Category Archives: audio

(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)
image: Mike Boening via Flickr/CC

(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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