Cars are useful tools but they can leave working people kinda broke. They also pollute the air and their drivers hit people. New data from the UK confirms what most of us probably see anecdotally as a built-in feature of present day economics.
Today’s transport policy benefits the rich more than the poor
Transport Studies Unit at Oxford
The work of folding slacks, swiping credit cards and stocking shelves was enough to keep Sears going in Canada as a profitable, dividend-paying and executive bonus-giving retailer for decades. Then management decided to pack it all in. Emperor Justinian, representing us at Davos, seems to think it’s all pretty much okay, including the company leaving behind a whopper of a deficit in its pension plan.
Trudeau suggests EI for Sears workers who risk losing pensions
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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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Here in the Greater Toronto Area it feels like the real estate bubble will never burst. Prices swell and then swell some more. Equity flows – as if up through the very drains in the monster home basements – to enrich the fortunate homeowner.
An unavoidable parallel to this frenzy is found in automotive finance. Where you have sprawl, you have cars, natch.
Is there an auto bubble on the horizon?
Canadians getting lured onto auto debt treadmill by signing on to long term car loans
What comes after the auto bubble?
What’s happening with subprime auto loans?
‘Deep subprime’ auto loans are surging
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This Globe and Mail piece looks at the cost of having a family in Canada. Not the prettiest view for a large, wealthy, peaceful country like this one.
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Barely anyone at large in the industrial, consumer, automotive, real estate complex we call home has escaped the call of the lottery ticket. Deep down, even the most sensible and realistic of us harbours a fantasy of something for nothing here. We think of all the good things we could do for those we care about or all the crazy shit we could do for ourselves. Either way, we frequently line up at that most suburban of settings, the gas station, and lay down several hours pay in our minimum wage job for a piece of paper that could change everything. Time to think a little more about the psycho-social effects of the lotteries, yeah?
EIther way, good luck and don’t forget to give us some.
Robin Hoodwinked:how billion dollar powerballs reflect 21st century inequality. State lotteries take from the poor to give to the rich, but we have options and there is a game-changing alternative
US basic income activist Scott Santens on medium.com
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Then they came for the suburbs. And I did nothing because I didn’t have a car, or a job, medical coverage, or mortgage insurance.
Hopefully the Trump presidency will be shortened by litigation, impeachment, or the man’s general unfitness.
Meantime, looks like Prince Cheeto isn’t wasting time putting the boots to people.
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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?