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How About Free Money Just for Being a Canadian?



How would your life improve if you had enough money to live in modest comfort without holding a job? What if you could go to university or college to study whatever caught your fancy without being concerned whether it could lead to employment in that field?

You could study ancient Greek classics, glass blowing, Hindu mysticism, Turkish civilization…anything that you want, just for the joy of satisfying your curiosity and exercising your intellect. You could sculpt or paint or write or just rollerblade without concern for how to pay for it.

You would have a comfortable home. You would have basic communications facilities to stay in touch with your friends and family and enough money to purchase more if that’s what you desire.

You could sleep when you wish and awaken when you’re refreshed.

Forget about the so-called “Protestant Ethic” that makes you a wage slave. You would only do work that pleased you…or that enabled you to earn more for yourself beyond satisfactory subsistence…or that rewarded you in other ways you desire, such as cleaning up polluted landscapes and waterscapes or building infrastructure.

Is this Utopia? Not really.
Is this doable? Yes.
Will it happen? It indeed might. It ought to happen.

There are economists who believe it’s not only possible and doable but inevitable if we are to survive as a culture or even as a people.

The alternative is likely a murderous tyranny by the super-wealthy against everyone else.

Keep in mind that it’s Philip the Prince of Wales who said: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”

Speaking in 1983 at Western University, His Royal Virus lamented that mosquito eradication in Sri Lanka resulted in fewer human deaths.

Like many of the world’s filthy rich, Philip is a eugenicist. One must wonder if the powers behind Monsanto, Bayer, Cargill and similar transnational firms are not also believers in culling the human herd.

Why else are there American-inspired slaughters of people in an unending stream of wars they wage from World War I to Assad’s Syria to constant poking at the Russian bear? The U.S. corporate weapons manufacturers and security contractors reap huge profits and produce culling of human beings.

There is a term for the alternative and it matches a term the eugenicists use: GAIA. For eugenicists it describes the earth as a living, thinking organism that resents the human fleas who pepper its surface.

But in its best meaning, GAIA stands for Guaranteed Annual Income for All. Seem too ridiculous? It isn’t.

No doubt you have noticed that what used to be regular necessary jobs have become insignificant. Cellphones and the Internet have killed many jobs for storekeepers and retail clerks. Delivery of consumer products is starting to be handled by remote drones. Satellite-enabled trucks will soon be able to drive the highways without human intervention. Driverless taxis will be next.

Robotization is already demolishing manufacturing jobs. Even house- and office-cleaners will be next.

The world, especially North America, is running out of work for people to do. Robots are getting smarter by the day. Are they to be the end product of evolution? Is the future of our planet to be vast forests and natural lands thinly occupied by super-rich elites and served by a culled herd of robot-policed human servants? That is the dream of eugenicists.

But is it your dream? Undoubtedly not. You want rewarding work or occupation of your time, good housing, clean water, varied and nutritious food, decent clothing and entertainments. You may want a family. But unlike people in desperately poor nations, you’ll not have many children. It’s nature’s way when things are dire to spark up fertility.

The world is big enough for all of us. The population of the U.S. could fit in the state of Texas with a decent-sized lot for each family. It’s a big planet and a stable population doesn’t threaten to overpopulate it. A stable population sustains itself and doesn’t need culling.

Where does the money come from to give everyone a livable free wage? From our government, of course. It prints money. If you want more than an acceptable basic living, you can find a job that pays. Not everyone will want that, but most people will find ways to occupy themselves and keep the economy and society working. It’s human nature to strive.

Counting on the best part of human nature instead of the worst part of corporate nature is a way forward for Canadians. We can and should quit slaughtering people in the Middle East for the U.S. war machine. Our troops are for defending Canada. Tell your politicians you want Canada to guarantee a livable annual income for each citizen as a right of citizenship.

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How Canadian churches are helping their communities cope with the wildfires



As wildfires burn across Canada, churches are finding ways to support their members and the broader community directly impacted by the crisis.

According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, as of June 13, there are 462 active fires across Canada – and 236 of them classified as out of control fires.

Whether it’s through phone calls or donations to community members, here’s how a few churches across Canada are handling active wildfires and the aftermath in their regions.

Westwood Hills, N.S.: St. Nicholas Anglican Church

In Nova Scotia, St. Nicholas Anglican Church and other churches in the area are collecting money for grocery cards to give to families impacted by the Tantallon wildfire. 

Right outside of Halifax, N.S., the Tantallon wildfire destroyed 151 homes. More than 16,000 people evacuated the area due to the fire.

The fire is now considered contained, but Tanya Moxley, the treasurer at St. Nicholas is organizing efforts to get grocery gift cards into the hands of impacted families.

