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CWP in the News:

June 2019

‘It’s so important for him to say it’: Pressure mounts for Trudeau to admit present day genocide (APTN News, June 5)

May 2019

SCC rules ‘arbitrary detention’ of racialized accused merits exclusion of seized drugs, gun (Lawyer’s Daily, May 31)
MacNab North tower will have new tenants, but pricier units, by next fall (CBC News, May 21)

March 2019

Federal budget promises help for seniors, home buyers and workers (The Hamilton Spectator, Mar 20)
Quelques réactions au budget fédéral (Le Devoir, 19 mar)
Poverty fight a long way from over, activists warn (The Catholic Register, Mar 11)

February 2019

Government Backdown Signals Major Advocacy Win for Canadian Charities (ProBono Australia, Feb 7)
Advocates call for national action plan on MMIWG before federal election (CBC News, Feb 7)
Feds drop appeal of ruling that freed charities to engage in political activity (Canadian Press, Feb 1)
« Militantisme » des organismes de bienfaisance : Ottawa renonce à faire appel (Radio-Canada, 1 fev)
PrimeTime Politics (CPAC, Feb 1)

January 2019

Ottawa drops appeal in political activity case, ending charities’ 7-year audit nightmare (CBC News, Jan 31)
Editorial: Remember, unpaid is unfair (The Concordian, Jan 29)
Defining poverty in Canada as a social disease first step to healing it (Rabble, Jan 11)
The right to a home in the city (The Monitor, Jan 1)

December 2018

Your tax bill could change in 2019. Here’s what to expect. (CBC News, Dec 31)
Why we need to fix Canada’s new measure of poverty (Policy Options, Dec 24)

November 2018

The Weekly: Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (Beyond the Headlines Podcast, Nov 16)
New federal legislation looks at defining the poverty line (Halifax Today, Nov 10)
The Todd Veinotte Show (News 95.7, Nov 10)
I spent 35 years living in poverty – and I have a Masters Degree (Canadian Living, Nov 9)
5 government programs that help people living below the poverty line (Canadian Living, Nov 9)
Off the Hour [at 25:25] (CKUT 90.3, Nov 9)
Supreme Court examines privacy rights for people in poverty (Lawyer’s Daily, Nov 9)
PrimeTime Politics: Government Promises New Poverty Targets (CPAC, Nov 6)
New federal law creates official definition of poverty line (Globe and Mail, Nov 6)
Liberals unveil plan to tackle poverty, critics say more money needed (Global News, Nov 6)
Ottawa aims to reduce poverty by 50% by 2030 (Global National, Nov 6)
Liberals table bill to set Canada’s first official poverty line (Toronto Star, Nov 6)

October 2018

Concerns over cancellation grows (CTV News, Oct 31)
Decline of Greyhound service mirrors rural Canada’s plight (The Guardian, Oct 29)
Government repeals speech gag (Blacklock’s Reporter, Oct 29)
Canada Set to Remove Limit on Charities’ Non-partisan Political Activities (Pro Bono Australia, Oct 29)
Creating better insight into poverty in Red Deer (RD News Now, Oct 18)
Activists in Charlottetown launch anti-poverty campaign (PEI Guardian, Oct 17)
Perth District Health Unit and Local Community Food Centre push for action on national poverty strategy (Beacon Herald, Oct 17)
Une carte postale destinée à Justin Trudeau pour lutter contre la pauvreté (Radio-Canada, 17 oct)
Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty (Red Deer Advocate, Oct 17)
Windsor activists demand end to poverty with ‘Chew on This!’ campaign (Blackburn News, Oct 17)
NDP MPs Blast Liberals For Breaking Promise With Proposed Charity Tax Law (Huffington Post, Oct 15)
Canadian Charities Balk At Proposed Liberal Tax Changes (Huffington Post, Oct 13)

September 2018

The push for a national pharmacare plan (CBC Edmonton AM, Sept 26)
Publicly-funded drug plan under consideration (Radio Canada International, Sept 26)
Pat Cullen: Flawed but worthy – the Trudeau poverty-reduction strategy (The Compass, Sept 20)

