The United Nations has designated October 17 as International Day for the Elimination of Poverty. I thought it important on this day to reflect on Canada's record to eliminate poverty across our land. Poverty has a devastating impact. It represents serious disinvestments in society because of its profoundly negative impacts on physical and mental health, educational attainment, social well-being and economic productivity. The United Nations calls poverty "the greatest threat to political stability, social cohesion and the environmental health of the planet." This Community Dispatch shares selected observations and recommendations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which reviewed Canada's record on poverty alleviation in May 2006. The verdict of this committee is an indictment of our policies and practices that relegate millions of Canadians to a life without opportunity.
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