The Toronto Star surveys the general picture for Ontario’s workers as Decent Work Day (Oct 7th) and the conclusion of public consultations within the province’s Changing Workplaces Review coincide with what has been a blue sky Thanksgiving weekend.
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Toronto’s major food bank and other agencies mark the arrival of autumn with an annual report on hunger.
(link to 19-page .pdf)
Canada’s biggest city: more people edge toward hunger
Accidents involving walkers and bicycle riders struck by motor vehicles are a troubling, costly aspect of sprawl. They appear to be built right into the whole matter of community life structured around automobiles and the infrastructure provided for them. This bodily damage really has to be stopped.
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At one time, you could be forgiven for thinking of homelessness as mainly about men living rough and drinking. By the 1980s the definition of homelessness was clearly more complex. It seems just about anyone is at risk, including in Toronto in 2016, pregnant women.
Homeless and pregnant in Toronto: one woman tells her story. About 120 homeless women give birth in Toronto every year. The challenge is how to help them
The world economy soars into the trillions these days with much of the focus on cities, on real estate. We found reading this pair of items with our morning coffee in hand aided and abetted some understanding of the picture at high levels. Wow, just imagine two hundred and seventy billion dollars worth of anything, then try and imagine a quadrillion dollars worth!
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Oh dear. Mexico City, Dallas and Seattle have more inequality than Toronto. We are a little higher on the inequality list than most of us may think. We got right into the North American ill top four thanks to eight billionaires, a brace of other rich folk and Canada’s slackness on inheritance taxes. Crazy returns on real estate probably also helped the one percenters. We’re nineteenth globally.
The geography of the global super-rich 47-page .pdf file
Martin Prosperity Institute/University of Toronto
Toronto’s 1 per cent are about 100,000 times wealthier than us. Divide between Toronto’s rich and the rest of us among the biggest in the world