Efficient, focused and fair: basic income would change life in Canada for the good.
Reduce income gap through guaranteed annual income, former Tory senator says
And the comments are just fantastic, really heartwarming reading. #TorontoIsFailingMe
My parents worked round-the-clock to lift us out of poverty
“Gunner died in a bleak, windswept area near the railway tracks, far from the bright lights and tall buildings of downtown.”
In suburban-poverty.com’s home city, Mississauga, there’s a legendary moment that gets brought up now and then in volunteer and social services circles. It has to do with the time the city’s mayor was brought, while maybe halfway through her four-decade-long career, to see physical evidence of full-on homelessness. She was utterly floored by the idea her huge, growth-crazed suburban realm had some two dozen or so people living under a railroad bridge, in a culvert or two and sleeping rough in woodlots or behind industrial buildings. This was something like twenty years ago.
Suburban homelessness is a problem often neglected in Toronto
Public Health data like that generated annually for Elgin St Thomas provides tactical detail in support of a higher minimum wage and a guaranteed minimum income, for starters.
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health data shows cost of healthy eating out of reach for some low-income families
St Thomas Times-Journal
Dreadful is the only word to describe this. Canada needs a full-on, federal-provincial housing strategy.
Body found in burnt-out shed in Scarborough. Structure may have been in use as a living shelter cbc.ca
Oh Canada! Here’s two items for your austerity file. The first is about the country’s corporate cash hoard, said to be $626 billion dollars. That’s money not destined for wages or other constructive uses. The second is about life at the bottom. We can hardly pretend for long these are totally separate realities.
Austerity or prosperity? Canada’s $626 Billion Question. That’s what corporations hoard while Tories refuse to stimulate jobs
Austerity and homelessness kill in Canadian winter. Interview with John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
image: Internet Archive scanned book project
Okay, so your federal government internship looked prestigious at first but didn’t really pan out. That’s okay, though. There’s a shitload of lucrative, really fantastic opportunities out there in the technology-driven skilled trades! Uh, hello, …is this thing on?
You know that public healthcare thing. Are you watching it, closely?
How Harper killed medicare — and got away with it
Linda McQuaig in iPolitics