Livable Income IN a Livable Economy (Part Two: the Impacts of AI)

I wrote this after I wrote part one which is HERE. Living Wage and Livable Income are not synonymous. The latter includes the former and ensures we are considering those who do not earn wages and rely on pensions and/or government income security programs.  A livable economy is one that benefits society as a whole,Continue reading “Livable Income IN a Livable Economy (Part Two: the Impacts of AI)”

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Living Wage IN a Livable Economy

In Edmonton, approximately 140,000 workers are identified as low income earners (earning below $16.31 per hour), according to the Edmonton Social Planning Council (source, page 79). Four in five of these workers are over the age of 20 and 60% are women. The Canadian Payroll Association’s annual survey of Canadian workers identifies that in anyContinue reading “Living Wage IN a Livable Economy”

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Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements

Cross posted – also available at http://www.edmontoncdc.org Please consider following that blog if you want to keep up to date on my work at the Edmonton Community Development Company. ——– Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day,  and it is not only a provocative movement, itContinue reading “Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements”

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Democracy is dying. Time to get to work.

I came across an article by George Monbiot (www.monbiot.com) that appeared in the Guardian this July. In this article, Monbiot writes about James McGill Buchanan, an economist influenced by neoliberalism and deeply funded by billionaire Charles Koch, the 7th wealthiest person in the world. According to Monbiot, Buchanan was an advocate for what he calledContinue reading “Democracy is dying. Time to get to work.”

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Working yet Homeless in Banff, Alberta

Banff, Alberta. Located in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. People come from all over the world by the bus loads. There is money being made for sure. Nothing wrong with making money, right? The hotel industry does alright. I perused hotels there via Expedia and most of the rooms available were $400Continue reading “Working yet Homeless in Banff, Alberta”

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Ending Precarious Employment – A Game-Changer Strategy

Precarious Employment is the jargon people like me use to describe the employment conditions and experiences of a growing number of workers in our country. Here is what that jargon means: Precarious employment is in effect sub-standard employment that offers low wages that typically are not enough to live on, and that does not offerContinue reading “Ending Precarious Employment – A Game-Changer Strategy”

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Precarious Work

When an employer won’t allow a worker more than 25 hours a week but requires that worker to be available for work 7 days a week, people become little more than commodities on the open market of Precarious Employment. Lately I have made an effort to talk with folks that work at places like Shopper’sContinue reading “Precarious Work”

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Mandatory Winter Tires and Poverty

Yes, perhaps an odd title for a posting, but bear with me. I was on my way back home from meeting downtown with Alberta Government colleagues who also work in the poverty reduction arena and I heard this call-in show about winter tires and more to the point about whether or not winter tires shouldContinue reading “Mandatory Winter Tires and Poverty”

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Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore

In September I am doing six workshops at Tamarack’s Community Change Institute. One of the workshops is: Ten Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore. I am gathering data right now, investigating trends identified by others; there are so many trends we have to pay attention to that I am not yet certain of the ten I will showcase.Continue reading “Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore”

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Signals of Coming Disruption

Big change doesn’t just click on. It occurs over time, starting out often as weak signals of the change to come. Sometimes it’s like the old frog in the boiling water story. Put the frog in when the water is cool and turn up the flame and eventually the frog realizes its plight, just too lateContinue reading “Signals of Coming Disruption”

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Income Trends and Canadian Consumer Debt

Over the past 15 years Canadian consumer debt has risen dramatically.  Since 2000, the percentage of Canadian debt in relationship to disposable income has risen from 110% of income to about 165%. The change in debt to income ratio represents a 12 year increase of 50%. The old adage about “people should live within theirContinue reading “Income Trends and Canadian Consumer Debt”

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