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Health, Society

Canadian foodbanks ‘wary, anxious’ about possible surge in demand

During the first wave of the pandemic, the Canadian government set up programs to give money to people who had lost their jobs. A survey of almost 1,000 food banks across the country found these supports helped flatten the curve »


Hunters donate moose meat to food banks in Newfoundland

There is a tradition in the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador where hunters share the meat from moose they harvest with friends and family. This year they will be allowed to extend the sharing to food banks serving people »

Economy, Politics, Society

Ottawa announces details of $50M surplus food program

The federal government announced Thursday details of a program designed to redirect to food banks and community organizations millions of kilograms of perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown out. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the $50-million program aims »


Canadian Armenians donate to food banks to mark anniversary of 1915 genocide

With millions of Canadians worried about putting food on the table due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, the country’s Armenian community has found a new way to mark the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this »

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COVID-19: Huge benefit concert fundraiser Sunday

Dozens of Canadian musicians, actors, olympians, and others have come together for a mega benefit concert to raise funds for Food Banks Canada and to honour ‘front line’ workers involved in the fight against the coronavirus. Food Banks Canada supports »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Food bank need in Canada: unacceptably high

Food Banks Canada is a charitable umbrella organisation for food banks. It annually releases a survey of food bank use in Canada. Food banks are non-profit voluntary operations where individual people and marketers (stores, manufacturers, growers, bakeries etc) can donate »

Health, Society

Some Canadian children go hungry in summer

During the academic year many Canadian schools offer free or reduced-price breakfasts and sometimes lunches, but those cease in the summer leaving some children hungry. Food Banks Canada estimates some 900,000 Canadians go to food banks to get free supplies »

Economy, Politics, Society

Growing poverty should be election issue: advocate

Almost 900,000 people visited food banks in Toronto last year and, in spite of this and other signs of increasing poverty in Canada, the issue has not featured in the current election campaign, notes Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada »


Record bounty for Holiday Train

It’s a beautiful sight if you can catch it.  And it also serves a good cause. For the past 15 years, the Canadian Pacific Railway has been stringing lights along two freight trains for the holidays. And the trains run »

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Politics Today – May 12, 2013

On this edition of Politics Today RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda talks about the contested results of a census survey from 2011, after the federal government lifted a requirement for Canadians to fill out the forms. First results from this survey were »