Child and Family Poverty; What we need to end this epidemic during and beyond the pandemic

Start Date:3/24/2021

Start Time:12:00 PM CDT

Duration:60 minutes

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The webinar will focus on three areas of content : (1) a critical analysis of poverty definitions, measurement and data sources and their implications for exposing or invisiblising poverty, (2) a graphic summary of the  rate, depth and trends in child poverty throughout Canada, and (3) a description of a policy package for advocacy and the logic as to how its implementation will end child poverty and its negative effects.

Webinar Key Objectives:  
(1) To inform participants about the various approaches to measuring poverty and their implications for social justice,
(2) To describe the rate, depth, and trends in child and family poverty nationally and in various provinces and territories,
(3) to describe a package of policies to eradicate poverty and its effects as a basis for policy advocacy

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Speakers

Sid Frankel, B.S.W., M.S.W

Sid Frankel is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, and a long time member of the national steering committee of Campaign 2000 to End Child Poverty. He teaches in the areas of research methods, management and critical approaches to social work. His research focuses on poverty reduction policy and the non-profit sector. Recent publications include: Frankel, S. (2020). Basic Income Advocacy in Canada: Multiple Streams, Experiments and the Road Ahead. In Political Activism and Basic Income Guarantee (pp. 139–162). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43904-0_8 and Frankel, S. (2020). The Pandemic and Manitoba’s Non-Profit Sector: A Case of Insufficient and Misdirected Provincial Public Policy in Rounce, A., & Levasseur, K. (Eds.). COVID-19 in Manitoba : public policy responses to the first wave (pp. 47-53) . University of Manitoba Press.

Leila Sarangi, BA

Leila Sarangi is Director of Social Action at Family Service Toronto and National Coordinator of Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty. With over 20 years of front line, research and policy experience, Leila has a demonstrated commitment to connecting lived reality with public policy, advocating with and engaging people in a meaningful way to inform policy and legislative changes. Her social action leadership and research experience spans a variety of issue areas including police accountability, poverty reduction, housing and homelessness, gender-based violence and immigration.

Kate Kehler, BA

Kate Kehler is Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW). Prior to joining SPCW Kate worked for the John Howard Society of Manitoba. While there Kate gained a greater understanding of how poverty and barriers to social equity impact individuals, families, communities and government systems. She has experience in Canada’s North, living and working in Iqaluit where she was the executive director of the Law Society of Nunavut and Thompson where she worked on projects for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., taught and ran her own business. Kate’s work at SPCW, through its research and commitment to community led initiatives, is to determine how best to address inequity and the social ills it creates. That Manitoba is the province with 3 of the 5 federal ridings with the highest rates of childhood poverty ensures her commitment to the Campaign 2000 coalition’s work.