Politics and its Discontents: Food Banks: The Art of Enabling

Few rational people would deny the contemporary need for food banks. Begun in Canada largely as a temporary anodyne to recession-induced job losses in the 1980’s, they have grown in size and scope, becoming a seemingly permanent fixture on our socio-economic landscape. The annual study by Food Banks Canada reports the following: More than 882,000 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Heather Mallick On The Insidious Nature Of Poverty

The older I get, the less patience I have with government that preaches an austerity that has a disproportionate impact on the poor. Of the right-wing rhetoric and mythology that all one has to do is to work hard to succeed, so evident in last week’s Republican convention, I have absolutely no tolerance. Our government ...