Tag Archives: personal finance

(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

image: Philip Bond via FLickr/CC

(726) Time to try something different

6040480574_ea6feb4846_zTime and money in the 905: it’s amazing the stranglehold car commuting puts on us.  In Brampton, a family is trying to work  around the weighty inevitability of it all.  Coincidentally, the Toronto Star looked at their efforts right at the time of the Toronto International Auto Show, a major fest of cool cars and long payment plans.

Car-less in the 905. One family’s quest for automotive freedom. A Brampton family dares to exercise its options and trade two cars for more time together

Nobody is saying the car economy is exactly over.  Just that change is coming and change is possible…

6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing
grist.org

Realize, you may not always get a thank you note along the way…

My life as an, um, activist
raisethehammer.org

One dad’s Twitter photo essay on his daughter’s perilous walk to school
streetsblog.org

See also: (179) Automobituary

image: wyliepoon via Flickr/CC

(514) School daze

UniversityLet’s not trash education as a driver of good things.  Instead, can we make sure we have sustainable educational aspirations in tune with local and regional realities, the better to produce valuable, productive skills in fully empowered citizens.

Surviving the post-employment economy. In the new economy, it’s people, not skills or majors, that have lost value
Al-Jazeera

Why education spending doesn’t lead to economic growth
Businessweek

Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives notes significant increases between 1975 and 2013
cbc.ca – see video links

See also: (78) Students! Find out how screwed you are

(413) ATM deserts in the UK

Card MemorialAfter two years aggregating material on suburban-poverty.com we aren’t surprised when some new level of detail emerges about the constant stress and inconvenience of poverty. One day into 2014 and we are learning about bank machine deserts.  Even when doing something as relatively simple as accessing your own money for some basic errand social difficulty can assert itself.

Distance exerts a tyranny over those not doing particularly well as we see in data emerging in the UK about income and bank-machine locations.  There are some 269 areas where low income people are more than a half mile from the nearest bank machine that doesn’t charge them for withdrawals.  This represents a slight improvement from an earlier estimate of free cash machine scarcity for the UK but a government poverty adviser took exception in a piece in today’s Guardian to the difficulty low income people face in accessing their own money.

It looks like there is a need for some regulation of fees and machine accessibility in the UK.  Apparently some seven million people in the country live almost completely off cash which is usually needed more by those on low incomes.

300,000 poor people live more than 1km from free cash machine. Labour MP Frank Field says figures show it is ‘time to take the gloves off’, with not enough progress in poorer areas

image: One Half 3544 via Wikimedia Commons