Today, Newtown asks us to perform random acts of kindness.
I’m asking you to read what’s below, and do more than just an act of kindness. Manitoba’s children are living in abject poverty and deplorable conditions. Write your member of Legislature, donate to a food bank, and act now. Our children’s futures are at stake.
“Despite a small dip in the past year, the use of food banks in Manitoba remains sky high, and the percentage of children relying on them is the highest in Canada.”
“Close to 45 per cent of users in Manitoba were children, well above the Canadian average of 36.4 per cent,” and the highest in Canada.
“In Brandon, where she works, 24 per cent of all food-bank users are working people — double the national rate.”
“Food Banks Canada called on governments to invest in affordable housing, better income supports and to “increase social investment in northern Canada to address the stunning levels of food insecurity in northern regions.”
“Manitoba reserves have some of the worst water problems in the country: six per cent of homes on reserves in that province have no water service at all.”
A Government-commissioned assessment “categorized 39 per cent of the water systems as “high risk,” meaning they have “major deficiencies” that pose a high risk to water quality and could lead to potential health and safety or environmental concerns. Thirty-four per cent were assessed as posing medium risk to the quality of water and health and having deficiencies that “should be corrected to avoid future problems.””