Tag Archives: legal aspects

(938) US student debt racket

jailWithin the vast net of financial scams and debt-based swindles that compose much of the source code underlying modern American life is an education-related indenture of $1.3 trillion.  This generational thrashing is the stuff of revolutions, surely.  Is there not a single history degree out there in the hands of the direly mortgaged young Americans?  Education was supposed to be one of the things motorizing the new economy.
Wasn’t it?
Stop paying your student loans and debt collectors can send US Marshalls to arrest you
boingboing.net
The feds are now arresting people for not paying their student loans
vice.com

(861) Tom & Mary

2983227746_b222448175_zElection 42 is peaking as we write.  What a doozy: far too long and no attention for poverty.  Too much focus on personalities.  And wasn’t that a Tory Prime Minister flaunting his relationship to track-suited one-time wild man Rob Ford at some kind of rally in Etobicoke the other day?  We certainly heard about the economy a fair bit over the last several weeks.

Lowest point: the high level disinterest in the women’s issues debate.  Highest point: …uh, we’ll get back to you on that.

Setting aside the big picture, waiting for the polls to come in all across our very wide nation we can zoom in on one particular economic situation in search of Canadian reality.  Think we’ll forward this to the legal department. Tax evasion advice from a major newspaper?  Don’t know, maybe?

How a couple with a net worth of $10 million and annual income of $215,000 can pay $0 in income tax
financialpost.com

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(833) Ontario temp agency blitz

Lightning_animation_-_NOAAWhat’s with us as a society always “blitzing” things like basement apartment standards, restaurant cleanliness or the mechanical safety of taxi cabs or the behaviour of temp agencies?  Why can’t these things be subject to a reliable, fair and continuous level of inspection to keep everything cool?  Is that such a stupid question to ask, Ontario?

Province-wide blitz shows majority of temp agencies on wrong side of the law. Former temp agency worker Ben Corpuz says more needs to be done to protect vulnerable employees
thestar.com

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(786) Precarity series

9299493215_38b8ffea03_zSome important reading in the Toronto Star in the form of a four-part series on precarious employment.  The coverage was prompted in part by Ontario’s review of the Employment Standards Act.

Ontario employers get slap on wrist for mistreating employees. Nine months of stress and anguish as the bills piled up, all to get the wages she was entitled to by law. Scarborough resident Sylvia Buchanan’s assessment of the system meant to protect her? “It was horrible.”  Last in a four-part series

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