Canada Inequality

Listen Up, O'Leary: Democracy Doesn't Fit On A Spreadsheet

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader. Terrible for the Conservatives and terrible for the national debate in this country. Being offensive and insensitive to the very real needs and wishes of Canadians is not leadership and it's certainly not prime ministerial.

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

The Panama Papers Revelations Hit The World's Poor Hardest

Oxfam Canada | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When companies or wealthy individuals dodge taxes, governments either have to cut back on essential services, such as health care and education, or make up the shortfall by levying higher taxes on everyone else. Both options see the poorest people lose out and the inequality gap grow.

Why Chris Rock's Oscar Jokes Got The Wrong Laughs

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada TV
Tasheka Lavann

When he spoke about some of the worst hate crimes experienced by black people, Chris Rock made sure to let these stars know that our ancestors were "too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer". How did they react to the "grandmother swinging from a tree"? Laughter!

It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

What we have done for far too long is simply not working. Even with all the social supports in place, the resulting income is often only enough to maintain a family in poverty. At their worst, existing policies and programs actually entrap people in poverty. This is why we need a new way. A basic income would work as a tax credit administered through the taxation system similar to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. If someone earns less or has less than the poverty line, they would simply be topped up to a point above the poverty line.

Our Food Issues Are So Much Bigger Than Overpriced Cauliflower

Nick Saul | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nick Saul

Single Ontarians on social assistance have just over $600/month to cover all their living expenses, including rent and food -- a pittance that causes many to have to go without food, or to access a food bank or meal program. People in low-paying jobs with no benefits struggle too.

The Davos Man: We Are All Inheriting The Whirlwind

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Business
Glen Pearson

Over the decades anyone who's a mover or shaker, along with those wishing to be, appear in Davos in a fascinating attempt at reading the global tea leaves. We know who they are and their ranks have grown to include celebrities -- actors, singers, authors -- who mix with the traditional grouping of financiers, politicians, and non-profit leaders.

'Having it All' Should Be The Norm, Not The Exception

Jennifer Reynolds | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Jennifer Reynolds

Creating work environments that reflect the reality that both women and men are working and raising children is critical to not only women, but to the competitiveness of the economy. We are not maximizing the talent pool when 50 per cent of the population is absent from the vast majority of leadership roles that shape our economy.

The TPP Erodes Public Policy To Benefit The World's Plutocrats

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

[Obama] argued that globalization was eroding workers' rights and concentrating economic benefits at the top, that it is now harder for people to pull themselves out of poverty. In the same breath, he flogs the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Come again?

The 5 Things You Need To Know About Canadian Economic Inequality

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Carolyn Shimmin

Certain segments of society encounter persistent disadvantages and lack of opportunity across the country, but the degree to which various societal conditions impact the rate of inequality in Canada is a hotly contested issue. These five facts will put things into perspective.

We Need To Remove Laws That Are Barriers To Gender Equality

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Continuing legal differences between the entitlements of men and women in economies across the globe has a negative impact on female work force participation. Some say that women should suck it up, and do a different job. Why? If men are entitled to pursue any career they like, why shouldn't women have the same opportunities?

Equality Is Key To Success For Sustainable Development Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

We need policies that enable the poorest to benefit most from economic growth. Of the 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty in 2010, 200 million could have escaped extreme poverty if poor people had simply benefited equally from the proceeds of growth -- particularly women and youth, two groups being left behind.

It's Time to Talk About a New Vision for Canada's Economy

David Suzuki | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The federal leaders' debate on the economy focused on important issues but no one talked about a different vision for Canada's economy. A better economic vision would support the right of all Canadians to live in a healthy environment, with access to clean air and water and healthy food. It would respect planetary boundaries and provide the moral imperative to decrease growing income disparities. Businesses would be required to pay for environmental damage they inflict, capital would be more widely distributed and ideas, such as employee shareholder programs with ethically invested stocks, would be the norm.

What the UN's New Sustainable Development Plan Means for Canada

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Over the next 15 years, the international community will be guided by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integrating the three broad pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental well-being. Universal in nature, this means the SDGs will go beyond guiding the international cooperation efforts of high-income countries and emerging economies, to encouraging Canada to determine how it will address its own sustainable development challenges domestically.

