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Opinion: Reality check on seniors’ poverty and inequality in B.C.

A senior uses a walker in an image to illustrate stories on seniors and long-term care facilities. Photographed on Thursday September 15, 2016 in Brantford, Ontario. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

Addressing the gaps in public supports for seniors need not detract from or mask the serious and growing economic insecurity experienced by younger generations. As recently as 40 years ago, old age meant living in poverty for more than a third of Canadian seniors. Thankfully, public programs like the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement changed this, cutting B.C.’s seniors’ poverty rate to a low of 2.2 per cent in the mid-1990s, among the lowest in the Western world.

Instead of building on this social-policy success, however, we have let it lapse, and seniors’ poverty […]

Social Inequality In America Essay


Social Inequality In America Essay

American Social Inequality essays American Social Inequality essaysMost Americans have a keen sense of the presence of inequality. We learn about it in many ways on a daily basis, from our Social Economic Inequality essays Social Economic Inequality essays When people think of social inequity, they In the United States , for example, much of social interaction is mitigated Free social inequality Essays and Papers Social Inequality of Health – The United States reportedly spends over $8,000 per person on healthcare annually. This amount is two-and-a-half times greater Free inequality Essays and Papers Alex […]

Government Makes the Poor Poorer


STEPHEN MOORE

RELEASE: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

Government Makes the Poor PoorerDennis Prager is off. The following is a column by Stephen Moore.For all the obsessing in Washington over income inequality, why isn’t there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that increase poverty in America. Last week, at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic, my colleagues exposed many of these programs.Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University unmasked two such policies. One is trade protectionism. Trade barriers raise prices and act as a regressive tax on Americans, Boudreaux explains. They also […]

Urban Inequality Is a Crisis, But Don’t Blame Techies for It


As technology companies and the techies who work for them have headed to cities, they have increasingly been blamed for the deepening problems of housing affordability and urban inequality.

A few years ago, for example, the San Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit complained that the Bay Area’s conflict pitted “writers, artists, activists, environmentalists, eccentrics” against the newly moneyed tech elite.

But there is little evidence that the influx of wealthy people into the urban core and the transformation of some leading creative neighborhoods had led to any substantial diminution of these cities’ overall creative capacities. In fact, cities like New York, London, […]

Leading British medical journal spotlights ‘inequality and health’ in U.S.

April 7, 2017 – The life expectancy of the wealthiest Americans, which now exceeds that of the poorest Americans by 10 to 15 years, continues to grow, according to a series of papers published today in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals. This “survival gap” is a result of America’s fractured, for-profit health system, as well as its rapidly growing economic inequality, racial segregation and mass incarceration, which is unique among industrialized nations, researchers say.

These topics and several others are discussed in a five-paper series in The Lancet called “America: Equity and […]

Leading British medical journal spotlights inequality and health in U.S.

New studies in The Lancet examine effects of racial segregation, mass incarceration, economic inequality and a lack of universal health care as factors in declining U.S. health outcomes, and point to a growing ‘survival gap’ between rich and poor

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The life expectancy of the wealthiest Americans, which now exceeds that of the poorest Americans by 10 to 15 years, continues to grow, according to a series of papers published today in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical […]

How is US upward mobility doing? 73% are better off than their parents, a new analysis finds

My friend Scott Winship has a new study out on income mobility, conducted for the Archbridge Institute. Very much worth reading. Here a just a few of the many highlights (bold is mine): — Consistent with past research, the report documents the strong odds that poor children will fare no better relative to their peers than their parents did. Nearly half of children with parents in the bottom fifth of family income end up in the bottom fifth as well. Children who grow up with the richest parents are only somewhat less immobile. — These estimates are based on […]

Americans Are Pretty Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off


Brian Snyder / Reuters Hard work is often touted as the key American virtue that leads to success and opportunity. And there’s lots evidence to suggest that worker buy into the belief: For example, a recent study found that Americans work 25 percent more hours than Europeans, and that U.S. workers tend to take fewer vacation days and retire later in life. But for many, simply working hard doesn’t actually lead to a better life.

In the past, economists have acknowledged that citing hard work as the path to prosperity is overly simplistic and optimistic . Ultimately, whether hard work […]

Atlantic provinces have the worst social programs in Canada, but residents are happier

A new report has found that residents of Atlantic provinces report above-average levels of life satisfaction.

A new report has found that residents of Atlantic provinces report above-average levels of life satisfaction. A “report card” released by the Conference Board of Canada this morning reveals that despite having less robust economies, Atlantic Canada provinces report above-average levels of life satisfaction.

The Conference Board of Canada released a report this morning titled “How Canada Ranks: Society,” that ranked Canada on a national, provincial and international level for its performance in several social metrics such as poverty, income inequality, immigrant wage gap, jobless youth, etc., to award 26 jurisdictions a grade between A and D.

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Alberta slapped with a C on quality of life thanks in part to wage gaps

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Alberta receives a C grade and ranks 19th out of 26 regions in terms of social performance.

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Alberta receives a C grade and ranks 19th out of 26 regions in terms of social performance. (Tracy Johnson/Sean Marshall/Marcia Nita) Alberta received a C grade and ranks 19 out of 26 comparable regions in a report released by the Conference Board of Canada on Wednesday.

The How Canada Performs: Society Report Card compares the social performance of Canada, its provinces and 15 peer countries, using 10 indicators that range from income inequality and the gender wage gap, to homicide and burglary rates.

Canada ranked 10 out of 16 countries, and 13 out of […]