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Category: Income Inequality

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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Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

The Mayors of Edmonton and Calgary are talking about it (read). Many agree with them and I am one; it’s worth a good look. In fact, I suggest that a guaranteed annual income be considered as a foundational strategy to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. Whether or not it will work depends on a myriad of factors that I do hope we will aptly include in a comprehensive approach to poverty elimination. I won’t pretend that I know what the answers are for what ails us.… Read more Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

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