August 2018

Opinion: Charities, ‘political activity’ and free speech (Montreal Gazette, Aug 29)
Right to privacy shouldn’t depend on property, say Winnipeg anti-poverty groups (CBC News, Aug 23)
Feds to change law on political activities by charities, appeal case ordering them to do the same (Lawyer’s Daily, Aug 23)
Cutting the number of Canadians living in poverty by half (CBC Edmonton AM, Aug 22)
Anti-Poverty Strategy (CBC Ottawa Morning, Aug 22)
On the Money with Natasha Fatah (CBC News Network, Aug 22)
Liberals unveil poverty plan with lofty goals, but no new spending programs (Vancouver Courier, Aug 21)
Ottawa pledges to cut poverty in half but doesn’t say how it will get there (Globe and Mail, Aug 21)
Liberals vow to lift 2 million Canadians out of poverty by 2030, with no new spending (CBC News, Aug 21)
“Le ministre Duclos dévoile la stratégie nationale de réduction de la pauvreté (La Presse, 21 août)
Feds appeal freedom of expression ruling for charities (The Narwhal, Aug 16)
Activités politiques des organismes caritatifs: Ottawa interjette appel (La Presse, 16 août)
Liberals promise to repeal restriction on charities’ political activity (CBC News, Aug 15)
Feds To Appeal Decision That Freed Up Charities For More Political Activities (Huffington Post, Aug 15)
Anti-Poverty activist laments loss of Basic Income program (Canadian Jewish News, Aug 10)
Charities still feeling chill despite court ruling striking down limits on political activity (The Hill Times, Aug 8)
CBC Ottawa News (CBC, Aug 1)

July 2018

Charities are supposed to push for change. The cap on political activity made no sense (CBC, July 28)
Ontario court ruling reflects need for changing charity laws: lawyer (Lawyer’s Daily, July 26)
While tax rules today thwart democracy, tomorrow they could build it (Rabble, July 24)
Oeuvres de charité: tout est politique (Le Devoir, 23 juillet)
Charity laws must evolve with the times (Toronto Star, July 22)
The unmuzzling of Canadian charities (The Narwhal, July 21)
Charities now free to engage in non-partisan political activities (Rabble, July 20)
The human right to transit: weekly news roundup (Rabble, July 20)
La SFM : organisme de bienfaisance ou acteur politique? (Radio-Canada, 19 juillet)
Ontario court gives charities the go-ahead to get political — just not partisan (Global News, July 18)
Here’s what Canada’s first national anti-poverty plan needs (The Hill Times, July 18)
An Ontario judge has found the CRA’s political audits unconstitutional (CBC Ottawa Morning, July 18)
Court orders CRA to stop setting political limits on charities’ activities (Canadian Press, July 18)
Les organismes de bienfaisance peuvent aussi militer (La Presse, 17 juillet)
Les organismes caritatifs peuvent pratiquer certaines activités politiques (Radio-Canada, 17 juillet)
CRA loses court challenge to its political-activity audits of charities (CBC News, July 17)
Is public transportation a human right? How to fill Greyhound’s gap (Global News, July 10)
We Can’t Turn A Blind Eye To Investment Firms Preying On Low-Income Homes (Huffington Post Canada, July 5)

June 2018

Should Canada make adequate housing a human right? (Toronto Star, Jun 28)
Ottawa critiqué par l’ONU en matière de droit au logement (La Presse Canadianne, Jun 25)
Will Trudeau show the world what a feminist government truly looks like? (Globe and Mail, June 7)

May 2018

Trans Mountain money better spent on Canada’s vulnerable peoples, say human rights advocates (StarMetro Vancouver, May 30)

April 2018

Charities ‘worried’ after meeting with Morneau on ‘political activity’ law (CBC News, April 19)

March 2018

Where there is too much, something is missing (Hamilton Spectator, Mar 26)
White Men Can’t Jumpstart Gender Policy (The Tyee, Mar 5)
Federal government considering legislation aimed at tax evaders: Morneau (Click Lancashire, Mar 4)

February 2018

How the 2018 federal budget impacts you (CTV News, Feb 28)
Some of the reaction to the Liberal government’s 2018 budget tabled Tuesday (Canadian Press, Feb 27)
Morneau takes ‘historic and meaningful step’ to close gender gap (National Observer, Feb 27)
Budget 2018 provides millions in new justice funding, expanded Unified Family Courts (Lawyer’s Daily, Feb 27)
Federal Budget a Disappointment for Poverty Fighters (The Tyee, Feb 27)
Anti-poverty groups optimistic with feds set to unveil budget (News 1130, Feb 22)

January 2018

Campaign Spotlight: Non-profits want to chew out poverty with annual paper bag campaign (Lobby Monitor, Jan 26)
‘Bring in a Federal Minimum Wage,’ Says NDP Labour Critic (The Tyee, Jan 25)
Charities get antsy as Liberal government remains silent on reform plans (CBC, Jan 14)
Charity is not enough to fight poverty, social inequality (Troy Media, Jan 5)

