Spring Edition – Vo1 #3 (April 2017)
Welfare War How to fight back
For 16 years the BC Liberal government, in tandem with the Harper government, has waged an overt WAR ON THE POOR. As a result the official measure of rich-poor divide in BC has almost never been higher. In the City of Vancouver it is especially bad because the decade-long welfare freeze has happened at the same time as a massive increase in rents. The result is that thousands of Downtown Eastside residents have reacted in at least three ways – welfare fraud, fare evasion and theft, especially shoplifting. Given the siege against those residents this is justified and to be expected. Editor David Beattie examines the issue close-up and personal, at length.
Other stories: Columnist Amraah White tells of her adventures “wheeling around the ‘hood” in her motor wheelchair, and TJ Dawe ponders how not to stay bogged down in argument.
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