CASW Asking for Balance on Crime and Punishment Legislation

Monday, November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011
“Social workers are respecfully appealing to Prime Minister Harper to lift the 100 day self-imposed timetable for passing C-10, retract the bill, and to reintroduce its component parts next session so that each can be debated on their own merits”… “Victims justly require protection, support and justice; let us honour them by not creating a system that, as an unintended consequence, creates more victims that it supports.”

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Senate Report on Poverty Shelved by Harper Government

Friday, October 1st, 2010

September 28 , 2010
Earlier this year, the Senate of Canada unanimously endorsed In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, a landmark report containing 74 recommendations to help lift Canadians out of poverty. Yesterday, the Government of Canada issued essentially a non-response to the report, instead choosing to list its apparent accomplishments in reducing poverty in Canada without directly commenting on a single recommendation contained within the report.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Monday, August 9th, 2010

August 9, 2010
CASW draws attention to the inequitable treatment of First Nations children in our own country, demanding that the Government of Canada relent on its resistance and sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “Only two countries have not signed the declaration,” stated CASW President Darlene MacDonald. “The Harper government’s refusal to sign is in itself appalling, especially given that its own Progress Report on Aboriginal Initiatives (2009-10) boasts about developing and implementing a practical and results-driven vision for Aboriginal policy.”

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Budget 2010: Short on Social Policy

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

April 13, 2010
… while the budget is short on social policy, it does include some isolated initiatives specific to women, families and persons with disabilities; First Nations; housing; employment and training; and the environment. This analysis summarizes CASW’s observations and comments on these initiatives.

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Social Workers Speaking Up: Poverty Costs

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

March 1, 2010
Because of the relationship between poverty and poor health, lower productivity, and lower educational attainment, the immediate and long-term costs are many… Currently, federal and provincial governments across Canada lose between $8.6 billion and $13 billion in income tax revenue to poverty every year. Canadians could save $7.6 billion per year in health-care expenditures by elevating the health status of those in the bottom 20% on the income ladder to that of the next higher group.

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