They were tremendously important. If you wanted to find where the center of community was in an urban neighbourhood or a small town you would often go to the lodge.
It makes sense for people to make provision for their welfare, and they did it through mutual-aid societies.
Anti-poverty groups received a jolt early in October, when they woke up to this headline: “Only 6% of Canadians are poor, UN finds.”
Feeling the blues as you scan the bills from the Christmas blowout? Cheer up. It turns out that you’re probably a lot better off than you think.
Could the world of tinsel and merriment that now surrounds us be merely a sham? If you believe the latest alarums from the poverty industry, trumpeted uncritically by the media, it cloaks a stark reality for the armies of Canada’s poor.
Christopher Sarlo, a professor at Nipissing University, has carved out an interesting academic niche by measuring living standards in Canada. His most recent research confirms that Canadians are doing very well in improving their material well being.
In Wisconsin, attaching the handouts to a work requirement has benefitted everyone.
The keys to reducing Canada’s persistently high unemployment rate continue to evade our politicians, but 1997 job statistics for the United States point to some answers.