Tag Archives: employment

(992) Building the poverty right in, or not

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Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation.  Nice!  Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty?  Hope so.  No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs.  Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.

Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
utoronto.ca

How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
fastcodesign.com

image: Chicago Transit Authority archives via Flickr/CC

(988) Income & advanced education [Study]

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This month the Centre for the Study of Living Standards issued a new report all about income gaps, inequality, job quality and other such things that determine much of daily life in Canada.   Among the findings: what looks like a slackening of the connection between advanced education and higher income.  Canada’s lowest income brackets have seen an increase in the number of PhD holders therein.  This may be evidence of something many of us have observed casually over the years?  More study is needed to understand the depth and meaning of these particular findings but if they are true this isn’t really good news.   We are supposed to be living and working in a society that needs and respects education and rewards strivers.  Maybe that proposition has changed?

Low-wage earners with graduate degrees on rise, new study shows
theglobeandmail.com

Trends in low wage employment in Canada: incidence, gap, intensity 1997-2014 66-page .pdf file

(978) Sprawl & poverty: by design

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Two strong features from the US that show us car-dependent sprawl is configured quite deeply against those with low incomes.
No Driver’s License, No Job? Conservative policymakers urge those in need to get work. But for those without driver’s licenses—who are by and large people of color—that’s not such an easy task
citylab.com
Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car
washingtonpost.com

Image: alden Jewell via Flickr/CC

(974) Way too long for too little: complex & expensive trips to work [Study]

long commutes for workersPublic transit and housing in the GTA are still configured for regular jobs.  If you are a precarious worker of odd hours compelled to live where you can afford to live, as opposed to where the employment is, things get awkward.
Study highlights link between precarious work and ‘miserable’ commutes.To travel from Brampton to nearby Pearson airport, Aretha Reid sometimes leaves at 10:30 pm in order to make a shift that starts at 2 am
thestar.com

(940) Airport employment hub

Pearson ConnectsLester B Pearson airport is Toronto’s second largest employment hub.  Makes sense, the huge and purposeful sky harbour serving the nation’s biggest city and business capital is ringed with a vast area of commercial and industrial property.  Traffic can be out of this world.
This kind of economic engine should be a high priority for advanced public transit projects.  In place of such nice things we find some of the heaviest traffic in North America.  Obviously, much of the driving to the airport is done by working people.  Substituting a goodly portion of their car rides with trips on high order public transit makes sense for all the right reasons (reducing air pollution, road crowding, and accidents, easing demand on parking supply, and reducing the personal costs of motoring).  All these things and more are the subject of a new report from the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.  At least two other reports have dealt with this topic and there are links to them in this Toronto Star piece.  Looks like it’s time to show some ambition on this file.
Airport area employers look for a better way. GTAA report makes the case for better transit to the GTA’s second-biggest jobs hub
Pearson connects: a multi-modal platform for prosperity
GTAA report
18-page .pdf

(917) Hey worker! Make my day awesome

awesomeWords about the sharing economy from a San Francisco film maker and blogger.  Look out, Canada, the ‘come here and go away’ economy is around the corner!
Apploitation in a city of instaserfs. How the “sharing economy” has turned San Francisco into a dystopia for the working class
policyalternatives.ca
editor’s note: seriously, one of our best reads in a while…

image: Kevin Micalizzi via Flickr/CC

(908) Workin’ it

Be Your Own Boss!Recently, a friend reminded us that if there are more words in one’s job description than in one’s job title it means that said job is total horse shit and of no benefit whatsoever to the human race.  Wise fellow, though a tad bitter.  If you don’t hate your job, does it mean you just aren’t trying hard enough?
Your job is pointless
vice.com
Exhausted and can’t manage your life? It’s not you, it’s the system
rabble.ca

image: Todd Ehlers via Flickr/CC