… wage equality not only benefits corporate growth, but also promotes global economic prosperity… We still haven’t shaken off the preconceived notion that gender equality is solely a woman’s issue fought by women for women, which in turn keeps breeding the problem. If men are not actively engaged in overcoming gender inequality, how can we ever achieve wage parity?
Equality Debatesposted March 7, 2017 / No Comments
Canada is higher than the OECD average in its gender pay gap, ranking as the seventh most unequal of 34 industrialized countries… Despite higher levels of education and more access to the work force, “ women’s efforts to build a better life are hampered by the unequal distribution of unpaid work, the gender barriers to many fields of work, the undervaluing of jobs held predominantly by women, and the often unspoken social norms that offer men higher wages and rates of promotion from the moment they enter the work force”… pay gaps are even greater for racialized and Indigenous women.
Equality Debatesposted February 16, 2017 / No Comments
We live in a time both of much more widespread and open expressions of racism — thanks, internet — and of acute hypersensitivity to rude or even frank speech of all kinds. Each feeds off the other. But the alternative to “political correctness” is not bigotry and intolerance, and the answer to racism is not censorship. Indeed, we have too much of that already… The burden of proof is always on those who wish to restrict freedom to show why they must.
Equality Debatesposted February 5, 2017 / No Comments
The department [of Indigenous and Northern Affairs] has the long-standing and unfortunate reputation of being incapable of creating improvements, either within its own ranks or for the indigenous people it is supposed to serve… “Until a problem-solving mindset is brought to these issues to develop solutions built around people instead of defaulting to litigation, arguments about money, and process roadblocks, this country will continue to squander the potential and lives of much of its Indigenous population,”
Equality Debatesposted January 28, 2017 / 2 Comments
For all the barriers that women face, we have abundant freedoms and privileges that are not available to men… the myth that women only make 78 per cent of what men make is an alternative fact that does not stand up to reality. Besides, who does the dirty work? Not us… The vast majority of workplace fatalities are male. So are the vast majority of workers in policing, firefighting, war and other lethal professions… As for violence, men are the chief victims.
Equality Debatesposted January 19, 2017 / No Comments
… we’re told we live in a time of popular revolt against the “elites” and that Donald Trump just won the U.S. presidency because of his “populism.” … The real question is whether Trump and his crowd get to define and shape that anti-status quo sentiment… the two richest men in Canada — David Thomson and Galen Weston — now have as much wealth as the bottom 30 per cent of Canadians (11 million people).
Equality Debatesposted January 16, 2017 / No Comments
… the debate is not about whether extreme inequality is a problem but rather about how to solve it… one concrete proposal, endorsed by the authors of the Oxfam report, is likely politically saleable and has the potential to provide some the resources needed to tackle inequality: a global crack-down on tax havens and tax cheats… The costs to Canada of tax avoidance and evasion are estimated to be in the many tens of billions of dollars every year.
Equality Debatesposted January 12, 2017 / No Comments
Canada can learn from Finland’s even more comprehensive approach to ensuring that the most deprived children get the same education as the most privileged; it’s not perfect, but it represents a different, and potentially valuable, approach… education systems keep appearing in studies of social mobility… compulsory-schooling laws have a huge effect: With each extra year of required schooling, the lifetime wealth of individuals increases by about 15 per cent.
Equality Debatesposted January 7, 2017 / No Comments
“Humanizing the (usually) male predators and murderers of women while the achievements and life stories of their victims are ignored only contributes to the epidemic of violence against women.”
Equality Debatesposted January 6, 2017 / No Comments
The federal government spent $500,000 defending itself against these tribunal complaints last year. It lost every time. This year, it ought simply to do as the tribunal said. Invest the money necessary to provide indigenous children equal access to essential services. And ensure the law that bears Jordan River Anderson’s name becomes a tool for justice and reconciliation, not yet another symbol of Canada’s shameful failure.