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Assessing the local impact of increasing inequality

        There is a line-up at this Salvation Army food bank every morning

Recently our local CBC Radio West provided coverage of the new Oxfam report on income inequality that the 85 richest are nearly as wealthy as the poorest half of the world by interviewing two professors whose commentaries were anything but helpful.

                 Inequality in B.C. appears to be the worst in Canada

One, an obvious apologist for the wealthy, claimed inequality was a result of higher share prices for some companies like those that make cell phones and thus was not a big deal and the other professor claimed that while inequality was real, the poor are doing better. Listening to these so-called experts was so irritating it prompted me to do some research and write this column.

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