first_img James Langton Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Poor couple sitting on the couch and counting money Katarzyna Białasiewicz/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  Economic indicatorsCompanies Statistics Canada Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Last year saw a much more disruptive crisis with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, but early evidence indicates that government support measures largely mitigated declines in employment and earnings.StatsCan said that its experimental measure of weekly family incomes indicated that between February and June 2020, “a surge in the share of families with low-weekly earnings was more than offset by government pandemic relief benefits.”StatsCan noted that the experimental low-weekly income rate rose during the second half of 2020, but was still below its pre-pandemic level at the end of the year.It remains to be seen just how the pandemic has impacted poverty in Canada, but the report said that the most vulnerable households — singles and single-parent families, which suffered the largest drops in weekly earnings due to the onset of the Covid crisis — received government transfers that offset the decline in income.Prior to the pandemic, singles and single-parent families were much more likely to be living in poverty. For instance, almost a third (29.8%) of children in families headed by a single mother were in poverty, compared with 7.2% of children living in two-parent families, the report said.Single seniors also struggled. Overall, 5.4% of seniors lived in poverty in 2019, but the poverty rate was 11.7% among single seniors, compared with just 2.8% for those living in families.Before the pandemic, income equality had been improving in Canada, StatsCan reported.In 2019, the bottom 40% of income earners accounted for 21% of total after-tax income and the top 10% of earners represented 22.7% of total income.“The share for the lowest four deciles has been slightly increasing since the beginning of the decade, while the share of the highest decile has been edging down, suggesting a decrease in inequality,” StatsCan said. Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Heading into the Covid-19 pandemic, the poverty rate in Canada was declining and income inequality was falling too. While the pandemic caused large drops in income for many, government support programs offset these losses, according to new data from Statistics Canada.StatsCan reported that the share of Canadians living below the official poverty line dropped from 11.0% in 2018 to 10.1% in 2019, representing 3.7 million people. This continued a trend that has prevailed since 2012, with the exception of a blip in 2015 that was attributed to an oil price shock. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s a harrowing opening to this fabulous French thriller, as we witness two sudden deaths in the first ten minutes. After Walter Presents have treated us to some leftfield releases of late, A Deadly Union (known as Noces Rouges in France, which literally translates as Crimson Wedding) sees them return to their traditional homeland – murder, thrills and mystery.If you want to avoid all spoilers for A Deadly Union, stop reading now.Set in the beautiful south of France, ADU makes you yearn for the Provence coastline with its stunning scenery and enticing blue water. It’s a feast for the eyes, particularly at a time when we’re all starved of our holidays (remember those?). And nature’s opulence is reflected in the joyous occasion of Sandra and William’s wedding, as well-to-do guests dance and laugh the day away, unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold.Credit: Walter PresentsAs the bride’s sister, Alice, walks out onto the sun-kissed terrace, she glances over the edge of the railing. There she spots her sister – the bride – laying dead on the rocky cliffs below.Investigating the death is Vincent, a detective who was also a guest at the wedding. Whilst most people assume Sandra took her own life, Vincent isn’t so sure. He and Alice – who have a history that we occasionally get glimpses of in flashbacks – dig deeper and start to unravel a darker side to Sandra’s life.Running alongside this storyline is death of Vincent’s brother in a motorcycle accident – the second of the deaths we witness at the start. This death happened some years ago, and the person charged with the manslaughter of his brother has been released from prison – much to the disgust of Vincent’s parents.Parallels were made in the press release to the mysteries of Agatha Christie, and that’s not an unfair comparison. There are plenty of titillating snippets of intrigue – mysterious and threatening texts, unexpected guests, knowing looks, secret meetings and family secrets. Although set in modern-day France, you could equally imagine it being set on the Cornish coast in the 50s, with a white-haired Marple or moustached Poirot trying to pick their way through the clues and red herrings. The little grey cells would certainly get a good work-out.Credit: Walter PresentsThe show stars Alexia Barlier as Alice, who some of you may recognise from the film 13 Hours and the Netflix thriller, The Forest (La Forêt) where she played Eve Mendel; and Lannick Gautry as Vincent, who was in Vanished By The Lake. Bruno Dega, who created the show, also created Vanished By The Lake. It’s a stellar cast, well-written and scripted.If you enjoy a good old-fashioned mystery and some glorious Mediterranean scenery, give it go. You won’t be disappointed.Walter Presents: A Deadly Union launches on Channel 4 on 21st June at 11pm. The box set will be available on Walter Presents via All 4 immediately after transmission of first episode.last_img read more