poverty

I have family members in four different countries, and they are all a mess. Not the family members, the countries. Or three of them. I don’t pay very much attention to Australia. One of my nieces is there on a student visa that runs out soon. She’s nearly finished a PhD in some electrical engineering thing and will be coming home to Canada before too long. It’s the other three countries I worry about. Canada, the United States, and not-so-Great-these-days Britain. They are all run by people who pretend to work for the citizens but really do the opposite. Whatever they do to make thingsRead More →

An engineering professor at the University of British Columbia has set a project for his first-year students.  He wants them to come up with a design that will prevent people from falling into used clothing donation boxes. Too many of our poor and homeless population are dying to get a warm coat.  According to a January 2 CTV news story , he wants to retrofit the existing bins because removing the 6,000 bins in BC would cost millions. Then there’d be a problem of storing them somewhere, which would just add to the cost. The money would be much better spent on poverty relief. ButRead More →

On Christmas Eve, Lynne and I watched the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol. It’s something we try to do every year. It is based on a novel Charles Dickens wrote in 1843 and has a lot to do with poverty. Early in the story, a pair of bleeding-heart liberals come to Ebenezer Scrooge’s office raising money for poverty relief. Are there no prisons? Scrooge asks. Are there no workhouses? He sends them away empty-handed. Later, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows him two starving children. The boy is Ignorance, the ghost tells Scrooge, and the girl is Want. Society should beware them both,Read More →