NDP Poverty Reduction critic Paul Miller says Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has been trying to block efforts to pass legislation he introduced over a year ago that would create a Social Assistance Research Commission.

“This bill is going to create an evidence based research commission that would make recommendations to our government on what Ontario’s social assistance rates should be year to year and in each region. This is an effective way to deal with poverty,” said Miller.

“The Liberals have had plenty of opportunity to pass [Bill 6]. They are letting the bill sit, preventing it from going before committee, hoping that it is going to wither and die,” said Miller.

Canada’s latest census shows there is a divide in the Tri-Cities and it might not be what you expect.

When it comes to distribution of household income, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam have a lot in common while Coquitlam appears to be the odd city out, with a higher percentage of low-income families compared to the other two cities.

A census tally of median household incomes shows that 17.9% of Coquitlam families have incomes under $30,000 a year compared to 12.8% for PoCo and 11.9% for Port Moody.

In fact, Coquitlam is much closer to the Metro Vancouver median of 19% while its smaller neighbours are much lower.

Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes.

For most Canadians, that much is obvious.

While few of us might say we actually enjoy paying taxes, we do generally recognize that we all have a responsibility to pay our fair share to live in a civilized society.

The education we desire for our children, the quality health care we cherish for all our people and even the roads we drive on all rely on each of us paying the taxes we owe to keep these things and much more running.

The impact of Metro Vancouver’s affordability crisis has reached into the thousands, with the highest number of people ever recorded living homeless in the region.

More than half of the 3,605 homeless people identified in Metro Vancouver’s 2017 count cited high rents and lack of income as their first barriers to housing. Half of those identified said they’ve lived in Metro Vancouver for more than ten years.

Swift Current youth shelter Dorie’s House is slated to close October 4 and the opposition NDP is calling out the governing Saskatchewan Party for not supporting the program.

The shelter for youth that are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless hasn’t had government funding and is closing due to a financial shortfall.

Southwest YES – the organization that runs the shelter – has never been able to secure funding from the provincial (or federal, though their aims have been directed at the provincial government for constitutional reasons) government

The final report of the 2017 Homeless Count confirms the preliminary results released in April, which found 3,605 were homeless in the region, with the largest populations in Vancouver (2,138), followed by Surrey (605) and Langley (206).

An increasing number of seniors were represented, with 556 people 55 and older, or 23%, living on the streets or in shelters, compared with 18% in 2014, continuing an upward trend that has been seen throughout the region since 2008. Homeless youth, meanwhile, saw a slight dip in numbers from 20% in 2014 to 16% of the population in 2017.