December 2017

1 in 7 Podcast (CHRS-FM, Dec 5)

November 2017

UN Hails Canada’s Decision to Recognize Right to Housing (Scoop, Nov 24)
Trudeau says housing is a human right — what does that mean exactly? (CBC, Nov 23)
‘Absolutely historic’: Federal government launches ‘human rights-based’ housing strategy (CBC’s The Current, Nov 23)
Ready and Waiting: it’s time for a rights-based housing strategy in Canada (ACTO, Nov 22)
Ottawa’s housing plan will create 100,000 new housing units nationally (Toronto Star, Nov 22)
Canada Expands Parental Leave Policy, But Critics Say More Changes Needed (Common Dreams, Nov 14)
Edmonton and Ontario Youth Engage With Anti-Poverty Campaign (The Banner Magazine, Nov 3)

October 2017

Are we doing enough to tackle poverty? (Cumberland News, Oct 27)
Trudeau boosts benefits, but does little for the precarious working poor (Rabble, Oct 25)
Voices of Canada’s working poor growing louder (The Catholic Register, Oct 23)
Poverty continues to make us sick (Cumberland News, Oct 20)
Chew on This! campaign hopes to get people talking about poverty (CTV News Atlantic, Oct 18)
Chew on This! campaign returns to Red Deer (Red Deer Advocate, Oct 18)
Pushing feds for poverty plan (Belleville Intelligencer, Oct 18)
Anglican bishop speaks out for ‘rights-based’ National Housing Strategy (Anglican Journal, Oct 18)
Equality Rights in Canada Today: A Panel Discussion (CPAC, Oct 17)
Group provides some food for thought (Kingston Whig-Standard, Oct 17)
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty a time to think about what Canada must do (NUPGE, Oct 17)
Chew on This! — anti-poverty advocates hit streets, urge Ottawa to act (Windsor Star, Oct 17)
Spreading the word on poverty in Cape Breton (Cape Breton Post, Oct 17)
An apple and an opportunity (Amherst News, Oct 17)
CAPRA takes a bite out of hunger Wednesday (Oct 18th) (Todayville, Oct 16)
P.E.I. ‘Chew on This’ raises awareness for poverty eradication (The Guardian, Oct 16)
Chew on This campaign in support of poverty eradication efforts (The Journal Pioneer, Oct 16)
Experts give talk on growing role of advocacy in nonprofit work (Fulcrum, Oct 16)
Sydney groups issue call to action on hunger (Cape Breton Post, Oct 15)
Marching for poverty plan (Quinte News, Oct 15)
Local Community Food Centre & Perth District Health Unit team up for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Stratford Beacon-Herald, Oct 13)
Sarnians Push For Anti-Poverty Plan (Blackburn News, Oct 13)
‘Chew On This’: Regina advocates ask community to take bite out of poverty (CBC News, Oct 12)
People With Disabilities in Poverty Trap, Says Report(The Tyee, Oct 12)
Mind the Gap: Repairing Canada’s Social Safety Net with Human Rights (ACTO, Oct 10)

September 2017

To heal hunger, prescribe income (Upstream Radio, Sept 26)
“Liberals propose new homelessness strategy” on The John Oakley Show (AM640 Toronto, Sept 19)
Canada Is Nowhere Close To Ending The Student Debt Crisis (Huffington Post Canada, Sept 19)
Liberals to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy (Canadian Press, Sept 19)
Many low-income Canadians who don’t file taxes lose out on benefits (Metro News, Sept 18)
Power Play with Don Martin (CTV News, Sept 13)
CTV National News (CTV News, Sept 13)
Audiences populaires sur les dénis du droit au logement (La Presse, Sept 6)

August 2017

Global Goals Indicators: The Challenge of Ensuring No One is Left Uncounted in Canada (International Institute for Sustainable Development, Aug 17)

July 2017

WAVELENGTHS: The costs of ignoring poverty (The Chronicle Herald, July 4)

May 2017

A Dial-Up Connection To The Most Marginalized In Nunavut (Huffington Post Canada, May 30)
Government Moves on Charity Political Activities File (Lexology, May 24)
Denendeh Sunrise interview with Michele Biss (CKLB Radio, May 5)
Poverty workshops coming to Yellowknife this week (My Yellowknife Now, May 4)
Liberals suspend tax audits of political charities (Toronto Star, May 4)
Lift political gag order on charities, says panel report for Liberals (CBC, May 4)

