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Meetings of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills
and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities ("HUMA")

(40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION)
2009
[ version française ]

Forty-five meetings of this Standing Committee took place from February to June of this year, and 38 of those meetings dealt with the "Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada". Clicking the link above will open the Committee page with links to all of the meetings, but because there's NO index to the transcripts, you pretty much have to click every single meeting link to find out the names of the people who testified and their affiliations (under the "Minutes" column), along with the full transcript of their presentation and any question-and-answer followup (under"Evidence"). Check out the link above to see how frustrating it is to find *anything* on the HUMA site, then come back to this page and use the table of contents below to access the sessions that are more meaningful to you.

NOTE: Recommended Reading!!
Most of the transcripts below are between 25 and 30 pages if printed, but some contain 45-50 pages of valuable information on poverty reduction and social programs in Canada.
As a bonus, this page also contains:
* links to some of the transcripts from the 2008 HUMA poverty reduction sessions - from the previous Parliamentary session
* information about how HUMA fits in with other current and recent Parliamentary studies of poverty.

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NOTE: Links to the 2008 HUMA meeting transcripts (see further down on this page) have all been changed since they were posted..
Expect the same outcome for the 2009 meeting transcripts sooner or later.
When the links below *are* broken, you should still be able to find the transcripts by searching the Parliamentary website (see the first link above) for HUMA 2009.

Table of Contents to the 38 HUMA meetings in 2009
on the Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada:
These links are all working as at Jan. 23, 2011)

Meeting No. 43
June 9, 2009

Witnesses:
* Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus: Susan Eng, Anne Gravel
* Community Foundations of Canada: Monica Patten, Sara Lyons
* Citizens for Public Justice: Karri Munn-Venn

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3972129&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 42
June 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic: Avvy Yao-Yao Go
* From the Street: Michael Creek
* Habitat for Humanity Canada: Wayne de Jong
* Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario: Theresa Agnew

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3951056&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 41
June 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Canadian Pensioners Concerned Inc.: Sylvia Hall
* Children's Aid Society of Toronto: Colin Hughes
* FOR Women's Autonomy, Rights and Dignity (FORWARD): Patricia Cummings-Diaz
* Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Diana Capponi
* Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association: Diana Summers
* Ontario March of Dimes: Steven Christianson

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3949708&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 40
June 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Wellesley Institute: Michael Shapcott
* Recession Relief Fund Coalition: John Andras
* Childcare Resource and Research Unit: Martha Friendly
* Green Pastures Society: Kofi Hadjor
* Citizen's Income Toronto: Tim Rourke
* South Asian Women's Rights Organization: Sultana Jahangir

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3949059&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 39
June 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI): Barbara A. Gosse
* Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario: Barbara Burkett
* Ontario Teachers' Federation: Reno Melatti
* Toronto City Summit Alliance: John Stapleton

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3947774&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 38
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Ontario Coalition for Social Justice (OCSJ): David Langille
* Pathways to Education Canada: David Hughes
* Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB): Adam Spence
* Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI): Debbie Douglas
* Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG): Edna Toth

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3944190&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 37
June 1, 2009

Witnesses:
* Lone Mothers: Building Social Inclusion: Judit Alcalde
* Low Income Families Together (LIFT): Josephine Grey
* Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: Yves Savoie
* As an individual: John Myles, University of Toronto
* Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction: Mark Chamberlain
* Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): Sarah Blackstock

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3940513&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 36
June 1, 2009

Witnesses:
* COSTI Immigrant Services: Mario Calla
* Humanity First: Naumana Khan
* Community Social Planning Council of Toronto: John Campey
* Colour of Poverty Campaign: Grace-Edward Galabuzi
* As an individual: Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse.

