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Canada’s ‘social’ score dragged down by inequality, poverty: report

Published on February 4, 2013 by in Home

THE CANADIAN PRESS/OTTAWA CITIZEN   OTTAWA – A new report says Canada’s social fabric is being torn by rising income inequality and stagnant child poverty rates. The Conference Board of Canada report compares Canada with other developed countries on 16 “society indicators” including unemployment, voter turnout, life satisfaction and economic and cultural yardsticks. The annual

 
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Natives don’t need ‘accountability.’ Show us the money

Published on January 8, 2013 by in Home

  JEFFREY RATH The Globe and Mail Chiefs across Canada are saying that the real lack of “accountability” lies in the Prime Minister’s Office and not at the level of individual first nation governments. Indigenous people across Canada are owed well in excess of $100-billion, the immediate payment of which Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses

 
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About Striking Poverty–new website to encourage conversations about innovation and solutions

Published on December 19, 2012 by in Home

    Striking Poverty   Inspiring Innovation, Accelerating Development   “The Striking Poverty online space is designed to empower innovators to end poverty by striking up interactive discussions and debate among a global community of stakeholders. This is an online salon hosted by the World Bank to curate two-week-long moderated discussions and debates on what

 
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Interview — Tar Sands Blockader Grace Cagle: The “Path of This Pipeline is Like a Map of Power and Poverty”

Published on December 14, 2012 by in Home

    by Joyce Arnold http://www.taylormarsh.com     Grace Cagle is a 22 year old, from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She tells me she doesn’t consider herself an activist, but “a person aware of the injustices in this society who is willing and privileged enough to be able to resist those creating injustice.” That’s what she

 
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Doha: UK opens war-chest to help poor countries tackle climate change

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Ed Davey confirms UK will deliver £1.5bn pledged Fast Start finance by end of December 2012   By Jessica Shankleman and Jane Burston businessgreen.com As United Nations negotiators this week wrangle over the best way to deliver $100bn of climate finance by 2020, the UK has announced how it will spend £150m of funding

 
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Food Banks Canada reports record number of Canadians using food banks; 38% are children

Published on October 30, 2012 by in Home

  FoodBankCanada.org       Food Banks Canada reports record number of Canadians using food banks; 38% are children HungerCount 2012 provides essential information on levels of food bank use in Canada, profiles communities hit by economic change  Ottawa, October 30, 2012 – The number of Canadians turning to food banks for help is at an all-time high,

 
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Enhancing Democratic Citizenship, Deepening Distributive Justice

Published on October 13, 2012 by in Home

 This movement is a response to the failure of neo-liberalism to distribute benefits fairly and, in one stroke and under the banner of social justice, structures society so that all can flourish.   by Jordan Brennan Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives The Living Wage Movement   This report looks at the history of the minimum wage

 
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Ontario worst province in terms of inequality, poverty and funding for public services

Published on August 29, 2012 by in Home

Dalton McGuinty thought that demanding concessions from Ontario’s teachers would play well in the bi-elections. But Ontarians are more concerned with rising inequality, poverty, and social service cuts. Now his justification for attacking the teachers is under attack and meeting with public disapproval.   Laurie Monsebraaten , Social Justice Reporter Toronto Star      Ontario is dead last in

 
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North not just a place for resource extraction, say critics

Published on August 23, 2012 by in Home

While Harper supports the colonization of the North by mining companies, he ignores the traditions, sensibilities, and problems of the indigenous who live there. UNW and PSAC say prime minister has not addressed social inequalities in region   CBC News   The North is more than just a military base and a place to extract

 
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France backs proposal to form new UN environment agency

Published on July 2, 2012 by in Home

By Augustine Sangi http://thecitizen.co.tz    Dar es Salaam. France has said it is backing the proposal to create a United Nations agency for the Environment to replace the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The proposal was made at the Rio summit held from June 20-22, attended by more than 40,000 people – including heads of state

 
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What are Hungry Kids Supposed to do now?

Published on June 14, 2012 by in Home

Emily L Care2 Action Alert   There are 1.1 million kids living in poverty in Canada. Some of them get food from school programs, but what are they supposed to do in the summer months? Go hungry? Ask the Harper government to increase support for community-based food programs. » Community-based programs bring food to kids

 
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A look at EHN’s environmental justice series –Pollution, Poverty, People of Color

Published on June 11, 2012 by in Home

Marla Cone Environmental Health News   Beginning June 4, and continuing over the next several weeks, Environmental Health News will publish Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, a series of stories examining environmental justice issues. For this project, EHN dispatched reporters to seven communities across the United States to report on their struggles to cope with

 
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How Inequality Wrecks Everything We Care About

Published on June 10, 2012 by in Home

By Chuck Collins, Berrett-Koehler Publishers | Book Excerpt Truthout   Inequality is wrecking the world. Not just poverty, which is destroying the lives of billions of people around the planet, but inequality—the accelerating gap between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Reversing the Inequality Death Spiral According to research in dozens of disciplines, the

 
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Rio+20′s opportunity will be squandered without courage and vision

Published on June 3, 2012 by in Home

Rio+20 must learn from the MDGs, emphasise sustainable development, and tackle climate change and gender inequality   Gro Harlem Brundtland and Fernando Henrique Cardoso The Guardian   As Elders, we have been involved in public life for quite a long time. We know that change takes time and don’t get too worried when progress seems

 
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UN panel aims for ‘a future worth choosing’

Published on May 30, 2012 by in Home

By Richard Black Environment correspondent BBC News   The High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability was established in 2010 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The panel’s diagnosis: The number of people living in poverty is declining, but the number hungry is rising Inequality in wealth distribution is rising Access to clean water is increasing, but

 
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