Dec 6 talk – “Poverty Reduction & the Current Sask Economic Climate”

JSGS Public Lecture ~ Poverty Reduction and the Current Saskatchewan Economic Climate – on December 6, 2016.
This event will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Béland, JSGS, and will feature a panel:
Chuk Plante, PhD Student, McGill University
Ali Abukar, Executive Director, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Caitlin Olauson, Centre for Integrative Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Bill Mintram, Executive Director, Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centre
In 2015 the Government of Saskatchewan committed to, and developed, a poverty reduction strategy. Over the course of the past year, agencies and sectors that work in communities to reduce poverty have been patiently awaiting an implementation plan for the strategy. Now faced with the current economic downturn and looming provincial budget cuts, it is time to open a conversation about how critical it is to invest in poverty reduction in times of economic decline. This conversation will capture the historical background of poverty reduction strategies in Saskatchewan and across Canada, address the economic argument for investing in poverty reduction and provide 3 distinct sector perspectives to increase awareness of how important social investment is to our province.
December 06, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saskatoon: Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Centre, University of Saskatchewan
Regina (Video Conference): Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina
There is no cost to attend, but those interested in attending are encouraged to register as seating is limited.
Complete event details and online registration available here.
 
 

Sask. government hears ideas on poverty reduction strategy: StarPhoenix

The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction held a roundtable consultation in April to get input from members of community organizations and the general public into the development of the province’s upcoming poverty reduction strategy. Representatives from Poverty Free Saskatchewan were in attendance and provided feedback. This article by Charles Hamilton in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix showcases some opinions from advocates, including the need to have clear targets and timelines.

Link: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Sask+government+hears+ideas+poverty+reduction+strategy/11011991/story.html

Government announces poverty reduction strategy committee

Today Saskatchewan Social Services announced the formation of a committee to develop its poverty reduction strategy.

See the media release http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2014/december/22/eleven-help-reduce-poverty

Moose Jaw Times Herald: Province needs an anti-poverty strategy

An editorial in the Moose Jaw Times Herald provides a compelling argument that a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy needs to be created for Saskatchewan.

http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2014-10-06/article-3894183/Province-needs-an-anti-poverty-strategy/1

New Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019) was released in September 2014. The new strategy includes sections focused on children & youth, homelessness, and employment. The document also acts as a reminder of the high cost of inaction; poverty cost the Ontario public $10.4 billion in 2008.

The strategy can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/home-and-community/realizing-our-potential-poverty-reduction-strategy-2014-2019

Poverty Costs campaign calls for poverty reduction strategy

An exciting development in Saskatchewan – a new group adds to the calls for a poverty reduction strategy!

The following are some articles about the launch of the Poverty Costs campaign.

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The Poverty Costs website

http://pover-upstream.nationbuilder.com/

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Poverty Costs website launches

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald

Published on March 09, 2014

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/News/Local/2014-03-09/article-3642878/Poverty-Costs-website-launches/1

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Coalition launches campaign to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan

By Aaron Streck

Coalition launches campaign to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan

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Poverty reduction strategy sought

By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix

March 11, 2014

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Poverty+reduction+strategy+sought/9602784/story.html

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