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ERIC Number: EJ780252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Oh Canada! Too Many Children in Poverty for Too Long
Rothman, Laurel
Education Canada, v47 n4 p49-53 Fall 2007
Canada faces steep, yet surmountable challenges in its efforts to significantly reduce child and family poverty. Most recent data indicate that more than one million Canadian children and their families live in low-income households. Although the House of Commons unanimously resolved to "seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000," almost one child out of every six still lives in poverty. Despite economic growth and strong job creation in the country, Canada's record on child and family poverty is worse now than it was when the House of Commons' commitment was undertaken in 1989. Campaign 2000 contends that poverty and income inequality are major barriers to the academic achievement and the healthy development of children, the cohesion of communities, and, ultimately, to the social and economic well-being of Canada. In this article, the author talks about the persistence of poverty in Canada and its impact among low-income families and children. Given the clearly demonstrated link between poverty and learning, the author calls on educators to be aware of the breadth and depth of the problem and become advocates for strategies to address it. (Contains 5 figures and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada