Again and again we see ourselves bought off by the idea that measuring a problem is some kind of major step toward the solution. Time to throw a basic income at it.
Surveys show why we need to take the Poverty Reduction Strategy seriously. The once-heralded poverty reduction strategy needs more attention, including to what the data told us about the city
Just in case you were sitting around wondering what makes a powerful argument in favour of consciously eliminating poverty in this society here is a piece from today’s Toronto Star.
Children’s aid societies should not discriminate against poor children: a new study has found Ontario kids are being removed from their homes simply because their parents are poor. It has to stop. Editorial
Counterfactual propositions are most times best avoided. We all are hungry for glimpses of the future, sure. That part is okay. There’s just too much risk of distraction in many a creative “what if” scenario, too much room for wild swings of positive or negative projection. Let’s make an exception today for this dystopic reflection on an imagined socioeconomic existence for Vancouver, BC. Yikes! This can’t be a future anybody wants a part of.
How Vancouver’s housing segregation became policy: a 2040 look back. Decades from now, researchers reflect with shock, pity on what led to creation of regional, economically unequal ‘bantustans’
image: via basementgeographer.com – CC
Nobody seems to be an expert when it comes to calling the relative burstiness of Canada’s housing bubble. And what a bubble it’s been! Pretty much all of us can agree, however, that the bubble has a harmful side now. The cost of acquiring and carrying real estate departed the company of Canadian wages a generation ago in Toronto and Vancouver. Rents have been forced up by the bubble, reinforcing the generalized prejudice of not owning what you live in. Overseas investors are amping up prices and eating supply. What is to be done? Some of us remain partial to real estate as a money machine and others are fed up with a machine that seems to exclude them.
Canada’s economy is hostage to the housing bubble. The debate over B.C.’s new tax on foreign buyers exposes how badly the Canadian economy needs ridiculously unsustainable house prices to keep rising
Intensification nation. Canadian cities, big and small, are working to densify themselves. It’s far from a straightforward path
image: Bill Ward via Flickr/CC
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
(974) Way too long for too little: complex & expensive trips to work [Study]
image: Andy Nystrom via Flickr/CC
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
Time to pay for the city we want
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An interesting piece about the new, high-concentration havens for immigrants outside traditional destinations nearer the core.
image: IQRemix via Flickr/CC
Oh 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