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Pull Yourself Up by Bootstraps? Go Ahead, Try It

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

… this bootstraps narrative drives out good policy in three ways. First, it suggests that historically Americans rose purely through rugged individualism… Second, the bootstraps narrative often suggests that benefits programs are counterproductive because they foster “dependency.” … Third, the bootstraps narrative implies that… because some people can run a four-minute mile, everyone can… American children need fewer wagging fingers or homilies about bootstraps, and more helping hands.

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The federal government needs to tax our inheritances

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

We are demanding the federal government establish a progressive inheritance tax that hits the top 10 per cent of estates, increasing to a marginal rate of 55 per cent on estates over $7.5 million… We’re also calling for a wealth tax that hits the top 10 per cent of Canadians, increasing to a marginal rate of 10 per cent on each dollar of wealth over $20 million, exempting principal residences… These two policies affect only individuals in the top 10 per cent

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For both Alberta and Indigenous peoples, now is the winter of our disrespect

Friday, February 14th, 2020

… this isn’t about a mine any longer, or the environment, or the economy: it’s about respect… the closer you approach respect – reconciliation is another word – as an objective, in haste to atone for past sins, the faster it recedes. For without grievances, there is no leverage.

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What’s the best vaccine against mental health? Reducing inequality.

Monday, January 27th, 2020

ThinkUpstream.net – Currents January 27, 2020.   Trish Hennessy This week our social media feeds will light up with Bell Let’s Talk encouragement to collectively work on de-stigmatizing mental health issues by talking about it. The more we talk about it, the more we de-stigmatize. The more we de-stigmatize it, the more we understand how […]

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Here’s why men still get paid more than women

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

… older men and women are almost equally engaged in caregiving of some kind, but when it comes to working-age caregivers, women are spending more time than men helping those close to them, and handling far more of the tasks that are not compatible with work… The easy government policy responses to confront the wage gap have already been implemented, says Schirle, and the impact for many women is barely perceptible.

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Are Canadians ready to confront racism?

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Relatively few deny that racism is a reality in Canada. Many Canadians are ready to reflect seriously on how factors such as unconscious bias shape the day-to-day experiences of racialized Canadians. Many may also be prepared to confront systemic racism in public institutions, notably (but not solely) the police. But Canadians can do this while also celebrating the communities, families and friendships they’ve built.

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Ontario’s mental-health crisis, Part 2: The good, the bad, and the ugly of OHIP-covered care

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Roughly 2 million Ontarians seek mental-health care each year… And the system is massively skewed by geographical constraints. A study in 2009, for example, found that, while there were 63 psychiatrists per 100,000 residents in the Toronto region, some remote parts of the province had barely four per 100,000 — a whopping fifteenfold difference… And timeliness matters.

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People who live in Ontario’s poorest neighbourhoods more likely to suffer avoidable deaths: study

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Researchers at ICES, a non-profit research institute that uses population-based health information, found 124,000 avoidable deaths in the “most materially deprived areas” between 1993 and 2014. That’s compared to 66,000 avoidable deaths in the most well-off areas, where average income, education and employment levels were highest… progress is being made [but] people living in the most well-off neighbourhoods seem to be benefiting the most.

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UN report blasts ‘abhorrent’ housing conditions of Canada’s Indigenous people

Monday, October 21st, 2019

… housing conditions for Indigenous peoples around the world are overwhelmingly abhorrent and too often violate the right to adequate housing,” the report reads. “(Indigenous people) are more likely to suffer inadequate housing and negative health outcomes as a result, they have disproportionately high rates of homelessness and they are extremely vulnerable to forced evictions, land-grabbing and the effects of climate change.”

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It’s time for federal leaders to focus on inequality

Monday, October 14th, 2019

… there’s a real problem when the benefits of wealth and opportunity are not shared by everyone…. while unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades, the jobs are increasingly not very good ones… When the federal parties talk about jobs on the campaign trail, it needs to be a conversation about good jobs. When they talk about making life more affordable, they should be clear about who they’re talking about and how they’ll deliver. The Vital Signs report is a depressing but timely reminder that income and wealth are highly co-related with race, where people were born, and where they live now.

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