LETTER: Minimum wage increase still leaves many in poverty

"The minimum wage in BC has risen by 20 cents per hour. For those working a 40 hour week this amounts to an increase of $8 per week..."

The minimum wage in BC has risen by 20 cents per hour. For those working a 40 hour week, and five days a week, this amounts to an increase of $8 per week, or $1.60 per day.

The minimum wage of $10.45 means a single person will earn $19,019 before taxes. This is below the poverty line in BC. An economic study shows that a living wage in Vancouver would be over $21.50 and in Cranbrook, it would be $14.60. Another economic study has shown that in the past 10 years in BC, the number of people relying on food banks has increased from 75,000 to over 95,000.

A study has shown that one in 10 BC families are living below the poverty line and BC has the highest rate of children living in poverty than any other Canadian province.That’s the situation of having a Liberal provincial government with a premier who said that she “puts families first.”

Bob Abrahams

Nelson

Just Posted

Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery

A new post has been created to mark the site where at least nine Japanese Canadians were cremated

COLUMN: 1919 – Forest fire threatens Rosemont

From the files of the Nelson Daily News

LETTER: A good news story

From reader Lonnie Snyder

School District 8 names new international principal

Jann Schmidt has been an educator for 26 years

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read