Tackle poverty with income guarantee

Friday, July 6th, 2012

July 5, 2012
A guaranteed income would ensure that nobody is stuck in the poverty traps of higher prices and entry barriers to social participation – precisely the factors that force lower-income citizens into a focus on survival until the next meal or paycheque, rather than being able to plan ahead… The simple step of protecting workers from severe income risk could then create positive spillover effects in other policy areas. The Mincome program produced a plunge in health-care expenses, while the range of social costs associated with poverty and inequality would also be reduced.

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Literacy key to excelling on the job

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

September 28, 2011
As smartphones, tablets and web-based technology take hold in the workplace, a young person with inadequate literacy skills won’t be able to use these devices on the job, let alone perform the basic written and input tasks that employers expect… “You can essentially map poverty rates against literacy rates in the country and see very clearly that they intersect… You would also see that those Canadians with lower literacy rates have higher rates of chronic disease, cancers, heart disease and diabetes.”

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