Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Elise Gould studies the continued rise of wage inequality in the U.S. And Teuila Fuatai points out how a strong movement to improve minimum wages and study basic incomes in Canada still has a long way to go to secure a living income anywhere.

- Michael Geist's series on the problems with the TPP turns to the likelihood that Canada as a whole will lose jobs from the deal. And Glyn Moody points out that investor-state provisions end up giving corporations multiple opportunities to attack government actions.

- Robyn Urback writes that it's inhumane to ticket homeless people for having the nerve to exist - though of course, providing only a bus ticket instead is hardly an improvement. And Veronica Harnish observes that poverty alone can trap individuals in homelessness.

- Meanwhile, Paula Simons highlights the need for the Alberta NDP's crackdown on payday lenders. And CBC offers some needed background on the for-profit plasma industry introduced by the Saskatchewan Party.

- Finally, Tom Parkin rightly calls for marijuana possession to be decriminalized immediately - even as the Lib party which made legalization a signature issue now drags its heels on any action at all. And Dana Larsen highlights the tens of thousands of people continuing to be arrested for activity which Canada's government has promised to make legal.

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