Did you know that in Canada, poverty affects 34.5 per cent of people living in the inner city, 34 per cent of racial groups, 40 per cent of new immigrants, 50 per cent of aboriginals?
Poverty is a reality in Canada today. Despite having one of the highest standards of living among all the developed nations, and despite being voted numerous times in recent years by the United Nations as the best country in the world in which to live, experts agree that poverty is prevalent in Canada today.
Cinema Politica University of Windsor in association with the Department of Communication, Media & Film, The Council of Canadians, Windsor Essex, Windsor Peace Coalition, OPIRG Windsor, Toxic free Canada – Ontario, CAW Windsor Environment Council present ‘Poor no more’ with Mary Walsh.
From the press release
We were always told, “If you work hard, things will get better.” But many hard-working Canadians have only seen things get worse. Corporate profits soared, but only the rich got richer. The recession took away more jobs and piled up more debt, leaving more people poor or insecure.
Poor No More offers solutions to Canada’s working poor. The film takes three Canadians to a world where people do not have to beg, where housing is affordable and university education is free. They ask themselves: if other countries can do this, why don’t we? Hosted by TV and film star Mary Walsh, Poor No More offers an engaging look at Canadians stuck in low paying jobs with no security and no future. Mary Walsh then takes us on a journey to Ireland and Sweden so we can see how these countries have tackled poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope to those who have to work two jobs a day and to those who can’t find work. Poor No More will be the first film to explain the roots of the economic crisis, its impact on Canadians, and what can be done about it. It is designed to build public support for a real reduction in poverty. Poor No More will attract a wide audience and help move this issue from the margins to the mainstream.
Thursday, November 18th
7:00 p.m. Odette Rm. 104 University of Windsor Campus, Free Admission, Open to the Public, Donations accepted, $2 parking