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Collecting the family allowance in 1946: the Beveridge report influenced the creation of Britain’s welfare state. PA Archive/PA Images

An end to ‘want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness’: why the Beveridge report flew off the shelves in 1942

Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
Shoppers browse at a Sears Canada store in Toronto in October after the company began liquidation sales. Its retirement funds are short $308 million, forcing a 19 per cent cut to employee pensions. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Sears Canada tarnishes the gold standard of pensions

Sears Canada's bankruptcy should alert employees and regulators alike to rethink defined-benefit pensions.
Hedonism isn’t all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It can be about savouring the pleasure in a cup of tea at the end of a hard day. from www.shutterstock.com

What is hedonism and how does it affect your health?

Savouring the pleasures in life is linked to better health and well-being. And no, that doesn't necessarily mean binge drinking or all-night wild parties.
Families benefit when fathers and mothers get paid parental leave. popofatticus/flickr

Will Trump give working families a break?

The nation needs a more comprehensive approach to family leave and relief for parents with child care expenses. But the proposals the Trump team rolled out initially fell short.

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