So what does poverty look like in Canada in 2017? Well, the Citizens for Public Justice has come up with its latest poverty trends report which indicates we have some work to do in this country.

The reality is that most adults living in poverty are employed, but they are often overlooked and have limited policy supports.

People with disabilities are highly vulnerable to poverty, particularly those facing multiple discriminations.

Over 43 per cent of those living in poverty are children from single parent families and are most often female-led.

Some of our highest poverty rates shamefully continue to be among Indigenous people who are part of the continuous legacy of colonization.

One food bank is making up for the closure of another.

The number of people walking through the doors of the St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank is increasing after The Salvation Army stopped supplying food in September.

“Since the St. Thomas Elgin County Food Bank is the only registered food bank in our community, we do not receive government funding or food donations to provide to our clients. Any food we provide has been purchased and reduced the amount of funds that could be spent on other programs and services to our Community that are not provided by other agencies,” Captain Nyree Bond of The Salvation Army said in an email.

Bond said The Salvation Army continues to provide other services like free school lunches, youth ball hockey and summer camps.

The St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank used to allow people to come every 60 days but will be moving to a 30 day rotation.

A meeting about turning the Quality Inn into supportive housing for the homeless is expected to be well attended Monday evening at Langley Events Centre.

BC Housing and Stepping Stone Community Services Society are proposing to convert the existing 50-room hotel into 49 units of supportive housing as well as programming space.

A public information meeting is being held Monday, Oct. 30. Doors open at 5 p.m., at the Langley Events Centre, with a presentation by BC Housing and Stepping Stone scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

An Alberta youth who was forced to represent himself at a bail hearing ended up spending four days in jail because he had nowhere to go and no lawyer to advocate for him.

The boy’s charges were ultimately withdrawn once defence lawyer Ben Leung and prosecutor Dane Rolfe got hold of the file. Even if the teen had been convicted, his breach charges would not have resulted in a jail sentence for a first offence.

On Friday, Leung sent a letter to the province’s justice minister, calling on the government to fund a duty counsel lawyer so children do not have to represent themselves at bail hearings.

Every province in Canada is trying to find the right balance with the minimum wage, but the issue particularly challenging for Atlantic Canada.

This region has long suffered high unemployment and low wages, a combination that cripples efforts to keep young people at home.

Meanwhile, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia intend to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the next two to three years. It’s seen by many as a reasonable living wage.

But it creates a major concern in this region for governments and businesses.

The first tussle in what is expected to be a wave of controversy over housing the homeless erupted Thursday as south Vancouver residents turned out to argue with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson about a proposed site in their neighbourhood.

At the mayor’s formal announcement about plans to open 80 modular units by January – the first of 600 planned for Vancouver – on an empty site owned by the development company Onni, Ann Mukai accused the mayor of not consulting with Marpole residents before choosing their neighbourhood.

Mike Burdick said the risk was that some homeless people can be violent.

And Mohsen Turki said that while “we’re supportive, we don’t want them on the street,” he was worried about what homeless people will bring into the neighbourhood and Laurier elementary school on the next block.

“The main concern is when homeless come here, they bring drugs, alcohol,” he said.

New Democratic Party MP Charlie Angus, the NDP’s critic for Indigenous youth issues, says thousands of First Nation children are being taken into the foster system because the federal government has not invested the necessary resources in the Indigenous communities to help families at risk.

“It is one of the most shocking things for Canadians to learn that some Indigenous families are being denied services to the level that they have to actually give their children away to the foster care system,” Angus said. “Parents are having to make the choice to give their children to the foster care system to get them provincial medical services that are being denied them on the reserve. And that is unconscionable in a country as rich as Canada.”