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If a given nation’s welfare system took on some of the characteristics of its surveillance system, what would that be like?
Pregnant, on Medicaid and being watched
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Within 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.
Stop paying your student loans and debt collectors can send US Marshalls to arrest you
Since temporary agencies now have this major moderating role in how Americans get work they really need to be under pressure to do right by their clients.
Decoding discrimination in America’s temp agencies
Center for investigative reporting
Election 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?
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What’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?
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Wage theft puts woman at “rock bottom” — and she’s not alone. Labour ministry fails to collect on wages legally owed Ontario workers, including the $3,500 Chelsea Phelan-Tran’s employer refused to pay her in 2012
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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Still working on the edge: building decent jobs from the ground up
Workers’ Action Centre 84-page .pdf file