Saskatchewan on the leading edge…of child poverty


I’ve blogged about this before.

In 2006 nearly one in every five Saskatchewan children were living in families with incomes below the low-income cutoff line, according to a new report released Friday.

According to the 2008 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada this province’s child poverty rate is the second highest in the country, following only British Columbia. It would be even higher if the report included children inFirst Nations communities where it is estimated one in four lives in poverty.

I’ve blogged it in passing, here at rabble, and in more detail over here. I’ve also written about it for magazines and newspapers, in lobby documents and various other places. I don’t know why I bother.

“We have been dealing with this issue for almost 20 years and the numbers have not been changed in any significant way,” said Ailsa Watkinson, a member of the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work Social Policy Research Unit.

In fact, according to Watkinson, the depth of poverty has grown as the disparity between the rich and the poor widens.

Does anyone really care?  Hell no!  But apparently, the economy and the corporations are more important.  The markets have feelings, too, don’t you know?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking here on the eve of the APEC leaders’ summit, said markets “remain in a state of fear” and vowed to take “unprecedented fiscal actions if they are necessary” to stimulate economic growth and ease tightened credit conditions.

The markets are “in a state of fear.” Right. Markets have feelings, don’t they? Perhaps children do not.  Perhaps children are supposed to continue to bear the brunt of neoliberal and neoconservative agendas that have dominated our culture for the past two decades.  Perhaps children really don’t matter.  I mean, after all, they’re really just a burden, aren’t they?  A liability?  That’s really what political doctrine dictates, isn’t it?  The federal Mulroney/Chretien/Martin/Harper governments as well as the provincial Devine/Romanow/Calvert/Wall ones of the last 20 years have not cared about kids. They certainly didn’t take “unprecedented fiscal actions” when it was necessary to help kids!

Canadians — and Saskatchewanians, in particular — let’s just admit it, ok?  When it comes to tending to the needs of children, to the wellbeing of our future, politicians of all political stripes are effing LOSERS!

They penalize women for pregnancy, taking away almost 50 percent of their wages.  They force females through hell by refusing to provide decent, affordable, quality childcare to them when they’re ready to re-enter the workforce.  They place women at an economic disadvantage by providing next to nothing financially when women place their children in care or when they choose to stay at home.  And, on top of all that, they refuse to recognize in any meaningful way that the work women do in rearing the children contributes to the economy!

What kind of sick, sick effing world is this?

And we all know how much the corporate sector does for children, too, don’t we?  Of course, they’ll donate a couple of bucks to a program here, provide bling for a raffle there, take pretty pictures, and say they’re good corporate citizens while they rape our land, overcharge us for mostly useless goods and services, grossly overpay their executives, and run away with billions in profits.

All this they do while one child in four lives in poverty in my province.  It is despicable!

Markets have feelings?  Go to hell! Corporations care?  Chuck you, Farley! I spit in your face!



The 2008 Canadian Blog Awards: Another Mistake?

It’s awards season again.  Apparently, the 2008 version of the Canadian Blog Awards is underway.  Thanks to Beijing York, a regular reader, this blog has been nominated in the Best Feminist Blog category.  I appreciate the recognition.  And I am grateful that the Best Feminist Blog category has been added to this year’s list.  It took a lot of people making demands for such last year to make sure the organizers got it right this year.

However, it seems they didn’t quite.  Get it right, that is.  In the nominees’ list for Best Feminist Blog are at least two blogs which consistently and continuously produce rabid anti-feminist, anti-women posts.  Furthermore, they bring their gang of freepers along wherever they go.  I’m sure it’s great that they have friends because the vitriol they post does not find favour among feminists (nor among some Saskatchewanian politicians, apparently).

As a result, I have requested that the regina mom be removed from the list. I do not accept the nomination. If I must share a nomination with those who actively work to undermine the great work of dedicated feminists commited to making the world a better place for women and their families, then, with all due  respect to the organizers, I want no part of it.

Congratulations, Citizens of the USA and the World!

There is little to say beyond that, right now.  There is much that needs to be done, but for now at least, we can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate that there is some hope for a kinder, gentler world.  Well done, USA.  And thank you.  Very.  Much.

The USAs First Family To Be

The USA's First Family To Be