March 2017

Groups raise concerns about federal budget 2017 (Prairie Messenger, Mar 29)
Budget shows vast majority of new housing funds delayed more than five years (Toronto Star, Mar 22)
3 ways the Trudeau government’s first ‘gender-based’ budget failed to deliver on its own goals (Press Progress, Mar 22)
It will take a decade for Canada to build world class public transit in its cities, budget says (National Observer, Mar 22)
Poverty rate shockingly high in the U.S., just as rampant in Canada (Newfoundland & Labrador Independent, Mar 22)

February 2017

Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More To Defeat It. (Huffington Post Canada, Feb 16)
Taking action on poverty (Lethbridge Herald, Feb 15)
What are the chances feminist Trudeau will provide Canadians with a national gender equality plan? (Rabble, Feb 15)

December 2016

Persistence of massive child poverty in Canada a national disgrace (The Independent, Dec 17)
Human Rights Day Reminds Us Our Rights Record Is Unequal (Huffington Post Canada, Dec 12)

November 2016

Are We There Yet? Gender Equality In Canada (Huffington Post Canada, Nov 29)
Canadians Want A Rights-Based National Housing Strategy (Huffington Post Canada, Nov 23)

October 2016

Not a hand out, but a hand up (Spruce Grove Examiner, Oct 28)
A human rights approach to poverty reduction (Niagara This Week, Oct 19)
Chew on This campaign looks to raise awareness of poverty (The Melfort Journal, Oct 18)
Local members of Empowering People in Communities group share the word of nationwide ChewOnThis! campaign (Stratford Beacon Herald, Oct 17)
Chew on this, Halifax! Activists visit City Hall for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (The Nova Scotia Advocate, Oct 17)
“Chew on This” event brings hunger awareness to Downtown Red Deer (Red Deer News Now, Oct 17)
“Chew On This!” raising poverty awareness (CHEX TV, Oct 17)
Chew On This! event to raise poverty awareness (Erie Media, Oct 16)
Anti-poverty march in Kelowna on Monday (The Daily Courier, Oct 15)
ChewOnThis event in Stratford Monday to highlight need for poverty plan (Stratford Beacon Herald, Oct 14)
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is Oct. 17  (The Journal Pioneer, Oct 14)
Anti-Poverty Rallies Planned (Blackburn News, Oct 13)
Housing Advocates Eagerly Await New Federal Strategy (Torontoist, Oct 12)
Richmond residents asked to ‘Chew On This’ (Richmond News, Oct 12)

September 2016

Charities and Politics Case (CBC Ottawa Morning, Sept 7)
Like unions and political parties, charities deserve freedom of speech (The Global and Mail, Sept 6)
As It Happens: Charities Coalition (CBC, Sept 6)
Canada Without Poverty launches charter challenge (CBC News, Sept 6)
Anti-poverty group launches challenge of political-activity limits (CBC News, Sept 6)

July 2016

Victoria’s tent city could inspire national conversation about homelessness this summer (Rabble, July 27)
Super InTent City sheds light on national housing needs (Rabble, July 13)
Le logement est un droit fondamental, selon la rapporteuse spéciale de l’ONU (La Presse, July 12)
UN: Canada’s national housing strategy needs human rights pillar (Maclean’s, July 12)
A sign society is taking poverty more seriously (CBC Ottawa Morning, July 4)

June 2016

Jean Swanson, Michael Walker, and Emily Molnar among Vancouver residents named to Order of Canada (The Georgia Straight, June 30)
A national housing strategy must be part of any plan to end poverty in Canada (Rabble, June 29)
Human Rights Must Guide Canada’s Housing Strategy (Yahoo, June 28)
Child benefit won’t mean a clawback, YTG says (The Whitehorse Daily Star, June 28)
‘We Can Do Better’: Residents, Advocates Fight for Victoria Tent City (The Tyee, June 27)
Victoria’s Tent City community provides shelter and dignity to those without homes (Rabble, June 27)
Michèle Biss and D.J. Larkin: Stop blaming those who are homeless (Times-Colonist, June 23)
Cap-And-Trade Keeps Poor Ontarians Trapped In Energy Poverty (Huffington Post, June 14)
Toronto guide talks of human rights and plans for homeless youth (Can-India News, June 10)

May 2016

The Answer Company Gives Back with a Company Wide Volunteer Day at Habitat for Humanity (Digital Journal, May 11)

