When payday lending leads to poverty, it’s time for intervention
globeandmail.com (with video 1:58)
See also: (966) We are the loan sharks
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The architects of America’s interstate highway system knew it would alter life there in many ways but we wonder if they looked ahead sixty years and saw it as the stage for so much civil unrest.
Why highways have become the center of civil rights protest (with video)
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Eighty-one dollars a month is a modest sum well spent in the form of Manitoba’s Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit. Strong hints of the social blessings associated with basic income are found here.
$81 a month buys a healthier baby. Lift out of poverty helps women give birth to fewer premature and low-weight babies cbc.ca/news (video 2:07)
image: Kristina Alexanderson
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Broadbent Institute has released an important and unsettling report on where too many of us are headed in retirement. Canada’s mainstream media has picked up the report quite widely.
Retirement? Few Canadians without an employer pension plan have enough money, study says. Broadbent Institute finds fewer than 20% of middle-income earners have more than 5 years of savings
cbc.ca video 6:21
Many Canadians nearing retirement don’t have the savings they need to avoid poverty
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Cash flow problems? Well, we can’t say we like the closure of Goodwill stores in Ontario. And what of the presence of a high pay and high profile manager while this flop occurred? The stores and their associated services play a role for those in social difficulty here. But only when they are open.
See also: (744) Second hand index
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