(1257) Surrey tent city

Who are we kidding?  This country is one of the great headless monsters of neoliberal capitalism.  High priced real estate opportunities and a view of the mountains for some.  Tent city for others.
‘From living to existing’: Tent city doubles in size in BC’s ‘other’ Downtown Eastside. In Surrey, a sprawling tent city is now home to over 130 occupants. The province is finalizing plans to build 150 modular housing units. Will it be enough?
nationalpest.com

 

(1255) Bread rip off


Major grocery chain owned by rich people.  Fixes price of bread for fourteen years.  Self determines a day of reckoning via gift card handout. Lawsuit arrives just in time.
Anti-poverty activist files $1 billion class-action lawsuit over bread price-fixing scheme. Irene Breckon of Elliot Lake, Ont., ‘outraged’ after Loblaw offered $25 gift card
thestar.com
Weston exposes utter hypocrisy
thestar.com
image: rpavich via Flickr/CC

(1252) Alabama


Alabama’s worst has been on display all month.  First up, a member of the elites with no shame running for election to help bolster a benefit plan for wealthy donors to the Republican party.  The second was a more low-key story in terms of media coverage but one of no small interest at suburban-poverty.com.
Oh Alabama.  A United Nations ‘deprivation expert’ has recorded his impressions of open human sewage next to the homes of your poor.
UN poverty official touring Alabama’s Black Belt: ‘I haven’t seen this’ in the First World
al.com
A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America
theguardian.com
Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?
theguardian.com
The recovery still hasn’t made most Americans whole again
seattletimes.com

(1251) Canada’s uneven tax regime

You help to pay about three-and-a-half times more taxes than Canada’s corporations.  This didn’t start up recently as some neo-liberal kick-in-the-head, either.  The two figures pulled apart from each other in the early 1950s.  This arrangement is carried thanks to stagnant wages, too.
Man, you guys are a generous people…
The high cost of low corporate taxes
thestar.com
image: Anthony Easton via Flickr/CC

(1249) Forces at work


Commerce may be the primary purpose of all cities, the thing that makes other aspects of life there possible.  What happens to this relationship when markets are free to gut punch housing seekers at will?  Inequity seems to be shaping life in Canadian cities and this is unfair and unreasonable when it bears comparison to an out of control event, a natural disaster.
Finding rental housing in Abbotsford like ‘searching for the Holy Grail without Indiana Jones’. City has Canada’s tightest rental market, but no sign it will improve this year
abbynews.com
An avalanche of money. An expert on how income disparities are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas zeroes in on Vancouver
theglobeandmail.com
image: Tyler Wilson via Flickr/CC