5 Surprising Facts about Poverty

Posted on 27th March 2014, by
Approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty. Here are five facts that may surprise you about poverty. 1.       Poverty hurts your ability to think. Poverty itself taxes the brain and reduces cognitive function by about 13 IQ points. 2.       Poverty and obesity go together. Obesity is a problem often associated  […]
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Helping Youth Succeed

Posted on 20th March 2014, by
As the cost of living increases, larger portions of family budgets are being diverted away from children’s after-school activities to necessities such as rent and food. Extracurricular programs help youth transition into adulthood and realize their full potential. By being active and socializing, children develop life skills and improve their overall mental and physical well-being.  […]
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How Free Income Tax Clinics Benefit Low-Income Households

Posted on 13th March 2014, by
For many of us, it’s easy to file a tax return with tax software or by paying a tax preparation company. But when you can barely afford to put food on the table, the financial burden of having an accountant or tax preparation clinic prepare your return is overwhelming. Across the country, from Moncton to  […]
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Giving Trends: What donors have to say about giving

Posted on 7th March 2014, by
A recent report by Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc) says most Canadians donate to charities each year. The data collected in the report reveals trends in giving that include the following: Peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding (events, campaigns) have promising futures as fundraising strategies for younger generations. Generation Y (born 1981-1995) and Generation X (born 1965-1980)  […]
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Hunger Hurts 300,000 Canadian Children

Posted on 26th February 2014, by
Children who grow up in poor families are more likely to struggle in school, have poor mental and physical health, and will have a harder time realizing their full potential as adults. More than 850,000 Canadians access food banks each month and one third of those seeking help are children. That means hunger affects 300,000  […]
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Ending Poverty, One Family at a Time

Posted on 18th February 2014, by
Vulnerable families prosper when they are treated with respect and dignity. More than ever, as the gap of income inequality increases and the cost of living goes up, families face a number of obstacles. From unemployment to financial instability to stressful family relationships, The Salvation Army offers support in as many areas as possible. Salvation  […]
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Salvation Army Engages in Olympic Games

Posted on 12th February 2014, by
As people from around the world convene in Sochi to see Olympic athletes compete for their countries, The Salvation Army is providing tea, coffee, treats, and translation where needed, to hundreds of people at venues with large screens showing the day’s events. The team also has a presence in the mountain town of Krasnapolyna, where  […]
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The Faces of Hunger

Posted on 6th February 2014, by
In a country of relative wealth, one in eight Canadian families struggle to get enough food. According to HungerCount 2013 food bank use is higher than it was before the recession began five years ago. The causes of food insecurity are well-known—low wages, unemployment, family breakup, layoffs and unaffordable housing, to name a few. In  […]
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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Words

Posted on 30th January 2014, by
Poverty and literacy are closely connected. A low literacy level leads to a lack of education and poor paying jobs, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty. According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, adults functioning at low literacy levels are more likely to be receiving social assistance and often lack the skills and means  […]
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Canadians Recognize Mental Illness

Posted on 28th January 2014, by
One in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life. (Canadian Institute of Health Research) Today, January 28, is Bell Let’s Talk Day when the issue of mental health will be openly discussed across all platforms across the country.  The campaign invites all Canadians to help end the  […]
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