Toronto holds onto its shameful title: Child poverty capital of Canada

“…Single parent Hawo Ali, 53, who has raised 11 children in Regent Park, earned her Toronto Public Health Food Handler Certificate through Ibrahim’s program. Her samosas are very popular, Ibrahim said.

Ali, who came to Canada from Somalia in 1992 with five children, had six more kids with her husband after she arrived. But in 1999 her husband left and a year later a workplace injury forced her to quit her job as a cleaner.

“I see all my neighbours and friends and it’s a hard life,” she said. But all of her children, including six who are in university and college, are doing well.”


I’m very happy to hear that her children are doing well, but I have to ask what measure of poverty discounts the ability to send 6 children on to post secondary education?

  • Ron MacDonald

    Eleven kids and she is wonder why they live in poverty, where’s Planned Parenthood when you need them?

    • We had 7 kids in our family, that was common, others in our neighborhood had 10 -12, none were on welfare.

      • Frances

        But you were fortunate that you were in a family and neighborhood where the parents were responsible – in all senses – for the children they produced.

      • Ron MacDonald

        I grew up in Quebec, a large French family had 10 to 14 kids and a large English family 4 to 7 kids. No one collected welfare, kids were expected to contribute to the family as soon as they were old enough to get part-time work.

    • I grew up in a large family.

      But, then again, I have parents with values who instilled a strong educational and work ethic into their offspring.

      The more “restive” of the population and other wastrels, on the other hand, insist on sticking it to everyone else. Their dependency on others’ tax dollars further burden people who live in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

      • Exile1981

        The wife and me grew up in small families and our best friends were both from single families. We have 4 kids and they have 3, but neither of our families is welfare. If you can’t afford the kids then don’t have them.

        • My point above is that there are people who just don’t care.

  • eMan14

    Just as you think the Toronto Star had reached the peak of stupidity in it’s reporting they come out with something that tops it.
    Child poverty is a problem yes. But holy crap, a mother with 11 children? And a runaway father. How long have we heard that story. 6 of those kids are in either university or college. How can that be if they are in poverty? I bet we are paying for that.
    I’m not rich but I bought every car I ever had. I never collected unemployment. I have never collected welfare.
    If the visible minority non English speaking immigrants are over represented in the poverty statistics, then perhaps we are allowing the wrong kind of people into this country.
    We don’t need deadbeat dad’s to father children and take off and not contribute to their children’s upbringing.
    How exactly are they defining poverty anyway. I just may need to add my name to that list.

    • Ron MacDonald

      The Progressive Star has closed comments on this article.

    • Waffle

      Anyone notice the story was written by a/the “social justice reporter”?

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Ah, “social justice”, aka communism.

    • Plus she has lived in Regent Park – subsidized housing since her arrival in Canada.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Another quality import. :rolleyes

    • Alain

      I agree except for accepting the oxymoron “child poverty”. As children are not independent beings it is misleading to pretend we can say they are rich or poor.

    • kkruger71

      But, but…they are a net gain to the country.

      I am going to assume that all the government money that went to support the youngest 6 will not be counted as a loss in the balance of that stat. Frankly, I would guess that the same holds true for the older ones as well.

    • marty_p

      I’d love to know what her monthly welfare cheque amount is.

  • canminuteman

    It’s your poverty that is sending her six kids to university, not hers. And they’ll hate you for it!!

    • Good point.

    • Katyn

      Dead on. But it’ll all be Whitey’s fault. Somehow.

  • Dana Garcia

    Toronto has the second-highest percentage of foreign born among major cities, behind only Cuban-overrun Miami.

    • I did not know that! I knew we got the lions share of immigrants, but this is interesting.

  • tom_billesley

    That’s assimilation for you. Somali men acting just like many home-grown blacks and deserting their families. It’s still the fault of the whites of course.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I wonder how many more she’s planning on having before retirement age?

    • Katyn

      Well, that depends. How much will they pay?

  • Katyn

    Look at the millions of MENA’s arriving in Europe. They set up camp and the first thing they want to know is, “Where’s my free stuff?” I compare them to my family’s immigration here and I have nothing but contempt for the parasites.

  • WalterBannon

    immigration jihad

    we will all be extinct soon and only these muslim animals will be left to inherit the country we built

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Poverty-stricken mother of five goes on to have six more children?

    Give me a fucking break!

    • Clausewitz

      Seems to me the poverty stats have risen in direct proportion to our new diverse “special” immigration policies. Toronto the good no longer exists. Now it’s just Toronto the social welfare state.

      • Europe, Toronto, the U.S. If this keeps up we are witnessing the middle (or maybe last) phase of the downfall of Western Civilization.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Dear Mister Harper
    Please keep allowing in as many Somalis as you possibly can. We so appreciate their contribution to our vibrant diversity… no, I just can’t, not even with a /sarc.
    Chuck ’em all out.