At the same time: reports on death at the hands of your income and the positive effects of a basic income guarantee.
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
thestar.com (Statistics Canada report)
Basic impact. Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs
mowatcentre.ca (links to 69-page .pdf file)
A collection of the work of a health reporter who began his career in the 1980s has been published. If there really is a universal topic of concern in Canada this is probably it.
This past weekend saw the international March for Science take place in something like 600 communities. We can hardly think of anything as heartening as smart people the world over gathering for science. Adhering to a theme of knowledge and objectivity is this piece from Nautilus. Its author looks into the reality of living a life of deep uncertainty and stress. We really urge you to read this one because it is starting to look like poverty doesn’t just deform personal behaviour and therefore lead us to injury. Poverty can be increasingly seen as harmful to us at cellular and genetic levels and in our body chemistry. An understanding of the science of poverty should allow us to stop attributing its existence of some combination of personal character and systemic inevitability and to rationally treating it.
News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a town there is long in need of greatness. Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America. Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted. To wit, a couple of recent features:
Maybe the economy isn’t the reason why so many American men aren’t working. Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health
An intractable problem. For the last half-century, Milwaukee has been caught in a relentless social and economic spiral
Precarious employment really is a form of second-class citizenship that isn’t good for us. A confluence of recent studies back that up, including a recent survey of Ontario Federation of Labour members.
Teeth have appeared a couple of times at suburban-poverty.com of late. Not just our editor’s either! Today we have a piece from the CBC about the availability of free services from orthodontists available to children in socio-economic difficulty. Now, it isn’t just about Little Timmy having to get that modelling quality smile via ten grand worth of ortho or he’ll end up a syphilitic serial killer. No, orthodontics is genuinely health related, making this an interesting piece.
Orthodontists eager to work for free, now they just need teeth to fix. Smile4Canada has hundreds of volunteer orthodontists but only 16 applicants
image: Tunacan Jones via Flickr/CC
Newly available data from the Ontario Disability Support Program reinforces the disconcerting, and expensive, relationship between low economic status and mental health problems.
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