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New media outlets changing the political reporting landscape

Jennifer Ditchburn / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A slightly fuzzy, zoomed-in screen grab from question period took a brewing controversy for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and crystallized it into a tale of callous indifference.

"Leona Aglukkaq reads newspaper, ignores questions about people looking for food in dump," read the headline last month by Press Progress, a social-media focused news organization funded by the...

Canada loses 4,300 net jobs in December, jobless rate stays put at 6.6%

Andy Blatchford / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- The Canadian labour market capped off 2014 by losing 4,300 net jobs in December, a slight dip from the previous month that left the unemployment rate locked at 6.6 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The agency's latest job-market survey found that Canada added 185,700 net new positions in 2014, with the bulk of the increase coming in the second half of the calendar. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, moved...

Beyond bleak jobs numbers, full-time gains paint a brighter picture

David Parkinson / The Globe and Mail

Canada’s employment count ended 2014 with back-to-back monthly declines, but beneath the surface of the stalled job numbers is evidence of an improving quality in the country’s labour market.

The Canadian economy shed 4,300 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in December, adding to November’s 10,700 decline, as job creation continued its pause following big gains in September and...

Tom Mulcair must be bold and defiant: Tim Harper

Tim Harper / The Toronto Star

New Democrats turned to Tom Mulcair because they could see power finally visible over the next hill. He was the man who could take them there.

Jack Layton had left the party of conscience with the chance to govern, but the last step would be gargantuan.

Now, as Mulcair closes in on three years as Opposition leader, you can hear whispers from within the party comparing him unfavourably to the late party icon....

A tip of the hat to Prof. Piketty

David Foot and Daniel Stoffman / The Globe and Mail

It’s rare for a book on economics to become a bestseller. It’s even rarer for a book by a hitherto unknown economist to reset the discussion among economists and policy-makers over a vitally important economic issue. But that’s what French economist Thomas Piketty did with the publication earlier this year of his 700-page tome, Capital in the Twenty-first...

Wealth inequality poll finds Canadians want a much more level society

Daniel Tencer / Huffington Post Canada

Canadians “vastly underestimate” the extent of wealth inequality in Canada, but would still like to see a much more equal society, according to research carried out for the left-leaning Broadbent Institute.

The survey of 3,000 respondents found Canadians believe the richest 20 per cent control about 55.5 per cent of Canada’s wealth. In reality,...

The wealth gap is worse than you think

Kate Robertson / NOW Magazine

A new video by the Broadbent Institute shows that Canadians would be surprised at how big the gap really is between the rich and poor in this country.

“Canada is much more unequal than Canadians think it is and a far cry from what they think it should be. That holds true for people of all political stripes, including Conservative voters,” said Rick Smith, executive director of the Broadbent Institute, in a press release.

From a survey of 3,000...

Gap between rich and poor greater than most Canadians think

Sara Mojtehedzadeh / The Toronto Star

Canadians drastically underestimate the country’s wealth gap but still show broad support for policies such as higher income taxes to address the problem, according to new research by an Ottawa-based think tank.

The study, published Tuesday by the Broadbent Institute, drew its results from an online poll of 3,000 people.

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Higher taxes answer to closing wealth gap: survey

David Akin / QMI

OTTAWA — They're richer than we think.

A new poll from the progressive think-tank The Broadbent Institute concludes that Canadians do not have an accurate picture of the difference between the amount of wealth controlled by the country's richest people and the amount controlled by the poorest.

The Broadbent Institute, named in honour of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, uses the data to argue that the "wealth gap" can be closed by increasing taxes on the rich,...

Wealth Gap Bigger than Canadians Imagine

Jeremy J. Nuttall, The Tyee

Canadians are unaware of the size of the growing wealth gap in the country, a new report from the Broadbent Institute says.

 

The report is to be released today along with a YouTube video narrated by Ed Broadbent, the former federal New Democrat leader for whom the research institute is named.

 

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