CANADA SUMMER JOBS: Legal Advocate Assistant (2)
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking two temporary part-time Legal Advocate Assistants.
These positions are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs plan for students and applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age;
- be registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis... Read the full article
Court ruling: Super InTent City staying for now
On February 29, 2016, the BC government filed for an injunction to order the eviction of residents of Super InTent City. If granted the injunction would authorize government officials to remove people’s shelters and... Read the full article
Sixteen agencies that provide services to marginalized residents in downtown Victoria have asked the B.C. attorney general to “take no steps to dismantle” the tent city at the Victoria courthouse lawn until “reasonable and sustainable shelter alternatives” are established.
The letter sent Thursday to Suzanne Anton was signed by Kathy Stinson, executive director of the Victoria Cool Aid Society, who is chairwoman of the Downtown Service Providers Committee that includes Our Place... Read the full article
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Victoria - Yesterday the Government of British Columbia announced the first increase to provincial disabilities benefits since 2007 - a long overdue and much needed lift for British Columbians with disabilities who have been living in poverty for so long. In the same breath, the Government cancelled the Annual Bus Pass Program, forcing these same individuals, some of BC’s most vulnerable, to use their new increase to pay $52/month for a bus pass they used to get... Read the full article
A lawyer hired by the Together Against Poverty Society to ensure tenters’ rights are respected contacted the province three times, most recently on Thursday, to see if the society could help with the rollout of the housing offer, said TAPS advocate Stephen Portman.
“My phone did not ring,” he said. “It’s sad. It didn’t have to go down this way. Absolutely, they feel insulted.”
Having provincial officials read a notice to vacate, combined with posters detailing the housing... Read the full article
On January 11, 2016, Together Against Poverty Society stood in solidarity with the members of Super InTent City at the Victoria courthouse for a press conference. The experience was an important moment in what we hope will be the start of a meaningful conversation in finding solutions for and by those without the security of a home.Please feel free to review the following links for some of the press related to this important day:
CTV Vancouver Island -... Read the full article