Elements of the movement for a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage that started up south of the border in the fast food industry seems to have arrived at Canada’s biggest, busiest, richest airport. And so it should!
CBC Metro Morning (6:20)
See also: (965) Pearson workers look for better
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This Globe and Mail piece looks at the cost of having a family in Canada. Not the prettiest view for a large, wealthy, peaceful country like this one.
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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.
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
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Two features from well-regarded Canadian magazines about how we might produce cash for things of public good:
Canada is ready for toll roads and carbon taxes. A majority of voters now favour user fees, but cowardly politicians are getting in the way
Ontario is proving that taxing the one per cent works. Despite decades of tax cut rhetoric, you really can ask the rich to pay more taxes. Ontario did, and high-priced talent didn’t flee the province
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We need to work less to live better
David Suzuki at rabble.ca
Three staggering charts show how big the gap between rich and poor is growing in British Columbia
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Teeth have appeared a couple of times at suburban-poverty.com of late. Not just our editor’s either! Today we have a piece from the CBC about the availability of free services from orthodontists available to children in socio-economic difficulty. Now, it isn’t just about Little Timmy having to get that modelling quality smile via ten grand worth of ortho or he’ll end up a syphilitic serial killer. No, orthodontics is genuinely health related, making this an interesting piece.
Orthodontists eager to work for free, now they just need teeth to fix. Smile4Canada has hundreds of volunteer orthodontists but only 16 applicants
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Well, it’s a wonder anyone can see Canada as a prosperous, progressive nation after findings like this come to light. It’s a wonder anyone can say work pays and will protect us from poverty here.
This kinda money and you could take a cab to work every day and eat at Red Lobster any time you wanted. What comes after this, Canada?
Either way, Happy Monday.
2 richest Canadians have wealth equal to 11 million poorest. David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. as wealthy as poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, Oxfam calculates
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