Elements of the movement for a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage that started up south of the border in the fast food industry seems to have arrived at Canada’s biggest, busiest, richest airport. And so it should!
CBC Metro Morning (6:20)
See also: (965) Pearson workers look for better
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This Globe and Mail piece looks at the cost of having a family in Canada. Not the prettiest view for a large, wealthy, peaceful country like this one.
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If two reports, one private and one governmental, are to be believed, Canada’s federal government is shorted to the tune of fifty billion dollars a year in taxes that don’t get collected. This loss includes aggressive tax evasion and questionable offshoring of assets. Ouch!
For starters, ten per cent of that money would get a nice housing program off the runway pretty quick.
Residential buildings for Canada’s working people don’t appear to be much like fine wines when it comes to aging.
This strong piece from The Tyee looks into what kind of shape the places we rent are in. You might be surprised to know just how old most of our apartment structures are. Condition needs to be considered right alongside availability when it comes to the rental stock.
Should old rental buildings be saved — or sacrificed?
A building boom decades ago is still housing half of Canada’s tenants. But time is running out on a generation of apartment buildings
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A really strong piece from a Finnish source on how necessary and amazing basic universal income will be.
It’s not just about automation and robots…
Basic income and the new universalism
The Next Era tulevaisuustalo.fi
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Two features from well-regarded Canadian magazines about how we might produce cash for things of public good:
Canada is ready for toll roads and carbon taxes. A majority of voters now favour user fees, but cowardly politicians are getting in the way
Ontario is proving that taxing the one per cent works. Despite decades of tax cut rhetoric, you really can ask the rich to pay more taxes. Ontario did, and high-priced talent didn’t flee the province
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Walk Score is an online software tool that assesses the basic characteristics of any address in Canada or the United States given to it. Your neighbourhood is rated by an algorithm between 0 and 100 for ease of access to a list of general amenities, such common sense things as schools, cinemas, bus stops. Its intentions are generally progressive and supportive of the idea that a walkable community is simply nicer to live in and easier on the environment and therefore more desirable. Walk Score is often used by people looking for a new neighbourhood and it can be quite fairly said to be a barometer of the quality of life in a given place. A strong Walk Score, would reflect the humane values of urbanist Jane Jacobs. A low Walk Score might be reflected in a less salubrious environment.
So, it was a little disorienting to come across a Texas mom’s utilization of Walk Score today. All those people nearby in your dense, cross-connected community? Well, if things got tough they might just kill you and eat your brain, right? If there was a pandemic, a civil war, an infrastructure and economic crash all at the same time you want to be ready, right? You need maximum info on where to be when things get even dumber than they already are.
Jamie, who seems super nice and obviously really loves her kids, blogged about the way she applies Walk Score to her preparations for the coming apocalypse. Walk Score provides her with intel on her kind of community. The index tells Jamie where she doesn’t want to be.
This is almost a mirror opposite use of Walk Score for assessing resilience. Flying deeper into the century, each to their own anxiety, we suppose…
Walk score. One test preppers want their home to FAIL!
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Barely anyone at large in the industrial, consumer, automotive, real estate complex we call home has escaped the call of the lottery ticket. Deep down, even the most sensible and realistic of us harbours a fantasy of something for nothing here. We think of all the good things we could do for those we care about or all the crazy shit we could do for ourselves. Either way, we frequently line up at that most suburban of settings, the gas station, and lay down several hours pay in our minimum wage job for a piece of paper that could change everything. Time to think a little more about the psycho-social effects of the lotteries, yeah?
EIther way, good luck and don’t forget to give us some.
Robin Hoodwinked:how billion dollar powerballs reflect 21st century inequality. State lotteries take from the poor to give to the rich, but we have options and there is a game-changing alternative
US basic income activist Scott Santens on medium.com
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