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B.C. income growth worst in Canada: analysis

Peter O'Neil / Vancouver Sun

OTTAWA — B.C. experienced the worst income growth — in fact, incomes declined — of any province in Canada during the 2006-12 period, according to an analysis of Statistics Canada data by an Ottawa think-tank.

B.C.’s inflation-adjusted median income fell 2.4 per cent, from $29,917 per tax filer to $29,200, during a period when Canada’s overall employment income grew by 3.5 per cent. Median income is the midway point between the lowest and...

Hamilton workers’ wages shrinking, think tank says

Hamilton Spectator

New research shows that workers across most of Ontario - including Hamilton - are becoming poorer, despite rising income levels across much of Canada.

The study by the Ottawa-based Broadbent Institute and provided to the Star found that Ontario’s median income decreased by 1.7 percent between 2006 and 2012. All other provinces and territories except British Columbia saw median income rise during the same period.

In Hamilton, median employment...

Toronto, Vancouver Among Cities Seeing Falling Wages

Daniel Tencer / Huffington Post Canada

You’ve probably read stories about how Canada’s wage growth is nothing to write home about, but new research from the Broadbent Institute adds a surprising dimension to the story: No fewer than 15 of Canada’s 32 largest metro areas saw incomes slide during 2006-2012.

Economist Andrew Jackson, a senior policy adviser at the Broadbent Institute,...

Income inequality shows the 1% will soon own 50% of all wealth, says Oxfam

CBC Radio / The Current

In a week where the U.S. President has signaled new taxes and fees on the wealthiest American individuals and corporations and where the financially and politically powerful meet in Davos, Oxfam is warning of growing inequality across the globe. Today we look at the implications of counting up the haves and have-nots. ...

Toronto workers’ wages shrinking in contrast to other provinces, think tank says

Sara Mojtehedzadeh / The Toronto Star

Lynn Beamish knows the value of a steady income. As an advisor in the financial services sector, she sees many of the city’s workers struggling to make ends meet.

“Nowadays, unfortunately, people have to live on plastic, because there’s more month at the end of the money,” she says.

After fracturing her ankle in 2009, the 63-year-...

A wizard of U.S. politics tells Canadian progressives how to win

Jenny Uechi / Vancouver Observer

The founder of the U.S. Working Families Party made no bones about his opinion of Canada's Prime Minister during a visit in Vancouver on Sunday. 

“This guy Harper is a menace,” he said, speaking to reporters after an event by the Broadbent Institute, a progressive think tank.

“I don’t know if he can, but if he can be defeated, that would be good for all of us....[Harper] would fit in well in the right-wing of the Republican Party...

Canada Revenue Agency annuls Dying with Dignity's charitable tax status

Kelly Grant / The Globe and Mail

At a moment when end-of-life issues are at the top of the political and legal agendas in Canada, a prominent voice for legalizing medically assisted suicide is about to lose its charitable status after a federal audit of its political activities.

The Canada Revenue Agency is annulling the status of Dying With Dignity – not revoking it – because the federal tax agency concluded the...

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...


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