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HAT FORUM: Sat. Jan 22, 11am-1pm OISE: The Gap between Rich and Poor

HAT Forum:  Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. OISE
Topic: Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor in Canada.
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W. Room 2-198
Facilitator: Marilyn Miller

Over the past two years frequent articles appear in news media presenting views that there is growing inequality in income distribution between the rich and poor and a shrinking middle class in Canada as well as in the U.S. Numerous books over the past decade have described this trend as primarily emerging in the States, but is the trend growing in Canada?

'Earnings of full-time full-year earners rose for those at the top of the earnings distribution, stagnated for those in the middle and declined for those at the bottom' (National Post May 1, 2008, 2006 census report from Statistics Canada).

In December, 2010, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report showing that income inequality is growing in Canada. “This generation of rich Canadians now takes a bigger cut of the action than any previous generation .” (Globe and Mail transcript of live on-line chat December 20, 2010, with senior economist Armine Yalnizyan of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.)

  • Is this a trend that Canadians should be concerned about?
  • How is this different than usual up and down economic cycles?
  • What can we do about it?
  • Is the answer in economic policies or in our culture?

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.