We were always told, "If you work hard, things will get better." But many hard-working Canadians have only seen things get worse. Corporate profits soared, but only the rich got richer. The recession took away more jobs and piled up more debt, leaving more people poor or insecure.
Poor No More offers solutions to Canada's working poor. The film takes three Canadians to a world where people do not have to beg, where housing is affordable and university education is free. They ask themselves: if other countries can do this, why don't we?
Hosted by TV and film star Mary Walsh, Poor No More offers an engaging look at Canadians stuck in low paying jobs with no security and no future. Mary then takes us on a journey to Ireland and Sweden so we can see how these countries have tackled poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope to those who have to work two jobs a day and to those who cant find work.
Poor No More will be the first film to explain the roots of the economic crisis, its impact on Canadians, and what can be done about it. It is designed to build public support for a real reduction in poverty. Poor No More will attract a wide audience and help move this issue from the margins to the mainstream.
Poor No More's Suzanne Babin (Producer) and Bert Deveaux (Director) create award-winning documentaries about social issues. Their work has been shown on CBC, TV Ontario, Life Network and on other broadcasters in Canada, the United States, and around the world. Both former CBC documentary producers, they founded their company, Deveaux Babin Productions, in 1984.
Executive Producer David Langille is interested both as an academic and an activist in how social movements can shape public policy. Founding director of the Centre for Social Justice, he is now teaching at York University and co-chairing the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice.
- John Anderson (Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Canadian Cooperative Association)
- John Argue (Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Social Justice)
- Terry Downey (Executive Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Labour)
- Dennis Howlett (Coordinator, Make Poverty History)
- Lynn Anne Mulrooney (Senior Policy Analyst, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario)
- Gregg M Olsen (Professor, University of Manitoba, and author of The Politics of the Welfare State: Canada, Sweden and the United States)
- Rob Rainer (Executive Director, National Anti-Poverty Organization)
- Dennis Raphael (Professor and author of Poverty and Policy in Canada)
- Sheila Regehr (Director, National Council of Welfare)
- John Stapleton (Social Policy Consultant)