No end to need

Similkameen residents show their Christmas generosity once again, as shown by Legion donations

The Christmas season has once again opened the hearts of many in the Lower Similkameen, as donations to local charity drives attest.

A fine example of  the charitable scene this year is the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, who, answering the call, made several large donations to local charitable causes, including recent Cawston house fire victims, and to the Legion’s own charitable venture.

The members decided to fund their own Christmas hamper this year, and called upon Legion Chaplain Jason Wiebe to find a needy family.

As it turned out, generous Legionaires donated enough food for at least two hampers.

Finding another needy family shouldn’t be twice as difficult for Wiebbe. A study by  Emmanuel Saez,  a researcher in income inequity, shows that 95 per cent of all income gains between 2009 and 2012 went to the top one per cent of earners in the United States.

Canada’s story is more difficult to ascertain, as we have limited access to comprehensive and timely public data about the top one per cent. But the data we do have reveal similar  trends to the U.S. In each phase of economic expansion since the 1980s, the top one per cent of Canadian tax-filers took a bigger share of income growth, and less of the hit in bad times.

Income inequality has become an inescapable political and economic issue, as much so in the Similkameen as the rest of Canada.

The bottom 50 per cent has seen a dwindling share of income growth over time, accounting for only three per cent of all income gains since 2009, after having lost much more during the recession.

The statistics apply as much – and possibly even more so – to the Similkameen as anywhere else in Canada. As incomes fall, more and more middle and lower class income earners are finding themselves at the mercy of charitable organizations for that little extra that makes the Christmas season so special.

It’s great to see Similkameen organizations like the Keremeos Legion respond with such humanity. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a much larger and more concentrated public response to resolve the underlying issues behind the statistics noted above.




Just Posted

Businesses directly impacted by Hwy. 97 closure

Members of the Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce faced late deliveries. no staff, etc.

Vote for your favourite Penticton photo

Over 700 photos were submitted to the Snap Your City photo contest.

Princeton pot plant getting ready to hire

Princeton’s newest employer - which promises to be one of its biggest… Continue reading

Callan Rd. to have intermittent closures on Feb. 16

The closures could delay traffic up to 20 minutes, no exact times for the closures were listed

Letter: Keremeos resident fired up over prescribed burns

A prescribed burn is in the works for the Crater Mountain area

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Drive BC warning slippery conditions for Okanagan main highways

The region is forecasted to see flurries and snow for the first half of the weekend

Most Read