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Brian Dijkema

Program Director, Work & Economics at Cardus. Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture.

Brian Dijkema is Program Director, <a href="https://www.cardus.ca/research/workandeconomics/" rel="nofollow">Work and Economic</a>s at <a href="https://www.cardus.ca/" rel="nofollow">Cardus</a>. Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture based in Hamilton, Ontario.
It's Time Alberta Builds A Better, Fairer Payday Loan

It's Time Alberta Builds A Better, Fairer Payday Loan Market

There are times when bounced checks or the penalties for arrears exceed the cost of a payday loan. To end payday lending -- even if it is predatory -- might leave people worse off. What is needed is a better loan, and to get that, we need a better market that re-balances the interests of the lenders and the borrower.
03/24/2016 04:32 EDT
Why We'll Never Be Free Of Payday

Why We'll Never Be Free Of Payday Lenders

A list of the terms our society uses to describe payday lenders almost tells you everything you need to know. It reads a bit like a description of a B-grade horror film: predators, thieves, vampires, slave-drivers, or (my favourite) rapacious usurers. But if they're so awful, why are they everywhere? Why is it that, despite a seemingly universal hatred for them, they have popped up like mushrooms in cities across Canada?
02/24/2016 03:17 EST