Comment 108333

By Selway (registered) | Posted January 24, 2015 at 00:37:50

Postal banking is a solution to the payday loans problem. The Canadian Union of Postal workers is urging the Post Office to get into that business, with not much success as far as I know.

There is a detailed discussion of postal banking prepared by the U.S. service on the net. Search on the title "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved."

On the subject of narrative accounts helping understanding, I recently read "A Week of This", a novel by Nathan Whitlock that really brings home how precarious much work has become. It is set in a small town somewhere just north of Toronto and follows four characters over a week. The central figure, Manda, has a crap job in a call centre; when she is not there she is trying to be a sort of sister-Mom to her brother and half-brother, which we come to understand is one of the many consequences of their parents' break up when they were children. It's interesting and convincing and shows people struggling in the vacuum that remains when there is no community but the family, and even that is half-broken. Pretty good book.

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