Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Danny Dorling wonders whether we've finally reached the point of shifting toward greater income equality, while noting the uncertainty in trying to assess pay ratios.

- Kevin Carmichael discusses how homeownership is getting pushed further and further out of the reach of young Canadian workers. And Edgardo Sepulveda writes that rent too is becoming less and less manageable for lower-income households.

- Roderick Benns talks to Danielle Martin about the role a basic income can play in ensuring everybody is able to live a decent life. And Andrew Taylor interviews Rutger Bregman about the possibility of a 15-hour work week to ensure people have time for what's truly valuable:
Bregman's notion of a shorter work week is not designed to provide more time to sit on the couch massaging the remote control.

"When I talk about the 15-hour work week, I'm talking about doing less paid work that we don't really care about so that we can do more things that are actually valuable," he said. "Whether it's volunteer work or caring for our kids or elderly. We need to update our idea of what work is."

He said shortening the work week, in tandem with implementing a universal basic income, would offer people the freedom to decide what to do with their life while providing a level of financial security.

Bregman said working fewer hours would reduce stress and workplace accidents. He also said countries with shorter working weeks had less income inequality and greater gender equality.
- Finally, Brent Patterson calls out the Libs' silence on prescription drug affordability as NAFTA negotiations threaten the public's access to needed medications.

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