Social Welfare

What This Means for Canada

Nations with very low equality levels offer better, happier and healthier lives to their citizens no matter what their income levels. Higher levels of equality translate into lower social costs, lower crime and a stronger social safety net.

In contrast, unequal societies, with their high levels of disparity and low opportunities for much of the population feature higher unemployment, crime and poverty levels along with a consequent frayed social assistance infrastructure and fiscal deficits.

Introduction

Social welfare addresses the issue of how well all segments of the population are doing in their economic and social lives. The level of equality indicates how evenly opportunity and human development are distributed in a society.

 

 

 

What Can You Do?

The well-being of individuals, families, communities and future generations should be the core of every political decision we make in Canada.

Currently though, we are focused soley on the size of the commercial economy and its rate of growth. Even simple metrics like per capita incomes, private and public debt are extraneous factors as far as our national policy formation is concerned.

It is up to individuals to stress at every opportunity, whether it be an activist or political meeting or any public forum to a broad audience or personal friends that social health is a top priority and that social welfare does not flow from a bigger economy.

 

  • Consumerism Environment
  • Generational Transfer
  • Urban Issues
  • Crime
  • Income Polarization
  • Child Poverty
  • Equality

Equality

Equality - General The issue of social equality is a more sophisticated form of the income polarization discussion which has been so prominent over the past several decades. The decline of the middle class and the rapid increase in the number of working poor has been accompanied by the emergence of a small number of super-rich individuals resulting in a far less equal society. The equality discussion considers the effects of these trends not just from the point of view ...

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Child Poverty

Child Poverty - General   Child poverty is a direct result of income polarization and social inequality. The basic driver is low income but the conditions which accompany this are far more important. What constitutes and perpetuates the poverty trap? malnutrition alcohol and substance abuse sleep deprivation unsettled family and social environments Child poverty is an issue which has been in front of Canadians for many decades yet continues to persist, and in many regions, to worsen.  In 2013, over ...

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Income Polarization

Income Polarization - General When a nation has a great many lower income earners and a few very high-income earners with a small number of middle-income people, it can be said to have a high level of income polarization.  This is the opposite of a more socially healthy nation with a large number of middle class and smaller proportions of the very poor and very rich. The income distribution of a nation has a profound effect on the society at ...

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Crime

Crime - General

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Urban Issues

Urban Issues & Congestion - General Canada's cities are growing very rapidly, driven largely by mass immigration. (balanced immigration would be ~ 60,000 annually, while the current level of 6 times that is designed to inflate housing costs and provide cheap labour for an expanding commercial economy) Growing cities may have policies in place to increase density which increases congestion but they will inevitably grow outward. In virtually every major city in Canada this means sprawling onto prime farmland. Increasing ...

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Generational Transfer

Generational transfer is the passing down of assets, rights and privileges from one generation to another.   Everything can be thought of as part of the transfer including: All personal goods Public infrastructure Natural capital Debt or savings Social cohesion Did the new generation inherit a country with a healthy environment, robust democratic institutions and high levels of quality of life and equality?  Or did they inherit massive debt, crumbling infrastructure and a depleted resource base? In 2016, the question is ...

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Consumerism Environment

“Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever-increasing rate.” Economist Victor Lebow writing in The Journal of Retailing in 1955, quoted by Richard Heinberg in his book “Afterburn”. As offensive as the statement above might be to many ...

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