Tag Archives: cost of living

(926) Affordable Internet

digital divideThe Internet is pretty much now a necessity, especially when it comes to looking for a job or studying.  ACORN Canada calls for a national affordable Internet policy in a new report so that low income Canadians won’t be left out of the advantages of connectivity.
Internet for all: Internet use and accessibility for low-income Canadians
16-page .pdf file
Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet. The high cost of home Internet services is taking a bite out of food budgets for low-income Canadians, new survey shows
thestar.com

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(471) Funeral poverty

DeathWords that can be paired to poverty seem to be in no short supply.

Rest in Poverty – Cost Of Dying Up AGAIN
SunLife

Funeral poverty in the UK: issues for policy
University of Bath Institute for Social Policy

Cost of living? What about the cost of being dead? The spiralling price of funerals is a symptom of the triumph of the market and the accompanying poverty of civic life Guardian

image: Dance of Death by Michael Wolgemut via Wikimedia Commons

(371) Cartoon time: Fraser report on cost of raising children

repellerThat most fertile corner of Canada’s neo-conservatism has released another document for back-to-school season.  One which has been largely ignored.

Second-degree murder charges for a Toronto cop, the prime minister’s Arctic roadshow, even some tiny hints of autumn weather mean more than yet another steaming load from Vancouver’s paper-a-week Fraser Institute, it would seem.  The Fraser’s latest has to do with how cheap and easy it is to raise children in Canada.  You can do it on about three grand per kid per year, give or take a few boxes of K-D.

And so we need to quit carping people of Canada.  Oh, except about taxes and the regulation of business or markets.  Constructive social policy?  Forget it, too expensive, so don’t even ask, ye little ones.

That’s the general drift, and it’s Fraser classique.  At least the Frasies are consistent, they’ve certainly done their best to damage reasonable discourse about life in this country.  Who knows, maybe that was their intention all these years, rather than to make any one specific point at a given time they are just wreckers, technicians of brainwashing, flooding us like a riverside subdivision in spring with their neoconservative language and ideology.

Even for the Frasies this slim effort in minimization is best forgotten.  Income tax information from the US detailing the six-digit incomes of those associated with the institute was published last week.  Hardly an objective coincidence that most of their publications are about how great the market is when it comes to meeting human needs.

Leftist media presence rabble.ca provided a demolition job on the Frasers recently.  Lived reality also weighs against the report given recent, and expected, increases in the cost of food, gasoline, accommodation, and interest rates.  Perhaps that’s the main reason this offering from the Frasers got so little media attention.

Coincidentally, we were taking a short cut along the northern edge of the suburban-poverty.com office campus the other day.  Comparing and contrasting in our own mind the spirit of the Fraser document with the much more sensible approach of Citizens for Public Justice, and their report from last month on the labour market, we were startled from our thoughts for a moment to come across a decoy wolf, a plastic replica of one of the oldest metaphors of poverty and social difficulty.

How appropriate, we thought, for the matter at hand.  Trade in shallow representations, deceptions and fear has been one of the hallmarks of the neoconservative approach.  Once you get up a little closer, they are laughable and unreal.  Indeed.

Debunking Fraser Institute’s The Cost of Raising Children
policyfix.ca

Raising a child is cheap and cheerful, as long as mom stays at home
Wellesley Institute responds to Fraser report

Sunshine Listing the Fraser Institute 
Ottawa Citizen

Never mind the details: Fraser Institute’s a leader in press release production
rabble.ca on another recent FI paper about government workers earning too much money