Four pages packed with bad things about the decline in the value of work to working people in Canada. What you’ve been hearing about crap, part time gigs with low wages, it’s all true. Welcome to the new Canada.
In focus. On the quality of employment in Canada
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Predatory lending: a survey of high interest alternative financial services user
policyalternatives.ca (24-page .pdf file)
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A smidgen of good news on food bank use in Ontario: a slight drop in the number of users. The ‘hydro or food’ angle in this latest report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks was picked up in Orangeville, Sarnia, Guelph, Woodstock, the GTA, Hamilton, Parry Sound, Flamborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Belleville, London, the Kawarthas, North Bay, Ottawa, Niagara Region, Brant, Perth, Simcoe, Ingersoll, Cambridge, the Muskokas, Durham Region, you know, pretty much the entire province.
Taking poverty down a notch or two, even eliminating it, would be a great investment. That is something most of us understand intuitively and now here are numbers to support our common sense in the form of a United Way Toronto/York Region study.
Is work a forever thing? Probably, in the sense it just means doing stuff to secure our existence, yes, you can bet on work. Employment in a complex consumer-industrial society on the basis of some rationalized value system (like, oh, say the Protestant work ethic) that rewards individual merit and builds up community, well, that is turning out to be a whole other thing.
With deindustrialization, financialization, free trade agreements, and automation work may soon cease to exist at anything like the scale we in North America have come to know it. In this piece from Aeon a US academic asks us to get ahead of events and economics and free ourselves from our cultural perceptions. Tone and logic make this a really great piece. Statistics are used to bolster the author’s arguments and the title is nicely provocative to boot!
A few weeks go by and a 49-page report from Meal Exchange that took a detailed look at food insecurity on five Canadian university campuses is pretty much forgotten. Drag. Especially if you are one of those students, trying to advance yourself but scrambling for calories.
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We all love life, right? That’s why longevity is such a sensible measure of the quality of life in a given place. Gaps in longevity data emerge into view quickly thanks to such things as gender and occupation. Ideally, a well off society should find these gaps moderate and when in the right frame of mind it might even challenge these gaps, seek to close them up. A new medical study reinforces our understanding of the role of income in determining longevity with the finding that in Canada high income men are starting to outlive low income women. The incomes of Canada’s richer males is more powerful than the natural characteristic of women to outlive men.
Did you just say ‘holy shit’? We did.
High income men now outliving low income women, study finds
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We’ve marked several Hungercounts now. A grim but important indicator of where we are in regard to food and food banks.
See also: (72) Foodbankistan