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Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 10:16:14 in Canada Business

“'thought careers'...I like that

'quality children'...as opposed to second rate children

'I certainly don't feel sorry or responsible for their lot in life.'

so tell me...compassion and helping others doesn't seem to be a priority for you, but you have appropriated 'Nimi Icinohabi' - 'look after your life' from a Sioux Nation community program. What's the connection - it doesn't seem to fit your type.”
Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 01:50:18 in Canada Business

“"Young people today do have it rougher than previous generations"

Yes. Why. Why is it different now. That is the whole point of the article, isn't it. You acknowledge that but go on and on with the Randian schtick that its everybody's fault except the most obvious--the change in the world economy brought on by greedy, greedy people.

By the way, Mark Twain was a champion of the poor and oppressed. Don't ever use his words to justify greed and corruption.”

JrTokin on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:40:29

“Well said relic57”
Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 01:28:15 in Canada Business

“Not to mention Twain had the most powerful social conscience of his generation. It is insulting to find his words used in this way, by these people, to defend repressive ideas and policies that would have filled him with revulsion.”

DuffsCorner on Nov 29, 2013 at 01:47:19

“I couldn't agree more.”
Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Income Inequality: Canada Does Surprisingly Little To Reduce Wage Gap

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 20:11:09 in Canada Business

“Speaking of, can't help but notice you never, EVER, contradict the government. Same with a few others around here I could name. Give it a try, you'd be more convincing...”
Tories' Right-To-Work Motion Marks 'Shift To The Far Right': Critics

Tories' Right-To-Work Motion Marks 'Shift To The Far Right': Critics

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 11:18:18 in Canada Business

“Many towns and cities have these big buildings with the word 'Library' written on them. If you go inside there are these quaint things called 'books' in the 'history' section. That's how we know these things. Of course, if you really like working six day weeks for ten or twelve hours a stretch, I can't help you much. Let your friend Steve take care of that.”
Sensible BC SkyTrain Evictions Lead To Elections BC Complaint

Sensible BC SkyTrain Evictions Lead To Elections BC Complaint

Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 21:16:17 in Canada British Columbia

“Funny, Translink never has a problem with entire platoons of Metro and 24Hours news vendors who block entrances, turnstiles, staircases and elevators as they force their unwanted papers into the gut of every passerby like so many laderole passes.

But of course, Translink makes a lot of money through the vendors' license fees, and for those of you who have never experienced the joys of Translink, money is the only...THE ONLY...thing that matters to them.

I have also seen banks set up tables inside the Surrey King George station for promotional purposes, but since they represent money, as opposed to democracy, I guess that is okay.”
Vancouver The Most Livable City In North America: Economist (PHOTOS)

Vancouver The Most Livable City In North America: Economist (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 16:34:05 in Canada British Columbia

“If clueless vapidity is your dream of civic nirvana, then yes, Vancouver is the place to be. Surely no other city combines such breathtaking natural splendor with mind boggling, self-satisfied parochialism.

The true city of today, because it just razed yesterday to the ground and built another oh-so-lovely condo on top of it. Look! There's a roller-blader! And another one! Ooo! What a city! The Eiffel Tower? The Coliseum? History? Thought? Culture? Who needs that? It just makes the head hurt! Let's extend the seawall instead. I'm hungry. Is there any white bread?

Written by a fourth generation Vancouverite who's seen real cities.”
Compass Card Roll Out Will Axe Cash Transfers From Bus To SkyTrain (TWITTER)

Compass Card Roll Out Will Axe Cash Transfers From Bus To SkyTrain (TWITTER)

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 01:32:16 in Canada British Columbia

“In short, Translink has spent over 200 million dollars to

1) install a security system that will cost more money to operate than save in lost fares
2) install a universal card system that will not work universally, but
3) will however, force the public to 'bank' more money with Translink than ever before to have them use and abuse to their merry hearts content, and
4) incidentally lead to the cancellation of popular, money saving programs and,
5) openly, laughingly cheat transit users--a little ironic, considering the whole point of it all, and
6) not to mention breach their own 'conditions of use' printed on the back of every paper transfer guaranteeing access to all levels of transit with their fare.

