Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood discusses the close connection between the energy sector and inequality in Canada – with the obvious implication that policies dedicated to unduly favouring the former will inevitably produce the latter:  (T)he real story from last week’s Stats Can report isn’t that Canada is turning the tide ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on a couple of important recent warnings that Canada is in danger of following the U.S. down the path of extreme corporatism and inequality: Speaking at a fundraiser for the left-leaning Broadbent Institute, Reich said Canada is facing the same inequality-growing “structural problems” that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Ed Broadbent laments Canada’s failure to meet its commitment to end child poverty – and notes that the Harper Cons in particular are headed in exactly the wrong direction: This child poverty rate is a national disgrace. It jumped from 15.8 per cent in 1989 to 19.2 per ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The 25th anniversary of Parliament’s unanimous – if failed – commitment to eliminate child poverty has given rise to plenty of worthwhile commentary. Marco Chown Oved talks to Ed Broadbent about what the resolution meant at the time (as well as how it came to be ignored), while ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Sarah Lazare reports on UNICEF’s research showing an appalling increase in child poverty in many of the world’s richest countries: “Many affluent countries have suffered a ‘great leap backwards’ in terms of household income, and the impact on children will have long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities,” ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – In the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence, Polly Toynbee reminds us why fragmentation can only serve to exacerbate inequality – a lesson worth keeping in mind as the Cons look to devolve responsibility for taxation and public services in Canada: What’s to be done? The answer ...

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario promises to cut child poverty by 25 per cent

The Ontario government’s new five year poverty reduction strategy promises to cut child poverty by 25 per cent, end homelessness. The post Ontario promises to cut child poverty by 25 per cent appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Paul Buchheit highlights how inequality continues to explode in the U.S. by comparing the relatively small amounts of money spent on even universal federal programs to the massive gifts handed to the wealthy. Christian Weller and Jackie Odum offer a U.S. economic snapshot which shows exactly the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Joseph Stiglitz offers his suggestions (PDF) for a tax system which would encourage both growth and equality: Tax reform…offers a path toward both resolving budgetary impasses and making the kinds of public investments that will strengthen the fundamentals of the economy. The most obvious reform is an increase ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Angella MacEwen takes a look at the large numbers of unemployed and underemployed Canadians chasing a tiny number of available jobs. And Carol Goar calls out the Cons and the CFIB alike for preferring disposable foreign workers to Canadians who aren’t being offered a living wage: If employers ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – The American Prospect writes about Thomas Piketty’s work on inequality – and how we’re just scratching the surface of the policy implications of a new gilded age: Piketty is rightly pessimistic about an immediate response. The influence of the wealthy on democratic politics and on how we think ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Valley Homeless Target Of Efforts To Provide Footcare, Shoes and Warm Socks

Cowichan News Leader reporter Ashley Degraaf penned this story about the real need facing many homeless victims who suffer from problems with their feet, lack of proper shoes, socks and in need of medical attention. Pearl Stoker has stepped up along with support from community churches and that is a good thing but it is only ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Bill Tieleman tears into James Moore for his callous disregard for child hunger, while PressProgress reminds us that plenty of the Cons’ policy choices reflect Moore’s complete lack of concern for his neighbours’ children. And Polly Toynbee looks in detail at the UK Cons’ attempts to turn ...

Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Regime Revealed its True Face

First he claimed his callous comments about hungry children were out of context, and ridiculous… Then he claimed the story wasn't accurate, and ridiculous… Then when he realized the reporter had the whole interview on tape he apologized. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives not bothered by Third World-style child poverty in Canada

Federal minister James Moore shows that the Harper Conservatives aren’t at all bothered by the fact that 1 in 7 children live in poverty in Canada today. The post Harper Conservatives not bothered by Third World-style child poverty in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

ParliamANT Hill: Minister sorry for remarks about hungry children

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/james-moore-sorry-for-remarks-about-hungry-children-1.2465666 and http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ontario-to-go-it-alone-after-cpp-reform-stalls-1.2465619

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Heather Mallick discusses what Canada stands to lose as Canada Post is made both more expensive and less functional. Ethan Cox suggests that what’s missing from Canada Post is a postal bank – which makes postal services elsewhere both more profitable, and more valuable for citizens. And the ...

Montreal Simon: James Moore, Child Poverty, and the Cruel Cons

Damn. I'm always making the same mistake. Because I can't help looking for the good in everyone  most people, I keep thinking that some Cons are better than others. So when some of my friends in Ottawa told me that James Moore was slightly more human than most members of the Harperite cult, I believed them.But ...

Scott's DiaTribes: ‘It is enough for a man to understand his own business; mine occupies me constantly’

Federal Industry Minister James Moore on the federal government’s role (or lack thereof) in reducing child poverty in Canada is basically: let others worry about it: “Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem: “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore… ...

Cowichan Conversations: Conservative Senators Controversy Is A Convenient Dodge From Real Issues Facing Canada

Dorothy Field-Cowichan Conversations Contributor The senators in question have done exactly what Harper appointed them to do – trumpet the Conservative brand at tax payers expense. Harper and the PMO seem to have OKed, their shenanigans. Only now he mounts his moral podium to denounce and eject them. Fun and games if it didn’t mean ...

Accidental Deliberations: On factory families

Sure, some are responding to the Fraser Institute’s “study” on the costs of child-rearing with mockery and/or outrage. But in fairness, let’s acknowledge that the study’s validity simply depends on the accuracy of its assumptions, which may well vary from parent to parent. And given Christopher Sarlo’s reliance on children costing precisely zero in housing, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Lest anybody think the Harper Cons’ combination of dishonesty and secrecy is limited to political payoffs, Blacklock’s reveals (PDF) that they subsidized the shipment of corporate jobs out of Canada – and didn’t deign to inform the public that the program existed until seven years after the fact. ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the CCPA’s recent report (PDF) on child poverty in Canada – and the affordable options which could eradicate that poverty based on a few simple choices. For further reading…– Campaign 2000’s report card showed where Canada stood in 2009 when it came to its commitment to ending child poverty. – Sources as to ...

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Gain Ground In Latest Polls

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger For an election that started off so slow this is turning into a lively one. Adrian Dix and the BC NDP have dug down and gone after Christy Clark and the BC Liberals for their remarkable ‘Untruthiness’ to borrow a line from ’Late Night Talker-Satirist Stephen Colbert.’ If Colbert was covering Election 13  he would ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Child poverty rampant in Canadian cities

The story of child poverty in Canada is very much an urban story. One out of every 10 children living in urban areas was poor in 2010, compared to one in 20 children living in non-urban areas. Three quarters (or 76%) of all poor children in Canada lived in one of the urban centres shown ...