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Poverty is a growing social problem in Canada that is often ignored but it does not mean that it does not exist Poverty by definition means being poor and lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts By looking at an article from Macleans magazine and a journal written by Stephanie Baker Collins we can better understand and define the controversy that is poverty John Ralston Sauls article called Poverty warns John Raiston Saul threatens the very basis of our democracy discusses how poverty is excluding people from society Instead of creating a society that is just and equal we are eliminating those who dont fit in to our idea of utopia An ideally perfect place The article entitled An understanding of poverty from those who are poor written by Stephanie Baker Collins addresses poverty from the perspective of those that are poor By understanding this view a deeper understanding of the multiple dimensions of poverty Collins2005 p10 is provided The research in this article was to integrate and contribute to a better understanding of poverty instead of what we are told from data and statistics The magazine article from Macleans written by John Ralston Saul portrays poverty as an issue that is ruining democracy This article argues investing more money in housing for the poor rather then in more shelters The reason for the increase of poverty is because we are eliminating hospitals without developing alternatives Saul 2005 While society eliminates more of these places the streets continued to be filled with homeless people John Ralston Saul describes a solution to poverty by having as he says A bit of human support in open group homes for example would change their lives Saul 2005 By offering more opportunities to those living in need where they can weigh out their options will help to elevate those that do not know how to balance out their everyday lifestyle to live a healthy life with
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