• Ottawa should stop wasting billions on stock benefits for the rich

    Since its introduction in 1984, the loophole has primarily benefited the very rich at a great cost to the public purse… Despite the tax break’s stated purpose, its beneficiaries are not primarily the employees of small, risky start-ups. They are, for instance, top bankers or the heads of mining and telecommunications corporations, the richest of the rich. In fact, more than 90 per cent of the benefit goes to the top 1 per cent of earners.

  • Ottawa asks provinces to help reform First Nations child welfare

    There are more children in care today than at the height of residential schools, [Minister Bennett] added. “That has to stop, and that will only stop by engaging with the provinces and territories and the agencies that deliver those services…” … bureaucrats listening to the people who provide this service as to how best to reform the program so as not to discriminate… how best to inform the program so that First Nation children and families are getting the service that they need”

  • Is incremental equality for First Nations Children compatible with reconciliation?

    … the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services and failing to ensure equitable access to government services. When governments know better they should do better for kids, and this talk will discuss the history of the Canadian Government’s relationship with First Nations children and highlight the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling in the context of this value.

  • Federal government failing to comply with ruling on First Nations child welfare: tribunal

    The federal government has done virtually nothing to comply with a Human Rights Tribunal decision issued in January that ruled First Nations kids are discriminated against because of inadequate funding for child and welfare services… The quasi-judicial tribunal has now issued a second compliance order to force the government to take immediate action and rectify funding shortfalls

  • Why black Canadians are facing U.S.-style problems

    To be black in Canada, with small but important exceptions, is to be from a fairly recent immigrant background – either to be, or to be descended from, a postwar immigrant from the Caribbean or Africa… Black Canadians are demonstrably facing different outcomes in employment, in housing and especially in the policing and justice systems that can only be traced to discrimination… black and white citizens were treated dramatically differently in policing, charges, court procedures, sentencing and imprisonment.

  • Why black Canadians are facing U.S.-style problems

    In part, it’s institutional path dependency: Police and judges have always responded to suspects based on traditional patterns… That’s dangerous, because black Canadians are also inordinately excluded from home ownership, neighbourhoods with good public transit and key employment markets… a group of Canadians who live in fringe rental-only neighbourhoods, with less secure employment and access to resources, who face a more hostile police and justice system, hurting their chances of advancement. It’s not too late to stop this spiral.

  • Ottawa commits $382 million to begin raising services for on-reserve kids

    The movement to fill the gap so that all on-reserve children with a disability or a short-term condition in Canada are treated equally is called Jordan’s Principle; and late Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced up to $382 million will go toward fixing that disparity.

  • Time to soak the seniors

    in 1976, 37 per cent of all seniors lived in poverty. Today, it’s about 7 per cent – much lower than the poverty rate for children or any other segment of the population. Canadian seniors are among the most affluent people in the world… There are two simple ways to cut down on the elderly bias in spending… means-test our entitlements … Adjust the “retirement age”

  • Different tax rules for wealthy and powerful

    … 26 wealthy Canadians were offered full amnesty from prosecution or penalty after they were caught hiding at least $130 million in offshore tax schemes set up by the giant accounting firm KPMG… KPMG also appears to have gotten off scot-free, even though internal memos show that the firm planned to collect 15 per cent of all taxes dodged… Its tameness stands in stark contrast to the aggressive probing of the tax avoidance industry by a parliamentary committee in Britain and a congressional committee in the U.S.

  • Ottawa must help provinces fix legal aid

    People who make twice as much as the legal-aid cut-off still fall below the poverty line… Ontario’s legal aid system is an intractable mess, despite laudable recent efforts by the province to improve it… part of the problem is of the federal government’s own making. A decade of evidence-blind tough-on-crime policies created real burdens for the provinces. At the same time, the federal government has drastically decreased funding for legal aid… in the early 1970s, Ottawa covered half the cost. Now the proportion is around 13 per cent in Ontario.