In Carol Goar's article in today's Toronto Star, she presents some of the key challenges facing the Employment Insurance program in Canada and how it came to be what it is: a badly broken economic stabilizer. Read more about The Case for EI Reform (continued)
This week’s web feature looks at the basic needs of every human being, arguing that these are rights rather than privileges that some people do not deserve. Some will of course respond that basic rights don’t necessarily require public sector provision. But ultimately, the state has a responsibility to step in when there is a gap, and people’s needs are not being met through other means. Read more about A Deeper Look at GLI: Is Public Provision Necessary to Meet Basic Needs?
There’s a report today in the Globe and Mail that some Canadians are waiting up to 6 weeks for Employment Insurance payments.
EI payments are normally supposed to be received within 28 days of making an application. There is a mandatory 2 week waiting period, followed by two weeks to process and receive the payment. Read more about Now is the time to reform EI
Just in time for our current web feature on how our political system is frequently misunderstood, the Dominion Institute has published a poll demonstrating Canadians' unfamiliarity with our political system. Read more about Why isn't the prime minister on my ballot?
Unfortunately, the only kind of political engagement Shane Claiborne can envisage for Christians is intentional community. I found the rejection of political institutions and structures to be the most frustrating aspect of The Irresistible Revolution. I appreciate the grassroots intentionality, but it doesn’t seem to be accompanied by a recognition of larger structures and context and how they can be both agents for good and bad in the lives of the poor whom Claiborne embraces. Read more about Chandra is reading...The Irresistible Revolution Part II
As British Columbia heads toward an election in the new year, British Columbians are calling for a poverty reduction strategy. BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada at 13%. Read more about BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
Hot on the heels of my reflection on making climate change history yesterday, the news came out today that Canada is ranked second-to-last in the Climate Change Performance Index for our environmental plan. Read more about Making climate change history the wrong way
This past Monday, I went to a very interesting talk by Marvyn Novick at First United Church in Ottawa.He presented the draft of a Blueprint for Poverty Reduction in Ontario that details specific suggestions of steps the Ontario provincial government should take in order to achieve a 25% reduction in family and adult poverty over the next five years. Read more about A blueprint for poverty reduction in Ontario
There’s nothing certain about our ability to shape the future, as much as we’d like to believe that we alone control our destinies. And yet, there are moments where we have the opportunity to create history – if not with certainty, at least with confidence that we will make a difference.
We seem to be in one of those moments when it comes to climate change. There is an opportunity now in Poland, and over the next year leading up to Copenhagen, to reverse the course of our destructive behaviours and stop the trends of increasing global warming. Read more about Make climate change history
Last Thursday, December 4th, Chandra and I went to Southminster United Church in Ottawa to see Senator Douglas Roche (Retired), who is a CPJ member, speak on “The Human Right to Peace.” Read more about Senator Douglas Roche: A Life Dedicated to Peace