Federal Government making significant cuts to programs that address homelessness. See HRSDC Report Budget details 2013-2016 pgs 34-35 . There’s just over a 50% drop in FTEs from 2013/4 to 2014/5 for the Social Development Program, 442 down 219.
CUSJ votes to support COMER who is taking the Federal Government to Court. COMER wants the Bank of Canada to fulfill the mandate for which it was designed – to ensure a liquid supply of money is available for the Canadian Public social agenda.
Interwoven Coops are one model of a different type of economy described in the film, “Shift Change.” The Steel Workers are exploring another new model – The Union-Coop Model with the Mondragon area of Spain. How will the conflicts between labour and management be handled in such a model?
Social Impact Bonds – A critique by the CCPA Monitor, 2012 11 21 – give private banks a government guaranteed 7-15% profit to fund proven social services.
Are big box stores on the way out (Common Dreams 2013 02 20)? My prediction is not quite yet because of the influx of new oil from fracking. But when they go we will all have major adjustments to make – and as usual the poor will be most affected.
Elizabeth May reports on Canada China Free Trade deal. Are we giving up our sovereignty over Canada’s resource, environment and health policies?
End This Deptression Now — New book by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman; The austeri
ty agenda is not the right solution. Government should be stimulating the economy after now a 5th year of depression since 2008.
QUEBEC STUDENT’S MAPLE SPRING - The Guardian, May 2nd 2012 Maple Spring – Quebec Student Protests Photo by Rogerio Barbosa
New Report on Canadian Well-Being Index shows Well-being not recovering like GDP (October 2012
Canada Embarks on new low-wage policy for immigrants – threatening all Canadian wages (Toronto Star, April 27, 2012)
Canada’s Poor Have Just Become Poorer – Huffington Post, April 29, 2012
BRAVO THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT!Using the Human microphone
Why to Occupy video commentaries
You are acting for many Canadians from all walks of life who share your frustrations. Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice support your action to protest growing income inequality and corporate greed. You are exposing the underlying unfairness of an economic system that has left a tiny elite with a disproportionate amount of wealth while hard-working Canadians struggle to make ends meet.
The growing inequality in our country and around the world must be reversed. The needs of people, families, communities and the natural world must have an equal place at the table. We support more open, fair and transparent democratic processes; A compassionate society with fair, progressive taxation and good programs to help people get on their feet; real changes in our economic system with a balance between government, corporate and NGO sectors.
Thank you for taking a stand! Thank you for your commitment to non-violent system change. May you walk your message in love and peace and may you be heard by all Canadians.Frances Deverell, Joe Parchelo, Rev. John Marsh, Sherri Watson, Jennifer Channing and Jo Wood
For a flyer with this message that you can copy and take to Occupy sites in Canada click here
See Discussion Paper #22 - a review of The Spirit Level by Wilkinson and Pickett. It makes plain the consequences of a society that is too unequal.
See Statement of Support by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada
Occupy Anthem - We Are the Many by MankanaHow did Dr. Seuss get to Occupy Ottawa?
Economist Jim Stanford does a teach-in at Occupy Toronto. Economics 101 – What you need to know about banking in Canada text version
New Scientist article: A study on corporate concentration of power
One of the pieces of the puzzle is the relationship between the military, the government, and the corporate level. The best paid jobs are often with companies with lucrative military contracts, purchased by the government for the military. The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) publishes a magazine that reports on the close interconnections between military production and our economy.