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.
Equality Debatesposted January 5, 2017 / No Comments
… the bottom 95 per cent of Canadians received 74.9 per cent of all income in 2014, but this proportion was just 69.3 per cent in Toronto… Along with the poor, the squeezed urban middle class, especially the young, are increasingly unable to enjoy the benefits of big city life. These growing spatial inequalities will increasingly shape urban politics in the years to come.
Equality Debatesposted January 4, 2017 / No Comments
… unlike other refugees, they don’t get a basic income, a guaranteed safe roof over their head, support from groups to help them adjust, free food or business people paying their family’s way and giving them jobs over skilled Canadians. There is no help to start businesses. We don’t let them own houses or benefit economically from selling their resources, yet billion-dollar corporations can pillage these resources for off reserve benefit and profits.
Equality Debatesposted December 14, 2016 / No Comments
The solution is a “tax swap,” whereby the government ceases treating workplace health and dental insurance as non-taxable and in turn uses the resulting revenues to establish a new refundable tax credit to help defray the costs of buying private insurance. The new tax credit might involve a redesign of the existing Medical Expense Tax Credit and would be available to all Canadians, irrespective of their employment circumstances, including in the form of a cash transfer for low-income citizens who don’t pay income taxes.
Equality Debatesposted December 12, 2016 / No Comments
There are several ways in which small businesses can be used to shield income from personal income taxes. Since income taxes are only paid on the salaries the owners pay themselves, revenues can accumulate in CCPCs at the much lower small business tax rate that applies to profits less than the $500,000 threshold. There are several ways that this money can be accessed without paying taxes at the top personal income tax rate.