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
A court order forcing dozens of homeless to pack up and dismantle Victoria’s tent city on Monday hasn’t diminished the attention the controversial site has drawn to the growing problem of homelessness in Canada, an anti-poverty advocate says. The hodge-podge of tents, hording and tarps on the lawn just outside the court house in British Columbia’s capital drew national attention to the number of people sleeping on the streets. “We’ve had people sleeping in the parks in Victoria, in doorways... Read the full article
Please note: TAPS Income Tax Volunteers are taking a well-deserved break for the month of August and will return on Thursday, September 08th.Read the full article
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
Monday, November 21 @ 5:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral - Located On Quadra Street, Across from the Downtown YMCA, Entrance at 930 Burdett Ave.
FEATURING: TAPS inaugural “Firebrand” award!
- Only those members who are in good standing 30 days before the Annual General... Read more about this event
A public debate bringing together candidates from four sepearte ridings. This forum will be an opportunity for citizens to hear directly from candidates on thier individual and partisan affiliated position with respect to poverty.
Service providers will be on hand tabling to provide service and infromation to the general public about non-profit service provision on Southern Vancouver Island.
Four ridings invited to participate:
Victoria, Swan... Read more about this event
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking to fill a legal advocacy outreach position for an exciting new project entitled the Outreach Legal Advocacy Project. The position is a twelve month contract position beginning June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. There is an opportunity to extend the contract into a permanent position dependent on funding.
Primary Job Responsibilities
On Thursday, June 1st, from 5 - 7, TAPS is hosting our much-loved fundraiser, Tapas for TAPS, to be held at the popular, community-spirited Heron Rock Bistro in James Bay. This event will feature delicious appetizers, a local craft beer
tasting, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds
from the event will directly support TAPS in delivering our
comprehensive legal advocacy work with the guiding purpose of
eradicating... Read more about this event