EP71 – Poverty Line & Minimum Wage

  • July 5, 2017
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Poverty Line and Minimum Wage

How blessed you are not on the poverty line.  Count your blessings.  Show recap:

  • As of today, minimum wage is $11.40. This is absolutely utterly ridiculous, is this not? Ridiculous and depressing.
  • Our government over here in Ontario is raising it to $15 by 2019, which is good, well, it’s better.
  • People at this place where I buy my $2 coffee make $435 a week.
  • After they pay taxes, they make $373.
  • Is that not insanity? $1492 per month for 4 weeks.
  • The Poverty Line in Ontario, according to the website is $19,930 for a singe adult.
  • Honesty, I cannot imagine what it would be like to work 37.5 hours a week. There is the additional time of preparing to go to work,  getting there and going home, so it could essentially make it 9 hours a day…..I can’t imagine how lousy that must feel.
  • How can we possibly value people’s time this way? It’s completely nuts.
  • I don’t understand how we can de-value people’s precious time…their lives.
  • It’s almost like society punishes people because of their circumstances.
  • If you were born into a low income family, the odds are against you.
  • Maybe you break free of the low income cycle? If you don’t, then you stay there, simply because you were born into it.
  • This is the rest of your life.
  • With this, you are not born into a situation where your parents are able to offer you an enriching life, so, you never achieve your potential.
  • You get stuck.
  • Realize how lucky you are.



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