Tag Archives: Canada

(1307) Good work, Canada!

Some news we can revel in. A retreat in poverty levels in Canada, especially for children, has come about. Considering what it’s like to delve into issues of poverty and social difficulty most of the time it should be hard to find anyone unhappy with this. Credit goes to a revamping of child tax benefits at federal level. This has not been picked up as robustly as we thought it would have but it is so encouraging to see that people can change systems and circumstances. Yes, there is work and research to be done. Nova Scotia seems to have been left out of things for some reason and there have, apparently, been changes made to methodology when it comes to officially counting child poverty which urges some caution. Nontheless, we’ll take it and the politicians on side with this should feel a sense of reward.

Benefits help slash Alberta’s child poverty rate
cbc.ca/news

Liberals bump in child benefits fuels poverty rate drop, Statistics Canada says
nationalpost.com

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(1306) We are what we can afford to eat


We are what we eat.  The Canada Food Guide has been around pretty much forever and the latest iteration offers a chance to reflect.  It’s a well-meaning attempt to, well, make life better.  Over the years it has been adjusted to reflect medical findings about sugar and fat, portion sizes and such.  What we really need to get our heads around is that poverty interferes with good eating.
The new Canada Food Guide highlights the biggest obstacle to healthy eating—poverty.  Opinion: The nutritious diet recommended by Ottawa is out of reach for millions of Canadians. The next, obvious steps are decent living wages and fairer social benefits
macleans.ca

(1304) Canadian transport poverty


We first came across detailed recognition of transportation poverty in the form of reports from non-profit and academic sources in the UK.  Canadians need not feel left out when it comes to our lived experience of this particular social difficulty.  Just look at the first map of Canada’s business capital, a place run by a suburban millionaire who despises public services.
Stranded without transit? Researchers say 1 million Canadians suffer from “transport poverty”
phys.org

(1303) Every day is executive payday


Today is a brutal one when you consider that by noon-ish the bigger dollar Canadian CEOs will have blown past the wages of their workers on average pay – FOR THE YEAR.  Wow.
Canada’s highest-paid CEOs will earn what the average worker makes in a year by lunchtime today. A report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also reveals the gender pay gap is widest for women at the top of the corporate ladder
financialpost.com
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(1301) Clothing retailer goes to $16/hr minimum wage


Ha!  Excellent news after a rather dark week.  Canadian clothier Simons is introducing a minimum wage of sixteen dollars an hour.  Are we psychic predicting they will attract more customers with happier employees who give better service because the people they work for actually give a hoot about them?  We know where we will be buying our new clothing in the coming years.
‘Simons has just upped the ante’: Retail giant moves to $16 per hour minimum wage
cbc.ca

(1300) CEOs open letter on BI


Here’s a link to that open letter from the people managing something like one point eight  billion dollars worth of the national economy.  Contrast the thinking behind their interest in universal basic income with that other item from same news cycle in which we find Tory/neoliberal playa Patrick Brown (MPP, Simcoe North) needed three hundred grand for his office expenses for two months.  This man is part of an AUSTERITY government.  One that just foisted a hospital cancellation on Brampton,  one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, among other things.
What a curiosity these times are.  Firstly that a right wing government member can be a hog wild spender with a robotic interest in power who also projects a surface interest in fiscal probity and professionalism mainly expressed through talking like a businessman.  Secondly, the actual business managers are, here, in the role of social conservation.
Are these times in which the messages are mixed?  You fucking bet they are.
CEOs open letter on basic income test pilot
cesoforbasicincome.ca
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(1293) Beertario


Looks as if we are not the only ones who feel an almost homonymic gravity of some kind drawing the phrases ‘buck-a-beer’ and ‘go fuck yourself’ into the same orbit.  This piece captures the general atmosphere of a hyped up, hot, and violent summer in a province that needs a sex-ed snitch line like it needs another massive forest fire.
Please read and share this powerful piece.
What buck-a-beer feels like to an alcoholic. I’ve been sober for five years, but my province is being led by a politician who seemingly prioritizes cheap beer over other, more urgent, issues—and it sucks
flare.com
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