Village Cleaners takes care of people and planet

Sustainability is the core value at Village Cleaners, a garment cleaning company and Living Wage Employer located in False Creek in the former Olympic Village. Continue reading

Living wage campaign - 2015 year in review

It has been an incredibly busy year for the Living Wage for Families Campaign. We thank all our supporters and employers who have helped grow the living wage movement and reduce low-wage poverty across BC. Continue reading

Transportation consulting firm: Living wages = Quality = Profitability

Acuere Consulting Inc. provides professional engineering, planning and technical services for the transportation sector. Continue reading

Integris Credit Union becomes first Living Wage Employer in Prince George

Integris Credit Union has become Prince George’s first business to be certified as a Living Wage Employer. Continue reading

Day 4 & 5: What is stopping us from raising the rates?

I cheated. I didn’t cheat a lot but I wonder if cheating a little bit on the Welfare Food Challenge is like being kind of pregnant. I am back on rice and beans. In fact, I have half a jar of rice and beans sitting in front of me that I am trying to get excited about and eat. Continue reading

Day 3: Why “get a job” just doesn’t cut it!

I am hungry today. The first few days I seemed to be doing OK. I even gave my “extra” food to my partner who has been really struggling with getting enough to eat. That didn’t happen today. I have been forgetful and very emotional. I am starting to get hesitant about leaving the house and I definitely haven’t been walking as much as I normally do. Continue reading

Increasing the minimum wage is a good start in addressing low-wage poverty

Increasing the minimum wage is a good start to address low-wage poverty in our communities. A mandatory minimum wage of $15 per hour would be an opportunity for the BC government to match the commitment to eradicating low-wage poverty that many employers have made as part of the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Continue reading

Day 2: Welfare Food Challenge – Charity or Justice?

Did you know that the Downtown Eastside far outstrips the rest of Vancouver in its rates of volunteerism and that BC is the most generous province in terms of how much we give to charitable organizations? It is clear that all of our communities have gifts to offer. Continue reading

Preparing for the Welfare Food Challenge

This year my partner Earyn and I decided to participate in the Welfare Food Challenge. Continue reading

The Living Wage and the Welfare Food Challenge

More than 170,000 people in BC struggle to make ends meet on welfare. Living wage campaign organizer Deanna Ogle, along with her partner Earyn Wheatley, explore the connections between the living wage, poverty, climate change, food security and welfare while participating in the 4th annual Welfare Food Challenge November 3 to 9, 2015. The two will only eat the food they can each buy with $21. Continue reading