Okay, it’s a world of news, bad news, really bad news, and fake news but the finding that Canada is at the bottom of the list of developed countries for progressive spending should cut through the noise and be nothing less than devastating. Right? Like, what are we all living our lives here for?
To say that a third of Canadians have financial anxiety, as a new survey does, is to say the entire working class has financial anxiety. What a joke.
Whatever your reaction to Doug Ford’s personality and speaking style he is probably best understood to be an advocate of neoliberalism. Perhaps he’s for a tad more vigorous regime of that than Kathleen Wynn has been during her tenure. Either way, a political change is imminent in Canada’s largest province and like voters all over the west for decades now we are confronted with a picked over buffet of options and must choose the least ptomaine-inducing one.
Remember to vote, friends and folks. Above all, remember your interests.
Battle lines drawn over wages, jobs. Low-wage work force has seen ranks grow rapidly, but parties differ over how to deal with it
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A series in Slate does the job working over the downward tilt in fortune for American suburban living. Worth a visit. I suppose we Ontarians are looking to protect ourselves from this kind of socioeconomic illness how?
By electing Doug Ford premier?
More families feel insecure. That’s because they are.
In the suburbs, income is more volatile, and you’re more vulnerable
slate.com Suburban Slide
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The New Urban Crisis. How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class – and What We Can Do About It
2017: Basic Books, NY
Urban crisis is also suburban crisis. What is bad for one is bad for the other, if in different ways. For Florida’s take on all this we refer you to chapter eight of his most recent book. This chapter functions as a data-supported handbook to the sprawl zones. In an era of what he calls winner-take-all urbanism staged by and for the so-called creative class, well, the further out you go it seems the deeper the doo-doo. Please read.
The new suburban crisis
Our largest Metro areas are increasingly showing signs of a split economic personality. Ongoing data from the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership:
The precarity problem
To keep you out of harm’s way should recent weather warnings turn out not to be exaggerations – some features about having the kinds of communities we’d like to have.
Media get it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study
The places that may never recover from the recession.
The Rust Belt isn’t the only region left behind by the economic recovery. The suburbs of the American west are struggling, too
In defence of degrowth
Poor neighbourhoods make the best investments
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