NAPO executive director to visit Cumberland County
AMHERST - "Almost 40 percent of people living in Cumberland County live below the poverty line, that's over 8,000 people," said Sharon Murphy, chair of the Cumberland Poverty Action Committee.
The Cumberland Poverty Action Committee Society will host an information session on poverty Tuesday, April 15, at the Christ Church Parish Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
The session will feature guest speaker Rob Rainer, executive director of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO). His speech will focus on NAPO's goal of eradicating poverty in Canada by 2020.
Rainer has had the opportunity to make presentations to several different committees, most recently to the House and Senate on a range of issues affecting low income Canadians.
There are many countries around the world that have developed and implemented anti-poverty strategies and seen great success, Ireland and New Zealand being two, however, Canada does not have one.
Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador are the only two provinces in Canada that have anti-poverty strategies, although Nova Scotia is in the process of developing one.
Murphy is a member the Poverty Reduction Coalition, a committee involved with the strategy's development.
"This is a critical time for poverty in our province, because we have undertaken a provincial poverty reduction strategy. Also, we have recently passed legislation increasing the minimum wage and we need to build on this positive momentum," said Murphy.
Many anti-poverty organizations promote the idea of guaranteed income as one way of helping to eradicate poverty. Other factors suggested as needing attention include wages, housing, transportation, education, employment opportunities, childcare, disability and retirement.