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Persistent poverty : voices from the margins

Author: Jamie Swift; Brice H Balmer; Mira Dineen; Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition.
Publisher: Toronto : Between the Lines, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How Long, O Lord? How long before our politicians listen? Four poverty audits have taken place since 1986. But we still desperately lack affordable housing. More families still use food banks. Sole-support mothers still must plead for relief from mandatory school fees. People with mental illness still wander our streets. Read Persistent Poverty and take action. Show that we still care for one another." Terence
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Entretiens
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Swift; Brice H Balmer; Mira Dineen; Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition.
ISBN: 9781897071731 1897071736
OCLC Number: 664668438
Notes: Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition's 2010 social audit report.
Description: vi, 176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : the work of hundreds of people --
"As sharp as you could cut them" --
Back to the future? : the choice is ours / Armine Yalnizyan, with Jamie Swift --
Working harder is hardly working --
Precarious work : how lax employment standards perpetuate poverty / Mary Gellatly --
Ontario works : how did this happen to me? --
The disorienting disability support maze --
The affordable housing deficit : out of the cold --
Housing strategy on the brink : the time has come / Michael Shapcott --
The cost of hunger : food security and health issues --
Food insecurity : a souce of suffering and ill health / Elaine Power --
Poverty and health : "I'm one stumble from the street" --
Poverty makes us sick / Dennis Raphael --
Families matter : the Catch-22 of poverty --
Ontario's push to early childhood education and care for all / Laurel Rothman --
"It's not my country yet--" --
Rural poverty : hidden in the country? --
Theological reflections on poverty / Bhante Saranapala, Doryne Kirby, Larry Englander, and Shafiq Hudda --
A pebble in the shoe.
Responsibility: Jamie Swift, Brice Balmer, and Mira Dineen.

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"How Long, O Lord? How long before our politicians listen? Four poverty audits have taken place since 1986. But we still desperately lack affordable housing. More families still use food banks. Sole-support mothers still must plead for relief from mandatory school fees. People with mental illness still wander our streets. Read Persistent Poverty and take action. Show that we still care for one another." Terence Finlay, retired Anglican Archbishop of Toronto.

"Persistent Poverty will leave you demanding dignity for those left behind by our inadequate social policies. Elected politicians should be forced to read a chapter each night before bed." Margaret Little, Political Studies, Queen's University.

"Isarc's Faith community is in solidarity with people one stumble from the street. The voices know the scene. The authors have done their homework. This is a must read in classrooms and in public conversations, but most importantly for those in government." Father Paul Hansen C. Ss. R., Director, Redemptorist Biblical Justice Consultancy "According To Jewish liturgy we are all capable of rising above our petty self-interest and acting in a truly humane way by taking concrete steps to end the suffering of the poor and the trauma of the oppressed ... This book identifies injustices and provides direction for the policy change we so urgently need." Rabbi Shalom Schachter, Beth Israel Synagogue, Peterborough, and National Representative, CUPE --Book Jacket.

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