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OTTAWA—It’s about the children. Nothing brought this home more than the 2015 photo of the body of a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a beach in Turkey. The heartbreaking photo, appearing during the last federal election, stirred up the empathy of many Canadians who were starting to notice that the Harper government was suffering from a deficit of compassion when it came to running Canada’s refugee programs. The photo also helped to inspire countless

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When a heart-wrenching photo made it better for children

By Jim Creskey      

In Canada, 19 per cent of children are living in poverty and that number rises to nearly 50 per cent in single-parent families.

Alex Paterson, right, policy and research manager with the think tank Upstream, offers visitors to Parliament Hill an apple and a message about child poverty in Canada on Oct. 17, the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Citizens for Public Justice photograph by Jim McIntyre
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