Inequalities in Canada


Jroc
Free Thinker
#1
Hello all, the following are some unsettling statistics about Canadian society.

"This is the first generation in a long time that doesn't think its children will be better off..." declared economist Hugh Mackenzie, a Toronto CCPA research associate.

The median earnings of full-time Canadian workers increased by just $53 annually -- that's right, $53 annually -- between 1980 and 2005. This 25-year income stagnation contrasts dramatically with the 16.4 per cent income gain posted by the richest Canadians and amplifies the shocking 20.6 per cent income drop afflicting the poorest.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2007 Growing Gap project found "greater inequality isn't just a statistic...The income gap is being driven by the extreme gains the market is delivering to the richest among us -- and the richer they are the richer they are becoming. The share of total earnings going to the richest 10 per cent of families soared from 23 per cent in the late 1970s to almost 30 per cent in 2004."

More Canadians earn minimum wages, 4.7 per cent in 2000 rose to 5.2 per cent in 2008In June 2009 Food Banks Canada reported a 20-per cent increase in the number turning to food banks each month.

Canadians with low-incomes have the highest mortality rates, the lowest life expectancy rates and the highest rates of hospitalization. 43 per cent of children from low-income families have some kind of psychiatric, schooling or social problem. One-in-seven Canadian children live in poverty. In Canada there is more inequality and poverty than most OECD countries. Canada ranked 15th out of 17 countries for working age poverty.

On Child Poverty in Canada

One in 10 Canadian children is living in poverty, according to a report on the status of child and family poverty.
With Parliament's self-imposed deadline long past, it still has far to go on the promise it made 21 years ago to eradicate child poverty by 2000.
The most recent numbers show there is a 9.1 per cent rate of child poverty in Canada, down slightly from 11.9 per cent in 1989, the year Parliament unanimously resolved to end child poverty

One in seven children or about 121,000 kids in British Columbia were found to be living in poverty in 2008.
The poverty rate among B.C. children below the age of six during that year was 19.6 percent. This means that one in five in this age category didn’t have enough to lead decent lives.
The vast majority of BC’s poor children live in families with some income from paid work, with over one third having at least one adult working full-time, full-year.

Inequity is also growing. The gap between the incomes of the richest 10% and poorest 10% of families with children grew from a ratio of 11 to 1 in 2007 to 14 to 1 in 2008.

Families in the three lowest income groups (deciles) saw an actual decline in their incomes between 1989 and 2008.
 
Jroc
Free Thinker
#2
zzzz zzzz
 
petros
#3
You forgot to blame it on a right or left group.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

You forgot to blame it on a right or left group.

Well it can't be the do-gooder, bleeding heart liberals, so it must be the heartless conservatives.
 
petros
#5
I'll try to clear it all up when I run for the NAU Parliament.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#6
Can you get something done about world peace once you get a handle on the poverty thingy?
 
petros
#7
Whirled peas, no problem!
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#8
Excellent!!... I knew that there was a simple solution.

maybe you can Cc this message to Jroc and the UN so we can file this one in the "done" file
 
petros
#9
The UN-Govt takes calls?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#10
You bet they do... You just have to wait on hold for awhile.... Here's tip though, press option "6" when the menu comes up.. That's the option for the caters and pizza delivery guys... They always answer.
 
petros
#11
Hey Capt. you'll love this....

Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world - Telegraph

More Commie "levelling". We'll all be dirt poor soon enough. Being dirt poor stops floods?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#12
I really owe you one Petros.. I haven't had a good laugh like this in quite a while.

I like this quote the best:

"Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years. "

Apparently Kevin isn't aware that it will be the Western world (whose economies are halted) will be relied upon to buy the goods/services from these developing nations... If the Western economies are in the tank, no one will buy these goods/services... The message here is that Kevin Anderson would be wise to develop an understanding of economics before he decides to f*ck with it.

One more great little quote:

"Dr Myles Allen, of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, said this might not be enough. He said that if emissions do not come down quick enough even a slight change in temperature will be too rapid for ecosystems to keep up. Also by measuring emissions relative to a particular baseline, rather than putting a limit on the total amount that can ever be pumped into the atmosphere, there is a danger that the limit is exceeded"

Wanna bet that he won't use a baseline that measures natural emissions or occurred during a period of glaciation?Just a thought.
 
