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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One of the ‘realest’ major things to do in order to keep Canadians well off is universal dental care. Here is a recent feature on why this is important.
‘I’m not asking for root canals and Hollywood teeth’
Just how doable is universal dental?
see also: (1072) Poor mouth, poor prospects
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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
Armine Yalnizyan on the national housing strategy
cbc.ca (audio 6:31)
Canada has opportunity to show human rights leadership with National Housing Strategy
Canada Without Poverty
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?
To track suburban poverty trends, look to the schools
Mary Kramer on WJR: poverty rising in suburbs
crainsdetroit.com (audio 5:43)
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A very nice podcast on one of our favourite topics. The perfect thing to while away a colder and wetter than average day in August.
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.
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Prince Edward Island has joined the growing roster of places taking action to test out basic income. A Green Party initiative has received unanimous political support in the provincial legislature. Nice PEI, nice.
Here’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)
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