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3938986&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 35
Monday, June 1, 2009

Witnesses:
* Canadian Business for Social Responsibility: Wendy Campbell
* Canadian Jewish Congress: Melanie Simons
* Canadian Women's Foundation: Beverley Wybrow
* C.D. Howe Institute: Claire de Oliveira
* Canadian Arab Federation (CAF): Mohamed Boudjenane
* Canadian Council of Churches: Maylanne Maybee, Peter Noteboom

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3938442&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2

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Meeting No. 34
June 1, 2009

Witnesses:
* AfriCana Village and Museum: Trevor David
* Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians: John Rae
* Frontier College: Sherry Campbell
* ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation: Margaret Eaton
* Atkinson Charitable Foundation: John Stapleton
* African Canadian Legal Clinic: Marie Chen, Heather Kere

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3938434&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 33
June 1, 2009

Witnesses:
* Food Banks Canada: Shawn Pegg
* As an individual: Rev. Ronald Berresford
* Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre: Daniel Cullen
* South Etobicoke Social Reform Committee: Patricia Smiley
* Campaign 2000: Laurel Rothman

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3938433&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 32
May 28, 2009

Witnesses:
* Institute of Marriage and Family Canada: Dave Quist
* Mennonite Central Committee Canada: Greg deGroot-Maggetti
* United Way of Canada: Émilie Potvin
* United Way Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches: Pierre Métivier

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3932997&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 31
May 26, 2009

Witnesses:
* Association of Canadian Community Colleges: Terry Anne Boyles
* Canadian Teachers' Federation: Emily Noble, Calvin Fraser
* Canadian Federation of University Women: Susan Russell
* Canadian Council on Learning: Paul Cappon

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3921220&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2

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Meeting No. 30
May 13, 2009

Witnesses:
* Front commun des personnes assistées sociales du Québec: Nicole Jetté
* Maison de la famille de Laval-Ouest: Annie Pothier
* Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain: François Saillant
* Association coopérative d’économie familiale de la Rive-Sud de Montréal : Marie-Édith Trudel
* Maison des jeunes de Laval Ouest: Francis Vermette

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3895160&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 29
May 13, 2009

Witnesses:
* Confédération des syndicats nationaux: Denise Boucher
* Regroupement des cuisines collectives du Québec: Germaine Chevrier, Thérèse Mazerolle
* Union des consommateurs : Élisabeth Gibeau
* Jardin de la Famille de Fabreville: Janine L'Archevêque

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3895156&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 28
May 13, 2009

Witnesses:
* Centrale des syndicats démocratiques: Claude Faucher
* Au bas de l'échelle: Mélanie Gauvin
* Centrale des syndicats du Québec: Daniel Lafrenière, Nicole de Sève
* AGAPE: Betty McLeod, Sylvie St-Martin
* Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador: Ghislain Picard

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3895155&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 27
May 12, 2009

Witnesses:
* Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative Inc.: Monica Chaperlin
* Salvus Clinic: Susan Crouse, MD.
* Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County Inc.: Donna Linton
* Vibrant Communities Saint John: Wendy MacDermott
* As an individual: Sue Rickards, Community Development
* Voice of Real Poverty Inc.: Bethany Thorne-Dykstra

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3892195&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 26
May 12, 2009

Witnesses:
* New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association: Gary Glauser
* New Brunswick Association of Social Workers: Miguel LeBlanc
* As an individual: Leah Levac
* Karing Kitchen Inc.: Lillian MacMellon
* Poverty Reduction Initiative: Phyllis Mockler-Caissie

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3891671&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 25
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Witnesses:

* Fundy Community Foundation: John Castell
* Fredericton Homeless Shelters: Brian Duplessis
* As an individual: Mr. Bernard Richard, Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate
* Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization: Dan Weston
* John Howard Society of New Brunswick: Kelly Wilson

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3890724&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 24
May 12, 2009

Witnesses:
* Chignecto Presbytery of the United Church of Canada: Steve Berubé
* Common Front for Social Justice of New Brunswick: Auréa Cormier
* New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity: Johanne Perron

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3888164&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2

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Meeting No. 23
May 11, 2009

Witnesses:
* YWCA Halifax: Tanis Crosby
* Salvation Army: Robert Lundrigan
* United Way of Halifax Region: Paul Shakotko

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3885794&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 22
May 11, 2009

Witnesses:
* Phoenix Youth Programs: Timothy Crooks
* North End Community Health Centre: Sharon Lawlor, Patti Melanson
* Women's Centres Connect: Louise Smith MacDonald

