Huge wasteful subsidies to corporations deplete funds for social programs

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The rich need no protection. — Wendell Phillips. When it comes to listing countries on the basis of the social services they provide to their citizens compared to the subsidies they heap on their corporations, Canada doesn’t fare well. A recent study from the University of Calgary’s … Continue reading Huge wasteful subsidies to corporations deplete funds for social programs

With more than a million Canadian kids living in poverty, giving them food and toys at Christmas is not enough

Oh God! That bread should be so dear, And flesh and blood so cheap! --Thomas Hood, “The Song of the Shirt. In my recent post on world happiness, I cited a couple of polls that ranked Canada well below other countries in assessing their population’s level of happiness. We managed to come seventh in the … Continue reading With more than a million Canadian kids living in poverty, giving them food and toys at Christmas is not enough

Happiest countries in the world are not necessarily the richest, but those with truly democratic governments

Those who want much are always much in need. Happy are those who simply want sufficient for their needs. --Horace Is human happiness a feeling that can be measured and quantified? Nobody, of course, is perpetually happy, but, for most people in some nations, happiness is more the norm than the exception. That assessment, however, … Continue reading Happiest countries in the world are not necessarily the richest, but those with truly democratic governments

Secreting wealth in tax havens deprives Canadian governments of massive amounts of tax revenue every year

During the 20 years I was editor of the CCPA Monitor, monthly journal of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, we published a dozen or more articles about offshore tax havens. Until the leak of the Panama Papers a few years ago, however, the identity of most of the individuals, corporations and organizations that secreted … Continue reading Secreting wealth in tax havens deprives Canadian governments of massive amounts of tax revenue every year