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B.C. Government Apologizes For Firing Worker Who Committed Suicide

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[They have not yet provided an explanation of why it was done in the first place and how we can be certain that something like this would not happen again. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 3 October 2014




VICTORIA - The allegations were serious, a stern-faced British Columbia health minister announcing that seven employees had been fired and the RCMP had been called in to investigate a collection of data breaches.

More than two years later, another health minister admitted the government was "heavy-handed" in firing a co-op student related to the internal probe as he issued an apology to the family of a former employee who killed himself months later.

Roderick MacIsaac was let go from his position in late summer 2012, just days before the end of his term.

"To be fired when you're working under the supervision of other employees is disproportionate," Health Minister Terry Lake told reporters on a conference call F…

Vancouver’s newly adopted capital plan allots $30 million towards childcare

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[After years of listening to complaints from local residents regarding Vancouver’s childcare crisis, the city responded by allotting $30 million of the newly proposed capital plan towards childcare. The city of Vancouver is covered by the Vancouver Charter, which is different from the Municipal Act that covers all other municipalities in BC, and which grants them greater latitude to make this kind of expenditure. *RON*]
Sindhu Dharmarajah, Vancouver Observer, 3 October 2014
After years of listening to complaints from local residents regarding Vancouver’s childcare crisis, the city councilors responded by allotting $30 million of the newly proposed capital plan towards childcare.

The new $1.085 billion plan over the next four years acknowledges more people related issues, according to city council. A major portion of the money will be spent on utility ($325 million), transportation ($150 million), parks ($125 million) and affordable housing ($125 …

Income inequality’s sick joke: A rising tide only lifts luxury yachts

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[New research reveals the truth about inequality: When the rich get richer, everyone else loses big. *RON*]

Sean McElwee, Salon.com, 4 October 2014
For a long time, the right has argued that we shouldn’t worry about inequality because the true concern is the reduction of poverty. Conservatives also maintained that higher levels of inequality were unimportant because “a rising tide would lift all boats,” and high levels of inequality propelled the economy forward. New research by Branko Milanovic and Roy van der Weide decimates these myths. Milanovic and van der Weide find that inequality doesn’t fuel growth for the whole economy, but rather, just the rich.

Before we get to the research of Milanovic and van der Weide, it’s important to understand how mainstream thought on inequality and growth has changed recently. For a long time, mainstream economists didn’t spend much time worrying about distribution. Nobel laureate Robert Lucas declared, “Of th…