Tag Archives: ecomonics

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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Plato’s Tree

Greece as an example of the economic and social damage that austerity in times of precarity can do. The legacy of Athena’s give to Athens — the olive tree that shaded democracy. Plus an update on the election of the left-wing Syriza Party in the Greek election of January 2015. Continue reading

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Wynne’s Win: Ontario’s Great Divide

No one should be happy about the Liberal majority. Well, maybe Kathleen Wynne—she owned up to the gas plant scandals and she ran a terrific campaign. This is, more than anyone else’s, Wynne’s win. Elections have a way of showing … Continue reading

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The new economy owns your soul

Sally’s choice was this: either pay the heating bill or fix her car. She chose the car because without it she couldn’t get to work, and if she couldn’t get to work, she wouldn’t be paid. Sally is a personal … Continue reading

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