Is B.C. the Best Place on Earth? Not according to new child poverty report
mike_yvr | November 21, 2008 at 08:12 amby
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A report released today by First Call: B.C.'s Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition concludes that:
- In 2006 (latest stats available) B.C. had the highest rate of child poverty in the country for the 5th year in a row; and
- More than half of B.C.’s poor children live in families where the adults worked full-time.
The BC Child Poverty Report Card says in 2006, BC had the child poverty rate in Canada for the fifth year in a row and an estimated 181-thousand poor children lived in our Province.
BC's Children and Youth representative, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, calls it staggering, "There are compromised health outcomes. The biggest correlation with poor school outcomes is poverty, so is the school system meeting the needs? And when we look at economic challenges, are we going to consider the needs of these children?"
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