Food and fuel will cost more next year. Not to diminish the ‘family’ angle these articles frequently employ but won’t single people also be taking a hit?
Where’d we leave that ODSP application form?
Look, it isn’t that we hate Vancouver but that town is gonna pop an aorta any day now …and it won’t have anyone to blame but itself.
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Again, that red hot and high-revving real estate engine torques itself up, spinning change all over the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and beyond.
Outpacing Toronto real estate, Durham may be the GTA’s hottest market. Buyers looking for relief in the suburbs face soaring prices, faster sales, competitive bidding
See also: (317) Durham Region
Why the poor pay more for toilet paper – and just about everything else
Suburban living is more expensive than you may think
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The 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.
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
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Think groceries have become expensive? Expect more sticker shock in 2016 CP/London Free Press
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Funeral poverty in the UK: issues for policy
University of Bath Institute for Social Policy
image: Dance of Death by Michael Wolgemut via Wikimedia Commons
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.
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
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