Raise the Rates

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Write to your MLA

[MLA Address] [Date] Dear [MLA Name], I am a member of your constituency and I want you to know that I support the work of the Raise the Rates campaign. Here are some things which I would like to see…

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Premier Clark’s reply to Raise the Rates

On October 20th, 2013 Raise the Rates wrote to Premier Clark highlighting that people on welfare cannot live a healthy life – they cannot afford basic nutritional food. Read Raise the Rates’ letter On November 5th Premier Clark replied and…

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2nd Annual Welfare Food Challenge

Raise the Rates’ 2nd Annual Welfare Food Challenge between October 16th and 23rd was a success, with around 100 people across the province of BC taking part. The social media was busy and we also had coverage in many local…

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World Food Day

October 16 is World Food Day and today ·      the Vancouver Sun carried an op-ed by Graham Riches, emeritus professor of social work, UBC, on the Right to Food ·      Raise the Rates launched its week long Welfare Food Challenge…

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Raise the Rates has launched the 2nd Annual Welfare Food Challenge: Hungry for a Welfare Raise

The Welfare Food Challenge will start on Wednesday, October 16, World Food Day. We are inviting British Columbians to eat only what they can purchase based on what welfare recipients receive for one week (October 16 to October 22). Welfare…

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Supporting Raise the Rates: Report of 2012

There is no doubt that the work of Raise the Rates, and other campaign groups, is raising public awareness about the extreme poverty in BC and the need for a significant increase in welfare support as part of a comprehensive…

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News Release: NDP welfare announcement dashes hope for poorest

“It’s a complete, horrible insult to the poorest of the poor,” said Dave Jaffe, a senior who used to be on disability, about the NDP’s platform announcement that they’ll raise welfare by a mere $20 a month.  The proposed rate…

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