It’s February 27th, and that means it’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada.
#PinkShirtDay is the Number 1 trending on Twitter in Canada as I write this.
Find out what is Pink Shirt Day is all about via CBC.
Albert Elliott spends his days as a crossing guard, helping to keep young people safe as they get to and from school. And virtually every evening, he can be found at a Moncton homeless shelter, where he helps with dinner and sets up beds for the night.
On Facebook, Charlie Burrell, who runs the shelter, posted a tribute to Albert Elliott:
“He is an exceptional, loving human being with a heart of gold, and he’s always so happy and positive.”
This made me smile. Good people offering kindness and support to people they have only just met. Fantastic.
The Canadian Liberal government is looking to lift two million Canadians out of poverty by 2030 without committing to new spending.
Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation “as early as possible” to entrench the official poverty line into law. The new plan links multiple federal programs to efforts to reduce poverty and predicts those measures will lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, next year.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed to a list of already announced federal programs to reach that goal.
Duclos was in Vancouver Tuesday to unveil the Liberal’s anti-poverty plan, called “Opportunity for All — Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”
It calls for a reduction in the rate of poverty by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and by 50 per cent by 2030.
That would mean about 2.1 million people would no longer live under the poverty line within 12 years.
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Cassidy Evans was only five years old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
But she refused to let the diagnosis get her down, and instead decided to try to do something about it.
Five years after setting up a lemonade stand, the Saskatoon girl has raised $40,000 for research into the inherited genetic disorder.
World Humanitarian Day is a day designated by the UN to recognise aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action.
Jay Gauthier, a barber in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is offering free haircuts and support for homeless people. He claims his experiences as a homeless person himself, and also as someone who has spent time in prison for armed robbery, helps him connect with his customers.
“That half an hour that I’m with that individual, I feel like I’m doing something for this person that nobody can,” he says. “I’m providing some hope.”
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Masafumi Nagasaki , an 82 year old man nicknamed the ‘Naked hermit,’ who lived alone on deserted Japanese island for twenty eight years, was ‘captured’, and brought back to civilization.
His only wish had been to die on the island he called home for the last three decades.