Last week, the legislature's select standing committee on children and youth met in Vancouver to hear six presentations on the province's child poverty crisis. But don't expect its member to do anything more about the problem. That meeting was held in response to children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond urging the committee develop recommendations for a child poverty reduction plan. In an earlier interview with Public Eye, its chair Joan McIntyre told us she couldn't say whether the committee would take Ms. Turpel-Lafond's advice. But, on Friday, Ms. McIntyre told committee attendees "developing a strategy or even providing a written analysis (of the proceedings) does go beyond our terms of reference and crosses over into the realm of government-policy-making."
May 26, 2010