The recent Hunger Count by Food Banks Canada is now a week old, but with the way things are digressing it might very well be next year’s news, and that of the year after, and the year after.

This is one of the reasons why The Economist reversed its judgment of a decade ago and now labels us as, “Uncool Canada (The Moose Loses Its Shades).” Any nation, or its people, that continues to tolerate the proliferation of food banks in a world of financial abundance has clearly lost its appeal to the better angels of our nature. We’ve all known for some time now that democracy and economics seem to be veering off on different courses. The wealth that so easily flows around the globe isn’t settling on middle-class families and the fate of those on the financial margins now appears permanently precarious.