Gregor Robertson & Christy Clark
DONT CARE ABOUT HUNGRY CHILDREN!
Canada is a nation of abundance yet it somehow can not seem to find enough money or knowledge to feed its children?
Solutions! Gardens everywhere! They not only look great, they strengthen communities, both in health, in relationships and in food security.
I have shared this post a long time ago with Cristy Clark she has yet to comment http://gardeningspirits.com/open-letter-to-christy-clark-the-bc-government-the-people-of-bc/
I have also written many times to both Clark and Robertson in many public ways including facebook and press.
Below is an article form Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham: Who will feed Vancouver’s 2,000 hungry school kids?
With no government help in sight, the school board goes begging
There is something deeply wrong in British Columbia and with our government that thousands of children are hungry and school districts are forced to beg private donors for food on their behalf.
The Vancouver school district feeds breakfast and lunch to 5,000 elementary and secondary school children every day. But it says there are another 2,000 who are going hungry.
It would cost $1.7 million to feed those 2,000 kids. It’s money the district doesn’t have.
How many kids in other school districts are hungry and going unfed is an open question because most others haven’t done a detailed school-by-school analysis as Vancouver has. But it’s definitely not just a Vancouver problem.
One in five B.C. children is growing up in poverty, according to 2012 Statistics Canada data. That’s 169,240 children.
And, while there are pockets of extreme poverty in Vancouver, the Central Coast Regional District has the highest rate with 54.8 per cent of children living in low-income families.
Hungry adults can be hard to identify because they often try to hide it.
But children? They’re visible, especially to teachers.
Many are young enough not to be ashamed to say that they’re hungry and they’ve had no breakfast and there’s no food for lunch.
But even if they don’t, their hunger shows up in other ways: poor marks, the inability to focus, the anger and frustration that are manifest when the body screams out for nourishment.
The Vancouver school district spends $4.4 million on food programs. Of that, the $300,000 for breakfast programs already comes from by private donations either directly or through charities like The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School.
The provincial government provides $2.4 million in Community Links grants for lunch programs, while parents who can afford it provide another $1.7 million.
Yet it’s clearly not enough if 2,000 kids are still without food.
Canada is one of the few developed countries without a national poverty reduction program. So, as poverty in Canada has increased, it’s charity — not taxes — that has filled the gaps.
Before 1981, there were no food banks in Canada. Since then, their use has risen exponentially. Since 2008, the number of British Columbians using food banks has increased by 25 per cent since 2008.
Of the 97,000 B.C. citizens reliant on food banks, one-third are children.
For most of the 14 years that the B.C. Liberals have been the government, the province has had one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada and little has been done to change that.
Recently, it has announced some modest steps to address it.
It will no longer claw back $32 million in child support payments made to single parents on income assistance.
Starting Sept. 1, single parents returning to school for job training will be eligible to have their school fees, daycare and medical costs as well as transportation for 12 months covered. Over five years, $24.5 million will be available. But there are 16,000 single-parent families with 26,000 children. So it’s a start, not a solution.
The 20-cent-an-hour increase in minimum wage will help when it kicks in Sept. 1. So too will the annual inflation-linked raises.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/daphne+bramham+will+feed+vancouver+hungry+school+kids/10884867/story.html#ixzz40AmfPf6a
Premier Christy Clark has spent more than half-a-million dollars in almost five years on private jets to fly her and her entourage, according to documents released via Freedom of Information. READ FULL STORY HERE
Anyone who heard this quote from Premier Christy Clark on Monday would be forgiven for thinking she had changed her cruel decision to cut bus passes for poor, disabled people.
The quote is this: “They are the most vulnerable members of our society and they depend on all of us to make sure that they’re safe and that they’re looked after.”
But the premier wasn’t talking about the disabled.
She wasn’t talking about the families of the victims of serial-killer Robert Pickton, either, who are now being re-victimized by a jailhouse book that was being sold online.
OR maybe she was talking about feeding the 2000 school children still going without lunch years after her being notified and reminded many times.
No, the premier was talking about dogs and cats.
Clark announced Monday that the government will register, license and regulate all dog and cat breeders.
“We love our pets,” Clark said. “We want to make sure that they’re looked after.” READ FULL STORY HERE