Last week we learned about poverty and different methods of measuring it.
In our poverty lesson we learned about different ways of measuring poverty and we watched a documentary about people living on the street trying to get out of poverty. One way of measuring poverty that we learned is seeing if someone earns more than $2.48 Canadian a day. This is bad because in places with lots of resources things are really expensive making $2.48 Canadian not nearly enough to afford a living. Another way is to compare standards of living which is self-explanatory. This also doesn’t work if you compare to richer areas because one city must look really poor compared to another but for the poor city, that’s how everyone lives so they’re not in poverty, while the richer area must think this other area is in poverty.
In conclusion, I think the best way to measure poverty for Canada is to use the relative poverty method of comparing a person’s total income and spending to the average most people spend. I think this is the best way because this would find people living on the street or barely affording housing and that can’t afford the basic necessities. To measure poverty for the world I think it would be wise to look at the food, shelter and water needs of the area and see if they are being met. If not, then they are in poverty. In the documentary about helping the homeless, it brought up various other problems those who live on the street have such as drug addiction, not being able to find a place to spend the night and being too tired to do anything about it. Eventually after many months most of the people were able to get housed but one of them died of his crippling drug addiction. This documentary showed me how tough it really is to get off the streets and how it’s sometimes impossible for some people because of mental health issues or drug addictions.