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Comment: Laws on assistance are unfair to people living in poverty

STEPHEN PORTMAN / TIMES COLONIST

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 12:27 AM

With St. Valentine’s Day upon us and the last sitting of this legislature opening with a throne speech on the day of hearts, it is worth considering how lawmakers have seen fit to ensure that people living in poverty have to love differently than those who do not.

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