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Bradley Pierik on wealth, water and the marketplace

April 22, 2015
| Today we talk about water, social enterprise and rational optimism. Bradley tells us about his passion for clean water and why he believes that more equality is fundamentally a good thing.
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| March 31, 2015
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No moving up: Time to recreate the American dream

Photo: 'Our Kids' book cover

Robert Putnam thinks the USA can be fixed. His book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, released this week, offers a diagnosis of what has gone wrong in his homeland. He wants Democrats and Republicans alike to respond.

Equality of opportunity is supposed to be there for all, so Americans can rise above the station of their parents. It happened to Putnam and many of his high school classmates in Port Clinton, Ohio. It is not happening today in Ohio, or Michigan, or elsewhere in America.

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Off with their heads! Exposing the new feudalism

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Editor's note: This piece contains explicit descriptions which may be upsetting for some readers.

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| February 9, 2015

How many Canadians don't feel financially secure? A lot.

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Hennessy's Index looks at appeal of middle-class economics at a time when 90 per cent of Canadians don't feel financially secure.

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A number is never just a number: The appeal of middle-class economics

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52%

Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class when asked to describe their "social and financial place in society," according to a November 2014 Pollara poll.

73%

Percentage of Quebecers who said they were middle class -- the province most likely to do so, followed by Alberta (57%), the Prairies (47%), B.C. (46%), Atlantic provinces (44%), and Ontario (43%).

57%

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| January 30, 2015
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| January 29, 2015
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'Imagine something different': Obama confronts inequality in State of the Union address

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"Imagine if we did something different."

Those were just seven words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both houses of Congress, which are controlled by his bitter foes. Most importantly, though, he was addressing the country. Obama employed characteristically soaring rhetoric to deliver his message of bipartisanship. "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong," he assured us.

From whose lives has the shadow of crisis passed? And for whom is this Union strong?

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