Ottawa and Poverty

On November 22nd, the United Nations Association in Canada in partnership with the UBC School of Social Work and Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the World Federalist Movement of Canada, hosted the sixth annual Splane public lecture, “Ottawa and Poverty”. 

Ken Battle

Thank you to all of our guests who came to hear Ken Battle’s analysis of historical trends of poverty in Canada and the role of the federal government. Proposals originating from the Caledon Institute were also put forward by Dr. Battle for what Ottawa could be doing to mitigate poverty in Canada.  His lecture was followed by a thoughtful  response from Professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University.  

 It is in the spirit of Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ratified by Canada in 1948, and to honour the work of Dr. Splane, that UNA Vancouver continues to hold the Splane Lecture series in Public Policy.

Article 25 states that, “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

To read the lecture fully please click here




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