(521) First Nations life expectancy in Toronto [Report]

Anishnabe EagleWords falter, if not fail, at the reading of a report into life expectancy for First Nations people in Toronto.  A little over forty years for women and little under forty years for men.  That’s an average of thirty-seven years based on a study of about one hundred premature deaths in a two-year period.  Typical life expectancy for a Torontonian?  Seventy-five years.

Early death among members of Toronto’s aboriginal community: walking in their shoes
Anishnawbe Health Toronto – 26-page .pdf file

(517) Dear TFWP, It’s been great but…

CanadaOkay, time someone wrote the Temporary Foreign Worker Program a Dear John letter.

PBO: Temporary Foreign Worker Program May Be Taking 1/4 Of New Jobs

McDonald’s foreign workers call it ‘slavery’  Belizian temporary foreign workers docked pay for rent in corporate apartment
cbc.ca/news – see videos

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.

(516) Ontario gender pay inequality [CCPA report]

Ontario gender pay gapWe 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

A number is never just a number. Equal Pay Day facts rabble.ca

(513) At Home/Chez Soi success against homelessness

Housing and mental healthCanada’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.

Mental Health Commission of Canada unveils major study on homelessness reduction metronews.ca

Housing and homelessness 
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents

(511) OCFP primary care interventions into poverty

Poverty MonsterPotentially 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

image: CBS Television via Wikimedia Commons