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3885729&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 21
May 11, 2009

Witnesses:
* Saint Leonard's Society of Nova Scotia: Michael Poworoznyk
* Face of Poverty Consultation: Alasdair Sinclair
* Canadian Union of Public Employees - Nova Scotia: Betty Jean Sutherland

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3883194&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 20
May 11, 2009

Witnesses:
* Community Action on Homelessness: Claudia Jahn
* Community Coalition to End Poverty in Nova Scotia: Rene Ross
* Nova Scotia Legal Aid: Andrew Waugh

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3882198&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 19
May 7, 2009

Witnesses:
* Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability: Jane Arkell, Jason Dunkerley,
* DisAbled Women's Network of Canada: Bonnie L. Brayton
* Canadian Paraplegic Association: Bruce Drewett, Courtney Keenan
* Independent Living Canada: Rick Goodfellow
* Canadian Association for Community Living: Anna Macquarrie
* Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Marie White

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3878942&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 17
April 30, 2009

Witnesses:
* Mental Health Commission of Canada: Jayne Barker, Howard Chodos, Hon. Michael J. L. Kirby, Micheal Pietrus,

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3853447&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 16
April 28, 2009

Witnesses:
* Canada Without Poverty: John Courtneidge, Kelly Law
* Make Poverty History: Dennis Howlett
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: Armine Yalnizyan

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3845903&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 15
April 23, 2009

Witnesses:
* Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada: Nicholas Gazzard
* Canadian Housing and Renewal Association: Geoff Gillard
* Canadian Co-operative Association: Lynne Markell
* Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation: Bruce Porter

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3831286&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 13
April 2, 2009

Witnesses:
* Canadian Mental Health Association: Taylor Alexander, Ruth-Anne Craig
* Ottawa Salus Corporation: Carolyn Buchan, Margaret Singleton
* National Network for Mental Health: Carmela Hutchison
* Causeway Work Centre: Don Palmer

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3806728&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 12
March 31, 2009

Witnesses:
* Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada: Jody Dallaire
* Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action: Leilani Farha
* Canadian Paediatric Society: Andrew Lynk, Chair

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3793265&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 11
March 24, 2009

Witnesses:
* As an individual: Alain Noël, Université de Montréal.

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3773821&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 10
March 12, 2009

Witnesses:
* As an individual: Right Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Founder and Chairman, Centre for Social Justice
* Government of Ontario: Hon. Deb Matthews

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3750163&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 9
March 10, 2009

Witnesses:
* Caledon Institute of Social Policy: Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman
* Centre for the Study of Living Standards: Andrew Sharpe
* Canadian Policy Research Networks: Glen Roberts, Michael Williamson, Nicole Pollack

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3739545&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2


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Meeting No. 6
February 26, 2009

Witnesses:
* Department of Human Resources and Skills Development: Frank Fedyk, Shawn Tupper
* Statistics Canada: Sylvie Michaud, Garnett Picot

Evidence:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3702333&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2

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Source:
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills
and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

[ Parliament of Canada ]

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The 2008 HUMA meetings (39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION)

The federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada:
Evidence presented at Meetings of the Standing Committee
on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)
39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION
(2008)

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January 23, 2011
NOTE : Thanks to the ridiculous archiving methodology used in the Parliamentary website, ALL of the links in this yellow box (except the first one below) are DEAD; clicking on any meeting link produces the same result : an error page with the following helpful information:

"Server Error in '/' Application.The resource cannot be found."

Here's a suggestion for improving the satisfaction of visitors to your site:
* USE REDIRECTS AND STABLE (PERMANENT) URLs.

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To access any of the meeting transcripts listed below, start on this page:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMeetings.aspx?Cmte=HUMA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=2

NOTE: The links below offer a table of contents & list of witnesses for the 2008 HUMA meetings that isn't available on the actual meeting transcripts.
The same goes for the 2009 HUMA meeting transcripts.
Go to the top of the page you're now reading to see the table of contents /list of witnesses for the 2009 HUMA meetings.

