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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Shadow banking is this disquieting thing we’ve been hearing about for two years or so. Huffingtonpost.ca has begun a four-part series into Canadian debt called Borrower beware: inside Canada’s new Wild West of banking.
A foot in the door: for aging renters, housing costs far from fixed. Renters in Canada’s ‘wealthiest generation’ more vulnerable than home-owning peers thetyee.com – part four of a strong series on housing
Indentured working people on the express elevator to nowhere enjoy longer, healthier lives and sleep soundly at night: said no study, ever. Including all 33 studies systematically studied at this linked text right here.
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A credit counsellor with much experience of people carrying the financial equivalent of a knapsack full of rocks reflects over her grilled salmon lunch in this Globe & Mail piece.
Laurie Campbell: Credit Canada CEO shatters debt myths
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Time 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.
Nobody is saying the car economy is exactly over. Just that change is coming and change is possible…
Realize, you may not always get a thank you note along the way…
My life as an, um, activist
See also: (179) Automobituary
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Let’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.
After 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.
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