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For a rustic as prosperous as Canada, poverty is completely pointless. In About Canada: Poverty, Jim Silver illustrates that poverty is set greater than a scarcity of cash: it's advanced and multifaceted and will profoundly harm the human spirit. on the centre of this research are Canada's neoliberal fiscal rules, that have created stipulations that make progressively more humans prone to low source of revenue, vanishing public prone and negative actual overall healthiness. Silver additionally highlights the ways that poverty is in detail attached to colonialism and racial and gender discrimination, and unearths that the political and fiscal guidelines enacted by means of the Canadian executive serve just a strong minority, whereas generating a variety of destructive results for the remainder of us, specially the bad. Silver issues out that the prices of poverty — when it comes to overall healthiness care, crime, schooling and unemployment — are better than the prices of fixing poverty, and he lays out an...

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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.

Writing in 2007, before the economic crisis of 2007–8, Yalnizyan said: “In Canada, this is the best of economic times.

In March 2013, 833,098 people in Canada used food banks — more than the population of a relatively large city, such as Hamilton and Winnipeg, and more than twice the combined population of Regina and Saskatoon. The numbers of Canadians using food banks has doubled since March 1989 and grown 23 percent since 2008, following the severe economic crisis of 2007–8. 29 At the beginning of the 1980s there was no such thing as a food bank in Canada. It speaks volumes about the problem of poverty that in a country as rich as Canada, we now take the existence of food banks for granted.

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