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
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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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Bad teeth and other oral health problems complicate the socio-economic progress of Ontarians, according to a new study.
Assessing the relationship between dental appearance and the potential for discrimination in Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto study via sciencedirect.com
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Well, if it costs money it can be one of the building blocks of poverty, right? And poverty is always personal. An article from a UK source looks at feminine hygiene products and poverty. We’re talking a little more than thirty-five cents now.
Period poverty: call to tackle the hidden side of inequality
See also: (597) Free tampons!
Ontario does provide some public drug coverage to its citizenry and of course many employers provide benefit coverage as well. For the mentally ill, things run a little thinner than we like. The Toronto Star offers the final part in a series on the individual costs of mental health care at this link:
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Let’s see if we have this straight. A social security benefit program accidentally pays too much to a group of senior citizens for a stretch of time. Sociology and psychology types race in to study the seniors. What’d they find? Less dementia.
Senior citizens study: how money makes for better brain functioning
NPR ONE audio 3:14
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A new medical school in Texas takes aim at the societal underpinnings of poverty and social difficulty. And get this, it does so with support from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
In Texas, cross-sector partnerships to fight suburban poverty
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Good news, even as winter approaches: in 2017 Ontario can expect to see a basic income pilot project. Hopefully that means that Canada’s largest province is on the path to adopting a benefit regime that will truly secure its people against poverty. We’ve been sold on the idea of a universal right to an income for as long as we can remember. It seems to us that nearly every form of social difficulty could be improved upon if nobody in this society was below a certain level. On the other hand, we could indeed be looking at yet another ‘cycle of consultation’. You know, another rationalised round of reportage, fact gathering and public hearings that kick the issue of poverty down the road and toward the next election. Public pressure might make all the difference, though.
Extra bonus: it would seem a good way to innoculate our society against the rise of Trumpist-style influences, a comprehensive ticket to change for the better. This winter thoughts of a basic income will be keeping the staff at suburban-poverty.com feeling warm inside.
Basic income pilot consultation
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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