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Poverty?

November 25, 2009

I’ve posted before about the definition of poverty being a moving target.  Today I read the craziest definition of poverty in a CanWest news article “637,000 Canadian children live in poverty” by Laura Stone.

The 2009 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada, released by the national awareness group Campaign 2000, says the most recent figure is 637,000 Canadian children who live in a family where a majority of money is spent on necessities such as food, clothing and shelter.

How is that poverty?  Poverty is when you don’t have enough for the necessities.  If you have money for extras, you are not living in poverty.  If you have money for movies and internet and cable television and jewelry, you are not living in poverty.

 

I’ve been considering taking part in the Secret Santa program here in Saskatoon but I really only want to help someone who genuinely needs it and preferably someone who is trying to help themselves.  I know that this is unrealistic because people nominate themselves for the program and it’s virtually impossible to know who might be taking advantage of the program and who really needs it.  Sometimes I think that we should just apply to be a Secret Santa but other days I’m just not satisfied with what might be accomplished.  In the past, we’ve helped friends of friends or even family of friends.  I like knowing that what I’m doing is actually making a difference even if it’s a small difference.

 

I just don’t know what to do.

 

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