So, here’s a bright idea from Sweden designed to cut carbon emissions, resource consumption and garbage production. We think it might be a poverty fighter as well. Basically, Swedes should soon see a worthwhile tax break to fix their stuff. Those with a sense of thrift should get a lift from this policy. Canada needs this.
Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax break for repairs
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If this blog had a board of directors we would appoint Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver to upon it sit. He looked right into the dark heart of suburban poverty and social difficulty in a recent episode of his popular show to razor sharp effect. How so? He took the American sub prime auto loan industry out for a run, that’s how.
Oliver starts with the difficulty faced by many of his adopted country’s working poor: that trap between horrendously long commutes through the sprawl via public transit or buying some nasty set of wheels from a self-financing used car dealer. There’s some impressive research and real world tales of woe brought out and then capped off with a hilarious skit spoofing the whole sad machinery of extortionate high interest loans, overpriced shitboxes and repossessions. It has gotten so out of hand of late that some observers are seeing a repeat of the mortgage crisis of 2008 taking shape in US auto financing. We’ll see soon enough.
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Grrr, you payday lenders, you!
See also: (966) We are the loan sharks
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Yeah, Canada’s payday loan industrial complex…
“We are loan sharks”: why one woman is leaving the payday loan industry [with several videos]
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The Internet is pretty much now a necessity, especially when it comes to looking for a job or studying. ACORN Canada calls for a national affordable Internet policy in a new report so that low income Canadians won’t be left out of the advantages of connectivity.
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