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On Oct. 17, the world commemorated the UN's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—but you could be forgiven for not noticing. Canadian media were not paying attention to poverty concerns that day, but readers and viewers were being swamped with an avalanche of reporting about … cannabis. And not to blame journalists, because for some bizarre reason, the federal government decided to mark that internationally themed day with the legalization of marijuana. Were it true that nobody

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Will the poor always be with us? (and would we notice?)

By Joe Gunn      

When the government's poverty reduction strategy was released, it was accompanied by no new program announcements or enhancements, and not a penny in new spending, writes Joe Gunn, executive director of Citizens for Public Justice.

A delegation of faith and community leaders joined a dozen MPs, including Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Adam Vaughan, Sonia Sidhu, Sean Casey, Brigitte Sansoucy, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Tracey Ramsey, Alexandre Boulerice, Carol Hughes, on Parliament Hill to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Senators Kim Pate and Nancy Hartling were also on hand. Photograph courtesy of Citizens for Public Justice
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