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 … Continue reading THERE’S MORE TO DO TO IMPROVE AISH, ISN’T THERE?
Note: In addition to writing about community change and penning commentary, I am a story teller. I write fiction and spoken word. This piece is a mix of fact and fiction, often called "faction." One of my small luxuries in life is having someone come to my house weekly and clean it. I tell myself … Continue reading LIVING POOR: KAREN’S STORY
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 offer … Continue reading Ending Precarious Employment – A Game-Changer Strategy
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
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 late … Continue reading Signals of Coming Disruption
The debate about having a living wage has many voices. A colleague recently shared a public letter that a chef wrote to the Premier, expressing how a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour would jeopardize his plans to open a restaurant. He makes many excellent points and does so in clear and respectful language. My … Continue reading Higher Minimum Wage: More Gain than Pain?
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 … Continue reading Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?