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The Rich Get Richer -- But Nobody Else Does

Northern Reflections - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:49


That's the conclusion of a report which was recently released by the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives. According to the Canadian Press:

The country's 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.002 per cent of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country's poorest 11.4 million.

That's more than in 1999, when the richest 86 had as much money as the poorest 10.1 million and enough to buy up everything in New Brunswick and still have about $40 billion left over, according to the report, to be released Thursday.
  It looks like wealth inequality will be an issue in 2015:

Statistics Canada also showed wealth gravitating to the top. While median net worth rose almost 80 per cent since 1999 to $243,800 per family unit, the top 40 per cent possessed 88.9 per cent of total net worth, leaving the bottom 60 per cent with a mere 11.1 per cent of the pie.

Eye-opening was the data that showed the poorest 20 per cent of family units had more debts than assets.
The Harper government will continue to talk about averages. But it's clear that wealth in Canada is increasingly skewed -- and that doesn't bother the Harperites in the least.

For them, the present state of affairs is simply the way of the world.


Say Nay Nay! Goodbye to John Pinette

Fat and Not Afraid - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:41

After my weekly tune-in to Cosmos I was shocked to read online that comedian John Pinette had died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism on Saturday. John was one of very few comedians I actually enjoyed, a man who could make me laugh almost to the point of tears. His routine "I'm Starving", especially the France and Italy skit, is my absolute favourite. My hometown has a strong Italian influence  so yeah, I can relate. What I really loved about John was his ability to laugh at himself, but not at others. Yes, he was a fat comedian and he often poked fun at himself, his weight, and his eating and exercise habits, but he didn't make fun of others. He was sensitive and kind and I'm really going to miss him.

Anything less than stellar about John has been left out because I don't know about it, not because I'm trying to gloss over it.

I Nominate Him For A Nobel Prize

Politics and its Discontents - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:16
The category? That's yet to be determined. Any suggestions?

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Why Pierre Poilievre's Election Bill Could Help Kill the Cons

Montreal Simon - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:14


He's the most Republican looking MP I've ever seen.

A ghastly little fanatic who could just have easily have been suckled by Karl Rove as he was suckled by Stephen Harper.

And of course his foul voter suppression bill is straight out of the Republican play book, or the anus of Amerika.

But what Pierre Poilievre doesn't seem to have considered is that the bill could blow up in his face. 

Or that the Cons could win the battle but lose the war. 
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The Ghastly Cons and the Climate Change Monster

Montreal Simon - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:32


I went down to my favourite beach today to celebrate the Rites of Spring, only to find the last remnants of the Winter from Hell still clinging to the pier.

And for some reason the sight of that ghastly chunk of ice reminded me of the monster in the movie The Blob.

And of the climate change monster that is threatening our world. 
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Of Course We Could Ignore This

Politics and its Discontents - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 16:56
But are we willing to pay the ultimate price?


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