5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who shine a light on this issue and believe that we can get there.

There Are Too Many Misperceptions About Inequality in Canada

Yanick Labrie | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

There are many things to say about the varied causes and potential effects of inequality. But one oft-neglected question that's worth asking is: Do people generally have an accurate picture of the level of inequality that exists in their countries? The short answer, according to a recent paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor, is that they do not. In Misperceiving Inequality, researchers Vladimir Gimpelson and Daniel Treisman note, first of all, that only 29 per cent of respondents across 40 countries were able to identify which of five diagrams best characterized income distribution in their societies--which is not much more accurate than random chance.

How Pope Francis Offers Hope on Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Pope Francis recently put humanity's situation in context -- and offered hope for the future. Regardless of how you feel about religion or the Catholic Church, or even some ideas in the Pope's encyclical, there's no denying it contains a powerful, scientifically and morally valid call for radical change that will reach an audience far beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. In his June 18 address, the Pope called on the world -- not just Catholics -- to recognize the need for change in the face of ecological crises such as human-caused global warming and the failure of growth-fuelled market economics to facilitate human survival, happiness and prosperity.

Eliminating Poverty Should Be a Priority for Ontario's Budget Makers

Sid Ryan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

As the Wynne Government prepares to release its next budget, voters are expecting to finally get a formal introduction to the Premier's plan for Ontario. But after years of public sector funding freezes, Ontarians are expecting more than just belt loosening: they want to see concrete investment in their collective future.

Leaders at the Summit of the Americas Must Walk the Talk

Lina Holguin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Lina Holguin

Last week's Summit of the Americas in Panama signalled a new era of diplomacy and collaboration, with Cuba's first ever participation at the summit. The Summit of the Americas was a historic one, but it will only make history if leaders turn rhetoric into action.

The Summit of the Americas Must Focus on Economic Inequality

Lina Holguin | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Lina Holguin

The Seventh Summit of the Americas will take place in Panama on April 10-11, 2015 and it is set to be an historic occasion, given Cuba's participation for the first time since the founding summit in 1994. In the 2012 Summit, all Latin American and Caribbean countries voted to give Cuba a seat at the table. The United States and Canada opposed Cuban participation. Although Latin America and the Caribbean have been able to make some headway in reducing economic inequality, it is still the world's most unequal region. Much more will be needed to address extreme inequality than what is contemplated in the Mandates for Action.

Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Canada was generally lauded for its universal healthcare system but also faulted for its high costs as well as timeliness and efficiency of care. High marks were given to Australia for quality and cost efficiency. To turn things around, WHO experts recommend that policymakers in the respective healthcare systems combat first today's fastest spreading health threats.

Income Inequality Poses a Health Risk to All

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

There is a growing international movement, supported by the World Health Organization, toward "Health in all Policies," an approach that has been adopted by governments around the world. Here in Canada, Quebec has such a policy, and Newfoundland and Labrador is currently exploring this model.

How City Planning Can Cause Greater Generational Divides

Markus Moos | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Markus Moos

An absence of multigenerational interaction may seem like a blessing to some, but it has those in city planning concerned. Just as our neighbourhoods have traditionally been segregated by race, ethnicity, income and culture, today they're also increasingly split by age.

These 30 Public Figures Are Asking World Leaders, What Side of History Will You Be on?

Save the Children | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Save the Children

Dear World Leaders, There are moments in history that become turning points. In our view, 2015 will be such a moment. We believe it's just possible that we could end 2015 with a new global compact -- an agreed pathway to a better, safer future for people and planet that will inspire all the citizens of the world. We can choose the path of sustainable development. Which side of history will you be on?

What I Hear When You Call My Unborn Daughter a "Drama Queen"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

"Good luck with the little drama queen," they say when they find out I'm expecting a girl. It seems we gals have a rep right out of the womb -- as dramatic, irrational whack-jobs. So, when one of us is assaulted and comes forward, many people instantly think: oh she's exaggerating, seeking attention or revenge or a payday. It's a pattern, after all.