Glen Hansman, President, BC Teachers’ Federation. Vancouver – The BCTF has long supported the work of Raise the Rates, and commends its efforts for continuing to call attention to this very important issue.
BC is an incredibly expensive place in which to live, and the welfare rates being what they are, the current affordability crisis only compounds the tremendous challenges facing individuals living off of welfare. This has consequences for both adults and children. BC continues to have a shameful child poverty rate. Teachers are tremendously concerned about the effect of poverty and hunger on the learning and general health of children and youth living in poverty. The Welfare Food Challenges provides an opportunity to bring greater public understanding of this issue.