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Ontario's Gambling Profits Flow From a Hidden Tax on the Vulnerable
REPORT July 31st

Ontario’s gambling scheme is ripe for reform. 

The pandemic has highlighted both the importance of improving financial security for Ontarians and provided a unique opportunity for the province to cut its gambling addiction cold turkey: with casinos shut down and OLG revenue plummeting, the costs of getting clean have never been lower, write Brian Dijkema and Johanna Wolfert in Policy Options.

"Disentangling gambling money from legitimate tax revenue by moving OLG profits into a specific fund — preferably aimed at relief of poverty — would be the equivalent of the government admitting it has a problem."

COVID-19 hurt many Canadians but also improved the capacity of others to give to charity
REPORT July 27th

The richest Canadians saved an estimated $5.3 billion over the first two months of pandemic lockdowns. Less spending, travelling, etc. resulted in a lot of saved money. 

So as charities are struggling to make ends meet, and continue to meet the needs of vulnerable Canadians, the question arises: who has the capacity to give right now? 

Brian Dijkema, Vice President of External Affairs at Cardus, joins the Sheldon MacLeod Show to discuss.

(Segment begins at 10:55 mark)

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