BC is Canada’s only province without a poverty reduction plan. Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan examines the most recent statistics on poverty and its associated hardships in BC, and demonstrates that strong policies are urgently needed to dramatically reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty in our province. - See more at: https://www.... Read the full article
Job Posting: Income Assistance Legal Advocate
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking a temporary, full-time Legal Advocate in the Income Assistance Legal Advocacy Project. This is a four-month contract position, January – April 2017.
Primary Job Responsibilities
- Provide legal information and summary advice to applicants and recipients of income assistance and provincial... Read the full article
Last night and with a fist in the air TAPS recognized the inaugural recipients of TAPS' Social Justice Firebrand Award, Jasmine MacAdams and Cathie Boies Parker. Two lawyers that struck a cord this past year through inspirational advocacy in the defense of homeless rights. Two firebrands who will be commemorated as the first two names added to the fire. Gratitude, love and solidarity to our Firebrands today and tomorrow! Special thanks to ... Read the full article
Sheenagh Morrison will get her first raise in nearly a decade Thursday and the B.C. government will take most of it back the same day.
After nine years of living on $906 a month, the 35-year-old Victoria woman will see her monthly disability cheque increase by $77.
The same day, however, the B.C. government will start charging her $52 a month for a bus pass that used to cost $45 a year.
Once the government finishes adding and subtracting, Morrison, who has a... Read the full article
TAPS Asks for Energy Justice in Super Unequal BC
I am back at my desk this week after a trip to the big city across the pond. I found myself there as part of TAPS’ struggle to change years of needless energy poverty for low income BC Hydro ratepayers across this province.
The purpose of my trip was to witness, as a representative of TAPS, the process that BC Hydro goes through to review its rate structures —that is, the way it charges its roughly 1.9... Read the full article
From the Time Colonist - Lindsay Kines
A coalition of seniors’ groups and anti-poverty advocates is turning up the heat on B.C. Hydro over rising electricity rates.
The groups, led by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, will appear before the B.C. Utilities Commission beginning today to seek relief for low-income customers — including seniors on fixed incomes and people on income or disability assistance.
Sarah Khan, a staff lawyer, said the advocacy centre has... Read the full article