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I'm a (mature) student of the social services with some background in publishing and a degree in history. I've seen suburban poverty through involvement with a drop-in centre.

(1252) Alabama


Alabama’s worst has been on display all month.  First up, a member of the elites with no shame running for election to help bolster a benefit plan for wealthy donors to the Republican party.  The second was a more low-key story in terms of media coverage but one of no small interest at suburban-poverty.com.
Oh Alabama.  A United Nations ‘deprivation expert’ has recorded his impressions of open human sewage next to the homes of your poor.
UN poverty official touring Alabama’s Black Belt: ‘I haven’t seen this’ in the First World
al.com
A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America
theguardian.com
Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?
theguardian.com
The recovery still hasn’t made most Americans whole again
seattletimes.com

(1251) Canada’s uneven tax regime

You help to pay about three-and-a-half times more taxes than Canada’s corporations.  This didn’t start up recently as some neo-liberal kick-in-the-head, either.  The two figures pulled apart from each other in the early 1950s.  This arrangement is carried thanks to stagnant wages, too.
Man, you guys are a generous people…
The high cost of low corporate taxes
thestar.com
image: Anthony Easton via Flickr/CC

(1249) Forces at work


Commerce may be the primary purpose of all cities, the thing that makes other aspects of life there possible.  What happens to this relationship when markets are free to gut punch housing seekers at will?  Inequity seems to be shaping life in Canadian cities and this is unfair and unreasonable when it bears comparison to an out of control event, a natural disaster.
Finding rental housing in Abbotsford like ‘searching for the Holy Grail without Indiana Jones’. City has Canada’s tightest rental market, but no sign it will improve this year
abbynews.com
An avalanche of money. An expert on how income disparities are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas zeroes in on Vancouver
theglobeandmail.com
image: Tyler Wilson via Flickr/CC

(1244) Prosperity ranking


Canadians still count themselves lucky to have escaped much of the type of economic madness that came to afflict the United States after the 2008 crash.  Still, there seems to be some discomfort with the state of things here if the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index is to be believed.  This globally-focussed think tank praises Canada frequently, placing us at number eight this year with Yemen dead last and Norway number one, after assessing a range of socio economic factors.  This index is picked up quite widely in the business media most years and it appears to contain much general truth.
Prosperity ranking slips to 2007 level: index weighs Canadians’ outlook on financial and societal factors
thestar.com

(1243) Retail life

The Christmas shopping season and the expectations around next year’s increase to the minimum wage in Ontario brings our minds to the retail trade.  If so many of our fellow citizens are going to work in that sector we should hope for it not to be stupid, exploitive and awful.
Retail jobs don’t need to be bad. Here’s proof
nytimes.com
Living wages: explaining a growing movement
kitchener.ctvnews
Stronger protections needed to fight erratic scheduling, advocates say. As the passage of Bill 148 nears completion, workers worry that a loophole in new protections will leave them vulnerable to unpredictable schedules
thestar.com
Walmart: too big to fail?
strongtowns.org
Sears demise is Nortel all over again for pensioners, says expert. Some 16,000 retirees face uncertain future as company seeks approval to begin liquidating assets
cbc.ca/news
See also:
(1084) Good Santa
(348) Retail now Canada’s largest employment sector
image: Mike Kalasnick via Flickr/CC