On June 20, 2011, Mayor Rob Ford and his allies on Toronto City Council Executive Committee turned down free money.
The Ontario government had offered $170,000 to cover the cost of hiring two public health nurses. One nurse would have worked with new immigrants on disease prevention. The other would have worked in low income neighbourhoods to promote health services. While the province had committed to ongoing funding for these two positions, Ford refused to hire the nurses.
Starting with the 2008 financial meltdown, then bank bailouts, government deficits, out-sourcing, factory shutdowns, high unemployment, record high household and student debt, then the Euro-debt crisis, and now government austerity programs with cutbacks in Federal and Provincial budgets to public services and social programs including pensions, drug benefits and Medicare - - - - it’s still the “Great Recession” and …
The Trouble With Billionaires – Democracy, Government and the 1%
The contributors challenge the neoliberal mantra that there is no alternative but austerity to deal with the economic crisis and government deficits; in fact, austerity is shown to be counterproductive to the ostensible aim of fiscal prudence... not to mention the significant harm it does to our valued public services in general, and universities in particular. Sponsored by Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Presentations by:
In 1936, the British economist John Maynard Keynes published his celebrated General Theory, a book that provided a scientific basis for understanding the Great Depression, the worldwide slump lasting from 1929 until the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Only recently has the International Monetary Fund realized his research insights apply to today's world economic mess centred in a stagnating Europe, and a slow growth U.S. The IMF rediscovery of Keynes has not yet registered with the Harper government, which continues to mislead Canadians about what to do about the sluggish economy.