As of June 12, four churches in the area – St. Nicholas, Parish of French Village, St Margaret of Scotland and St John the Evangelist – raised nearly $3,500. The money will be split for families’ groceries between five schools in the area impacted by the wildfire.

Moxley said she felt driven to raise this money after she heard the principal of her child’s school was using his own money to buy groceries for impacted families in their area.

“[For] most of those people who were evacuated, the power was off in their subdivision for three, four or five days,” she said. “Even though they went home and their house was still standing, the power was off and they lost all their groceries.”

Moxley said many people in the area are still “reeling” from the fires. She said the church has an important role to help community members during this time.

“We’re called to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and house the homeless and all that stuff, right? So this is it. This is like where the rubber hits the road.”

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Is it ever OK to steal from a grocery store?



Mythologized in the legend of Robin Hood and lyricized in Les Misérables, it’s a debate as old as time: is it ever permissible to steal food? And if so, under what conditions? Now, amid Canada’s affordability crisis, the dilemma has extended beyond theatrical debate and into grocery stores.

Although the idea that theft is wrong is both a legally enshrined and socially accepted norm, the price of groceries can also feel criminally high to some — industry data shows that grocery stores can lose between $2,000 and $5,000 a week on average from theft. According to Statistics Canada, most grocery item price increases surged by double digits between 2021 and 2022. To no one’s surprise, grocery store theft is reportedly on the rise as a result. And if recent coverage of the issue rings true, some Canadians don’t feel bad about shoplifting. But should they?

Kieran Oberman, an associate professor of philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, coined the term “re-distributive theft” in his 2012 paper “Is Theft Wrong?” In simplest terms, redistributive theft is based on the idea that people with too little could ethically take from those who have too much.

“Everybody, when they think about it, accepts that theft is sometimes permissible if you make the case extreme enough,” Oberman tells me over Zoom. “The question is, when exactly is it permissible?”

Almost no one, Oberman argues, believes the current distribution of wealth across the world is just. We have an inkling that theft is bad, but that inequality is too. As more and more Canadians feel the pinch of inflation, grocery store heirs accumulate riches — Loblaw chair and president Galen Weston, for instance, received a 55 percent boost in compensation in 2022, taking in around $8.4 million for the year. Should someone struggling with rising prices feel guilty when they, say, “forget” to scan a bundle of zucchini?
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The homeless refugee crisis in Toronto illustrates Canada’s broken promises



UPDATE 07/18/2023: A coalition of groups arranged a bus to relocate refugees to temporarily stay at a North York church on Monday evening, according to CBC, CP24 and Toronto Star reports.

Canadians live in a time of threadbare morality. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Toronto’s entertainment district, where partygoers delight in spending disposable income while skirting refugees sleeping on sidewalks. The growing pile of luggage at the downtown corner of Peter and Richmond streets resembles the lost baggage section at Pearson airport but is the broken-hearted terminus at the centre of a cruel city.

At the crux of a refugee funding war between the municipal and federal governments are those who have fled persecution for the promise of Canada’s protection. Until June 1, asylum seekers used to arrive at the airport and be sent to Toronto’s Streets to Homes Referral Assessment Centre at 129 Peter St. in search of shelter beds. Now, Toronto’s overcrowded shelter system is closed to these newcomers, so they sleep on the street.

New mayor Olivia Chow pushed the federal government Wednesday for at least $160 million to cope with the surge of refugees in the shelter system. She rightly highlights that refugees are a federal responsibility. In response, the department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada points to hundreds of millions in dollars already allocated to cities across Canada through the Interim Housing Assistance Program, while Ontario says it has given nearly $100 million to organizations that support refugees. But these efforts are simply not enough to deliver on Canada’s benevolent promise to the world’s most vulnerable.

The lack of federal generosity and finger-pointing by the city has orchestrated a moral crisis. It’s reminiscent of the crisis south of the border, where Texas governor Greg Abbott keeps bussing migrants to cities located in northern Democratic states. Without the necessary resources, information, and sometimes the language skills needed to navigate the bureaucratic mazes, those who fled turbulent homelands for Canada have become political pawns.

But Torontonians haven’t always been this callous.

In Ireland Park, at Lake Ontario’s edge, five statues of gaunt and grateful refugees gaze at their new home: Toronto circa 1847. These statues honour a time when Toronto, with a population of only 20,000 people, welcomed 38,500 famine-stricken migrants from Ireland. It paralleled the “Come From Away” event of 9/11 in Gander, N.L., where the population doubled overnight, and the people discovered there was indeed more than enough for all. It was a time when the city lived up to its moniker as “Toronto, The Good.”

Now, as a wealthy city of three million people, the city’s residents are tasked with supporting far fewer newcomers. Can we not recognize the absurdity in claiming scarcity?

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