Tag Archives: Canada

Just the tip: Payday loan companies are the poster-child for what’s really wrong

If you’ve ever walked into a payday loan company to get something to tide you over to the end of the month, you’ll know you’re lucky if you come out with your shirt. It takes less than half an hour … Continue reading

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TPP: The Devil’s in the Details

Think ‘property.’ Now think ‘treaty’ … as in those instruments that transferred land from people who belonged to it, to people to whom it then belonged. Pretty good deal for us, not so much for First Nations. (A stony outcropping of land called the Bruce Peninsula was evaluated not so long ago as being worth some $50 billion —just imagine what the rest of Canada is worth.) Now you’re in the proper frame of mind to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Continue reading

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A New Deal for a Precarious Economy

What do you say we start this discussion with some facts? I know, I know, that’s not the way we do things anymore. Economics is common sense after all. Wage hikes cause unemployment. Unions are job killers. Companies are job … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Costs … Everyone

It was Andrew’s first day at his new job. It paid minimum wage but, hey, it was his first job ever. His task was to stack bins that had just been washed out and disinfected. He was given rubber boots … Continue reading

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Ford Nation screwed blued and tattooed.

It is an easy thing to dismiss Ford Nation. Here’s how Jeffery Simpson does it in the Globe and Mail: “[They and their leaders] prefer to lecture rather than reason, to posture as … the “people” against undefined but dangerous … Continue reading

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Bob Rae steps into the Ring of Fire

I’m looking at a map of northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire. It’s a pretty patchwork of colours in the shape of a crescent moon: deep sea-blue for Freewest Resources, orange for KWG, bright sun-yellow for Probe, grass green for Fancamp, … Continue reading

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Mr Harper’s End Game

It is telling that the Idle No More movement started with four First Nations women—Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean who gave the first “Idle No More” teach-in. Sylvia McAdam is a lawyer, as is Tanya Kappo, … Continue reading

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