Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- George Monbiot observes that while few people would want to drive animals to extinction directly, we're all too often eager to settle for a consumerist culture which produces exactly that result.

- Carol Linnitt reports on the Trudeau Libs' appointment of an oil industry cheerleader to review the federal environmental review process as yet another indication that they're not taking the fate of our planet seriously. And xkcd offers a must-see timeline of climate change to point out how radically the Earth's temperature is changing.

- Anahad O'Connor exposes how the sugar industry torqued health and nutrition research to avoid a known link to heart disease.

- Roswynne Jones notes that the gig economy is serving mostly to apply new labels to longstanding means of exploiting workers. And Alia Dharssi reports that restrictions on workers relying on the temporary foreign worker program seem positively designed to set up an underground economy where they have no means to stand up for themselves.

- Corey Hogan makes a strong case for a $15 per hour national minimum wage, while also offering some suggestions as to how to overcome jurisdictional questions to get there.

- Finally, Jerry Buckland writes that we shouldn't tolerate payday lending which traps people in a cycle of poverty.

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