What's next for Translink? Maybe a return to one-direction, no return trip fares like it used to be right through the seventies? Double their revenue in a single stroke!”

djryang on Aug 17, 2013 at 13:58:31

“I'm no fan of translink. However a fair gate system has been needed for a very long time now. There zero proof that the new system will cost more to run than it will save in lost fairs. Know really knows how much it is so we will have to wait and see. Even the mayor of Vancouver has admitted he was caught without a ticket but didn't pay the fine. I have used universal systems in different cities and they all work great. There is no reason why we can't have one here.”
Vancouver Sun, Province Job Cuts Will Be Dramatic

Vancouver Sun, Province Job Cuts Will Be Dramatic

Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:43:23 in Canada British Columbia

“Interesting photo to accompany this article. Even as the paper is going down, the headline screams in its usual 'the sky is falling' mode about evil unions--well, we hardly expect the NDP to be funded by the Koch brothers.

In the 'every cloud has a silver lining' department, maybe the demise of these papers will slow down the Fraser Institute just a little bit...perhaps they will have to start knocking on doors like the religious cultists they are...”
huffingtonpost entry

Consumer Debt: Canadians Focusing On Paying Off Bills, Worrying Less About Retirement

Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 13:45:21 in Canada Business

“Brilliant advice, CC!

Tell you what I'm going to do!

1)Throw away my shoes! Who needs them in all that nice fluffy snow!

2)Then, my clothes--there's gotta to be free potato sacks behind the dumpsters.

3) And then, who needs an apartment? I'll live in your backyard, and watch the hockey game through your window. Your a conservative, right? So that means a 60 inch at least. No problem! I can do it from the culvert!

4)I'll harpoon fish with a sharp stick and fry them on the engine block of one of your SUVs.

5)Of course I won't need to use a phone from now--conservatives seemt to get along okay by bellowing incoherently, and when they really need to say something, it’s just stock put-downs like "do you have any common sense" and "how old are you" and “whiner” and stuff like that.

Who needs rational thought!The forebrain is such a luxury.”

canadianconservative on Jan 2, 2013 at 16:50:45

“Bwhahahaha

I mentioned luxury items, you mention necessities, like they are equivalent to one another.

Let me guess. Another drama queen.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:14:12 in Canada British Columbia

“Looks like maybe I took your comments the wrong way--it was just the way they came across in context of everyone else here. If I misinterpreted you, I apologize.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 22:45:43 in Canada British Columbia

“The original comment by SoakerCity clearly refers to the province in general, not its government, and to workers in general, and not government employees. It refers to high rent, high property costs, child poverty and working mothers. Read it again.

You took it as an excuse to vent the old government workers routine, which is decidedly political, right wing and consistent with all your other 'comments', which is a generous use of the term, by the way.”

MJ galt on Nov 26, 2013 at 22:50:47

“Try to state your own views instead of trying to misrepresent the comments of others to suit your agenda.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 22:18:58 in Canada British Columbia

“I guess the old saying "there but for the grace of God go I" doesn't have a lot of meaning for you.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 21:01:27 in Canada British Columbia

“Your comments aren't worth bothering with, but do the math. Average 1 bedroom in a lousy part of town, at least $1200 a month. Rent consumes over half, and often more of a person's income here, and on welfare the rent eats into the so called 'living' allotment of the cheque. So, you're one week into the month and the money for you and your kid is already gone. Thank god for food banks, but then you don't like them either, from what I gather.”

ami2much on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:33:28

“you can assume anything you want. I received over $600 a mth in rental assistance when I lived in BC...I also attended at the food bank, which I don't think I ever ate. What I am stating is that the statistics are incorrect. BC is even poorer than they make people think. You are on the wrong track..btw I live in Ontario now, and I have to say I don't receive rental assistance but I also eat better than I ever did in BC.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 20:51:18 in Canada British Columbia

“BC has been under continuous economic development since the middle of the nineteenth century. Today is no different, there's just as much going on, only the mindset has changed. The concept of equality, egalitarianism, fairness, is over, and it has nothing to do with a political party that has virtually no power. Why don't you aim your criticism at who actually governs this place?”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 20:42:27 in Canada British Columbia

“Am I the oldest person in the room here? Thirty years ago it was unthinkable that it would be okay, just great, just fine and dandy to boast how the minimum wage is set at HALF what it costs to live at, or for a government to take sick pride at how many people can be forced onto the street. Sad to see here how many people revel in it today, and how quick to throw the blame.