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HUMA Meetings (39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION) [broken link]
[ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) ] [broken link]
[ Parliament of Canada website ]

Valuable insights on poverty and poverty measurement in Canada and elsewhere in the world --- recommended reading!

Meeting No. 38 (41 printed pages) [broken link]
June 17, 2008
Topic : The United Kingdom Child Poverty Reduction Strategy
Witnesses:
Professor David Gordon (Director, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol)
Dr. Peter Kenway (Director, New Policy Institute (London, U.K.)

Meeting No. 37 (42 printed pages) [broken link]
June 12, 2008
Topic : Ireland's National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016: Building An Inclusive Society
Witnesses:

Gerry Mangan, Director of the Office for Social Inclusion, Government of Ireland
Dr. Tim Callan, Professor (Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland)
Kevin O'Kelly (Director of the Combat Poverty Agency, Government of Ireland)
Bevin Cody (Head, Communications and Public Affairs, Combat Poverty Agency, Government of Ireland)

Lynn Vivian-Book, Assistant Deputy Minister of Income, Employment and Youth Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Aisling Gogan, Director of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Division, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Meeting No 25 (45 printed pages) [broken link]
April 17, 2008
Topics : Women, un/employment and poverty, anti-poverty strategies, relative and absolute measures of poverty,
food security, municipal quality-of-life reporting, and more...
Witnesses:

Shawn Pegg
(Manager, Policy and Research, Canadian Association of Food Banks)
Wayne Hellquist (Chief Executive Officer, Regina and District Food Bank, Canadian Association of Food Banks)
Michael Buda (Acting Deputy Director, Policy, Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
Michel Frojmovic (Consultant, Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
Monica Townson (Research Associate, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, As an Individual)
Chris Sarlo (Professor, Department of Economics, Nipissing University, As an Individual)

Meeting 24 (43 printed pages) [broken link]
April 15, 2008
Topics : urban poverty, strategies and solutions related to women's poverty, composite poverty line, seniors and poverty,
Witnesses:

Richard Shillington
(Senior Associate, Informetrica Limited)
Katherine Scott (Vice-President, Research, Canadian Council on Social Development)
Drummond White (Social Worker and Board of Director Member - Ontario, Canadian Association of Social Workers)
Dr. Glenn Drover (Social Worker and Social Policy Consultant, Canadian Association of Social Workers)

Meeting No. 23 (40+ printed pages) [broken link]
April 10, 2008
Topics : the federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada, including an extended discussion of the relative merits of the low-income
measures in use in Canada (LICOs, LIMs and MBMs ) and elsewhere in the world - and more...
Witnesses:
Frank Fedyk
(Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Research, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)
Sylvie Michaud (Director, Income Statistics Division, Statistics Canada)
Garnett Picot (Director General, Socio-Economic and Business Analysis Branch, Statistics Canada)
Sheila Regehr (Director, National Council of Welfare)
Doug Murphy (Assistant Director, Economic Security Policy, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)
Shawn Tupper (Director General, Social Policy Development, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)

Source:
HUMA Meetings (39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION)

[ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) ]
[ Parliament of Canada website ]

 

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How HUMA fits in with other current and recent Parliamentary studies of poverty:

If you're confused about who's studying poverty these days on Parliament Hill, welcome to the club!
First, there's the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, studying poverty, housing and homelessness. (Senator Art Eggleton is Chair)
Second, there's the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry that's been looking into rural poverty. (Senator Hugh Segal is Chair)
Third, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities ("HUMA") examining the possibility of a national strategy on poverty. (Dean Allison, M.P., is Chair). More info about each of these three initiatives appears below.

