A society with no poverty would be healthier, happier and easier to live in — and would save us all money in the end
As a family doctor who works largely with people living on low incomes, poverty is at the root of many of the illnesses I treat.
Most Canadians would like to see an end to poverty. What if we told you that one organization, using the existing social benefits system, found a way to get $21 million into the pockets of 9,000 low income individuals in Winnipeg?
Can a question asked in a doctor’s office contribute to ending poverty for patients and their families? This is what we asked ourselves 10 years ago, as we set out to convince health providers to tackle poverty.
Could the Guaranteed Annual Income — once considered radical notion — now be an idea whose time has come?