OUR VIEW: Way too many poor kids, not enough housing

B.C.'s new slogan is Canada Starts Here. Something should start here. Like trying to fix our dire social problems.

British Columbia, land of denial.

While the happy pollyanna peacocks among us pleasantly strut about, proclaiming what an awesome place this province is in which to live, work and play, troubling studies are revealing mange on that plumage.

The 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released this week by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, reveals that 20.4 per cent – one in five children – in this province live in poverty. That’s 167,810 children – enough to fill Disneyland four times over. More than half live in Metro Vancouver.

B.C.’s child poverty rate is higher than the Canadian average of 19 per cent and slightly more than half of the province’s impoverished children live in single-parent families.

It’s no surprise, then, that the results of another study also released this week, by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, reveals that single mothers, senior citizens, renters under age 30 and aboriginal people are facing a “severe” housing crisis in this province.

The study, said to be the most comprehensive rental housing study ever done in B.C., reveals that one third of single mothers and senior citizens and roughly one quarter of aboriginal people are spending more than half their gross income on rent.

It’s appropriate that the Liberal government has dumped the presumptuous slogan that B.C. is the “Best Place on Earth.” Amazing scenery won’t fill empty bellies or put roofs over heads.

The premier’s new slogan is “Canada Starts Here.”

Indeed, something should start here. Like maybe trying to fix these dire social problems.

The Now

Just Posted

MPs meet with Surrey council to discuss RCMP, LRT

Federal government to have quarterly meetings with Surrey

Hogg curious if a new recreation centre is needed in Grandview Hights

South Surrey-White Rock MP to host a Town Hall Meeting tonight

Surrey building that has gathered dust for 20 years is for sale again, with bids sought

Potential sale of the long-vacant 104 Avenue Centre is good news, Surrey Board of Trade CEO says

WATCH: Goalie from North Delta scores in AHL hockey game

Tristan Jarry makes history for Penguins by hitting an empty net

OUR VIEW: Stop politicizing homicides

If not out of respect for the dead, at least out of respect for the living

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets: report

Canada’s push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world’s 20 largest economies.

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. teacher suspended 5 days for touching colleague’s buttocks

Lancer Kevin Price of Chilliwack has handed the retroactive suspension for 2017 incidents

Black Panther claw, Power Rangers blade among 2018’s ‘worst toys,’ safety group says

The World Against Toys Causing Harm organized announced its 46th annual list in Boston on Tuesday

Investigation underway into reported sexual assault at B.C. naval base

An Oct. 5 allegation is being investigated by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

No charges against cop accused of stuffing money into sock during search

BC Prosecution Service says not enough evidence against Abbotsford officer

Most Read