Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Danny Dorling sets out how a more equal society leads to benefits for everybody. And Annie Lowrey discusses Richard Reeves’ take on the separation between the top 20% of the income spectrum and the rest of the U.S. – particularly in preventing social mobility. – Meagan Gilmore points ...

Things Are Good: It’s Not the 99%, Class is About the Top 80%

Since the Occupy movement in 2011 there has been conversations about the 99% versus the 1% of wealth holders. The idea then was to show the massive inequality between those in the top 1% of society and everybody else – sadly that inequality has only grown. The rich get richer and everybody else gets left ...

Mind Bending Politics: Human Rights Appears To Be An Issue In New Ontario Autism Program

  Minister of Children and Youth Services Micheal Coteau has been a champion of human rights especially in the black community and around racism, but when it comes to autistic kids it may be a different story.  Coteau made an announcement yesterday that was very short on detail regarding the roll out of the direct ...

We Pivot: Dignity, Ontario and the Minimum Wage

Any second now, the Ontario government will announce what it will do for workers. It’s called the Changing Workplaces Review. And if you haven’t noticed, the value of work has been in decline for a couple generations and the 1% … [Read more]

Things Are Good: First Nations Reserves Across Canada to get Toronto Library Cards

A fantastic way to share stories and knowledge is through books and public library systems. Unfortunately too many indigenous reserves and communities in Canada don’t have access to a library, which is having a negative impact on knowledge sharing. The Toronto Public Library system will be extending their library services to indigenous communities as part ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: About The WomanMeansSomething Violence Database

So, a man by the name of Paul Dirks has created a “Sexual Violence Database” which he claims shows a strong correlation between jurisdictions where trans rights have been provided in law and an increase in sexual predation in female designated spaces. I downloaded the raw data and took a look through it.  First, the ...

centre of the universe: Acting Your Age

Here’s the thing. We live in a society that values youth over experience, wisdom, ability and knowledge. I’m not sure why we do that, but children are more valuable to us than non-children, which also translates into vilifying people who opt not to breed. There’s a whole bunch going on in this statement, and I…

We Pivot: Feminism and Intersectionality, LIVE!

Feminism, intersectionality, activism in a world spinning out of rationality? Need to some grounding, inspiration and joy? Want to see the woman who invented the word “intersectionality”? Here’s what should be on your plate tomorrow night at 730pm PST! Tony … [Read more]

Things Are Good: Respecting Human Rights When Negotiating Trade Deals

money Donald Trump ran a campaign that championed the need to renegotiate the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better help Americans. Trump’s erratic behaviour means we won’t know if NAFTA will ever be renegotiated, however the need to talk about trade in a new lens is needed (of course, we have no idea ...

Things Are Good: The Future of Economics is a Doughnut

Economists have focussed on just one thing for the last hundred years or so: making money. That might sound fine, but classically these economists have ignored the societal and environmental costs of their proposed money making schemes. Their willful ignorance has unleashed climate change on us all, and that’s precisely where Kate Raworth comes in. ...

Things Are Good: Basic Income Being Tested in Ontario

Basic income is a concept that is being tried in Finland and now in Canada. The idea is to give people just enough money to live off of regardless of their situation. People can live a barebones life using basic income, but in order to afford things like travel or fancy objects a job will ...

centre of the universe: The Inadvertent Feminist

I have the most bizarre memory. I mean, I can remember things that happened when I was 2. I remember locker combinations from high school. I remember school seating plans from elementary school. Yet I can’t remember my kids’ names on a regular basis, or whether I’ve seen a particular movie. This is nothing new….

Things Are Good: Millennials Don’t Want to Work for Jerks

Generational distinctions are mostly meaningless, although sometime there is a glimpse into cultural trends based on age. One generational difference that is a good one to see (among many) is that “millennials” don’t want to work for jerks. Workplaces used to worship the leaders who pushed people around and were overly assertive; today the standard ...

Things Are Good: A Living Wage Makes for a Good Business Plan

Helmi Ansari started a successful business and understands what’s it like to worry about paying the bills – and knows that when you’re stressed about paying bills you’re not focussed at the job at hand. This is why he pays all of his employees a living wage. A living wage is usually higher than minimum ...

Things Are Good: Get Rewarded for Supporting Civil Disobedience

If your idea to change the world is creative enough then you could get $250,000 from LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman. Technically, it’ll be from MIT Media Lab with money from Hoffman. The Lab and Hoffman teamed up to ensure that creative civil resistance in the USA doesn’t die under the Trump presidency. With the increased ...

We Pivot: Community First, Deportations Second?

Residents were upset that the president who promised to deport undocumented immigrants was rounding up undocumented immigrants in order to deport them. “I knew he was Mexican, but he’s been here so long, he’s just one of us,” Debra Johnson, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Why Most Young People Can’t Buy a Home in Vancouver

Did you know that if you sell a house in Vancouver, if it’s your primary residence, you pay no tax on the profit? The lack of any capital gains tax on selling one’s primary residence contributes to the manic increase … [Read more]

Things Are Good: This River is a Person in New Zealand Law

The Whanganui River its the first river to have the same legal stats as a person. The New Zealand federal government recently passed a bill granting the river legal personhood. This means that the river is afforded all the rights as a person under New Zealand law. The river’s rights to clean air, legal representation, ...

We Pivot: IWD + 7 Days: Saudi Arabia Edition

Maybe this is a first step at dismantling one of the harshest patriarchies on the planet? Or maybe that as we pivot to a society of gender equality, we can suggest to Saudi Arabia that if they oppose genders mixing, … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Day After IWD, Maybe?

My fourth grade teacher friend found this under one of her students' desks. <3 <3 <3 pic.twitter.com/7NSxIa6ujn — Elly (@SMLXist) March 6, 2017   On International Women’s Day, the prime minister’s wife decided to honour the men who are feminists … [Read more]

We Pivot: Systemic Misogyny Even in Literature? Of Course.

As we pivot to a world of post-patriarchy, let’s look at literature. Are most published books written by men? Are most characters in children’s books introducing and reinforcing patriarchy? Yes, of course. Awareness is the first step to a solution. … [Read more]

We Pivot: Let’s Change BC’s Racist Street Names

The World Economic Forum is not the most progressive organization in world history. They’ve been part of pushing a neoliberal privatization agenda on many poor countries for decades. But they’re going through what appears to be at least a salon … [Read more]

We Pivot: CPP Beats RRSPs and TFSAs

Because “they” usually won’t tell you, investing in retirement savings collectively, as a nation, is cheaper and more effective than individual savings, like RRSPs and TFSAs that only the richer set are able to use. Only the pretty well-off have … [Read more]

We Pivot: Listen to Refugees; Don’t Ban Them

Canadians are awesome, tolerant, opening and welcoming. Sure. To a degree, but even to the point of self delusion. We often feel morally superior to the Americans, particularly now as they slide from proto-fascism to soft fascism to jackboot fascism. … [Read more]

We Pivot: My Speech to the HUMA Commons Committee on Poverty Reduction

I was honoured to receive an invitation to speak to HUMA later this morning, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. They are studying poverty reduction strategies, … [Read more]