Funny too how in that generous, bygone era everyone was more prosperous, rents cheaper, houses affordable, and of course, filled with far fewer seniors diving into garbage cans for bottles than the present oh-so enlightened free market paradigm we are blessed to endure--er, enjoy. And you know, back then there was hardly a pay-cheque loan outfit to be found--in fact, there were none. NONE.

It's wages guys, the shares of the spoils versus the cost of living, nothing more, nothing less, not delusions about 'density' 'bad parenting' 'unions' or any other weird fantasy. Get with it.”
B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

B.C. Child Poverty Rate Is Canada's Worst: Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 20:08:58 in Canada British Columbia

“I didn't know this article was about government workers. In fact, I'm sure of it. Why don't you take your right wing talking point someplace else.”

MJ galt on Nov 26, 2013 at 20:21:00

“the comment I responded to was about government workers, that's who the province pays. Your silly political polarization adds nothing useful to the discussion.

got it now?”
Harper Aims To Curb Liberal Momentum As High-Stakes Byelections Near

Harper Aims To Curb Liberal Momentum As High-Stakes Byelections Near

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 23:33:42 in Canada Politics

“ho hum, I guess no comment section can be complete without a bit of gratuitous smear and innuendo, no matter how tawdry.

Well Ralph, I don't know Freeland, but McQuaig's got a dozen books out there, best sellers all, and you have....comments.

Amazing how difficult it is for people of the Right persuasion to grasp that people who are good at what they do may be well rewarded for it, and still retain their core values. Of course values don't mean much to a conservative except at the bottom of a column, if that, but why quibble over details.”

Ralph Mellish on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:38:15

“Another dime a dozen limousine socialist.”
Politicians, Please Use Caution in Expanding Canada's Pension Plan

Politicians, Please Use Caution in Expanding Canada's Pension Plan

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 03:07:55 in Canada Politics

“What joy!

Two! Count 'em two! missives from the Fraser 'Institute' in three days, both still on the front page. What mischief are their feverish little brains stewing now, I wonder?

Well, having disposed of the government of Canada in the previous article, privatizing the lot, you would think there wasn't much left, but, no, somehow they overlooked the CPP.

A dark fear stalks the 'institute' that the CPP may be expanded, 'because people aren't saving enough.' Well, maybe that has something to do with people having a fraction of the income they had a generation ago before these same jerks took over the world. But that's another story. But since this is the 'institute', truth doesn't count, which might explain why they didn't identify their old friend Jack Mintz as an associate of both the Fraser and the CD Howe, and, predictably, coming from--where else--Calgary.

Let's not even start on the ridiculous argument that home ownership should be used or count in retirement--it smacks of Greenspan's home-as-equity scam that helped precipitate the last financial crisis.

But seasoned Fraser watchers will know, the question to ask, is always, who really benefits from their 'studies'? You? Me? Of course not. The answer is, always, business. More money to CPP , to government, to the common good, is less money for banks to use and who knows, lose--but have so much fun doing it.”

Harry Nuggets on Nov 3, 2013 at 18:18:56

“Hmmm, after reading this I was wondering why these two had a column or where they were "coming from". Thanks for the info Relic57.”
Help Poor Provinces: Allow Fracking

Help Poor Provinces: Allow Fracking

Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 22:41:03 in Canada Business

“Ah me! What makes me think the Fraser Boys are back in town? Could it be that familiar whinnying of 'Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts! and enough statistics to choke a goat?

Forgive me for mentioning something so obvious to these paragons of financial genius, but wouldn't an awful lot of revenue also be raised by ruthlessly raising corporate taxes, with an extra special heavy duty surcharge on the resource sector? After all, isn't that how capitalism is supposed to work? To charge what the market will bear? If Canada is so stuffed to the gills with oil and gas, shouldn't the corporations be falling over themselves rushing in with extra bags of cash to get a piece of the bonanza?

