Recent statistics show 12 per cent of British Columbians live in poverty.
This is the highest rate in Canada by far, and B.C. has had the highest child poverty rate in the country for the last eight years.
I was very pleased when Parksville City Council took the initiative last year in establishing a committee to try to address homelessness in this area.
Because it is necessary to have clear documentation of the scale of the problem, I volunteered last May to help do a census-like count of homeless people living here.
It is now two months since that count was conducted, but there has been no report released. What has happened? When will we have the statistics necessary to plan appropriate action? When will we begin to find ways to rid our land of the scourge of poverty?