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The Summit of the Americas Must Focus on Economic Inequality

Lina Holguin | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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.

Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England. Current rules around "political activity" are confusing and create an "intolerable state of uncertainty," the report says.

At Davos, Can Oxfam Put Income Inequality on the Elitist Agenda?

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Oxfam will take on the most powerful and wealthy organizations and individuals in the world. And the voice on this occasion is Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's international spokesperson, speaking to the global elite as they gather this week in their annual state of the global economy meetings in Davos, Switzerland. And does she ever have a story to tell, backed by research and motivated by a deep sense of social justice. Byanyima will hit those people present with a remarkable and troubling truth: as of next year, over half of the world's wealth will be owned by the top 1 per cent. This is staggering, perhaps even representing the end of the economic order we have known and which sustained the West for decades.

Report: Richest 1% Will Own More Than Other 99% By Next Year

CBC | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business

The richest one per cent of people globally are poised to own more than half of all wealth by next year, international inequality watchdog Oxfam warn...

How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Holguin

Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.

Hollywood Actress Scarlett Johannson Joins Harper in Fighting Against Global Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Famous Hollywood actress Scarlett Johannson, was until recently, the global spokesman for Oxfam International. Oxfam International (Oxfam) is an int...

85 People Hold As Much Wealth As Poorest 3.5 Billion

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

The world’s 85 wealthiest people hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, or half the world population, according to a new report from global...

Coldplay Help Oxfam With Video

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Music

A Coldplay concert tends to quickly turn into an audience singalong, essentially crowdsourcing the crooning to create an inspirational, moving moment....

My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

I'm angry. You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people. I'm angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me -- for no other reason than being Israeli. No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Canada Gets Failing Grade on Income Inequality Report

Mark Fried | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Business
Mark Fried

In a report called "Left Behind by the G20?", Oxfam looks how every country treats its poorest. Inequality in Canada rose as fast as India's and nearly as fast as South Africa's. Only four have managed to reduce income inequality since 1990 and they are all emerging powers: Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Argentina.

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

Somalia's Image Deficit: Helping or Hurting Aid?

Carol Mott | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada
Carol Mott

Once again the pictures of little children starving in Somalia break your heart. But this time there are other pictures that come to mind too: warlords, pirates, radical Islamists... Many will remember when the world was there to help and just how badly it turned out.

Famine In East Africa A Tragic Case Of Deja Vu

CP | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - As she sees images coming out of drought-stricken Africa this week, Rosemary McCarney is struck by a single thought. ...

Food Prices Rising: Here's What on the Menu

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.03.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Oxfam's report is a clarion call to action, especially to Canada, with its impressive wealth but little resolve to deal with hunger's ultimate enemy: climate change.