The Canadian Liberal government is looking to lift two million Canadians out of poverty by 2030 without committing to new spending.
Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation “as early as possible” to entrench the official poverty line into law. The new plan links multiple federal programs to efforts to reduce poverty and predicts those measures will lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, next year.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed to a list of already announced federal programs to reach that goal.
Duclos was in Vancouver Tuesday to unveil the Liberal’s anti-poverty plan, called “Opportunity for All — Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”
It calls for a reduction in the rate of poverty by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and by 50 per cent by 2030.
That would mean about 2.1 million people would no longer live under the poverty line within 12 years.
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U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Countries” index.
They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa). Countries were graded 65 different ways, from how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” to “quality of life,” to name a few.
Interestingly, both the UK and the USA are down one position in this year’s rankings.
- Germany (up 1 from 2017)
- United Kingdom (down 1 from 2017)
- Australia (up 1 from 2017)
- United States (down 1 from 2017)
- Netherlands (up 1 from 2017)
More at US News & World Report
Five years ago the top five cities were Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Hamilton.
This year the top five are Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Windsor.
“There are two key reasons to move,” BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in the report. “To find a job, if you don’t have one; or to take a better-paying job, if you do.”
BMO’s “ranking of labour market attractiveness,” as the report calls it, is purely data-driven. “Mountains vs. lakes, or seafood vs. beef, are among many other important considerations, but such lifestyle factors are ignored here,” Kavcic wrote.
BMO looked at factors such as median household income, job growth, house prices and rental rates to determine their rankings.
- Honda Civic
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Corolla
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Edge
- Lexus RX
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Charger
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Twenty-seven per cent claim they have no wiggle room after covering their monthly obligations. Another 44% say they’re within $200 of insolvency every month.
July 6, 1914: Viola Irene Desmond (née Davis), a businesswoman and civil libertarian, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She would have been 104 years old today.
After a 1946 incident in which Desmond was arrested for sitting in a “Whites Only” section of a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, she fought her conviction of defrauding the government of the difference in tax — one cent — between tickets in the racially-separated sections.
Though the conviction was upheld, her struggle became a catalyst for change.
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Canadians are prepared to exact their own personal retaliation due to the cross-border trade war started by the U.S. President, by curtailing travel to the U.S. and boycotting American retailers or brands.
According to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail (paywall), nearly three-quarters of Canadians say they are likely, or somewhat likely, to stop travelling to the U.S. And over 70% of Canadians surveyed say they are likely, or somewhat likely, to boycott U.S.-made goods, and nearly the same percentage also say they are likely or somewhat likely to stop shopping at U.S. retailers in Canada.
» Updated 05 July 2018: U.S. Border Patrol says it won’t stop checking Canadian fishing vessels
U.S. officials say they were looking for illegal immigrants. Problem with that explanation is that the illegal immigrants in this part of the world are heading north to Canada. Men, women, and children who were escaping oppressive tyrants and looking for a better life, couldn’t find what they were looking for in the U.S.A. and have continued northwards. And they are doing it overland. Not the much more difficult water route.
First the U.S. border officials are afraid of immigrant children on their southern borders and locking them up. Now they are going after Canadian fishermen?
Thanks for the help America, but we got this. You have much more serious and pressing issues of your own you need to take care of.
The Canadian government is investigating.
More: Globe and Mail, The Hill, National Post