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Left Forum unites progressives voices at 'No Justice, No Peace' conference

Every generation claims to live through a unique epoch, viewing their contemporary period as one fundamentally different and finally ripe for revolutionary change.

A generation ago, we began to see a rise in incarceration, unemployment and poverty rates while living and education standards, particularly in urban centres steadily declined.

However, even the most pessimistic among us expected time to mitigate many of the social ills afflicting the nation as it had in the past. But things are not getting better and it is looking more like a permanent bust in the perpetual cycle of capitalism.

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Book: A Better Place on Earth

April 28, 2015
| The divide between rich and poor in British Columbia is wider than in any other province. Andrew MacLeod documents the corrosive impact of inequality in his new book.
Length: 14:55 minutes (13.66 MB)
March 25, 2015 |
Why is the story of poverty in Toronto so much a women's story? Discuss this in the second installment of The Stop's Food For Thought speaker series.

Voting yes: Urban development on the line in Vancouver transit referendum

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If you live in metro Vancouver, your mailbox contains the chance to voice your opinion on the transit referendum. Whatever you think will be neatly expressed by one of two words: yes, or no.

If you vote "yes," you vote for the expansion of public transit services. As metro Vancouver looks forward to an additional one million people, transportation will play a key role in supporting and shaping the urban development necessary to accommodate the demographic increase.

Implicit in your choice is support for the existing development paradigm. The concern is that this development model could displace those who will most benefit from transportation expansions.

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No moving up: Time to recreate the American dream

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Robert Putnam thinks the USA can be fixed. His book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, released this week, offers a diagnosis of what has gone wrong in his homeland. He wants Democrats and Republicans alike to respond.

Equality of opportunity is supposed to be there for all, so Americans can rise above the station of their parents. It happened to Putnam and many of his high school classmates in Port Clinton, Ohio. It is not happening today in Ohio, or Michigan, or elsewhere in America.

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Coalition draws up national plan to tackle poverty in Canada

March 1, 2015
| Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world yet millions of Canadians live in poverty. Dignity for All has just published a anti-poverty plan to get this issue on the national agenda.
Length: 11:38 minutes (10.66 MB)
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Why we need to bring back the mandatory long-form census

February 23, 2015
| A private member's bill to bring back the long-form census has reinvigorated discussion about the importance of statistics for effective government.
Length: 09:54 minutes (9.07 MB)
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The fight for a legal right to housing in Canada

February 11, 2015
| Helen Luu and Ann Fitzpatrick of the Right to Housing Coalition talk about the struggle to win a legal right to housing in Canada.
Length: 28:34 minutes (26.16 MB)

A poverty reduction plan for Canada

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Approximately 4.8 million Canadians -- that's one in seven -- live in poverty.

This week, Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, two groups that address issues of homelessness, early childhood education and how to organize around anti-poverty activism, released a national action plan to address income insecurity among Canadians. 

"It is never acceptable for a rich country to do nothing about poverty, and now is certainly not the time," said Canada Without Poverty's Executive Director Leilani Farha in a press release.

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