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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- The 25th anniversary of Parliament’s unanimous – if failed – commitment to eliminate child poverty has given rise to plenty of worthwhile commentary. Marco Chown Oved talks to Ed Broadbent about what the resolution meant at the time (as well as how it came to be ignored), while also interviewing social justice advocates about the need to effective start from scratch now. And Olivia Carville explores one life which could have been changed for the better if Canada had made good on its promise.

- Meanwhile, Dennis Raphael discusses the need to combat (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Sarah Lazare reports on UNICEF’s research showing an appalling increase in child poverty in many of the world’s richest countries: “Many affluent countries have suffered a ‘great leap backwards’ in terms of household income, and the impact on children will have long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities,” said Jeffrey O’Malley, UNICEF’s Head of Global Policy and Strategy.

In 23 of the 41 wealthy countries examined, the rate of child poverty has increased since 2008. In some countries, this rise was drastic: Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, and Iceland saw child poverty climb by (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- In the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence, Polly Toynbee reminds us why fragmentation can only serve to exacerbate inequality – a lesson worth keeping in mind as the Cons look to devolve responsibility for taxation and public services in Canada: What’s to be done? The answer from all sides is “localism”. Westminster’s monstrous hegemony must be broken up with devolution. If Scotland goes, rump UK will be bereft and depleted. But if Scotland stays, monumental home-rule promises made in the last week’s panic will offer Scotland immense tax, spending and borrowing (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario promises to cut child poverty by 25 per cent

The Ontario government’s new five year poverty reduction strategy promises to cut child poverty by 25 per cent, end homelessness.

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Paul Buchheit highlights how inequality continues to explode in the U.S. by comparing the relatively small amounts of money spent on even universal federal programs to the massive gifts handed to the wealthy. Christian Weller and Jackie Odum offer a U.S. economic snapshot which shows exactly the same widening gap between the privileged few and everybody else. And Matt Cowgill examines the policies which tend to exacerbate inquality.

- Meanwhile, Thomas Edsall discusses how predatory businesses are turning others’ poverty into further opportunities to extract profits: Sentinel is a part (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Joseph Stiglitz offers his suggestions (PDF) for a tax system which would encourage both growth and equality: Tax reform…offers a path toward both resolving budgetary impasses and making the kinds of public investments that will strengthen the fundamentals of the economy. The most obvious reform is an increase in the top marginal income tax rates – this would both raise needed revenues and soften America’s extreme and harmful inequality. But there are also a variety of other effective possible reforms related to corporate taxation, the estate and inheritance tax, environmental taxes, and (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Angella MacEwen takes a look at the large numbers of unemployed and underemployed Canadians chasing a tiny number of available jobs. And Carol Goar calls out the Cons and the CFIB alike for preferring disposable foreign workers to Canadians who aren’t being offered a living wage: If employers want to talk about the government’s abrupt about-face, that is legitimate. If they want an “adult conversation” about work and remuneration, they should be ready to answer some key questions: Why should they be exempt from market discipline? The law of supply and demand provides (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- The American Prospect writes about Thomas Piketty’s work on inequality – and how we’re just scratching the surface of the policy implications of a new gilded age: Piketty is rightly pessimistic about an immediate response. The influence of the wealthy on democratic politics and on how we think about merit and reward presents formidable obstacles. Fierce international competition for the rich and their dollars leads Piketty to believe that without a serious countermovement, capital taxation will trend toward zero. Inequality is becoming a “wicked” problem like climate change—one in which a solution must (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Valley Homeless Target Of Efforts To Provide Footcare, Shoes and Warm Socks

Cowichan News Leader reporter Ashley Degraaf penned this story about the real need facing many homeless victims who suffer from problems with their feet, lack of proper shoes, socks and in need of medical attention.

Pearl Stoker has stepped up along with support from community churches and that is a good thing but it is only a band-aid solution to address the problems caused to a large degree by cuts to programs for people in need.

Thankfully the ‘Pearls’ out there do much good but it is barely a stop-gap to meet a growing need that is the responsibility (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Bill Tieleman tears into James Moore for his callous disregard for child hunger, while PressProgress reminds us that plenty of the Cons’ policy choices reflect Moore’s complete lack of concern for his neighbours’ children. And Polly Toynbee looks in detail at the UK Cons’ attempts to turn support for needy children into a perceived political weakness rather than a matter of basic empathy and compassion: The dirty war has begun; the early signs are that this will be the most poisonous, socially damaging election campaign for many a long year. Corrosive malice (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Regime Revealed its True Face

First he claimed his callous comments about hungry children were out of context, and ridiculous…

Then he claimed the story wasn't accurate, and ridiculous…

Then when he realized the reporter had the whole interview on tape he apologized. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives not bothered by Third World-style child poverty in Canada

Federal minister James Moore shows that the Harper Conservatives aren’t at all bothered by the fact that 1 in 7 children live in poverty in Canada today.

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ParliamANT Hill: Minister sorry for remarks about hungry children

Inspired by these headlines: and

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Heather Mallick discusses what Canada stands to lose as Canada Post is made both more expensive and less functional. Ethan Cox suggests that what’s missing from Canada Post is a postal bank – which makes postal services elsewhere both more profitable, and more valuable for citizens. And the Star points out that the Cons have stood idly by while allowing the institution to fall apart.

- But then, post offices are the least of what the Cons have gone out of their way to portray as beneath them – as made clear by (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: James Moore, Child Poverty, and the Cruel Cons

Damn. I'm always making the same mistake. Because I can't help looking for the good in everyone most people, I keep thinking that some Cons are better than others. So when some of my friends in Ottawa told me that James Moore was slightly more human than most members of the Harperite cult, I believed them.But was that ever a mistake eh? And were they ever wrong.Because it turns out Moore is just another miserable Con ideologue, as heartless and cruel as his morally depraved leader. And this is outrageous. Read more »

Scott's DiaTribes: ‘It is enough for a man to understand his own business; mine occupies me constantly’

Federal Industry Minister James Moore on the federal government’s role (or lack thereof) in reducing child poverty in Canada is basically: let others worry about it:

“Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem:

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore… He says it’s the responsibility of the provinces to deal with child poverty, and Ottawa has no plans to step in.

In honour of James Moore attitude (and apparently the Conservative Government’s), I present you with this equivalent attitude:

Federal Industry Minister? An appropriate (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Conservative Senators Controversy Is A Convenient Dodge From Real Issues Facing Canada

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: On factory families

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:

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Gain Ground In Latest Polls

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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The Progressive Economics Forum: Child poverty rampant in Canadian cities

The story of child poverty in Canada is very much an urban story. One out of every 10 children living in urban areas was poor in 2010, compared to one in 20 children living in non-urban areas. Three quarters (or 76%) of all poor children in Canada lived in one of the urban centres shown in the chart below.* Child poverty isn’t a question of jobs: the cities with worst child poverty only had middle-of-the-pack unemployment rates (out of the 19 cities, St. John’s, NL was 8th highest and Vancouver, BC was 11th highest). Similarly, the cities with the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for children’s well-being, says UNICEF report

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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OPSEU Diablogue: Canadian children pay the price of austerity — report

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 →

Politics and its Discontents: On Child Poverty

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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