Chequed out: Inside the payday loan cycle

Feb. 11, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Patrick Cain, Global News

Jillane Mignon just needed cash to pay for day care.

Her job with the City of Winnipeg’s 311 program covered the bills, but not the $1,000 a month it cost to care for her son while she was at work.

“When there are [child care] subsidies, there are no spaces. When there are spaces, there’s no subsidy.”

So it started with a small loan from a payday lender. That took care of that month.

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Instability trap: Canadians want work. Why have so many stopped looking?

Feb. 10, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

The percentage of working-age Canadians who aren’t working – who aren’t even looking for a job – is at a historic high years after the economy supposedly bounced back from the recession. The labour participation rate for Canadian men in their working prime – ages 25 through 54 – is the lowest it’s been since Statistics Canada started collecting that data.

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