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.

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 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.

Cities struggling to house their homeless are asking the federal government to rethink its cornerstone homelessness program amid concerns about burdensome reporting requirements and inadequate funding.

An internal government report calls for the so-called Homelessness Partnering Strategy to provide different levels of funding to rural communities, which must house people over vast areas, and to urban centres struggling with skyrocketing real estate prices.

The annual report cards on Child Poverty in Canada and Ontario have been released. Lyn Smith, the executive director of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network says on the surface, it appears child poverty is worse than it was twenty-eight years ago when Canada resolved to end the condition by year 2000.

The CPAN spokesperson says she does see some encouraging trends. The Federal government has revealed plans for a National Child Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Queen’s Park is giving students tuition help and starting up a youth dental plan.

Smith says real change is only possible at the ballot box. The CPAN spokesperson notes there is an Ontario Provincial election in 2018, and a Federal election the following year.

“We say ‘More,’ he says ‘No!,’ Mor-neau, Mor-neau!” I yelled, along with my fellow ACORN members outside Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s constituency office in Toronto this morning. As cars honked in support, we demanded that the Minister improves the consumer protection framework under the Bank Act, so that people on lower-incomes can have access to fair financial services.

In the 1990s, the Chrétien Liberals divested themselves of affordable housing, moving it onto the provinces’ and territories’ plates while simultaneously cutting transfer payments to those governments, making it more difficult to finance their new responsibilities. The result has been the loss of public (government-owned) and social (operated by non-profits and co-ops, often subsidized by government) housing through attrition. Much of what remains is in dire need of repairs. What’s left today of social housing was facing imminent closure, as long-term operating agreements were set to expire. Until the release of this strategy, it was quite unclear how much, if any, social housing would exist in Canada by 2040.