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02/14/2017 - 13:35

Comment: Laws on assistance are unfair to people living in poverty

STEPHEN PORTMAN / TIMES COLONIST

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 12:27 AM

With St. Valentine’s Day upon us and the last sitting of this legislature opening with a throne speech on the day of hearts, it is worth considering how lawmakers have seen fit to ensure that people living in poverty have to love differently than those who do not.

For most, falling in love and deciding to move in together is a decision... Read the full article

01/16/2017 - 11:24

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

11/28/2016 - 09:57

Job Posting: Income Assistance Legal Advocate

Job Description

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

  1. Provide legal information and summary advice to applicants and recipients of income assistance and provincial... Read the full article
11/22/2016 - 14:55
Firebrand

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

09/02/2016 - 09:09

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

08/23/2016 - 11:17

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