Toronto writer Jay Pitter looks at ten people and their housing experiences to find that we don’t have a suburban, rural, urban or northern problem but a national one.
If we have any interest in ending poverty here then a recent increase to the minimum wage is a good thing.
For low income workers, Ontario’s minimum wage hike is life changing
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If you have ever encountered an aspect of public life in Canada and maybe found it kinda lacking in some way this is probably a big part of the reason why.
Preferential treatment. The history and cost of tax exemptions, credits and loopholes in Canada
policyalternatives.ca (link to 42-page .pdf file)
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At the same time: reports on death at the hands of your income and the positive effects of a basic income guarantee.
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
thestar.com (Statistics Canada report)
Basic impact. Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs
mowatcentre.ca (links to 69-page .pdf file)
Financial challenges mount for millions of Canadians because of income volatility, study finds
CBC Investigates: number of highest-earning Canadians paying no income tax is growing. CBC analysis reveals about 6,000 earning more than $100,000 got legal break in 2014
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If the poor are less likely to vote then they won’t do much to advocate for themselves in the form of activism, letter writing or calling elected representatives either, will they?
In Ontario there is an opportunity to lift up the status of the working poor. This is a moment when a push from the electorate could make a difference.
Advocates: Ontario plan to overhaul labour laws, boost minimum wage step in the right direction. Labour advocates applaud sweeping labour reforms and Ontario’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but say it needs to happen soon
UK-based academic research confirms what many have suspected for years; that low-income people have little faith in the system.
How poverty makes people less likely to vote. It is not surprising that so many of the poorest people choose not to vote. Theirs is not an act of apathy – for they are often intensely political – but of disgust
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A collection of the work of a health reporter who began his career in the 1980s has been published. If there really is a universal topic of concern in Canada this is probably it.
You’d think to manage any kind of business you’d have to have some understanding of wage economics, no?
Our most elderly employee read this article with disgust yesterday. ”In the early eighties,” he hissed. ”Restarauteurs were carping and bitching exactly the same way about how ‘nobody wants to work, we can’t find anyone, our dishwasher quit.’ Nothing ever changes.”
When the conditions are so bad, it’s no wonder restaurant workers are skipping out on their job interviews.
OPINION: The hospitality industry is facing a new crisis: job candidate and employee no-shows. And before you ask: no, it isn’t just millennials
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Forget Vancouver, BC’s future will be decided by the suburbs. With big city problems creeping into the land of cul-de-sacs and single-family homes, suburban swing ridings are set to determine the outcome of the provincial election
Some insight from recent US experience?