Tag Archives: Canada

(875) Oshawa tenants take action

Cockroach_p-428Tenants associations can be considered to be a bit like labour unions.  They used to be everywhere and everyone was a member of one – or otherwise benefited from their presence.  Then one day we awoke to find they had slipped off the radar.

Expect more of this kind of thing from the Shwa dear readers as we realize their is a little more to having a civilization than a monster real estate bubble.

What is worse than a slum landlord?

Oshawa tenants organize for repairs to neglected, crime-ridden building. Tenants’ associations come slowly to suburbia, where renters’ complaints can echo those in Toronto


(874) Star looks in on child poverty program in Oshawa

OshawaA car building town that builds a lot less of them is responding in a number of ways to changed conditions.

Rays of hope rise in Oshawa’s battle against child poverty.
Durham District School Board’s sweeping pilot project to help kids in Oshawa’s 12 poorest schools focuses not just on the usual free breakfasts and after-school programs but on boosting academic expectations

(873) Vaughan: Canadian Index of Wellbeing applied to GTA suburb for study

VaughanHopefully Stephen Harper will avail himself of his ex-Prime Ministerial benefit plan and begin getting some emotional counselling.  Nobody is ever truly beyond hope, not even an angry neocon control freak like him.  At the larger scale, no community is ever truly beyond hope, either.  Change for the better awaits those willing to think through how they came to be where they are and what they must do going forward if they are to become the healthiest, happiest and most authentic versions of themselves they can.  One of the major components of the Greater Toronto Area is Vaughan.  Vaughan is a lucky place in many ways but it could maybe use some counselling, a road map to behavioural optimization and self-actualization, as it were.

Study takes hard look at ‘well-being’ of Vaughan. Research compares quality of life in the GTA suburb to the province and country

(871) Tax the rich

7134294207_4beca17693_zGood numbers from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives indicating the rich here could cough up a little more.  Presently, the one percenters in Canada pay income tax at a rate of just over 30%.  CCPA suggests a rate of 65%.  Seem steep?  This demographic paid 70% from the Second World War to 1980.  Incidentally, those decades contained some of years in which Canada posted record economic growth and development.

How much income tax could Canada’s top 1% pay?

image: Philip Taylor via Flickr/CC

(864) Hamilton Spec poverty series

4022467725_300abe7362_zThe Hamilton Spectator launches a series today looking into poverty there.  First up is a consideration of the need to study poverty and the way that got tougher when Harper ditched the long form census.  We are all for getting as much data as possible on poverty in order to help kill it.  On the other hand, can’t we just crank up a basic income for Canadians and take care of things that way?

Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data . The road ahead: End of the long form census left local planners half blind. The poverty project 10 years later

(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

image: Philip Bond via FLickr/CC