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.

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.

The Quebec government has taken a “positive first step” toward a universal basic income with its commitment to provide a set amount of money to those unable to work, says a proponent of the idea.

“I think it’s a move in the right direction,” said Jonathan Brun, co-founder of Revenu de base Québec.

It also, Brun said, “puts the terminology square and centre within government policy.”

The new measure is part of a larger $3-billion anti-poverty plan announced Sunday. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for the minimum income, largely those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

A P.E.I. Opposition bill linking food waste and food insecurity is misguided, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Reducing food waste is a good idea in itself, Valerie Tarasuk told CBC News, but linking it to food insecurity is not.

MLA Steven Myers, who introduced the bill, said by focusing on developing a system for donation, food could get to people who need it instead of being thrown out.

But Tarasuk said a lack of donated food is not the cause of food insecurity.

“When people are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families it’s a problem of income. So the solutions to that problem are income-based solutions,” she said.

With a stretch of cold, snowy weather bearing down on Toronto, Scarborough’s recently opened winter homeless shelter may have little room to accommodate any more guests.

A month after The Scarborough Winter Respite Centre became the region’s first ever winter shelter, organizers say the facility has been full nearly every night.

“It hasn’t even gotten that cold yet,” said Ginelle Skerritt, Executive Director of the Warden Woods Community Centre on Metro Morning. “It is surprising that we are at capacity most nights now.”