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Richest 62 billionaires as wealthy as half the world population combined

A new Oxfam report shows that the 62 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population. Mark Goldring, the Oxfam GB chief executive, said: “It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world population owns no more than a small group of the global super-rich – so […]

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A reservation town fighting alcoholism, obesity and ghosts from the past

According to the US census bureau’s American community survey 2008-2012 of communities of more than 1,000 people – the latest statistics available at the time of reporting – the median household income in Blackwater was just $9,491 a year. Nationally it was $53,915 in 2012. It has improved more recently to $12,723, but is still […]

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America’s poorest border town: no immigration papers, no American Dream

Colonia Muñiz is the third stop for a series of Guardian dispatches about the lives of people trying to make a life in places that seem the most remote from the American Dream. According to one measure, the US Census Bureau’s American community survey 2008-2012 of communities of more than 1,000 people – the latest […]

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America’s poorest white town

One of those communities is Beattyville, recorded by a US census survey as the poorest white town – 98% of its 1,700 residents are white – in the country. It was also by one measure – the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2008-2012 of communities of more than 1,000 people, the latest statistics available at […]

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Sleep Country Canada mattress recycling is buggy.

Sleep Country Canada has a mattress recycling program that takes used beds and box springs and offers them to people in need, like people with disabilities on welfare in BC, but the program is a little buggy. The charity delivering a bed doesn’t take the old bed and/or box spring away, leaving the person living […]

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1 in 8 Canadians living in poverty.

According to an article today in the Vancouver Sun, “Across Canada, 4.3-million people, including 979,000 children and their families, live in poverty (Statistics Canada, 2010 Incomes in Canada). That’s about one in eight people who are living in dire straits in our wealthy land.” The article also states, “The social and economic costs of poverty […]

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Guaranteed Income making the rounds in Canada, again.

Does it make economic sense to provide a Guaranteed Income to people in Canada? Myself and others believe it does. The idea of giving money to the poor without strings is not new. It melds altruism and libertarianism, saying both that the best way to fight poverty is to put cash in poor people’s pockets […]