Tag Archives: food insecurity

Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada? Can $11 billion end homelessness in Canada?
By Jino Distasio

In North American cities like New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and countless others, we have grown accustomed to seeing people who are homeless walk among us, often in the shadows, often with visible signs of duress from addiction, mental illness or basic hopelessness.

A Sugar Tax is Not the Answer

As high obesity rates continue to be a health concern for Canadians, there is growing interest in introducing a sugar sweetened beverage tax.

Why-are-so-many-Canadians-using-food-banks Why are so many Canadians using food banks?
By Jino Distasio

Canadian households are paying more for a nutritious basket of food with rising prices hitting low-income households hardest — especially those receiving government assistance.

A sugar-sweetened beverage tax is not the answer A sugar-sweetened beverage tax is not the answer
By Natalie Riediger

There has been increasing interest in the use of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax to curb the burden of obesity in Canada — call it a ‘pop tax’ if you like.

Many Canadians struggle to put food on the table Many Canadians struggle to put food on the table
By Carolyn Shimmin and Valerie Tarasuk

For many Canadians, food plays a central role in the holiday festivities. But for those experiencing food insecurity, a bountiful feast will not be in the cards this year. Over 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children experience some level of food insecurity.

La pauvreté infantile, un problème canadien Child poverty a Canadian problem
By Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones

UNICEF’S most recent report on child well-being in rich countries ranked Canada 17 out of 29 countries assessed. Sadly, this isn’t news. The House of Commons resolved to eradicate child poverty in 1989, but in late 2013, Statistics Canada reported that 967,000 children in this country still lived in low-income homes.