The Ruimy Report
February 28 2017
Starting in January, I began writing a piece for the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows News titled, “The Ruimy Report”. You can find the article online here on The News website, as well as below. I appreciate you taking the time to read The Ruimy Report. Be sure to check back for the March 2017 edition of The Ruimy Report!
We are all connected to those living in poverty, whether we know it or not. It’s easy to place blame on those in poverty but the issue is complex and finding a solution is difficult. Reducing poverty is something I am passionate about, both as your MP and as a resident of our community. We must unite as a community to comprehend and address the intersecting factors that contribute to poverty such as addiction, mental health, oppression or living with a disability, in order to tackle the problem.
This month, I was proud to bring The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) to Maple Ridge as part of our study on a national poverty reduction strategy. I advocated for our Committee to hold a Federal public hearing in Maple Ridge which both highlighted our local challenges and shone a light on local initiatives that are helping those living in poverty in our riding.
My committee colleagues and I heard witness testimony from local stakeholders including Mayor Read and Vikki Kipps from Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services. Witnesses also appeared from the Covenant House Vancouver, Township of Langley, City of New Westminster and Co-operative House Federation of British Columbia, Multicultural Helping House Society, Community Education on Environment and Development Centre Society and Simon Fraser University.
I would like to thank everyone who participated. Members of the HUMA committee will consider all testimonies when drafting a report on poverty reduction. Poverty is an intricate issue without a singular solution but by working together with municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as our private and nonprofit partners, we can hope to address the many causes of poverty. Together, we can strive to end poverty in Canada.
Bye for now,