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Stewart Rand
Software developer, cyclist, follower of politics
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @CCPANS
Wouldn't a family in, for example, the bottom 25% of incomes also be looking at housing that is also in the bottom 25% of the cost range? If you can save $300/mo on rent vs. the median, that totally changes the living wage calculation result.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @CCPANS
I am trying to understand why you would decide the rent expense should be calculated based on an apartment/townhouse that is more expensive than half of those on the market (i.e., median rent) when you are trying to determine a bare minimum living wage.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @MikePMoffatt
Don't get me started on the cost of sweet potato fries
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @bozdoz
Depends on the province
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @bozdoz
No, the school can do whatever it wants, but its graduates can't become lawyers in provinces where law societies have a beef with TWU
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @CCPANS
Why did you choose median rent, and not, say 25th percentile (assuming the data is available)? I was not aware that is a policy. I personally shared a room with my younger sister when we were several years older than the children in the example family.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @stewssr
See here. The issue is that people struggling to get by are probably not renting an apartment that is more expensive than half of the units on the market. And there's a good chance they're putting the two kids in one room.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
The "living wage" reports from suffer from this same issue, which makes their supposed living wage number ($19.17/hr in 2016) way off. They assume a 3BR *median-cost* apartment/townhouse for a two-child, two-parent family.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @stewssr
Quebec's program was associated with "worsened health and life satisfaction, and increased rates of criminal activity. Increases in aggression and hyperactivity are concentrated in boys, as is the rise in the crime rates"
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @stewssr
Why? Because public daycares operating during weekday business hours works a lot better for wealthier folks working 9-5 white-collar jobs than parents working in, say, the service industry, whose schedules fluctuate and include evenings and weekends.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @stewssr
Findlay "said private daycare also creates a two-tiered system of child care, with wealthier parents accessing higher-end facilities." Quebec's *public* system has disproportionately high uptake among the wealthy and far less uptake from the poor.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
MSVU's Sawler points to Quebec as an example of a successful public day care program. No doubt the parents who can use it appreciate it and it gets more people working, but rigorous research shows it actually harmed children's development:
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Devastating ruling. The Supreme Court is out of control. They recently ruled that our constitution doesn't protect free trade inside the country, and now they say it's none of their concern if graduates from a Christian law school are banned from practicing law.
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
No
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Stewart Rand Jun 15
Replying to @neil_lovitt
Totally agree. Just saying we don't know if those spending/saving decisions are better for the economy overall.
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Stewart Rand Jun 14
Replying to @neil_lovitt
So where will people be putting their savings, then, that will expand the economy more than buying car-related things?
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Stewart Rand Jun 14
Replying to @neil_lovitt
Selling cars, insurance, and gasoline builds wealth for people who sell those things.
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Stewart Rand Jun 14
Replying to @neil_lovitt
I do think people would personally be better off if they bought used cars. New cars are far too expensive and a waste of money, IMO.
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Stewart Rand Jun 14
Replying to @neil_lovitt
Not sure "economic development" is relevant here, but it would move money from sellers of gas, insurance, and vehicles to being spent on something different. $600/mo all-in to be able to travel wherever and whenever I want, /w passengers and cargo is a good deal to me
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Stewart Rand Jun 13
Use
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