Living on $3 a day – Bif Naked takes the challenge

Posted: October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bif Naked is one of my favorite Canadian artists. She is one of those rare gems who maintains her humanity in spite of celebrity status. She is an outspoken advocate against animal cruelty and poverty. She has taken the Raise the Rates challenge to live on $3 a day.

For those who don’t know, the last time British Columbia raised welfare rates was about ten years ago, when they “generously” increased the shelter allowance by $40. Since then, the cost of living has increased exponentially, leaving thousands homeless. These are people that would previously have been able to afford housing, but unlike the minimum wage, the rates of welfare and disability have not increased to accommodate the rising cost of living.

In the city of Vancouver, one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is virtually impossible to find a rental within the amount given by a welfare cheque, and if you do fine one, it is usually a room in a cockroach-infested hotel or rooming house. The tent city that sprang up in Oppenheimer Park was a more viable option for some. Face it, not everyone wants to rub shoulders with cockroaches and junkies, even if they are living in poverty.

I challenge Premier Christy Clark to take the Raise the Rates challenge! Tell you what, Princess Christy, if you can successfully pull off the challenge I will stop my bitching. But we all know you don’t have the balls. You wouldn’t last a day.

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