Inequality and poverty

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Recently the Manitoba Government made a decision to reject a core funding application from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It can be very difficult for an organization to function without core funding which diminishes its capacity. The organization (formally known as the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped) has existed since 1974 as a consumer-based organization of people living with disabilities.  
In advance of the Ford government’s first Ontario budget, this report examines the fiscal implications of the government’s actions so far, and the contradictions between those actions and repeated declarations on the need for fiscal prudence. The 2019 Ontario budget will reveal where this government is taking public services and finances. While the Ford government has announced that balancing the budget and reducing the province’s debt is a top priority, it has reduced revenues rather than increase them.
The Trailer Overdose Prevention Site (TOPS, as its usually called, or Area 62) in Vancouver. Photo by Travis Lupick.
OTTAWA — Selon un nouveau rapport du Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (CCPA), en 2017, les 100 PDG les mieux rémunérés au Canada ont touché 197 fois plus que les travailleurs moyens, atteignant leur salaire annuel moyen (50 759 $) le 2 janvier avant l’heure du lunch.
En 2017 les 100 PDG les mieux rémunérés au Canada ont touché 197 fois plus que les travailleurs moyens, atteignant leur salaire annuel moyen (50 759 $) le 2 janvier avant l’heure du lunch. Le rapport montre que les 100 PDG des sociétés de l’indice composé S&P/TSX les mieux rémunérés du pays ont gagné en moyenne 10 millions de dollars en 2017, soit un peu moins que l’an dernier, mais ce qui représente tout de même une rémunération qui se trouve en deuxième position depuis que le CCPA effectue le suivi.  
OTTAWA—Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 197 times more than the average worker made in 2017, earning the average yearly wage ($50,759) before lunch on Jan. 2, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report shows the country’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index made an average of $10 million in 2017, slightly less than last year’s report but still the second highest amount since the CCPA has been keeping track.
Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 197 times more than the average worker made in 2017, earning the average yearly wage ($50,759) before lunch on January 2. This report shows the country’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index made an average of $10 million in 2017, slightly less than last year’s report but still the second highest amount since the CCPA has been keeping track. Le rapport en français est disponible içi.
Illustration by Tim Scarth / Photos of Montreal by the author
Ten years ago the political geographer David Harvey wrote, “The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is…one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.” With roots in 1960s civil rights struggles, Henri Levebvre's concept of a "right to the city" was revitalized by Harvey and others in the heat of the 2008 financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street.