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CBC News.  May 24, 2012  Report finds governments more likely to act on poverty when they have public support.  A new report on poverty in Yukon is calling for action from the territorial government. However, poverty activists are also calling for Yukoners to adjust their attitudes. The report, called 'Poverty Amongst Plenty', makes five recommendations including the development of a poverty reduction strategy, creating a secretariat to implement it and monitoring outcomes. It also calls for the government to provide housing options and lobby the federal government to fund housing initiatives. The report's author, Nick Falvo, said housing is a better investment than jails or shelters. "Interestingly though, affordable housing with or without social work support per person, per night is more cost effective." However, research shows governments tend to criminalize poverty. For instance, last year a tent city sprung up in Whitehorse to protest the lack of affordable housing in Yukon. During the last legislative sitting the government passed legislation making that kind of protest illegal.... Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/05/24/north-poverty-report-whitehorse.html

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