No matter how fractured our collective political lives become most of us would still tend to agree that preventing premature death by any cause is a good idea. Recent data from the United States should therefore interest all of us, regardless of how entrenched in total ideology or total indifference.
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.
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.
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?
With perhaps a few fairly obvious exceptions there can hardly be many convincing arguments for putting women in prison in general and solitary confinement in particular. Just think of the awful effects a sentence can have on the family life of women. Statistics continue to tie gender, race, poverty and prison together in ways nobody should feel happy about.
Before lunch yesterday the top 100 or so members of the executive class would have blown past the yearly average pay for a Canadian worker. Through the cost to the public of goods and services we pay for this.