Tag Archives: Toronto

(1039) Decent Work Day & precariousness in the Toronto Star

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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.
Advocates demand better protection for Ontario workers. Is Ontario turning into a low-wage economy?  Research shows over half of Toronto jobs are considered precarious
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Interim report (2015) – Ontario Ministry of Labour
see also:
(784) Precariousness up in the GTHA [Report]
(62) Poverty in Canada [Book review]

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(1020) Taking hits

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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.
More than 1000 cyclists and pedestrians hit on Toronto streets since June 1. New statistics show vulnerable road users struck at rate of one every two and a half hours
thestar.com
The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl.  The ‘elephant in the living room’ of rising and preventable US traffic deaths is government funded roads in drive-only places
cnu.org/publicsquare

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(1010) Homeless & expecting

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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
cbc.ca

(1004) Grinding around the GTA

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Maybe having a not-so-great-job and travelling to it via public transit is something a lot of us are kinda destined to get stuck with.  Life isn’t always fair.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t do a fair bit better than what transit riders described to Torontoist recently.  The experience of being a second class citizen is acquired in layers and getting to work here is increasingly an encounter with such a layer.
How riding the TTC has affected my mental  health
torontoist.com
See also:
(974) Way too long for too little: complex & expensive trips to work [Study]

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(1001) Who’s city is this?

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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!
Investment in urban land is on the rise. We need to know who owns our cities
theconversation.com
Time to pay for the city we want
thestar.com

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(998) Toronto’s wealth gap [Study]

martinreportOh 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
metronews.ca