Then the assorted governments of the land will have the moola to re-invigorate local economies--ie, real people--and re-instate the social programs that some way, somehow have all disappeared in recent decades, I wonder why.

Real spending power is a fraction what it was a generation ago. A hundred bucks in tax cuts do not make up for a thousand in lost real wages.

Keep your precious tax cuts, wise guys, just give me back the country we used to have.”
Tom Mulcair Says No To Wealth Tax, Expects Linda McQuaig To Be Team Player

Tom Mulcair Says No To Wealth Tax, Expects Linda McQuaig To Be Team Player

Commented Oct 6, 2013 at 19:36:19 in Canada Politics

“Yes, the real problem is not capitalism or socialism, but the plagues of people who have nothing better to do than take lousy jobs making coffee. Yes! That's what's dragging us all down. If only everyone was a pharmacist! If only every one committed every last dime they will make in their lives to the banks for their student loans, so that they can invent drugs which will scooped up by big pharma which will extort every other dime left from everybody else!

Yes, that's production for you! To hell with the coffee industry! To hell with one of the world's biggest commodities and everybody connected with it! What value is in that!”
Tom Mulcair Says No To Wealth Tax, Expects Linda McQuaig To Be Team Player

Tom Mulcair Says No To Wealth Tax, Expects Linda McQuaig To Be Team Player

Commented Oct 6, 2013 at 14:47:59 in Canada Politics

“Why bother get out of bed when Jesus does everything for you?

(He was a Commie, by the way).”

Warren Yuill on Oct 6, 2013 at 15:45:04

“He says it was just a phase.”
Do You Want Your Taxes Higher, Or Higher Still?

Do You Want Your Taxes Higher, Or Higher Still?

Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 01:46:42 in Canada British Columbia

“While you're picking your poison, why not indulge in another one, a good fat stogie maybe?

After all, according to the infallible Fraser Institute, there is no credible basis linking second-hand smoke to lung disease, and for the right price, they will double and triple their efforts to create new 'studies' that, amazingly, will confirm what they already made up.

In that vein, M. Lamman (why is his byline always in French? Is it another layer of subterfuge?) might have mentioned that his 'leading Canadian economist' Bev Dahlby is...you guessed it...another member of the Fraser Institute. Why not? Keep it in the family, always a sound policy. They could write a paper on it.

At least it will be safe to find some smoke-filled bar to bemoan how 'the economic health of our province is at stake.'

But while gasping away, I can find some consolation that--once again, thanks to the Almighty Fraser Institute--the threat of global warming is put to rest.

"There is no compelling evidence that dangerous or unprecedented changes are underway," they said, in 2007.”
Absurd Vancouver Property: Vancouver vs. Halifax

Absurd Vancouver Property: Vancouver vs. Halifax

Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:53:46 in Canada British Columbia

“I love your articles...thank-you...”
huffingtonpost entry

Not All Tax Cuts Are Good Tax Cuts

Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 23:27:27 in Canada Business

“In other words, Jason, the cross-the-board tax cuts that disproportionately benefited the wealthy in the first place, is proving--unsurprisingly--so catastrophic to nations' revenues in general that it is proving an embarrassment to the far right, and potentially disastrous to your friends' continued influence and control.

Therefore a new theory has to be concocted that 'proves' tax cuts to the majority were a 'mistake' which mysteriously gives rise to Bigger and Bigger Government (never precisely defined, but safe to say anything that threatens to restrict unlimited profit) so therefore, tax cuts should only be given to those who deserve them, that is, those same very rich people who didn't need them in the first place. And where better to get 'proof' made to order than the Fraser Institute.

Gotta love the Fraser sense of humour. "The democratic decision-making process gets distorted when large segments of the population are relieved of paying the cost of government."

Besides making no logical sense in itself, wasn't it just a day or two ago American gun reform, the will and desire of the general population, was defeated by the Republican senate--notorious for being bought and paid for to the very last man by the likes of Fraser beneficiaries such as the Koch brothers?

It's wonderful you think so highly of Milton Friedman, Jason...but he was a jerk, really.”
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