Category Archives: audio

(1292) Ontario basic income pilot cancellation


If Ontario’s new Drug Ford government thought they could just cancel a large scale test of a basic income program and everybody would just forget about it they may be disappointed.  What an embarrassment.  Where’s all this business intelligence Ford is supposed to have?  Poverty is bloody expensive and Ford gave indications during the election campaign that the pilot would be respected.  This cancellation represents a total poverty of imagination and total failure to embrace reality and deal with complexity.
A buck a beer?  Go fuck yourselves.  One of their own party elders wrote the paper the test is based on.  Senator Segal is quite eloquent here on CBC regarding the cancellation.
Scrapping basic income pilot ‘horrific,’ former Tory senator says
cbc.ca/news
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(1291) Bit late, bro


Political illiteracy is rocket fuel for neoliberalism and populism.  An example surfaces par excellence via CBC.
To wit, a well enough meaning doofus, with plans to go to business school now in tatters, blithely describes the crash entrance into his life of a new reality in the form of Doug Ford with a machete.  Honestly, what the hell is wrong people?
Ontario PC voter worried about family’s future without basic income pilot
cbc.ca (audio 6:23)
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(1232) National housing strategy

A train maybe a little long in arriving is the new federal national housing strategy.  Reaction has been good.  So it should be.  Canadians ought to be the best housed people in the world.
National housing strategy: a place to call home
Government of Canada (link to 40-page .pdf file)
Ottawa to offer direct subsidies to low-income tenants
theglobeandmail.com
Armine Yalnizyan on the national housing strategy
cbc.ca (audio 6:31)
Federal government back with big dollars for housing
thetyee.ca
Canada has opportunity to show human rights leadership with National Housing Strategy
Canada Without Poverty
Caledon Institute welcomes the new National Housing Strategy

(1227) Detroit


Hard times in the 313 have been news for some time.  These recent features look in at the situation beyond a reviving downtown and asks if philanthropists could be doing more in suburban Detroit.
Suburban poverty on the rise, but is philanthropy following?
crainsdetroit.com
To track suburban poverty trends, look to the schools
crainsdetroit.com
Mary Kramer on WJR: poverty rising in suburbs
crainsdetroit.com (audio 5:43)
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(1110) Future-proof youth?


Young people are the ones who will be most affected by artificial intelligence and robotics if the electro-technological super future arrives in the workplace in the fashion expected.  With that in mind, there is a new report to direct you to from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship called Future-proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work.
The report is HERE and there was a CBC News piece last week covering it that includes 6:18 of audio and other links.
Youth at risk of unemployment with future entry-level jobs replaced by automation
cbc.ca/news

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(1031) Basic income & automation

robotHere’s a discussion on National Public Radio of something with which we are totally down: basic income.  Automation is coming, yes.  Robots, too.  Just the other day one of our interns was in a very well-known Scottish restaurant chain and reported back that they have these new oversized iPod things on which you order your burgers instead of telling an employee what you want.
As our jobs are automated, some say we’ll need a guaranteed basic income (audio 4:18 & URLs)
KQED/NPR

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