Tag Archives: Canada

(975) 1980s social housing [Excerpt from Subdivided]

socialhusingTruth for smug Canadians via moments of return from writer Jay Pitter as she walks the Toronto social housing complex she lived in during the 1980s.  Excerpted from Subdivided, City-Building In An Age of Hyperdiversity, a new release from Coach House Press.
A visit to the social housing community of my childhood
nowtoronto.com

(974) Way too long for too little: complex & expensive trips to work [Study]

long commutes for workersPublic 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.
Study highlights link between precarious work and ‘miserable’ commutes.To travel from Brampton to nearby Pearson airport, Aretha Reid sometimes leaves at 10:30 pm in order to make a shift that starts at 2 am
thestar.com

(972) OW poverty gap 200% bigger since 1993 [CCPA report]

gapreport
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)

(967) Cheap at ten times the price: MB benefit protects baby health

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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