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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Crawford Kilian highlights how ongoing inequality is among the many factors leading to stagnant life expectancies in Canada. Jim Stanford points out that tax cuts don’t do anything to help workers facing stagnant wages due to policies designed to leave them under the thumb of employers. And Jamelle Bouie discusses the folly of the U.S. Democrats – or any party seeking to win under a progressive banner – failing to properly stand for the interests of workers.

– Brent Patterson lists the glaring failures of the Trudeau Libs’ climate policy as the world again meets to try to plan to ameliorate the climate crisis. And the Canadian Press reports on new research showing that severe weather is the largest contributor to soaring food prices.

– Val Avery writes about the dangers to Canada’s public health care system posed by Brian Day’s attempt to enshrine privatized medicine as a Charter right. And Bob Bell, Danyaal Raza and Stefan Superina offer a warning as to how a two-tiered system led to the degradation of public services in Australia.

– Neil Macdonald calls out the continued gap between the Libs’ words about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and their actions bent on preserving discrimination and avoiding compensation as long as they possibly can. And Doug Cuthand writes that it’s long past time to provide compensation for breaking up First Nations families.

– Finally, Duncan Cameron writes about the authoritarian government being imposed on Alberta by Jason Kenney.

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