Canada Inequality

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.

You Don't Need to Act Like a Lawyer in the Court of Public Opinion

Denise Brunsdon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Denise Brunsdon

"Innocent until proven guilty" is a criminal law concept used in conjunction with the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard to guarantee an important legal doctrine: it's better for guilty people to go free than infringe the liberty of the innocent. This high threshold isn't used in civil action, where judges decide guilt on the balance of probabilities standard. And it certainly isn't required in Facebook or any public forum of debate. There may be two different accounts of the same incident; that's OK. Trust me when I say, there is no need to Columbo such a situation.

13 Incredibly Frustrating Things Women Have To Deal With In 1 Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Living

There's nothing more frustrating to women than being criticized for our weight, our decisions about having or not having children and when we're angry...

Don't Believe This Misleading Report About Canadian Income Inequality

Sean Speer | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Business
Sean Speer

Headlines in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and CBC all trotted out the cliché that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, giving the impression of a doomsday-like wealth inequality gap. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

Want a Middle Class? Imitate Alberta and Saskatchewan

Mark Milke | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

There has been much hand-wringing over the claimed disappearance of the middle class. At the national level important policy such as a stable currency and domestic peace matter to the creation of prosperity and the formation of the middle class. But domestically, consider one issue -- tax rates -- that can be easily compared across provinces and which has an effect upon wealth creation and thus opportunities and jobs.

Some Points of View You Won't Hear Coming Out of Davos

Jim Harris | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Jim Harris

Today is the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Jan 22-25). Many surveys and analysis will be presented at the Forum and side events outlining the problems and solutions the world and nations face. Here are some points of view that you will NOT likely hear coming out of WEF.

Is Canada Really Inclusive?

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Sen. Art Eggleton

Inclusion and cohesion are vital to the national social fabric. They are vital to the everyday interactions amongst Canadians. They are vital to our interconnectedness and a shared experience of our nation. So are we inclusive? Do citizens feel they are a vital part of our communities? Do they feel like they have a voice?

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Kendra Coulter | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

There are many threads which interweave people working in stores and in factories, near and far. Yet too often we compartmentalize and divide issues, creating silos of concern. People interested in making more ethical consumption choices are forced to pit priorities against each other.

Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda

Niki Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Niki Ashton

Tuesday, October 29, feminists from coast to coast to coast will join together in Ottawa and online to make history. Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda will see 22 feminist activists under 40, from across the country, share a message for social change. They will speak to the challenges that young women are facing, and most importantly how they are fighting back.

The Gender Gap Exists Online, Too

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

A report released by the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender revealed that there are 200-million fewer women online than men. This technology gap does not end on the Internet. It is found in mobile communication devices as well.

Davos: All Glamour, No Solutions

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Business
Glen Pearson

I realize that the beautiful spot in Switzerland is where the supposed brightest and best gather for a few sessions, yet the gathered crowd appears to grow more incapable every year at solving the globe's biggest problems. Perhaps the reason is because those gathered are not only intelligent and connected, but are, in fact, incredibly wealthy -- remote and removed from the everyday problems faced by average citizens in both developing and developed nations. There seem to be no effective solutions for growing unemployment, the decline of democracy, the yawning gap between rich and poor, and a world financial system seemingly out of control.

Let's Talk About Suicide

Gerald McEachern | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada Living
Gerald McEachern

There have been two recent suicides in our small community, which I find distressing. When a suicide happens we usually learn about it from the local whispering network, but rarely from the news. The reason is obvious: local media still protect surviving families from guilt or shame. Suicide is too common, yet preventable, and the the subject is still taboo.

Occupy Conservatism

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Occupy Wall Street is, like the Tea Party, a messy populist movement. The concern is real that it refuses to recognize an essential tragic component of human affairs: unfairness is the abiding fact of our condition