Multimedia Resources

‘You Feel Ashamed’: Despite Tighter Rules, Struggling British Columbians still Embrace Payday Loans
CBC News
Liam Britten | January 15, 2020

Kids in Foster Care Endure Long Separations, while the Rest of Canada Reopens
Global News
Allison Martell Reuters | May 26, 2020

How Poverty Changes the Brain
The Atlantic
Tara García Mathewson | April 19, 2017

Hundreds of Thousands are Losing Access to Food Stamps
New York Times
Lola Fadulu | December 4, 2019

Sharona Franklin Is Calling out Gucci for Exactly the Reason You Think
B*tch Media
Stephanie Barclay | November 6, 2019

Canada’s ‘Welfare Wall’ Traps People With Disabilities
Huffington Post
Sherri Torjman | July 28, 2017

Rally at Belle Park Calls for Solidarity with Occupants
The Kingstonist
Samantha Butler-Hassan | July 8, 2020

Council Votes to Extend Bylaw Exemptions at Belle Park
The Kingstonist
Tori Stafford | July 8, 2020

Opinion: We can Reduce the Poverty Gap by Making Work Pay More
Financial Post
Don Drummond, Inez Hillel, and Andrew Sharpe | August 18, 2020

Opinion: Freeland’s Historic New Job a Win Amid Women’s Pandemic Losses
The Star
Heather Mallick | August 18, 2020

Blogs

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. Their team of professional editors work with experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Access to independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Their aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.

Class Action

Class Action inspires action to end classism and extreme inequality by providing change-makers with tools, training and inspiration to raise awareness, shift cultural beliefs about social class, build cross-class solidarity, and transform institutions and systems.

Everyday Feminism

Everyday Feminism is an educational platform for personal and social liberation. Our mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.

Genfkd

GenFKD is equipping millennials with the skills and education necessary to create and lead the “new economy.” Founded in 2013 as a financial literacy organization, GenFKD is growing into an organization that’s revolutionizing American higher education. Constituting the most educated, indebted generation to date, millennials have been misled by a higher education system unwilling to take responsibility for post-graduate outcomes. It is our fundamental belief that the higher education system is best equipped to prevent today’s socioeconomic inequalities from defining our future. Through skills-based training and student-first reforms, GenFKD is advancing a system of “new education” focused on improving post-graduate outcomes in areas of gainful employment, financial preparedness and entrepreneurial readiness.

LGBTQ Nation

LGBTQ Nation is an online news magazine, reporting on issues relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community.

The Rabble

Rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada’s most insightful progressive activists and commentators.

Race Files

Race Files exists to take complex constructs about race and make them understandable. They use analogy, pop culture and personal narrative to create a language for the daily experience of dealing with racism that helps to name daily experiences of race and racism, and invites cross-racial solidarity.

TalkPoverty

TalkPoverty.org—a project of the Center for American Progress—is dedicated to covering poverty in America by lifting up the voices of advocates, policymakers, and people struggling to make ends meet.

Wealth for the Common Good

Wealth for the Common Good is a network of business leaders, high-income individuals and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. We are “the 1 percent” that wants an economy that works for everyone. Our membership includes entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, school teachers, engineers and elected officials of all backgrounds and from all over the country.

Vox

We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. And so Vox’s journalists candidly shepherd audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters. 

Books

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
Carolyn Finney | 2014

Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the “great outdoors” and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.

Documentaries

Them That’s Not by Silva Basmajian and Christene Browne
National Film Board of Canada | Montreal, 1993

This video puts a human face on the statistics relating to women and poverty. Closely monitored to ensure that they are conforming to all rules and regulations, the women featured in this video must accept having their rights and privacy violated. We share through their eyes, their voices and their experiences, what it feels like to be poor and to raise children under the scrutiny of an unsympathetic welfare system.

Ojigkwanong: Encounter with an Algonquin Sage by Lucie Ouimet
National Film Board of Canada | Montreal, 2000

William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. The story of his early life is a familiar one: the loss of native culture, numbing poverty and escape into alcohol. In 1961, Commanda, then chief of his reserve, was terminally ill. He had a vision that would transform his life and those of his people. Imagining a Circle of all Nations, his first gesture was to reconcile the Algonquins and Iroquois. Since then, he has devoted himself to the reconciliation of peoples and cultures.

Life under Mike by James E. Motluk
Guerrilla Films | Toronto, 2000

The story of one man, his camera and the beginning of a revolution. A film examining the state of life in the Canadian province of Ontario under the far right regime of Premier Mike Harris.

No Place Called Home by Craig Chivers and Peter Starr
National Film Board of Canada | Montreal, 2003

No Place Called Home follows the Rice family over the course of a year as they move in search of affordable housing.  Just as the family’s circumstances are looking better, things turn sour when the landlord threatens eviction.

Unexpected
National Film Board of Canada | 2008

Four Feet Up by Nance Ackerman
National Film Board of Canada | 2008

In this personal documentary, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Nance Ackerman invites us into the lives of a determined family for a profound experience of child poverty in one of the richest countries in the world. 20 years after the House of Commons promised to eliminate poverty among Canadian children, 8-year-old Isaiah is trying hard to grow up healthy, smart and well adjusted despite the odds stacked against him.

Poor No More by Deveaux Babin | 2012
Poor No More is a Canadian feature documentary about the working poor.
The film, hosted by comedian and actor Mary Walsh, deals with issues like affordable housing, welfare and the cost of education.

Where is Home? by Dan Berdusco | 2016

“Where is Home?” is a documentary film focused on homelessness and the complex social issues facing the city of Lethbridge, Alberta and many other communities across Canada. The film presents unique perspectives from many individuals, including members of the homeless population, municipal government, law enforcement, service providers, doctors, educators, health professionals, as well as members of the local business community and the general public.

Generation Poor by Global News | 2014

25 years ago, the Canadian government vowed to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000, but today not much has changed. 16×9’s Carolyn Jarvis talks to the most vulnerable kids about what it’s like to go hungry in a land of plenty.

Failing Canada’s First Nations Children by Global News | 2016

Canadian kids from isolated communities forced to move away from their families – just to go to school.

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Podcasts

Paid to be Poor
The Current
Anna Marie Tremonti | September 19, 2014

Canada’s Gig Economy is Changing the Future of Jobs
This is Why
Niki Reitmayer | August 2017, 2020

The Rabble
Podcasts

Popaganda: The Best Things in Life Are Freelance
Bitch Media
Soleil Ho | December 6, 2018

Almost half of millennials do freelance work—that is, they work as contract laborers, often in fields like writing, design, and computer programming—and the majority of those workers are women. The idea of ditching the office, the 9 to 5, and the butthead coworkers can be so tempting, but is this life all it’s cracked up to be? How do you find community when you don’t have to go anywhere to do your job? And what are your rights as a freelance worker?

Family Dollar(s)
The Impact by the Vox
Dylan Matthews | February 5

Natasha Razouk wants to give her 7-year-old the best possible life. She buys big boxes of fresh tomatoes at Costco, and she gets her daughter warm boots, a good coat, and school supplies each year. But all that is expensive. Natasha’s daughter grows out of clothes quickly, and she needs books and health care and day care. That’s why the Canadian government gives every parent, including Natasha, a little money each month — a few hundred Canadian dollars — to help cover the cost of raising a child. It’s called the “child benefit.” In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised it would lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty. Now, a number of US presidential candidates have signed onto a similar proposal. In this episode, we see whether the Canadian child benefit delivered on Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise. We find out how that money changed Natasha’s life and her daughter’s. And we look at what US presidential candidates can learn from our neighbors to the north.