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Category: Income

THERE’S MORE TO DO TO IMPROVE AISH, ISN’T THERE?

I was at the gathering where Premier Notley and Minister Sabir announced legislation that would improve benefits to recipients of AISH. I support these improvements (read more). My math indicates a 6% increase to the AISH benefit. Some critics say it should have been higher, given the length of time since the last increase. Some say the government could have brought in these changes earlier. Of course there are others who would choose to reduce AISH benefits while increasing the coffers of the wealthy through tax breaks. Everybody’s got their… Read more THERE’S MORE TO DO TO IMPROVE AISH, ISN’T THERE?

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I am angry about poverty

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. – Nelson Mandela                         I have been doing research for a keynote I am doing next month on the socio-economics of poverty.  I am speaking in Revelstoke, so I took a look at the welfare rates in British Columbia. There, if you are a single person deemed employable your income support “benefit” is $605 per month and the government’s website indicates… Read more I am angry about poverty

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A very short treatise on the wealth gap

Pretend. There are 300 people in the world. 180 are workers. The rest are children, seniors, and stay at home parents. The economy generates $5 million per year in wealth. That averages $27,777 per worker. However… 90% of the wealth is owned by 20% of workers. In other words… 36 of the 180 own $4.5 million of the $5 million in wealth. The remaining 144 workers divide up the $.5 million. I don’t really need to give you comparative averages, right? Yes, I understand economics might be a tad more… Read more A very short treatise on the wealth gap

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What’s wrong? People are suffering.

I never understood “don’t shoot the messenger” as the stereotypical retort the messenger must use to defend her delivery of a message. Maybe we need a new cultural utterance like “You know how the messenger shoots those who don’t listen.” Sometimes the message is actually a question, albeit unsettling in that the inquiry is unanticipated or more often, unwanted. We tend to prefer questions we can answer from our current inventory of answers. It allows us comfort and stability. Even when we craft something new or design an innovation, all… Read more What’s wrong? People are suffering.

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