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Rights-based approach key to alleviating poverty

Charitable programs rob people of dignity and do nothing to lift them out of poverty, studies show. Their proliferation masks bigger problems, writes this author.

September 17, 2018

Income support recipients are in worse or no better health than their peers. Why is social assistance failing at this important objective?

New evidence suggests that social assistance — the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support — is not succeeding at protecting people's health.

July 25, 2018

How to prevent jails from serving as the new asylums

There's growing concern about the number of people with mental illness and addiction in our corrections system, and an increasing number of police calls for people in emotional distress.

April 17, 2018

The Jordan decision's impact on cases of violence against women

The Supreme Court's Jordan ruling on trial delays could have a negative impact on how the justice system responds to violence against women. 

November 15, 2017

Ontario social assistance doesn't meet basic human needs

We all pay for poverty. Research from all over the world shows that those who are the poorest are sicker and die sooner than those who are wealthier, no matter the cause: article.

September 23, 2016