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Grey power and changes to the public pension system

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The numbers and politics behind Harper's proposed changes to Old Age Security.

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Repousser l'âge de l'admissibilité de la SV et du SRG n'est pas de genre neutre

La Sécurité de la vieillesse (SV) et le Supplément de revenu garanti (SRG) sont les seuls revenus pour beaucoup de femmes où elles sont garanties de recevoir le même montant que les hommes, quelle que soit leur histoire en tant que main-d'œuvre. La proportion du revenu remplacé par le SV et le SRG est beaucoup plus élevée pour les femmes et les personnes âgées à faible revenu, environ 70 pour cent pour ceux dont le revenu individuel est de moins de 15,000 $. Pour les femmes entre les âges de 65 et 69 ans, la SV et le SRG viennent réduire la pauvreté de 21 points du pourcentage. Pour les hommes du même âge, c'est 15 points du pourcentage. Donc, il est clair que repousser l'âge de la SV et du SRG n'est pas de genre neutre.

Old Age Security: We are all affected

Old Age Security is threatened Harper Government's plans to push back eligibility to 67 years of age.

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We are all affected by the changes to Old Age Security (OAS)

A message from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC): we are all affected by the changes to Old Age Security (OAS). For more information: http://psac-ncr.com/

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Rolling back the age of eligibility for OAS and GIS is not gender neutral

Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) are the only income for many women where they are guaranteed to receive the same amount as men, regardless of their labour force history. The proportion of income replaced by the OAS and the GIS is much higher for women and seniors with low incomes, about 70 per cent for those with individual incomes of less than $15,000. For women between the ages of 65 and 69, OAS and GIS reduce poverty by 21 percentage points. For men of the same age, it's 15 percentage points. So, it is clear that rolling back the age of OAS and GIS is NOT gender neutral.

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Quebec student movement threatens austerity agenda

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No wonder those Quebec student protesters have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, leaving the best-laid plans for austerity in tatters.

What seems to particularly gall some English Canadian commentators is the fact that the Quebec students -- who reached a tentative deal with the province on the weekend after a three-month strike -- have been protesting tuition hikes that would still leave them with the lowest tuition in the country. Why can't these spoiled brats be grateful, and go back to watching video games and keeping up with the Kardashians like normal, well-adjusted North American youth?

Pensions - Part 4

Irwin Cotler in the Huff Post today went after the government on OAS. Does anyone know what the Libs did with pensions while in government? For example, did the NDP propose changes to allocate monies for larger pensions which the Libs resisted, or did the Libs get criticizes for not raising pensions, significantly, etc? I would sure to like to know. At the very least, can anyone suggest where I could find info on this.

Frankly, anytime any Liberal starts harping about social policy, I always assume this is despite their having done the same thing in government or worse.

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How much will you lose from OAS deferral?

Announcing a bad policy 10 years in advance doesn't make it a good policy.

So the fact that the Harper government is giving people at least 10 years to prepare for two years of life without an important source of income, hardly makes it OK -- as so many media commentators have tritely implied. In fact, in this case it makes the policy even more unfair.

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