Dorothy Field-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
The senators in question have done exactly what Harper appointed them to do – trumpet the Conservative brand at tax payers expense. Harper and the PMO seem to have OKed, their shenanigans.
Only now he mounts his moral podium to denounce and eject them. Fun and games if it didn’t mean a hi-jacked Parliament ignoring the real issues:
-the use and misuse of our oil and LNG reserves, -the disaster they pose to our land and water, -the reality of climate change, broken relations with First Nations, child poverty, -the stifling of public debate, and the (Read more…)
Sure, some are responding to the Fraser Institute’s “study” on the costs of child-rearing with mockery and/or outrage. But in fairness, let’s acknowledge that the study’s validity simply depends on the accuracy of its assumptions, which may well vary from parent to parent.
And given Christopher Sarlo’s reliance on children costing precisely zero in housing, furniture and care expenses, it could be that he’s found a highly profitable enterprise for anybody who sees this as a model for a happy and healthy family:
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Lest anybody think the Harper Cons’ combination of dishonesty and secrecy is limited to political payoffs, Blacklock’s reveals (PDF) that they subsidized the shipment of corporate jobs out of Canada – and didn’t deign to inform the public that the program existed until seven years after the fact.
- And APTN reports on the Cons’ suppression of tens of thousands of pages of documents detailing the causes and effects of underfunding of First Nations child welfare.
- But then, both stories also serve as important examples of the value of detailed research into (Read more…)
Here, on the CCPA’s recent report (PDF) on child poverty in Canada – and the affordable options which could eradicate that poverty based on a few simple choices.
For further reading…- Campaign 2000′s report card showed where Canada stood in 2009 when it came to its commitment to ending child poverty. – Sources as to the revenue implications of policy choices include Mike de Souza’s report on existing oil and gas subsidies, the PBO’s estimate on the GST (PDF), and Kevin Milligan’s calculation as to the long-term costs of TFSAs.- And for reporting on the CCPA’s study, (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
For an election that started off so slow this is turning into a lively one.
Adrian Dix and the BC NDP have dug down and gone after Christy Clark and the BC Liberals for their remarkable ‘Untruthiness’ to borrow a line from ’Late Night Talker-Satirist Stephen Colbert.’
If Colbert was covering Election 13 he would of course be backing the BC Liberals for their selfless efforts as Truth-Tellers, Job Creators, Educators Supreme and world leading environmentally sensitive leaders in the ‘Free World’
Stephen Colbert would eviscerate the BC Liberals with praise and encouragement.
Can’t you just hear him congratulating the BC (Read more…)
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to tackling child poverty, obesity and related well-being issues, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN children’s agency. The Innocenti Report Card 11 by UNICEF’s Research Office also reveals that the Canada [...]
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Who pays for government austerity? A new report by UNICEF would suggest it is Canadian children. Relative to other nations, Canada is stuck in the middle of 29 wealthy nations when it comes to the well-being of our children, and … Continue reading →
Late last year I wrote a post expressing my discomfort with the proliferation of foodbanks. Despite the fact that I volunteer at one, I can’t escape the notion that it has become an enabler of government inaction on poverty in this country. As well, the fare available from foodbanks is generally of the canned and processed variety, high in salt and preservatives, hardly the basis of a healthy diet.
Over the years I have volunteered there, I have noticed that more and more of the clientele is not the chronically unemployed, but rather the chronically under compensated, those who are
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The Conference Board recently took the nation’s pulse and discovered that child poverty is on the rise in Canada. Diane Swinemar, the executive director of Feed Nova Scotia, writes:
Most know the House of Commons passed a unanimous vote in 1989 to end child poverty by the year 2000. Not so long ago, we acknowledged the 20-year anniversary of that failed promise. Now, four years later, our country still doesn’t seem to care about our children. And more than one in every seven are growing up in poverty.
Despite rare legislative unanimity, child poverty did not become a priority.
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by Conference Board of Canada | Feb. 4, 2013: OTTAWA – Canada has been unable to reverse the rise in income inequality – and poverty rates – that occurred in the 1990s. Low rankings on these social equity measures mar an otherwise solid “B” grade in The Conference of Canada’s Society report card, released today. Canada places 7th in the How Canada Performs: Society analysis, READ MORE
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 28, 2013: Remember Occupy, Canada? A new Statistics Canada analysis of income trends among Canadian taxfilers from 1982 to 2010, released today, confirms three of the many concerns Occupy protesters expressed in late 2011. Concerns relating to income inequality, poverty, corporate greed, etc. First, members of the exclusive club of the top READ MORE