Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that (with a B.C. flavour) for your Tuesday reading. – Yes, the CCPA’s report showing that taxes in British Columbia are downright regressive is stunning enough on its face. But the real story may lie in the response of the province’s finance minister: Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said he didn’t put much stock ...

Accidental Deliberations: On downturns

Sure, it might seem like reason for concern that it’s only the type of government spending which the Cons are determined to slash that allowed Canadians in general to somewhat avoid a significant economic collapse over the past few years: In 2009, average earnings fell from $39,100 to $38,500 due to the steep rise of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 15, 2011

Yes, the spring session of Parliament has come to an end. But with much less news popping up on the political scene, I’ll take the opportunity to take a look back at the days I didn’t get to through my Parliament in Review posts – starting with Wednesday, June 15. Theme of the Day The ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Not allowed to talk about poverty

BC Stats put out a release yesterday with the headline “Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs) are a Poor Measure of Poverty” and author Dan Schrier gets in a dirty hit right in first paragraph: Despite protestations from Statistics Canada that LICOs are not meant to be used as a measure of poverty, there are many groups ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Greece at a Crossroads

Now that the Greek government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament, the stage is set in Greece for further confrontations ahead of next week’s decision on the new “austerity” plan demanded by the “troika” – the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the European Union (EU). While the origins of ...

knitnut.net: Feeding Canada Geese to the poor

New York City plans to capture Canada Geese and ship them to Pennsylvania, where they will be killed, cooked and fed to the poor. NYC says the geese pose a hazard to planes, because they sometimes get caught in engines. They also say that they couldn’t find any takers in New York, which is why ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: How Rob Ford Can Fix Social Housing

I have an opinion piece in today’s Toronto Star regarding Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford, and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). Mr. Ford would like to see a considerable number of units from TCHC’s existing stock sold off.  For background on the issue, please my blog post of April 13, which can be found here. In today’s piece, I ...

Leftist Jab: The "Tough on Crime" Myth – Part II

Previously, I argued that increasing our punitive prison system was a detriment to the country and a different approach was necessary. Now I’d like to shift focus to preventative measures that are “tough on crime”. What can be done to reduce criminality? The answer: create a national preschool program. Learning to share is “Tough on ...

A Housing Benefit for Ontario: An Affordable Plan To Help Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness

Anyone who has read this blog knows that the issues of poverty,hunger and homelessness are of particular interest to me, so when I come across a plan to help alleviate these scourges my ears perk up.A plan supported by industry and community groups alike titled A Housing Benefit for Ontario is one such proposal. Please ...

Vancouver!

I ran away from home, and arrived in Vancouver. I’ve been staying on Hastings Street, mostly, being both homeless and unemployed.I’ve been finding life to be difficult, but no more so then in Salmon Arm. It’s about the same, really, but just more compressed.I’ve been witness to so much, here. I’ve observed people at the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Is Capitalism Terminally Ill?

Today (June 15th) the Toronto Star broke news that the NDP was planning to drop the term “socialism” from its party’s platform. This was a mere formality of what had been in existence for decades: the party hasn’t been “socialist” in any shape or form for a very long time. On the very same day, ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Incomes and the Recession

Today’s Statscan release “Incomes of Canadians” provides data for 2009 and a partial reading on the impacts of the recession. (I say partial because the 2008 annual average data were impacted by the onset of the recession in the last quarter of the year, and since these impacts continued well into 2010.) The data give ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

A variety of content for your weekend reading.- The Lethbridge Herald nicely points out who figures to have a problem with Stephen Harper’s decision to have the Canadian public pay tens of thousands of dollars to send him to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals: (P)erhaps the flap over Harper’s appearance at the game ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Town Without Poverty

A guest post from Richard Pereira, a recent winner of the PEF Essay Contest… – Canadian Economics Association – The Town Without Poverty  There were hundreds of speakers at this year’s CEA conference in Ottawa.  About a dozen of these were designated “Special Lectures/Conférences spéciales” and among them were Jack Mintz on “The GST After ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Social Determinants of Health

(Note: This post contains a portion of the talk that I gave last month at the 16th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children in Athens). Research has now clearly established that economic, and social variables – more than individual or family behavior – are the most salient factors ...

The Platform of the Socialist Party of Ontario

The Platform of the Socialist Party of OntarioOur Vision:The Socialist Party of Ontario believes that the labour power and natural resources of a society should be used in an ecologically compatible, equitable and sustainable manner for the benefit of all, including future generations. The economy of a truly democratic society should also be cooperative and ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-23 02:12:00

CANADIAN POLITICS: MARCH WITH OCAP AND CUPE THIS THURSDAY: This appeal from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) asks you to join the ‘Raise the Rates’ contingent at the upcoming Canadian Union Of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE) convention. This is for our readers down Ontario way. ******************Join OCAP at CUPE Ontario Rally: Thursday, May 26th ...

Art Threat: New Orleans and the culture of resistance – Interview with Floodlines author Jordan Flaherty

Over five years since the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina, communities in New Orleans are still struggling to rebuild and return. Shocking images of Katrina broadcast globally continue to communicate the growing economic, social and racial fault lines in America. Beyond the headlines, community organizing and resistance to post-Katrina economic shock treatment of key public institutions, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: A Snapshot of the Vulnerable Underclass of Foreign Workers in Canada

There are lots of ways to look at Canada’s checkered history with immigration. Europeans welcome, French to a lesser degree after they lost a war or something, Chinese railroad workers, the Komagata Maru, internment of Japanese-Canadians, residential schools and a variety of abuses of the First Nations who “we” tend to treat as lesser people, ...

New Resolution: A Resolution Regarding Poverty and Social Exclusion

A Resolution Regarding Poverty and Social ExclusionProposed by: Carol-Anne Hudson, HamiltonDate: 09/05/11Whereas we are committed to living in an Ontario without poverty and; Whereas we are committed to living in a society where all citizens are considered equal and;Whereas we are committed to living in a society where there are no barriers to full participation ...

So How’s That Neo-Liberalism Thing Workin’ Out For Ya ?

For the past 30 years or so in Canada we have seen a steady succession of neo-liberal governments, each telling Canadians that we have to tighten our belts while cutting taxes and regulation on corporations. Well the evidence is in and we now know what many of us have been saying all along, neo-liberalism doesn’t ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Political Economy of Professional Wrestling: Capital, Unions and Spandex

Wage Labour on the Fringes For all the attention it received, to my knowledge, no one provided much of a political analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 award-winning motion picture The Wrestler. I suspect this is largely a function of the subject matter of the film: professional wrestling has been a long standing punch-line, after all. ...

ParliamANT Hill: LaytAnt turns attacks back on rivals (Cartoon of the Day)

Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/27/cv-election-ndp-layton-winnipeg-1039.html

The Progressive Economics Forum: False Consciousness, Part I: On Elections and the Middle Class

The following appeared in the National Post today. We’re in the last week of a federal election campaign, and every party wants you to believe they’re there for the hardworking families of a middle class under enormous pressure. That’s you, right? The idea of the middle class resonates, because it is a notion we all ...

How to Eliminate Homelessness And Save Money In The Process

It is very difficult to get accurate statistics regarding the number of homeless in this country, they vary greatly depending on the source, so I have split the difference for any of the asterisked numbers cited in this post. While certainly not ideal,it’s the best solution I could think of. No matter whose figures I ...