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The Misanthropic Bird: Apprentice. Intern. Slave.

The employment climate for many students and graduates has been a difficult terrain to not only navigate but also survive. And slavery masked under labels of ‘apprentice’ or ‘intern’ only make it worse.

Infographic: The 99% vs. The 1%, http://www.policyalternatives.ca

Bogged down with insurmountable student debts, and often forced to take remedial positions to make ends meet, many of this educated generation are enticed by intern or apprentice programs – hoping that their volunteered time could break them into their fields, making them some real money. However, with the rising cost of living most are unable to dedicate (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Government’s dominant role: redistributing wealth

The dominant effect of government on society is to redistribute wealth from the richer members of society to the poorer. One can support or oppose this idea, but as a simply descriptive point about what the effect of governments are, this is by far the dominant one. We live in a capitalist society that has a lot of forces which create inequality (which, again, one can support or oppose) and governments act as a partially countervailing measure, reducing the degree of inequality but hardly eliminating it.

There are two major sides: taxation and spending. From a taxation perspective the point (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs

Canada’s provincial and federal privacy commissioners are warning the Harper government against using the recent shootings in Ottawa and Quebec as a pretext to attack Canadians’ fundamental rights.

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Political Eh-conomy: On childcare in Ricochet

I forgot to post the piece I wrote on the NDP’s universal childcare proposal for Ricochet. Here it is belatedly. It was published last weekend and tries to situate the childcare proposal in the context of broader changes to the welfare state.

Why the NDP’s childcare proposal has irritated all the right people

The NDP’s universal childcare proposal has the right wing up in arms. Political opponents are playing up the spectre of big government. Their mouthpieces in the media are also predictably upset. The proposed program will be big spending, freedom limiting and unaffordable, they say. Social media (Read more…)

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Looking towards childcare in Canada, with lessons from Sweden

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/podcast-141016-childcare.mp3

 

This week, the federal NDP reignited a national debate over childcare by proposing a universal $15 per day childcare program. This is the focus of today’s episode, which features two guests. First up, Angela MacEwen. Angella is an economist with the Canadian Labour Congress and has long been a strong advocate for public childcare in Canada. I spoke with her about the economics of universal childcare.

My second guest is Petter Nilssen, who is the press secretary for the Left Party in the Stockholm municipality and is a board member of the Institute for Marxist (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives urged to respect Federal Court’s ruling on refugee health care

A group of doctors dedicated to strengthening and improving Canada’s universal publicly-funded health care system is urging the Conservatives to drop their appeal against the Federal Court’s recent ruling on refugee health care funding.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Speech Announces Canada’s Air Strikes Against ISIS

Here’s an unedited text of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech in the House of Commons on Friday, announcing Canada’s air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Lied About U.S. Requesting Canada’s Military Help In Iraq

American officials say Canada offered further military help to fight the Islamic State in Iraq – not the other way around as Harper told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s 2014 United Nations General Assembly Address

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since Canada lost a UN Security Council bid in 2010.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Lied About U.S. Requesting Canada’s Military Help In Iraq

American officials say Canada offered further military help to fight the Islamic State in Iraq – not the other way around as Harper told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP, Commons Speaker Desecrated Parliament

A simple question by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during Question Period led to a bizarre exchange with a Conservative MP and exposed House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer’s incompetence and lack of neutrality.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC creeping on Canadians: VIDEO

Canada’s largest civic engagement organization, OpenMedia.ca, says the country’s ultra-secret spy agency CSEC collects a staggering amount of revealing information on law-abiding Canadians.

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Joe Fantauzzi: Post-Democratic Trend Lines in Etobicoke

Since news broke of the decision by Toronto mayor candidate Rob Ford to step away from the mayor’s race and be replaced by his brother Doug the term “feudal” has been thrown around a lot. The argument quite often associated with the use of this term generally appears to be that the Ford family is treating Etobicoke […]

Political Eh-conomy: Actually making the carbon tax revenue neutral could fund a fair education settlement

As the teachers’ strike continues, the BC Liberals have turned to an old stand-by: fear-mongering that they will have to raise taxes if they are to fund a settlement that includes key demands like class size and composition limits. Ignore the fact that the government has shown itself consistently unwilling to even consider any such settlement; ignore also that there is nothing inherently evil about taxes. Even taking the government seriously here, there’s one source of education funding that the BC Liberals aren’t talking about, the carbon tax.

While debate rages about whether BC’s carbon tax is regressive or progressive (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group

A new report by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Harper’ mandatory minimum sentencing policies are failing to reduce crime while imposing staggering personal, social and financial costs on Canadians.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: What Are Cyclists Lives Worth

While I cannot answer that question I can tell you what our society and its governments have decided cyclists lives are not worth.

Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of installing truck side guards on all large trucks.

Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of developing and installing better mirror or camera monitoring systems for large trucks and all motor vehicles.

Cyclists lives are not

Joe Fantauzzi: Rob Ford’s Political Body

Toronto’s Rob Ford lives a political life. Both his bare existence and his public personae have taken on a politicization since he entered municipal governance. Plainly said, his weight and other biological issues have become just as political as his public life as “mayor” of the City of Toronto. The Ancient Greeks, such as Aristotle, had […]

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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Bill Longstaff: Evidence for Democracy

Our current federal government’s aversion to facts is now, unfortunately, well-established as a fact itself. Examples are legion, but I will just mention one.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose has assured Canadians that her government is a firm believer in science-based policy. Unfortunately, in a recent CBC interview she went about proving herself wrong. On the subject of drug treatment, she stated,

The Canadian Progressive: Conservative Sen. Boisvenu told to apologize for banging staffer

The Senate has asked Harper-appointed Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to apologize for violating the “Conflict of Interest Code for Senators” by banging staffer, giving her contracts.

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The Canadian Progressive: Half of Canada’s wounded soldiers not being compensated

A report just released by Canada’s Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent reveals that half of Canada’s wounded soldiers are not receiving the benefits the government of Canada is obliged to pay them.

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Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Since the beginning of the year, several stories in high-profile mainstream media publications have examined what some find to be the increasing militarization of police forces in North America. In March, The Economist wrote a feature on the phenomenon noting that the use of tactical units, which are often armed with military-style weaponry such as so-called […]

Joe Fantauzzi: Needed: A Real Deal For Cities

Over at NinetyTwoPointEight, I have written a post about the need for substantive discussion during the ongoing Toronto municipal election about freeing up the city from the paternalism of its relationship with and dependance on the province of Ontario. Here is the link: Election 2014: A Lost Opportunity To Push For A Real Deal For Cities

Joe Fantauzzi: Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Progressive

Progress can mean a lot of things. The achievement by marginalized people of social citizenship. Collective movement toward big goals that make life better on a societal scale. State intervention with the aim of lessening the burden caused by the market. Smoke from an oil field and tailing ponds as the economy chugs along. Progressivism is typically identified […]