Federal New Democratic Party leadership hopeful, Guy Caron, says the world economy is changing rapidly and some of Canada’s policies are “stuck in the 1950s.”
Caron, a Quebec MP and former economist with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, says there is no doubt that precarious work “is a large issue.”
“It’s the symptom of a larger problem in our economy, the way it has been restructured…with a focus on privatization, deregulation, and trade agreements,” he says.
“This has deeply affected us and we need to begin the hard work of restructuring our economy.”Read more
A new animated video by Adam Gaudreau-Brown, and put out by Basic Income Canada Network, is making the rounds on social media to rave reviews.
To go to the video, click here.
Alexis Frasz from Creativz.us
The recent study published by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) on trends and conditions facing artists today makes the case that the most important issues facing artists today aren’t artist specific—they are systemic and structural issues in our economy and society overall.
As Laura Zabel from Springboard for the Arts points out, “In survey after survey, artists say what they need is income, health care, reliable housing. You know who else needs those things? Everybody. What if we could actually change how our larger economy works so that the need for artist-specific solutions became unnecessary?”Read more
Brantford City Council will ban the use of temporary staffing agencies, the first such stand to be taken in Ontario.
Led by Councillor Brian Van Tilborg and unanimously passed by all council members, the City is also urging the Province to make changes to provincial labour laws that govern the use of temporary workers.
Councillor John Sless, who supported the motion, says temp agencies “are feeding off folks who are easy prey.”
He says there are two significant issues with temp workers – those who seem to be in ‘long-term temp jobs’ – a contradiction in terms — and those who are constantly shifting from one job to another.Read more
Anjali Chatha spent a lot of time at the library when she was growing up. There was something about being surrounded by bottomless information and infinite stories that appealed to her. Throughout her high school years you could always find her at the Edmonton Public Library, studying for tests, writing essays, and doing a little light socializing with friends.
It was probably no surprise to her family when she told them she was going to go to school for Library and Information Technology at MacEwan University in the city. A two year program, the young Alberta woman graduated before she was 21 with dreams of being a librarian.
Now 24, she’s hoping this will be a breakthrough year that will see her finally work in her field. For now, though, she is employed at two fast food restaurants, trying to eke out a full-time wage to stay out of poverty while simultaneously not giving up on her dream.Read more
The Quebec Liberal government has hinted strongly in its recent budget that some form of basic income guarantee is imminent – but likely only for a portion of the province, at least to begin with.
Of note in the announcement is that Quebec will bypass any testing of the program, unlike Ontario with its commitment to a pilot project, and instead will begin a restrained roll-out of a minimum income program aimed at lifting the most vulnerable out of poverty.Read more
From the sand and sun of her childhood days in coastal England to her small public housing residence in Saskatoon, Vanessa Greene has had a lifetime of ups and downs. Now 69, her highs and lows were reflective of both the grip of poverty and the pull of addiction.
Vanessa lived in Bournemouth, England, a coastal resort town known for its temperate climate and miles of elegant beaches. Until the age of 9, she remembers swimming there as often as possible. However, one day her father made a life-altering decision. He decided that his young family needed a big change. Vanessa’s father thought that a greater land of opportunity could be found, instead, in England’s younger, Commonwealth friend — Canada.
“My father got an idea in his head that Canada was the land of milk and honey. So when I was nine we immigrated.”
The family arrived first in London, Ontario, where a paternal aunt lived.Read more
Ashly Rigby, 36, had a dream of one day becoming a nurse. No one in her family had any post-secondary education and she was determined to be first, according to what she told herself in Grade 11. She didn’t expect to be pregnant during the Grade 12 school year, though, a fact that “derailed everything.”
The Vancouver, B.C. woman descended into depression and lived solely on income assistance for many years. Now, working part-time with dreams of school this fall, she hopes to reverse her fortune in the very near future.Read more
He was born in Blind River, the small northern Ontario town immortalized by music legend, Neil Young, in the song Long May You Run. Perhaps ironically, that might be just what Pete Spence did for much of his life. He got in trouble with the law early on. He moved from town to town. When he thought he was close to figuring his life out, a negative experience always seemed to intervene. Now 49, he lives in a rented room in North Bay, still trying to figure out how to live his life.
Pete was born into a working class family, along with an older sister who died five years ago. His father worked at a large uranium plant and his mother worked part-time as a cashier for several local businesses. He doesn’t remember the feeling of doing without, except when it came time for field trips during his school-age years.Read more
It has been many years of struggle for Wayne MacNaughton, 64, living on welfare and now counting the days until he turns 65 when his federal pension kicks in.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia man lives on about $1,000 a month right now, living carefully and prudently. He advocates for others living in poverty and wonders if he would be in the position he was now, had there been an alternative so many years ago.
He was a Toronto boy from the beginning, for the first 33 years of his life. Growing up in a working class environment, his father worked at a paper box factory while his mother did office accounting work. Both parents had modest salaries.Read more