Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Social Impact Bonds

This year, on International Day to Eradicate Poverty, I attended a film screening called Invisible Heart, a story of human beings being "changed" on the impact of people investing in social impact bonds.

If you have not seen or heard anything about it, you can view the trailer here: https://youtu.be/cqpbMAW484w

As a person who lives in poverty and struggles with mental health challenges, I am deeply concerned with this way of thinking of ending poverty in Canada, and in the world, quite frankly.

I was disgusted by how social impact bonds treat those children, parents, and people who live in poverty and in homelessness, thereby, continuing the cycle, of making the rich, richer, and making the poor, poorer, and not giving them a voice.

I urge you to make your own decision on it though, and then have a healthy discussion of why you think this can be impactful for society, and discuss with those who live in poverty, why think the way that they do.

I don't see this being a solution. But becoming a bigger problem, to society in general.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What does Poverty FEEL like in Canada?

Today, a study from the Angus Reid Institute was released. The study looks at what it means to be poor in Canada.

Yesterday, Jacqueline Hansen with CBC National spoke with me, in regards to this study.

But, we can focus on what it means to be poor in Canada, as much as we can focus on how if feels to be poor in Canada.

I fall into the category, as the "struggling".

I struggle to pay my bills on time. I struggle to go out and be an active part of society.

It feels degrading, scary, anxiety provoking, hopeless, and despairing.

One of the first things that are taken away when you live in poverty? The persons dignity.

We are vulnerable to stigmas, predators, and a system that perpetuates poverty.

But, we are also strong, resourceful, and make a stronger community.

I have to rely on gifts to get new clothing, furniture.

I have to rely on gift cards or my parents for food and other necessities.

I feel like a failure, a burden. To myself, my family, as well as a member of society.

This is Canada. This is supposed to be one of the best places to live in the world.

Unfortunately, for many of us, this is not the case.

We do not prosper.

You can read the Angus Reid Institute study here: http://angusreid.org/poverty-in-canada/