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Poverty

Rethinking Homeless Shelters

Category: Community Development, Category: Homelessness, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 01, 2018

There has been a lot of press lately about homeless people camping in the river valley. You can read a few articles here and here. The City of Edmonton is undertaking a study on alternative ways to provide interim housing to the homeless that would serve as an alternative to camping rough and lessen the…

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Living Wage IN a Livable Economy

Category: Livable Economy, Category: Living Wage, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / November 02, 2018

In Edmonton, approximately 140,000 workers are identified as low income earners (earning below $16.31 per hour), according to the Edmonton Social Planning Council (source, page 79). Four in five of these workers are over the age of 20 and 60% are women. The Canadian Payroll Association’s annual survey of Canadian workers identifies that in any…

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What does community
development mean for Edmonton?

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 12, 2018

Elsewhere on our website, you will find this definition: Community development is… local action that creates economic opportunities and enhances the social and environmental conditions in communities. It understands that sustainable development requires an integrated approach to complex community problems. Strategic priorities include structural economic change, local ownership of resources, social development, environmental stewardship, labour market…

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The possibility of the impossible

Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 07, 2018

When Mayor Don Iveson formed the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty a few years ago, I had two reactions. First, I knew the Mayor would be admonished for thinking poverty could be eliminated (which he was). Second, I wanted to get a seat at that table (and I was blessed to receive an invitation…

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