Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poverty Reduction Forum

Today, I'm attending the PIA (Public Interest Alberta) Poverty Reduction Forum.

Here's the paper we will be discussing:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/720ENG.pdf

Of course, the sections on early learning (and the importance of supporting children birth- five), as well as the parts on education, literacy, and high school completion are of particular interest to me.

We know that 1 in 6 children in Edmonton live in poverty. In Calgary it's 1 in 8. In Alberta it's 1 in 10. Children are the ones who pay the most, they are the most vulnerable. Poverty reduction strategies and policies are being implemented across Canada. It's time for Alberta to step up too.

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