Child Poverty Task Force delivers final report

At its meeting on Oct 2, 2012, the Community Ministry Development Committee received the final report of the Child Poverty Task Force. The report includes a summary, copied below, as well as a recommendation to form a permanent Working Group. It also includes discussion of activities the Task Force engaged in, membership and resource persons, and a suggested mandate for the new Working Group.

Click here for the report and recommendations.

Child Poverty Task Force Final report to the Community Ministry Development Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa October 2, 2012
Summary

We were given a mandate by the Community Ministry Development Committee to:

  • begin the work called for in Bishop John’s charge, laying groundwork for sustained action in response to child poverty; and
  • seek out the best possible Diocesan response to the Bishop’s charge and report back to CMDC with recommendations.

The Task Force has determined that the development of a single centralized ministry in response to child poverty is not an option that is available to the Diocese at this time. Neither has anything come to our attention from within parish or diocesan ministries that would follow in the footsteps of Cornerstone/Le Pilier, Anglican Social Services’ Centre 454, The Well/La Source or the Ottawa Pastoral Centre. Rather, we believe that the best opportunity for effective action at the present moment lies in the development of many contextual responses at the local level. To this end, we have developed a toolkit for parishes and ministries to use so that they can be encouraged to develop their own responses.

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Low Income in Canada (statcan paper)

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75f0002m/75f0002m2012001-eng.pdf

Income Research Paper Series

Low Income in Canada: a Multi-line and Multi-index Perspective

by Brian Murphy, Xuelin Zhang and Claude Dionne

Income Statistics Division
Jean Talon Building, 170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
Telephone: 1-613-951-7355
Catalogue no. 75F0002M — No. 001
ISSN 1707-2840
ISBN 978-1-100-19895-8

How Canada Performs on Child Poverty

The Conference Board of Canada provides details and analysis on Canadian society.

They give Canada a C” on Child Poverty (follow this link for details).

Of note: The Conference Board of Canada uses the OECD’s relative measure of child poverty,which calculates the proportion of children living in households where disposable income is less than 50 per cent of the median in each country.

How will we as Anglicans in the Diocese of Ottawa define Child Poverty so that we can best engage in ministry and advocacy?

Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty

Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty  is a book for Christian faith communities trying to live out the justice mandate to love the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, and to seek just relations within society. It is a resource for people interested in learning more about the situation of poverty in Canada, exploring the Christian call to respond, and searching for ways to engage and create change. It includes reflections, discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take.

The Task Force has limited copies for review, or you can order your own copy at the CPJ website. Look for articles by Andrew Stephens-Rennie and the Reverend Dr Linda Privitera. Your reviews of this book and comments below are most welcome.

CBC’s radio program The Current features Child Poverty

Follow the link below to listen to guest host Linda Crozier and others in a segment that focuses particularly on children living in poverty:

CBC’s The Current, We Are The 10%: Poverty in Canada, Part 2

Clyde Hertzman is Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development at the University of British Columbia. He is also director of the Human Early Learning Partnership. He was is in Vancouver.

Gary Evans is a professor at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. His research is focused on how children’s socioemotional and cognitive development is affected by the environment, especially an environment of poverty. Gary Evans was at the Cornell radio studio in Ithaca, New York.

Kerry McCuaig says it’s about time for policy to catch up to the research. She is a research Fellow with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

The rest of today’s show is available at http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/12/02/a-special-editon-on-poverty-in-canada/

Ottawa Neighbourhood Study

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study is an extremely valuable resource for parishes, ministries and groups in the city of Ottawa who want to know more about the neihbourhoods they serve. Look up your neighbourhood today.

Ottawa’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Available at http://ottawa.ca/doc_repository/reports/prs_en.pdf

The Child Poverty Task Force invites you to read this report and offer comments below. How might this relate to responses from parishes and ministries of the Diocese of Ottawa? In particular, it would be good to know if anyone is aware of a similar strategies in the other municipalities we serve (Cornwall, Pembroke, Gatineau, and points in between).