Meet Canadians living in poverty

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Ma's Soup Kitchen - Cape Breton - In the town of New Waterford on Cape Breton Island, coal and steel were the town's major industries for decades. The last coal mine closed in 2001. Since then, the community of New Waterford continues to struggle with high unemployment. Ma's Soup Kitchen is a place where people living in poverty can go for a sandwich and a coffee. Tracy Wiswell visited Ma's for food and company nearly everyday.

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My Sister's Place

My Sister's Place - London, Ontario - Iris Evans is 27 and she lives in London Ontario, where she gets help from My Sister's Place, a drop in centre for homeless women and women at risk. We heard from her.

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The Stop Community Food Centre - Toronto, Ontario - When Nadia Edwards arrived in Toronto from St. Lucia, the single mom struggled to provide her kids with food. Then a friend told her about The Stop, a community food centre in Toronto that offers food hampers, lunches and social programs. She shared her story with us over lunch at The Stop.

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Christmas Cheer Board - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Last year the Christmas Cheer Board in Winnipeg gave out nearly 20,000 hampers to people in need. This year, people were lining up again for a donation. We heard from people picking up hampers full of food and Christmas presents courtesy of the Christmas Cheer Board in Winnipeg.

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Dental Health Clinic - Salmon Arm, B.C. - Dental health is often a frill for people with limited income. Liz-Ann Munro-Lamarre runs an independent dental hygiene clinic in downtown Salmon Arm, BC. Many of her clients are on income assistance and she gives them a break when it comes to paying their bills. Lynn is a single mom living in Salmon Arm, BC.

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