor, compared to 9 % of children.
(Ottawa)—On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights a new international report concludes that budgets profoundly impact the attainment of human rights, and the attainment of human rights impacts the quality of our lives. This conclusion flows from dozens of case studies from around the world, available today with the Canadian launch of the 2008 edition of the annual international Social Watch report.
Imagine that your child has a broken arm and you have to wait two weeks to seek medical treatment. Imagine giving birth at the IWK and not having access to immediate medical insurance coverage for your baby, who is a Canadian citizen. Imagine being told you have to pay $330 to see a physician to get a prescription for asthma medication - and have to pay the cost of that medication. Imagine being separated from your children for two years or more, or being told you would have to pay $10,000 for one year of public high school?
Contemporary Canadian fiscal and social policy reforms have been accompanied by the progressive disappearance of the gendered subject, both in discourse and practice. Indeed, the minority Conservative government of Stephen Harper has gone so far as to declare that the goal of gender equity has been achieved in Canada. However, as Brodie and Bakker argue in Where Are the Women?
OTTAWA—Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released The Harper Record, the most comprehensive analysis of the Conservative minority government’s record to date. “Scheduled for broad release in early October, we are releasing the electronic version of this book today, to help Canadians make informed choices about the future of their country,” says CCPA Executive Director Bruce Campbell.
This book is one in a series of CCPA publications that have examined the records of Canadian federal governments during the duration of their tenure.