For a while now we’ve suspected the term ‘middle class’ to be almost functionally useless outside of perhaps the occasional nostalgic descriptive exercise. This recent essay on the Canada Without Poverty web site looks at the term.
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Elizabeth Kneebone’s testimony to the US federal government earlier this year serves as an extended essay on that country’s suburban poverty.
The changing geography of US poverty
Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat. Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
An elegant monochrome map of the world’s settlements.
German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint”
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The more we look at this Strong Towns feature the more of a knockout it becomes. The author was part of a municipal financial data project in a US city recently. Part of the project’s output was a map of local costs and revenues. Check out the cost of those post-war ‘burbs for this fairly typical North American city, you’ll be amazed.
The real reason your city has no money
Three staggering charts show how big the gap between rich and poor is growing in British Columbia
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Well, it’s a wonder anyone can see Canada as a prosperous, progressive nation after findings like this come to light. It’s a wonder anyone can say work pays and will protect us from poverty here.
This kinda money and you could take a cab to work every day and eat at Red Lobster any time you wanted. What comes after this, Canada?
Either way, Happy Monday.
2 richest Canadians have wealth equal to 11 million poorest. David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. as wealthy as poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, Oxfam calculates
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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
See also: (1048) Poverty Bites
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