A big-data picture of Canada reveals that the place you grew up determines your financial future. An analysis of millions of Canadians’ income data shows a country of opportunity, with most children out-earning their parents – but also a country pocked with mobility traps, where moving up the income ladder is far from certain.

Intergenerational cycles of poverty vary across Canada, with low income children in some places facing a less than one-in-five chance of growing up to be poor adults, but in others the rate is more than double. The strong majority of children raised by lower income parents face a greater than one-in-four chance of growing up to be low income adults, and for many these odds were at least as high as one-in-three.

The chance that poverty will be passed on across the generations is 30 percent for the country as a whole, and the majority of children, 54 percent, live in 97 of a total of 266 municipalities where the chances of falling into an intergenerational cycle of low income are between 25 and 30 percent.

Ottawa is asking the Federal Court to “review” two items in the latest Human Rights Tribunal ruling that said Canada was still discriminating against Indigenous children over the delivery of services.

After a lengthy legal fight, the tribunal ruled in January 2016 that Canada was breaking the law by not making equitable health and social services payments to Indigenous children living on reserves. A series of non-compliance orders from the tribunal has been issued to the federal government for failure to abide by the ruling. The last one was issued at the end of May.

Health Minister Jane Philpott said they are seeking clarity from the Federal Court on two specific aspects of the ruling: that requests for services must be processed within 12 to 48 hours, and that they be processed without case-conferencing.

Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, who, along with the Assembly of First Nations, has fought Ottawa regarding their failure to deliver equitable services to Indigenous kids, called the move appalling.

“They are appealing. There is nothing called a clarification,” Blackstock said. “If the federal government was seeking just a clarification from the tribunal themselves, why wouldn’t they just ask? They haven’t asked us. I’ve been meeting with them regularly, and they have never raised this.”

I was born in “Toronto,” a white person of working class, immigrant parents who fled extreme poverty to live here.

I will not be celebrating that 150 years ago, wealthy white cruel men met and stamped into law the 375-year-old campaign that killed millions, used tricks and stole this land from the nations of people that had been here for thousands of years. They renamed these already-named lands, set new borders and white European laws, and put in place residential schools. It continues on and on to the hundreds of boil water alerts that continue to plague the lives of indigenous communities, to the indigenous women that continue to disappear and be murdered, and the Trudeau government refusing to comply with the order of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to end its racially discriminatory practices against 165,000 indigenous children.

Is the idea of a guaranteed basic income in the cards anytime soon?

The suggestion certainly has political support, as a motion proposed by Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker to make P.E.I. a pilot project for the idea received support from both the governing Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.

In order for that motion to succeed, funding would be needed from the federal government.

So far, Ottawa is showing no signs of committing any dollars. Now the province must decide if it will follow Ontario’s lead and go it alone. A three-year pilot project was recently announced for Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay.

The Grenfell Tower fire shows that the silencing of social-housing residents on decisions that affect their daily lives can have deadly consequences

Like gender and class, housing plays a significant role in the ways individuals are seen and heard. And systemic silencing manifests across all aspects of housing provision—including right here in Canada.

It’s Incredible! I just could not believe my eyes!

“These are just a few of the nice words that came to my mind when I read the news about the Department of Social Development paying Ernst and Young $13.2 million dollars without even going to the tender process.“ says Johanne Petitpas, co-chair of the Common Front. “When the Common Front applied this year for a subsidy of $1,800 (not $1,8 million) for translation of a document for our activity, we needed to submit quotes from two different translators, the budget for the whole event and our Constitution. Quite a difference of policies if you ask me.“

“Social assistance recipients have to account for every small expense with a receipt, and we have a Department who is accepting to pay $646,000 in travel expenses from this company without any receipts. We have citizens who have to go to doctors for appointments but cannot be reimbursed because of strict policies, and, on the other hand, we have this company that exceed by $700,000 its purchasing order without penalties. Unbelievable!“ continues Ms. Petitpas.