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Poverty is the deprivation in economic provisioning leaving people unable to achieve the standard of living necessary to avoid hardship and to participate in the life of the community Mel Hurtig The Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada Many Canadians are under the misconception that poverty results in skinny children on the edge of starvation unclothed individuals and babies dying of deprivation In highly industrialized societies such as Canada this scene is not typical In Canada people suffer deeply not because the necessities of life barely exist for the population at large but because an uneven distribution of income blocks access to Canadas abundance Poverty is the result of an unequal distribution of riches rather than a lack of riches Now the matter of poverty is not of starving but rather begging for food at food banks shelters and associations that can provide help to the ones in need Defining Poverty Away Poverty is a situation in which an individual lacks sufficient funds to purchase food housing clothing medical care and other goods and services to maintain an acceptable standard of living Johnik Roth Encyclopedia of Social Issues Vol5 However poverty can mean more than a lack of what is necessary for materials well-being it can also mean The denial of opportunities and choices most basic to human development- to lead a long healthy creative life and to enjoy a decent stand living freedom dignity self-esteem and the respect of others Human Development Report 1997 Standards may vary greatly according to time and place Scott Fetzer World Book Encyclopedia Vol 15 It exist two basics of approaches defining and measuring poverty in Canada When taken to prospective they establish the possible income bounds of poverty The first approach is based on the belief that one can determine an absolute measure of poverty by examining an essential basket of goods and services deemed for physical in medical
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