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Alleviating child poverty would save much more money than it would cost

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Oh God! That bread should be so dear, And flesh and blood so cheap! –Thomas Hood, “The Song of the Shirt.” Canadians are fortunate to live in one of the world’s better countries, but we delude ourselves when we claim to be living in the best—or even one of the best. Not when more than a million Canadian children—15.1 percent or one in seven of them—are living in poverty, many thousands bereft of adequate nutrition and health care. Not when the OECD ranks Canada 15th—third last—among the 17 leading industrialized countries in the extent of its child poverty. (The OECD gives Canada a C grade, not much lower than the D grade given the last nation on the list, the United States.) Not when children in millions of Canadian households are living in sub-standard, crowded, poorly furnished housing conditions. Not when 21 percent of single Canadian mothers have to raise…

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Bypassing Dystopia could free Canada from the clutches of neoliberalism

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The people in Canada who are intelligent, open-minded, and not ideologically conservative would probably number at least a million. But if only one in twenty of them—50,000—were to read Joyce Nelson’s latest book—Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled Challenges to Corporate Rule—the outcome could be a grassroots uprising that would free Canada from the corrosive clutches of neoliberalism. Canada would become the idyllic country of economic, social, and environmental well-being that our corporate and political leaders hypocritically boast it already is. For anyone who hasn’t read this book and doesn’t intend to do so, my prediction of its revolutionary effects may seem impossibly grandiose. Most of those who do read it, however, will almost certainly share my enthusiasm. Its stunning exposure of how neoliberalism has worsened poverty and inequality, while supplanting democracy with plutocracy, will both infuriate and motivate readers not yet aware of these and many other “free market” iniquities. A brief…

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We need solidarity now more than ever

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“Power goes to two poles – to those who’ve got the money and those who’ve got the people.” — Saul Alinsky May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when countless workers across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of a strong labour movement that faced state-sanctioned violence to bring us the 8-hour work day, wages, benefits, and safe working environments, while continuing to hold institutions and governments accountable in what shouldn’t be an uphill battle for fair working conditions and living wages but often is. As a student at Memorial University for the past six years, I am no stranger to the immense contribution workers on our campus make, to allow students to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Despite the crumbling infrastructure due to years of upper level mismanagement, a profound amount of effort goes into keeping classrooms,…

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The Capitalist God’s Ten Commandments

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The first version of this satiric parody was written nearly two decades ago by Brian Arden, while he was a member of the board of the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2018 revisions and updates by Ed Finn. 1. Thou shalt honour Me as your one true God and have faith in my religion of neoliberalism, globalization, free trade, and private ownership. 2. Thou shalt accept the impoverishment of the many and the enrichment of the few, for in my religion avarice is to be valued over social and economic equity, and competition over co-operation. 3. Thou shalt not oppose the decline of democracy. I will permit you the illusion of democracy. You may still vote for and elect parties that purport to be different, but since they now all bow down to Me, it matters not which forms the government. 4. Thy governments shalt provide…

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Communication is complicated

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“But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little, and who talk too much.” –John Dryden. During the early 1960s, I was assistant editor of The Newfoundland Examiner, a weekly tabloid published in St. John’s. It was a journal launched to provide progressive news and views that were not likely to be found in the province’s conservative media. Our sole reporter was Malcolm (“Mac”) Maclaren, who had earlier emigrated to Newfoundland from England. He and I were boarders in a lodge owned by Mrs. Penny (not her real name), and she became a good friend as well as a good host. One evening, however, her friendship with Mac was sorely tested. She had a dentist’s appointment at 8 o’clock the next morning, but her alarm clock was broken, so she was worried about getting there on time. “Oh, that’s all right, Mrs. Penny,” Mac assured her.…

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Trump “has done us a favour”: Gwynne Dyer

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One of Newfoundland’s most famous intellectuals argues the U.S. President’s election in 2016 offers valuable insight into American politics and society before it’s too late.

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The rise of nativism in NL politics

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Our provincial and post-secondary leaders are playing with a dangerous idea.

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MUN community must unite against provincial government’s austerity

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Questionable strategy, fractured university community means everyone loses.

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Enabling dependency

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How can we explain the continued government inaction in the face of the worst recession since the cod moratorium?

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What hurts the public hurts the private

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Corporate attacks on the public sector and public employees inflict just as much damage on the private sector.

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Lessons from the fight against CETA

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Why has government ignored all information detailing the potential negative consequences of CETA and gleefully implemented legislation to activate it?

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World’s super-rich are wrecking the planet

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But they plan to survive civilization’s collapse.

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We can fight neoliberalism and mitigate its impacts at the same time

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Whether or not global plutocracy can be toppled, its billions of victims need immediate help.

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The Independent’s Top Stories of 2016

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Indigenous rights and economic inequality dominated The Independent’s coverage of Muskrat Falls and Budget 2016.

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‘The future’s not ours to see’ — but it is ours to shape

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What we need to know about neoliberalism. (Part 3 of 3)

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Unbridled corporate rule will wreak global devastation

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What we need to know about toxic neoliberalism. (Part 1 of 3)

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Ball Government’s new vision buries N.L. residents in gobbledygook

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But cutting through the spin doesn’t inspire any greater confidence.

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What really prompted Wallonia’s feisty standoff against CETA?

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The Belgian regional government had it right all along on the controversial Canada-European Union trade agreement.

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The revolution has come, and the left is terrified

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A massive change is underway in the west, and a fresh struggle for the soul of the middle class and the nations we call home is upon us.

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Brexit, Trumpism, and the challenge to globalism

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The focus on xenophobia as the source of Britain’s exit from the EU and the appeal of Donald Trump conveniently ignores the link many Brits and Americans see between our prevailing globalist ideology and extensive job losses and underemployment.

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