March 2016

Small disappointments can trip a prime minister: Goar (Toronto Star, March 30)
Canada’s charity chill continues (Toronto Star, March 20)
Charities push back against Liberals on political audits (CBC News, March 14)
Canada has one foot in the ‘rights’ door, one foot still planted firmly outside (Rabble, March 11)
Funny Justin Trudeau Memes, Because The Canadian Prime Minister Is That Good-Looking (Bustle, March 10)
UN Tells Canada to Clean Up Its Act on Inequality, Social Rights (Tyee, March 8)
Canada sending team of ministers to UN status of women meetings (Embassy, March 8)
UN raises concern over Canada’s persistent ‘housing crisis’(Toronto Star, March 7)

February 2016

The ‘right’ time to act on poverty (Rabble, February 29)
In Canada, Housing Is a Right. Right? (The Tyee, February 26)
Canada Defends Record On Economic, Social Rights At UN (Huffington Post, February 25)
Time for Canada to reclaim its role as human rights leader (Rabble, February 24)
Social policy fails human rights pledges:activists (Radio Canada International, February 24)
CWP President Harriett McLachlan’s address to the UNCESCR (Rabble, February 23)
On World Day of Social Justice, and everyday, let’s commit to end poverty (Christian Week, February 20)
Got Bannock? Feeding the hungry and homeless (APTN- InFocus, February 4)

January 2016

Poverty can be ‘persistent’ or temporary: Fraser Institute report (Toronto Star, January 25)
NDP National Revenue critic calls for investigation of CRA political audits (iPolitics, January 22)
Savings at the pump not offsetting soaring produce prices, experts say (Vancouver Sun, January 20)
Canada urgently needs national housing program, say advocates (Rabble, January 18)
Canada has big issues progressives want solved in 2016 (Rabble, January 11)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What Homeless Counts Miss (National News Watch, January 11)

CWP Press Releases:


June 2019
Coalition Calls on Canada to Deliver Equality for Indigenous Women and Girls (June 3)

March 2019
Federal Budget commits to National Pharmacare Plan but shifts away from housing for the most marginalized (Mar 19)

February 2019
Coalition calls for urgent action to stop violence against Indigenous women and girls (Feb 6)
Federal government drops appeal, recognizes freedom of expression for charities (Feb 1)


November 2018
Federal government moves to secure country’s first poverty reduction strategy through legislation(Nov 6)

October 2018
Federal government affirms freedom of speech for charities in Canada (Oct 26)
Thousands take to streets to call for a poverty-free Canada (Oct 17)

August 2018
Supreme Court to hear critical case on rights of people living in poverty, freedom from police intrusion (Aug 23)
Country’s first national poverty strategy acts as a foundation for a Canada without poverty (Aug 21)
Government of Canada appeals freedom of expression win for charities, people living in poverty (August 16)
Open letter urges Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing (August 14)

July 2018
National anti-poverty group wins ground-breaking freedom of expression challenge (July 17)

May 2018
United Nations review tells Canada to step up to end poverty, homelessness, and inequality (May 11)

April 2018
Canada Without Poverty in court on Monday to challenge government restrictions on charities’ freedom of expression (Apr 20)

February 2018
Federal budget: progress on Indigenous issues and pay equity, but no movement on poverty (Feb 27)
Precarity in Canada Requires Comprehensive Poverty Plan: Report (Feb 8)


November 2017
Canada has opportunity to show human rights leadership with National Housing Strategy (Nov 22)
Groups do not support extension of time or additional funding for National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls until conditions are met (Nov 20)

October 2017
Ending poverty in Canada must go beyond Canada Child Benefit (Oct 24)
Thousands Across Canada Call for an End to Poverty (Oct 17)
Coalition of Poverty and Housing Advocates Call for a Rights-Based Approach to Addressing Poverty (Oct 16)
Bill proposes adding social condition to Ontario Human Rights Code (Oct 4)

September 2017
Census data reveals poverty still at critical levels in Canada (Sept 13)

April 2017
Canada Without Poverty launches This Is Poverty Canada Campaign (Apr 26)

March 2017
Federal budget takes aim at repairing social safety net, makes housing and childcare priorities (Mar 23)

February 2017
Government of Canada Announces Consultation Process for Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (Feb 16)
Women in Canada Call For A National Gender Equality Plan (Feb 1)


October 2016
Thousands Across Canada Call for Federal Action on Poverty (Oct 17)

June 2016
Human Rights Must Guide Canada’s Housing Strategy (June 28)

March 2016
Federal budget delivers on some important first steps (March 22)
Canada failing on economic and social rights – UN reports (March 7)

February 2016
UN tells Trudeau government – human rights are not optional (February 24)
CWP President delivers distressing address to UN (February 22)

January 2016
CWP welcomes winding down of charitable political audits (January 21)



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