Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Rachel West charts how higher wages and improved social supports can reduce crime rates and their resulting costs.

- Lana Payne comments on the glass ceiling still limiting the wages and opportunities available to women in the workplace. And Stephanie Langton highlights how a combination of student loan rules and income support clawbacks can stand in the way of students seeking to improve their education and career prospects. 

- Pam Palmater discusses some of the more important areas where the Libs' planned inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women looks to fall short of what's needed. And Jonathan Sas recognizes that there's far more to be done to respond to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools and repair the damage from a legacy of discrimination against First Nations.

- Carol Linnitt writes that two years after the Mount Polley tailings pond spill, British Columbia is far behind where it should be both in making up for the damage, and in preventing similar disasters from happening again. And Tara Scurr wonders why the province doesn't have any interest in protecting people's rights against corporate contamination. 

- Meanwhile, D.C. Fraser reports that Saskatchewan's pattern of regular oil spills has continued this week - and that once again, a major operator's leak detection system did nothing to identify the problem. And Mike De Souza exposes the National Energy Board's undisclosed meetings with multiple corporate leaders to grease the skids for Energy East, while Jesse Feith notes that Montreal has no plans to deal with the aftermath of a major oil spill.

- Finally, Fran Quigley discusses the unconscionable prices being charged for prescription drugs which drive massive rents to big pharma for the product of research funded by the public.

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