Wondering what the chances are the subject of this blog posting will read, or heed, it’s wise words. Maybe a vulnerable stretch away from the public in a hospital, recuperating from himself as much as anything else, will give what’s left of the man some perspective. It’s easy to be cynical, isn’t it?
I’m happy for Rob Ford in his time of need
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A report released this week had us cringing. Why? Because across Toronto about thirty to forty percent of children live in poverty.
Policing and community protection are important commodities. Are the authorities dispensing these things in Canada immune to American trends? Doubt it. We aren’t reassured much by our memory of the G20 conference in Toronto in 2010 for starters. Shouldn’t we be “bulking up” the social workers, drop in centres and school boards?
Canadian police forces bulking up with armoured vehicles
‘We call it a rescue vehicle': growing number of Canadian police forces bulking up with armoured vehicles
Militarized policing in Canada under scrutiny following Ferguson protests
image: Lenco Bearcat Combat Ballistic Tactical Transport vehicle by Sdlewis via Wikimedia Commons
A short piece from The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) looks at important numbers associated with sprawl.
Urban sprawl means taxing ourselves out of existence
image: surveying instruments via Library & Archives Canada
Bell Canada has put an end to a high profile management internship program. One of the oldest nameplates in corporate Canada has brought legal risk and embarrassment upon itself with the extent and character of the unpaid employment it has played host to. A former intern has brought legal action against Bell in part of what appears to be a general backlash against internship.
Bell Canada cancels massive unpaid-internship program. The unpaid work program is part of an ongoing federal labour dispute involving a former intern seeking back wages thestar.com
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A Canadian Press item about Canada’s mall construction boom has been picked up widely. Not with much concern about wages and workers, though.
Mall construction boom fuelled by the tastes of Canada’s wealthiest globalnews.ca
image: Food Central at the recently renovated Square One shopping centre in Mississauga, ON by TheAmazingMino via Wikimedia Commons
Diabetes rates have been mapped in detail for the first time for the province of Ontario and the results published. For the Greater Toronto Area the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) maps draw your eye to such places as Brampton and Rexdale, which is to say the sprawl. The ethnicity, incomes and behaviours of those with this illness in such communities is further established as well. Alarming.
New map reveals diabetes hot spots in the GTA. Massive study finds nearly half of Ontario’s 1 million cases are in the GTA, with ethnicity a major factor
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Canada’s federal Tories have gone after a variety of activist/non-profit groups by throwing costly, distracting audits at them. Overspending on political activity seemed to be the justification. A much ignored “snitch-line” and hours of accounting effort later it turns out there’s not much to see. Probably its safe to say the Harper Conservatives just don’t like what the targeted groups are saying. This piece from Press Progress contrasts the Robocop-like eagerness of the feds when it comes to bean counting the non-profits and their disinterest in the questionable approaches of large corporations and the wealthy to tax avoidance through overseas money-stashing.
CRA is hunting down charities while millionaires screw around in the Caymans
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