What is Poverty?

Bills, coins and question mark 2

How poor do you have to be to be poor?
Rahman Mohamed

It’s May so many Canadian post-secondary students have just finished writing exams even though they complain about tuition.  But high school students are just starting to think about theirs.  Some are waiting for acceptance letters and starting to think about their September tuition payments.

It’s also been two months since Toronto’s Fact Sheet for Poverty, Housing, and Homelessness was released.  According to that only 604,408 people in Toronto have a low-income.  It also says that the median income for people accessing food banks in 2012 was $691.  The report also says people relied on food banks 804 times to avoid eviction in 2011.  But is this really poverty?

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