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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, right, watches a video playback of his flight with his new space tourism company from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Want to fix financial literacy? Focus on billionaires squandering their wealth, not school curriculum

Teaching kids better budgeting won’t fix post-pandemic inequalities. A more robust social safety net, less hoarding and squandering of wealth and more equitable tax policies might.
A person sits on a tripod platform high above the street as protesters occupy an intersection during a demonstration to call for government action to on climate change in Vancouver in February 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Climate action, job creation are top post-pandemic priorities for Canadians

As Canada emerges from the pandemic, creating jobs and achieving full employment are top priorities. Relegated to the back burner are balanced budgets and reducing debt.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gets a fist bump from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after delivering the 2020 fiscal update in the House of Commons on Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s fiscal update falls short in facing climate change and income inequality

The pace of federal government action to date does not align with the urgency of the twin climate and inequality crises. The latest fiscal update doesn’t go far enough on either crisis.
A mural by Amanda Newman in Northcote, Melbourne, depicts Ai Fen, a Wuhan Central Hospital doctor who was reprimanded for raising the alarm about COVID-19 in December 2019. Photo: Carl Grodach

Why coronavirus will deepen the inequality of our suburbs

The inner suburbs are home to large numbers of workers in jobs vulnerable to the pandemic. If they’re forced to seek cheaper housing in outer suburbs, the urban divide will widen.
A person carries groceries while walking among cyclists on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Ottawa on April 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

How to build more resilient cities post-coronavirus

Rebuilding cities post-pandemic will start with neighbourhood hope, and strong social and community planning.
The lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James and 13 colleagues was the last roadblock to the merger. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will increase inequality

The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is the latest example of weakened enforcement of antitrust laws, which reduces competition and exacerbates already-record levels of inequality.
Participants in the Women’s March gather near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?

The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
Though Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce might be outspoken on some progressive issues, he supports the system that pays him 300 times that of the average Australian. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Swollen executive pay packets reveal the limits of corporate activism

The phoney debate about corporate activism distracts from the need for a debate about inequality.

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