BC Housing isn’t saying if it will try for another site after Sechelt’s decision to deny a lease on district-owned land at Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue for a temporary homeless shelter.

The agency’s proposal to convert the Upper Deck Guest House into a homeless shelter, initially intended as a stopgap measure while the Ebbtide plan was under consideration, goes to public hearing next week.

For every dollar corporations pay to the Canadian government in income tax, people pay $3.50. The proportion of the public budget funded by personal income taxes has never been greater.

At a time when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made tax fairness a centrepiece of his government, the Toronto Star and Corporate Knights magazine spent six months poring over tax data to determine how much income tax corporations are really paying.

We found the amount of tax most big companies pay has been dropping as a proportion of their profits for years, and not only because the corporate tax rate has been cut repeatedly. Canada’s largest corporations use complex techniques and tax loopholes to reduce their taxes significantly below the official corporate tax rate set by the government.

Our analysis of the financial filings of Canada’s 102 biggest corporations shows these companies have avoided paying $62.9 billion in income taxes over the past six years.

OC Transpo has got rid of bus tickets. No more can you pop down to the corner store to grab a sheet of colourful little paper tokens before hopping on the bus.

At first blush, this seems to make sense. It’s the digital age and we’ve got the Presto system, which works — most of the time. (Some of the time? A lot of the time? Look, just go with me on this.) So in our ultra-modern time, we should just use Presto rather than fumbling with tiny pieces of paper.

But it ignores the needs of many Ottawa residents who can’t reliably use Presto. People who are financially struggling. People who are in need of reliable and affordable transit.

More than 16,000 low-income people in the Halifax region will get free bus passes under a new poverty reduction program.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said extending transit passes to people on income assistance will help meet a basic transportation need while all three levels of government work together with the community to address broader systemic causes of poverty.

“Public transit performs a vital role in helping residents get to work, appointments, child care, school, along with enabling them just to engage more fully in their own community,” Savage said.

“It’s about mobility, it’s about independence … it’s about a single parent who carries groceries home to save money who can now hop on a bus, even if it’s just a few blocks.”

As the charity braces for a holiday season clientele nearly 45 per cent larger than its normal traffic, demands for the Calgary Food Bank are rising in tandem with social assistance needs, states a University of Calgary study.

The study, conducted by the U of C’s School of Public Policy, shows that the demand for both took off soon after the oil price plunge of late 2014, and that for every 100 additional provincial social aid cases, the food bank picked up 57 more clients.

“The correlation is stronger than I expected it to be,” said U of C economist Dr. Ron Kneebone.

“I’m also shocked at the spike of food bank clients in December, at Christmas.”

Demand at the food bank, which provided data for Kneebone’s study, will likely reach 20,500 clients this month compared with about 14,000 in May, said food bank president James McAra.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the Country Classic Auction, an incredible charitable event held annually to raise money for the London Health Sciences Foundation. This year, there were over 1,200 attendees who collectively donated millions of dollars to support the foundation’s campaign goal of $200 million by 2018.

These types of hospital foundation fundraiser campaigns are commonplace in philanthropic circles across Canada. They include, among others, the popular Princess Margaret Home Lottery and the SickKids VS Initiative, which bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually from private citizens. Most of the funds raised are earmarked for desperately-needed medical infrastructure and research development.

That raises an important question: why is it that our publicly funded health care system is so dependent on private fundraisers?

In the legislature on Tuesday, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP and Poverty Reduction critic, Paul Miller, announced that the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction was releasing a video to raise awareness for the need to move Bill 6 forward in the Legislature.

“Today, I am proud to announce that the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, in partnership with various community organizers, is releasing a video to promote Bill 6 and get this legislature to move it forward so that all Ontarians living in poverty have access to the basic necessities. This is a huge issue in [Hamilton and Stoney Creek] and I encourage everyone to watch this video.” Miller said.

Tom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction made it clear that this video would help to raise awareness for Bill 6 which he suggested would be important legislation for the province’s poorest.