By Ben Bull
Published March 01, 2007
A recent report, entitled "The Rich and the Rest of Us" by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and reported in the Toronto Star has confirmed what most middle and low income Canadians already knew: We are working harder for less.
In an analysis of 28 years' worth of Stats Canada data on Canadian family incomes and hours worked, the report found that:
The link between a society's income disparities and health of its poorest citizens has been well documented over the years, with countries like Japan charting the smallest disparity and the greatest health, and the US quite the opposite.
When you add these long working hours and shrinking salaries into the mix the pictures becomes clearer - and bleaker - still.
What is no so clear is what can be done to reverse this trend.