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1. Poverty, housing and homelessness

In November, 2007, the Senate of Canada authorized the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to examine and report on (no later than June 30, 2009) current social issues pertaining to Canada's largest cities. In particular, the Committee was authorized to examine: * poverty * housing and homelessness * social infrastructure * social cohesion * immigrant settlement * crime * transportation * the role of the largest cities in Canada's economic development. The Committee chose to focus first on poverty, housing and homelessness; it held seven meetings and heard from 32 individuals representing 20 organizations on the theme of poverty, housing and homelessness. Click the link below to read the Committee's first report, on poverty, housing and homelessness

Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Issues and Options (PDF - 696K, 96 pages)
First Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology
[ Chair : The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C. ]
June 2008

Related Media Advisory:

Poverty in Canada: 38 Years On
June 26, 2008
Since the landmark 1970 Croll Report brought the issue of poverty out of the shadows, the Senate has frequently revisited the crushing effects of poverty on Canadians. Today the Senate Subcommittee on Cities has tabled its report Poverty, Housing, and Homelessness: Issues and Options touching on Canada's largest metropolitan areas, complementing the work done this Parliamentary session by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on rural poverty.

Source:
Subcommittee on  Cities
[ Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology
]

[ more reports by this Committee - 39th Parliament, 2nd Session ]
[ All Senate Committee reports - 39th Parliament, 2nd Session ]

Related links:

No progress on poverty
August 9, 2008
The Chronicle-Herald
In 1970, a special Senate committee, chaired by Senator David Croll, examined poverty in Canada. The Croll Report, as it came to be known, brought poverty out of the shadows and focused public attention on a problem many would prefer to have ignored. (...) Today, 38 years later, the challenge of poverty still echoes and the "ugly subculture of poverty" that Croll described is still a way of life for far too many of our fellow citizens.
Source:
Issues : Poverty (see the links in the left margin to more articles about the work of Senator Eggleton's Committee)
[ Art Eggleton's website ]
Art Eggleton is a Senator from Toronto and
Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Cities
of the
Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

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On the road to reduce poverty
July 7, 2008
By Carol Goar
The experts and activists have spoken. Now the Senate committee examining urban poverty wants to hear from the people. This summer, Senator Art Eggleton and his five colleagues (three Liberals, two Conservatives) head out to ask Canadians what they want to see in a national poverty reduction plan, how it should be designed and who should pay for it. They'll visit eastern Canada in August, Toronto and Montreal in September and the four western provinces in October.
The committee will provide witnesses with a 90-page report that distils the testimony it has heard over the past 18 months and sets out a list of options – 103 in fact – ranging from the complete replacement of the current income support with a guaranteed annual income to a few low-cost adjustments.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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2. Rural poverty:

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
39th Parliament, 2nd Session (October 16, 2007 toSeptember 7, 2008)
NOTE : includes links to all nine reports of this Standing Committee tabled during this Parliamentary session
[ Parliament of Canada website ]

Beyond Freefall: Halting Rural Poverty
Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
(PDF - 2.3MB, 408 pages)
June 2008 (report tabled June 16/08)
Contents:
Section I: Putting rural Canada back on the policy agenda
Section II: Re-invigorating rural economies to reduce poverty
Section III : Rethinking social policy:
*** Building a Poverty Reduction Strategy Around a Guaranteed Annual Income
***Making Work Pay and Helping Families
*** An Enhanced Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
*** Easing the Tax-Filing Burden
*** Food Banks – Tax Measures to Encourage Donations
*** Developing Better Measures of Rural Poverty
*** Education - rural housing - crime and justice - health care
Section IV: The healthy community approach

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3. House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities ("HUMA")
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Miscellaneous related links:

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MPs from all parties set to tackle poverty
Committee plans to look at Regent Park's success with education program
April 4, 2008
By Richard Brennan
OTTAWA–A parliamentary committee is setting out to establish the framework for a national poverty strategy by meeting with groups and individuals across Canada already doing their bit to help the poor. The Human Resources and Social Development Committee decided yesterday it is high time for a plan, which would ultimately require federal government approval, to tackle the growing problem.
Source:
The Toronto Star



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How to Search for a Word or Expression on a Single Web Page 

Open any web page in your browser, then hold down the Control ("Ctrl") key on your keyboard and type the letter F to open a "Find" window. Type or paste in a key word or expression and hit Enter - your browser will go directly to the first occurrence of that word (or those exact words, as the case may be). To continue searching using the same keyword(s) throughout the rest of the page, keep clicking on the FIND NEXT button.
Try it. It's a great time-saver!
 

 

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