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Canadian CEOs make 171 times the average

It’s time to talk about a maximum wage

Peter Drucker, “limit executive pay,” Photo courtesy Creative Commons

In November 2013, people in Switzerland voted in a referendum on something called the 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay. Under that proposal no one in a Swiss company would earn more in a single month than someone else in that company earns in an entire year. Corporate spokespersons in Switzerland and some in government warned of dire negative economic consequences if such a proposal were accepted. Although it was defeated by a significant margin, it is significant that the issue was being discussed at all.

It is a debate that we should have in Canada. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reports that in 2012 Canada’s top 100 CEOs pocketed an average of $7.96 million. That was an income equal to 171 times that of the average Canadian worker, and 194 times that of the average female worker.

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Canada's war in Afghanistan

Was it worth it?

Canadian soldiers firing artillery in Afghanistan, Courtesy Creative Commons

The long war in Afghanistan has receded from our attention, but as we  prepare to pull our last troops out the media spin cycle has been renewed …

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Edward Snowden's future

Whistleblower pulls back curtain on CSEC

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Wikipedia photo

Some people believe that Edward Snowden is a traitor and would haul him into a U.S. court if they could get their hands on him. However, countless others believe that Snowden, a young technician who exited …

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Stephen Harper in Israel

Politics and flawed principle

Stephen Harper addresses Israeli Knesset

Stephen Harper has returned from a feel-good trip to Israel on which he was accompanied by an entourage of 208 people, largely at government expense — cabinet ministers, MPs, Senators, rabbis, officials from …

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Religious freedom and gender equality at York University

When a male student at York University recently requested — for religious reasons — that he be excused from interacting with female classmates, it led to an intense debate over competing rights and religious accommodation.

The school’s sociology professor, Paul Grayson, denied the request because he says it infringed upon the rights of his female students …

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Big Brother and spying on Tommy Douglas

RCMP spied on Tommy Douglas, Photo courtesy Canadian Health Coalition

In 2011, the Canadian Press reported that the RCMP security service spied on CCF-NDP icon Tommy Douglas from the 1930s until shortly before he died in 1986. But the file on …

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The Christmas Concert (Prairie fiction)

The Christmas Concert, Courtesy Minona Library

The school Christmas concert is on in the town hall tonight and Dale has a big part in it. When they pull back the curtain on the stage and fourteen kids stand there holding …

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Nelson Mandela's good work continues

Nelson Mandela launches The EldersPhoto courtesy Creative Commons

Nelson Mandela is being remembered as a beacon for democracy, peace and decency in political life. But he also used his retirement well. In 2007, Mandela and a group …

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