Public transit and housing in the GTA are still configured for regular jobs. If you are a precarious worker of odd hours compelled to live where you can afford to live, as opposed to where the employment is, things get awkward.
Recipients of Ontario Works, what used to be called simply welfare (i.e. the dole), are deeper in poverty by a staggering proportion. That’s the primary finding of a recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. That is absolutely crazy, and it calls – as it seems do so many things we learn about at suburban-poverty.com – for a basic income guarantee.
Ontario’s social assistance poverty gap
(with link to 20-page .pdf file)
Minimum wage brought us this far. A wonderful concept in its day it has now begun to show the effects of time. You can’t live on it. This is why we need to look for a progressive replacement, a living wage.
Calculating the living wage for Niagara Region 2016
livingwagecanada.ca – (10-age .pdf file)
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Comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon this publication’s home region, Peel, is famed for strained social services. That makes very welcome whatever media attention is available regarding social conditions here.
Stunning statistics drive need to help Peel’s homeless youth
mississauga.com – access three-part series via link
Can you tell we don’t like payday lenders? Doesn’t look like we dwell in a splendid isolation on that, either.
How payday lenders trap borrowers in cycle of debt
Eighty-one dollars a month is a modest sum well spent in the form of Manitoba’s Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit. Strong hints of the social blessings associated with basic income are found here.
$81 a month buys a healthier baby. Lift out of poverty helps women give birth to fewer premature and low-weight babies cbc.ca/news (video 2:07)
image: Kristina Alexanderson
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Aerotropolis on Wikipedia
See also: (940) Airport employment hub
New work from University or Toronto indicates a not inconsiderable peril for the health of the GTA’s children.
Toronto’s growing food insecurity crisis. With the latest research showing one in eight households in the city experiencing food insecurity, food banks are busier than ever
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