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The values and vulnerabilities of Canada’s temporary foreign workers program
Yahoo! News Canada
image: Free Homes in Canada: the Land of Plenty. 1903. University of Saskatchewan Library Special Collections, Shortt Library of Canadiana.
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We liked the solutions section of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report into Ontario’s rising gender pay gap. It made us feel better that there are things that can be done about this issue.
A growing concern. Ontario’s gender pay gap 36-page .pdf file
Canada’s Mental Health Commission has bolstered our understanding of how to mitigate a serious social difficulty. Excellent. Money well spent it seems on a program designed to get those with mental illness into good, supportive housing as quickly as possible. In Canada the system has tended to treat or control mental illness first and house later. Early results indicate a hopeful direction but the media coverage of this could positive story should have been stronger in our opinion.
Housing and homelessness
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents
Potentially powerful stuff from the Ontario College of Family Physicians: a tool for approaching poverty like any other health-wrecking phenomenon such as smoking or an infectious microorganism. Only neoplasms (tumours) take away more person years of life here than poverty does. Let’s hope this resource is widely adopted and reinforces a cultural change in the way we consider poverty and health.
Poverty Intervention Resources ocfp.on.ca
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Precarious employment, food security, social services access and transportation issues are not just encountered by Ontarians in the sprawl around Toronto. Proof of that lies in these two efforts by major universities:
Poverty Research Centre set to open in London CTV London video 2:46
Overqualification among recent university graduates in Canada
Statistics Canada – Insights on Canadian Society, April 2014. 13-page .pdf file.
See Table 3 on page 8 in particular.
Canada’s richest 86 people have enough moolah to buy all the stuff in New Brunswick. All the cars, iPods, boxer shorts, hair dryers, pension funds, antique tractors, light planes, houses, bikes, miniskirts and everything else that equips an entire province is what we are talking about. All that material wealth would be required to match the wherewithal of less than 100 people. Incredible! During World War II Canada had about twelve million people: nearly the same number of lower income earners you need to match the wealth of this privileged 86 today. It’s almost as if Canada has become a giant machine for making rich people richer.
If this wild wealth ratio isn’t sinking in try this infographic from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s Twitter feed.
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