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Saturday September 6, 2014 – It’s about the future of New Brunswick

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL – Without substantial changes to our approach to education we will not solve our economic problems in New Brunswick. As the provincial election date looms closer, we are beginning to hear even more about the future of New Brunswick. It’s true that we are at a crossroads on a number of issues, and there are many decisions to be made now that will affect our future…continue reading

September 2, 2014 – Closing the gap through education

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL – Saint John’s education achievement gap can be directly linked to our city’s history of multi-generational poverty. Children who come from poor neighbourhoods are consistently less prepared to start school and, as they carry on through the educational system, their learning issues can…continue reading

Saturday August 30, 2014 – We cannot afford the cost of poverty

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL – Without substantial changes to our approach to education we will not solve our economic problems in New Brunswick. Saint John has a serious and deeply-rooted problem with multi-generational poverty. The very future of this city could be at stake if significant progress is not made to end this social inequality. Our overall poverty rate stands at 20.8 per cent, and many who fall into that…continue reading

August 27, 2014 – Early Literacy Needs To Be Championed

The most basic and well-known rule of investing smart is to “start early,” as it generally applies to the stock market or retirement planning.  Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John has found that it also applies to solving our literacy problem. The first three years of school are critical in literacy development for all children. Children who do not read at grade level by Grade 3 have a 60 per cent higher chance than their peers…continue reading

August 23, 2014 – Doubting Education Orthodoxy

While it was first delivered more than seven decades ago, the second inaugural address of Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains one of the most important political documents of the past 100 years. It was given in January of 1937, as North America remained mired in a prolonged recession, not unlike the one New Brunswick is currently experiencing. Yet instead of the standard political trope about the need for job creation…continue reading

August 23, 2014- We’re Making Progress

TELEGRAPH JOURNAL – When I see the continued effort of our community to support the education and well-being of our young people, working together to break the cycle of poverty, I think back to where it all started. Bill Gale was the fellow who got us all on this road – we really owe it all to him…..continue reading

BCAPI’s Are We Failing to Prepare Children for Success? Campaign

Greater Saint John Business Leaders are calling upon the Government of New Brunswick and all party candidates to help improve education outcomes in Saint John.

  • 22% of Saint John children are not achieving Grade 2 literacy standards (NB Dept. of Education and Early Childhood), yet Early Literacy is fundamental to school and life success.
  • 50% of high school students living in Saint John’s low income neighbourhoods do not graduate within 4 years. (Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative)
  • 28% of children (aged 0 to 17 years) live in poverty in Saint John. (Statistics Canada)

Investing public resources in new ways to improve education outcomes delivers proven returns on investment…continue reading

August 22, 2014 – Base Education Spend On Need

There are many organizations and individuals working diligently to improve the lives of low income families in Saint John. Among those groups is the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative which has published a position paper that includes some numbers that should be a clarion call for our entire city. In five low-income neighbourhoods, early years literacy rates and high school graduation rates…continue reading
August 21, 2014 – Closing the Education Gap

Overcoming low literacy and high dropout rates that plague schools serving the city’s low-income neighbourhoods means the province’s one-size-fits-all education model has to change, a collective of Saint John business people say. The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative is hoping to use the upcoming election as an opportunity to raise awareness with politicians to address what they have coined as the education achievement gap….continue reading

October 18, 2013 – Senator pushes N.B. to adopt guaranteed income for the poor

Ending poverty is not only good for the community, but also for business. That’s the message Sen. Hugh Segal delivered on a trip to Saint John for the annual Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) luncheon on Thursday. The senator for Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds has travelled across the country speaking about why it’s important to eradicate poverty. He’s worked on two senate committee reports…continue reading

October 12, 2013 - Golfers raise more than $100k for anti-poverty programs

A golf tournament has raised more than $100,000 for the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative, a group that supports community programs that help children living in poverty. Fortis Properties sponsored and hosted the Sept. 27 event, teeing up with 150 businesses that raised a total of $102,500. That money will go toward programs and groups like the Early Learning Centre and PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools)…continue reading

May 31, 2012 – Fortis Charity Golf Classic (Telegraph Journal Article)

Local businesses have teamed up to break the poverty cycle in Saint John through the annual Fortis Charity Golf Classic, which funds youth programs. This year the fundraiser broke its record by having 125 local businesses raise $102,000 for the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI), a local organization that helps children and youth living in poverty succeed in school…continue reading

Feb 23, 2012 – Doing Right by People Matters Most (BCAPI Op-Ed)

For more than a decade, Saint John businesses, community groups and government departments have been working together to eradicate multi-generational poverty in our city. The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) believes this is the right thing to be doing. The social and economic benefits of breaking the poverty cycle for our families, our communities and our province are significant…continue reading

Nov 13, 2010 – Breaking the Poverty Cycle in Saint John (Special Advertisement in Telegraph Journal)

Today one in five Saint John residents live in poverty. The goal of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) is to substantially reduce poverty in Saint John, by working in partnership with others in the community. Together we are making significant progress with breaking the cycle of poverty for children, youth and single parents. According to Statistics Canada, poverty in Saint John has been reduced by 23% since 1996, a notable achievement – but we also know more can and must be done…continue  reading