(1097) Icelandic equity legislation


To Iceland for some International Women’s Day inspiration.  If you want something good you gotta get it into legislation.
Iceland first in world to require companies to prove they offer equal pay. In legislation announced on International Women’s Day, the Nordic nation will make it mandatory for firms to orive they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality
thestar.com

(1095) Giggy boo boo

Hey workers! Here’s a nice big steaming pile of Uber for you.
Small wonder the gig economy is subject to more than a little righteousness and more than a few hot takes these days.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver about fares. Kalanick apologized after a video obtained by Bloomberg showed him in a heated exchange with a driver who told the CEO: ‘I’m bankrupt because of you’
theguardian.com
Uber is doomed
jalopnik.com

image: screenshot YouTube/Bloomberg

(1089) Fifty billion dollar ‘tax gap’


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.
Canada misses out on nearly $50 billion in tax each year. Even the high-end gap estimate may be too low
thestar.com

(1088) Aging apartment stock


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

image: Ian Muttoo via Flickr/CC