Is $21 a Week Enough for Food?
That’s how much BC welfare recipients have to spend, advocates say. Here’s her response.
By Andrew MacLeod, 6 Nov 2015,
“Individuals dependent on the provincial government for financial assistance in British Columbia have about $21 a week to spend on food, according to the organizers of the Welfare Food Challenge that launched this week.”
Raise the Rates organizer Bill Hopwood accuses the ministry of being “out of touch with the reality for people living on welfare.”
Adding shame to shameful, MLAs have been voting themselves raises over the past 8.5 years while welfare and disability rates remained frozen. Of course the Liberal (or not so) government has, over this time, given the richest one percent ab extra $41,000 a year on average.
Starve the poor. Feed the rich seems to be the governments operating plan.
Treating poverty works like medicine, doctors say
Financial support can pay off with better health
Adding to poor patients’ incomes works to decrease the health effects of poverty, Canadian doctors are finding.
According to the Canadian Medical social and economic factors determine 50 per cent of health outcomes.
Noting the article above this one, it is devastating to note that in 2011, the provincial average cost of the nutritious food basket for a family of four is $868.43 per month.

Corporate Crime Runs Rampant Thanks to ‘Rigged’ System: Elizabeth Warren
Report suggests ‘some giant corporations—and their executives—have decided that following the law is merely optional’
byDeirdre Fulton
“Corporate criminals routinely escape meaningful prosecution for their misconduct.”
This is the damning verdict of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) report released Friday, Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy.
The report points to the Education Management Corporation, the nation’s second-largest for-profit college, for example.
That institution “signed up tens of thousands of students by lying about its programs, it saddled them with fraudulent degrees and huge debts,” Warren wrote in an accompanying New York Times op-ed published Friday. “Those debts wrecked lives. Under the law, the government can bar such institutions from receiving more federal student loans. But EDMC just paid a fine and kept right on raking in federal loan money.”
“The examples raise the disturbing possibility that some giant corporations—and their executives—have decided that following the law is merely optional,” Warren argues. “For these companies, punishment for breaking the law is little more than a cost of doing business.”
Can justice really mean a prison sentence for a teenager who steals a car, but only a sideways glance at a C.E.O. who quietly engineers the theft of billions of dollars?
The Perils of Privatization
by Diane Ravitch
Make no mistake: The purpose of privatization is to make a profit. The promise of privatization is efficiency. But in its pursuit of both profits and efficiency, privatization creates perverse incentives. It encourages privately managed charter schools to avoid or get rid of “expensive” students” (unless the reimbursement formula makes them profitable to keep); it encourages for-profit hospitals to over diagnose patients and perform unnecessary surgeries; it encourages private preschool providers of special education to misdiagnose children as in need of services to produce profits.
And it encourages private managers of prisons to keep the prison population as large as possible, since an empty cell is a cell that produces no revenue.
Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science
Academic pressure and financial motives has prohibited scientists from asking important questions
byLauren McCauley
Academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust,” declared Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech civil engineering professor who helped expose the Flint water crisis.
The pressures put on academics to secure funding are forcing scientists to abandon work done in the public interest and that similar financial motives are causing government science agencies to ignore inconvenient truths—like high levels of lead in public drinking water.
Edwards says he’s “very concerned about the culture of academia in this country and the perverse incentives that are given to young faculty.” Edwards describes the culture as a “hedonistic treadmill,” with “extraordinary” pressures to pursue funding, publication, and academic clout. Meanwhile, he said, “the idea of science as a public good is being lost.”
Edwards, whose research also uncovered high levels of lead in the Washington, D.C. water supply in 2003, was tapped by Flint residents to help test their water after officials with both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) ignored their concerns.
Shouldn’t we be talking together about issues like this?