For many Canadians who have fallen through the cracks of our increasingly unequal economy and frayed social safety nets, this festive season is anything but. CBC radio's The Current recently aired a multi-part series on being poor in Canada. The first part of the series addressed such issues as child poverty and the fact that the poor pay more for a range of goods and services, from food to banking. This was followed up with two call-in sessions that ran in every time zone; the second session featured political leaders including social service ministers from Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. At least for the moment, audio of all the programs is available by clicking on the hyperlinks. More soon on a new OECD report that documents the 30-year increase in economic inequality in most of the high-income world.