JLM
No Party Affiliation
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by JrocView Post

Hello all, the following are some unsettling statistics about Canadian society.
"This is the first generation in a long time that doesn't think its children will be better off..." declared economist Hugh Mackenzie, a Toronto CCPA research associate.
The median earnings of full-time Canadian workers increased by just $53 annually -- that's right, $53 annually -- between 1980 and 2005. This 25-year income stagnation contrasts dramatically with the 16.4 per cent income gain posted by the richest Canadians and amplifies the shocking 20.6 per cent income drop afflicting the poorest.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2007 Growing Gap project found "greater inequality isn't just a statistic...The income gap is being driven by the extreme gains the market is delivering to the richest among us -- and the richer they are the richer they are becoming. The share of total earnings going to the richest 10 per cent of families soared from 23 per cent in the late 1970s to almost 30 per cent in 2004."
More Canadians earn minimum wages, 4.7 per cent in 2000 rose to 5.2 per cent in 2008In June 2009 Food Banks Canada reported a 20-per cent increase in the number turning to food banks each month.

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A lot of statistics but how many facts?
 
petros
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

I really owe you one Petros.. I haven't had a good laugh like this in quite a while.


"Dr Myles Allen, of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, said this might not be enough. He said that if emissions do not come down quick enough even a slight change in temperature will be too rapid for ecosystems to keep up. Also by measuring emissions relative to a particular baseline, rather than putting a limit on the total amount that can ever be pumped into the atmosphere, there is a danger that the limit is exceeded"

Wanna bet that he won't use a baseline that measures natural emissions or occurred during a period of glaciation?Just a thought.

Bronze Age baseline last time humans made global climate skyrocket from smelting.

He says "even a slight change in temperature will be too rapid for ecosystems to keep up"

So it hasn't changed yet?

That's good.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#15
Maybe we ought to have a "Leave Your Fridge Door Open for the Climate Day".
 
petros
#16
Better yet. I'll go an open the deep freezer door out in the garage. I'l see if I get it down to -13 instead of -12.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#17
That ought to solve the problem...

Hell, we've made some great progress this morning with clear solutions to world peace and reversing this terrible global warming trend.

Do you think that we can apply for some UM subsidies retroactively to "study" these problems?
 
petros
#18
Why not? We'll see if "whirled peas" is a good and publicly acceptable replacement for T-Bone steaks.
 
Trotz
Bloc Québécois
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

You forgot to blame it on a right or left group.

Easier to blame the Boomers.
Even a good number of so called "Leftist Boomers", are just as racist as right-wing Boomers and often perceive poverty, in a racist way I might add, in that "all the impoverished kids are Natives and it's their fault".


*Sigh*

Go to Chilliwack, the Okanagan, The Fraser Valley Region, the towns on Vancouver Island, Northern British Columbia, sure you'll find impoverished first nations there but most of your impoverished kids are often going to be light-skinned, blue or brown eyed, Anglo-Saxon, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Doukabour, German, Scandinavian, et al.


Even if they are made aware the boomers still wouldn't care. Most of the ones I've talked to in the LML are often just concerned with themselves. "Do we have enough immigrants to wipe my rear when I am 90 and in the hospital", "The Gober'ment bitter not take muh savings", and that sort of stuff, while at the same time they seem to be putting in a lot of effort in attempting to screw my generation (driving up tutition, speculating boomers driving up the prices of homes, et al).


The greatest poetic justice we could ever have in Canada and North America is a Soviet-Union style inflation collapse in 20 years. Spiraling inflation would which destroy the boomer's savings (including their retirements) but on the other hand would mean those of us with mortages, tutition debt and debt could otherwise walk away with a clean slate.
Last edited by Trotz; Dec 1st, 2010 at 09:46 AM..
 
petros
#20
Quote:

The greatest poetic justice we could ever have in Canada and North America is a Soviet-Union style inflation collapse in 20 years.

No need to wait....no need at all komrade.
 
Durry
#21
The median income for workers is about right.
With the higher income earners increasing more means that the average workers know that if they work hard and smarter, they will make more money when they get into the higher income bracket.
 
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