Archive for September, 2018

Toronto is segregated by race and income. And the numbers are ugly

September 30, 2018

The new charts come from University of Toronto Prof. David Hulchanski and his research team, known for using census data to illustrate growing income inequality in the city. Their latest effort flags the role of discrimination in that inequality, with lopsided racial breakdowns that surprised the researchers.

“It’s starker than we would expect,” Hulchanski said in an interview.

Hulchanski revealed the new charts last week in the Netherlands at a conference called “Urban poverty and segregation in a globalized world.”

Montreal-based journalist Martin Lukacs on Trudeau..

September 30, 2018

Trudeau has basically continued, and in some cases exceeded, the economic agenda of Conservative Stephen Harper: approved mega fossil fuel projects, soughtparliamentary power grabs, cut-back healthcare funding and attacked public pensions, kept up the dispossession of Indigenous peoples, undermined the prospect of universal childcare, maintained tax loopholes for the richest, and detained and deported thousands of migrants.

Out of breath? He has also broken an electoral reform promise, initiated a privatization scheme that is a massive corporate handout, left un-repealed a Tory political spy bill, launched air strikes in Iraq and Syria despite pledging a withdrawal, and inked the largest-ever weapons deal with the brutal, misogynistic Saudi Arabian regime.

Canada’s housing affordability has reached the worst level in 28 years, and Toronto is off the charts, report says..

September 28, 2018

Canadian housing affordability has reached its worst level in 28 years with the most severe challenges in Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, says a report from RBC.

“Unaffordability is off the charts,” in the country’s most expensive markets and the situation is expected to further deteriorate as interest and mortgage rates rise, says the bank.

‘Bombs not homes’ defines Trudeau’s feminist foreign policy…

September 28, 2018

As Canada’s three main political parties prepare for the 2019 election, there is one issue on which they will all agree: there will be no challenge to Canada’s bloated war economy.

While right-wing parties will rail against government waste and improper spending (an attack they usually aim at social programs that on the whole function well and would perform even better if properly funded), the federal War Department receives no such criticism, even when its fiscal mismanagement is well documented.

Fears grow of more private health-care under Doug Ford..

September 28, 2018

Is Premier Doug Ford about to open the door wide for more and more private health care in Ontario?

That’s the fear among public health-care supporters who see growing signs that Ford will allow more for-profit health-care facilities in Ontario as part of his drive to slash government spending.

Doug Ford rolls back climate policies while unprecedented tornadoes ravage his province..

September 28, 2018

On Friday September 21, the most violent and destructive weather event in recent memory hit the Ottawa-Gatineau region. It consisted of not one, not two, not three, but six tornadoes, accompanied by vicious thunderstorms, rainfall that turned quiet streets into torrential rivers and winds that reached 260 kilometres per hour. It was an unprecedented weather catastrophe by any measure.

Doug Ford finally names white nationalist Faith Goldy in denouncing hate speech..

September 28, 2018

After three days of furor over a photo of Doug Ford posing with a white nationalist, the premier took to social media Wednesday to denounce hate speech — saying he won’t tolerate it from anyone, including Faith Goldy.

“I have been clear. I condemn hate speech, anti-Semitism and racism in all forms — be it from Faith Goldy or anyone else,” the premier tweeted at midday regarding the controversial Toronto mayoral candidate, who had posted the picture taken at the Ford Fest barbecue on the weekend.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giulani with white nationalist Faith Goldy..

September 26, 2018

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani posed for pictures with a right-wing media personality turned mayoral candidate accused of promoting white nationalism and anti-Semitic literature.

The candidate, Faith Goldy, is a far-right YouTuber who is running to be mayor of Toronto. She posted the photos with President Donald Trump’s lawyer on her Instagram feed Tuesday.

Doug Ford denounces hate speech, but won’t name Faith Goldy..

September 25, 2018

“Will the premier unequivocally denounce Faith Goldy and apologize for appearing in a photo that is now being used as a de facto endorsement of her campaign by the premier of our province?” New Democrat John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane) asked in the legislature.

“I totally denounce — I repeat denounce, denounce, denounce — anyone who wants to talk hate speech,” Ford said, without specifically naming Goldy.

“We have zero tolerance —— zero tolerance — for any hate speech. We won’t put up with it, and I denounce it … I don’t know how much clearer I can be about that,” said the premier, who received a standing ovation from his MPPs, unlike the day prior.

When Vanthof pressed, saying, “You need to say her name, premier, that you do not endorse her,” Ford accused the NDP of playing politics.

Ontario’s environmental commissioner slams Ford government over ‘gutted’ climate change policies..

September 25, 2018

The new Doug Ford government has “gutted” most of Ontario’s climate change programs with no replacement, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning new report.

The report slams the Progressive Conservatives for axing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions — which Ford branded a carbon tax that was doing nothing to protect the environment.