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Montreal Simon: The Redneck Con Larry Miller Disgraces Himself Again

The next time you hear Rona Ambrose call her zombie party the new/nouveau Cons, send her a message with just two words in it: Larry Miller.Because O'l Larry is still there, he couldn't be more Reform or more redneck.He's still the &quo… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Redneck Con Larry Miller Disgraces Himself Again

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Caroline Plante reports on Quebec’s scourge of medical extra-billing and user fees (as identified by its own Auditor General). And Aaron Derfel notes that the federal government has done nothing to app… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Robert Frank examines how market outcomes are shaped disproportionately by luck rather than significant differences in merit:(W)ith each extension of the highway, rail, and canal systems, shipping costs fell sh… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- David Rosen discusses the connection between poverty and more general social exclusion:Poverty is a form of social powerlessness.  The poorer you are, the weaker you are, the harder your life; everythin… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Jim Dwyer writes about the cumulative effect a childhood in poverty has on individual development. And Lee Elliot Major calls out the self-perpetuating exclusion set up by the wealthy to preserve their privileg… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, contrasting Brad Wall’s giveaway of public money to subsidize take-out meals against his choice to make healthy food less accessible to the people who need it most in Saskatoon’s inner city.For further reading…- The Star-Phoenix reported on the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I have a blog post titled: “Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget.” The link to the post is here. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Harry Leslie Smith writes about how an increasingly polarized city such as London excludes a large number of its citizens from meaningful social participation:(A)usterity has diminished the opportunity of the yo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Ed Broadbent, Michal Hay and Emilie Nicolas theorize that Canada’s left is on the rise. Matt Karp takes a look at the policy preferences of younger American voters, including a strong willingness to fund far … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Owen Jones argues that public policy and social activism are needed to rein in the excesses of a corporate class which sees it as its job to extract every possible dollar from the society around it:A financial … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Aditya Chakrabortty comments on how massive amounts of wealth are both being siphoned out of our social systems, and used to buy the politicians who facilitate those transfers:(A)t root, the Panama Pap… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- The Ontario Association of Food Banks discusses the long-term damage done by childhood poverty and deprivation:When facing a very tight budget, food is often the budget line that gets cut in order to a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Using Data to End Homelessness in Calgary

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post titled “Using Data to End Homelessness in Calgary.” The link to the English version is here; the link to the French version here. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Using Data to End Homelessness in Calgary

Michal Rozworski: Jonathan Kay advises the left

Jonathan Kay knows what’s hurting the poor. Is it absurdly low welfare rates and social supports? Perhaps it is lack of access to affordable housing? Poverty wages? Food insecurity? Over-policing? No, says Kay, the honest broker of politics, the inconvenient truth-speaker, it’s the left’s political correctness that’s really keeping the poor down. Kay supports this claim with a […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Jonathan Kay advises the left

Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan 2016 – NDP Platform Review

I mentioned here that any attempt to review the Saskatchewan Party’s platform ran into the problem that there simply wasn’t anything worth analyzing, as two pages of conditional promises were buried under thirty of spin.In contrast, the NDP’s platform … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan 2016 – NDP Platform Review

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- James Ayre points out Radoslaw Stefanski’s study as to how cutting off fossil fuel subsidies subsidies (among other public policy preferences) would go a long way toward helping a transition toward clean, r… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On unstable platforms

With Saskatchewan’s main political parties having released their election platforms, now is the time when I’d planned to put together platform reviews to better examine voters’ options.But a funny thing happened when I went to what was supposed to be t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On unstable platforms

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Elise Gould studies the continued rise of wage inequality in the U.S. And Teuila Fuatai points out how a strong movement to improve minimum wages and study basic incomes in Canada still has a long way to go to secure… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Wall government’s embarrassing excuse for a strategy to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan – and the people who are being left behind or shipped away as a result.For further reading…- Again, the report of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduct… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Emily Badger discusses a new study showing just how much more expensive it is to be poor:(T)he problem isn’t simply that the poor aren’t savvy about sales or bulk buying. They’re more likely to use th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Bill McKibben offers his take on the news that the entire northern hemisphere has reached two degrees Celsius above its normal temperature level, including the increased urgency it creates in reining in climate c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Glen Pearson makes the case for transcending cynicism in our politics, including the choice to stay involved once an election is done. And Ian Welsh reminds us that our definition of property is socially establi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Working in the Homeless-Serving Sector

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve reviewed an excellent new book written by Professor Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff. The book is written for people who do ‘front line’ work with homeless persons. The link to the English version of my review is here, while the link to the French version of […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Working in the Homeless-Serving Sector

Accidental Deliberations: On poor excuses

I’ve previously discussed why there was little reason to think we’d ever see Brad Wall’s government lift a finger to deal with poverty in Saskatchewan. But I must admit I’m amazed at how underwhelming the election-driven “strategy” actually is.So with … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On poor excuses