Many of us have seen the evidence in our neighbourhoods. A number of locals have posted photos on social media. I'm talking about people stealing. They're looking for bottles and cans and bicycles and anything else they can turn into quick cash. It's not good but some of these thieves are just trying to survive.
Interesting then that Angus Reid just published results of a poll on poverty. They found more than half of all Canadians see poverty on the rise in their communities.
The study from the Angus Reid Institution looks at poverty from a "lived experience" point of view rather than income.
The numbers show 21% of us say an inability to afford dental care has been a problem in our lives. One in six are "routinely unable to afford new clothes or good-quality groceries".
31% of us feel "very stressed about money on a regular basis" and 52% believe poverty "has been increasing where they live in recent years".
So, how do we tackled this? Well, if you take a look at suggested solutions from the so-called experts, two things continually come up; Education and tax reform.