When Poverty Mattered:
Then and Now
by Paul Weinberg
Poverty was big news in the mid-sixties
when Canadians realized the post-war boom had
left out many citizens in their own country. Young
people at that time attempted to solve the problem
by building a more just society through community
The Praxis Corporation was established as a
progressive research institute to spark political
discussion about a range of social issues such as
poverty, citizen participation, and democracy in
the workplace. Over 200 anti-poverty organizations
sprang up by the end of the decade.
But by 1970 Praxis's office was burglarized and
set on fire, with its stolen records ending up
in the hands of the RCMP Security Service.
This book looks at how these organizations
tried to influence policy and social programs in
this area and what happened when their activism ran up
against jittery national security concerns
Paul Weinberg's work has appeared in the Globe and Mail,
the Toronto Star, the Hamilton Spectator, and Now Magazine.
Order your copy of When Poverty Mattered: Then and Now at:
- Softcover, ISBN 9781773631806, 212 pages
- EPUB, ISBN 9781773631813
- Kindle, ISBN 9781773631820
You can also hear a recording of Paul Weinberg discuss his book on Zoom
with musician and composer Dave Buchbinder whose father Howard figures prominently in the Praxis story.
The event was hosted and moderated by the United Jewish Peoples Order and the Winchevsky Centre in Toronto
on June 4, 2020.