We first heard about the Mississauga LRT in the early 1990s. On the verge of becoming a reality, the positivity around the LRT is truly welcome. Now, we maybe would have dropped this kind of infrastructure into the landscape, along with a grid of cycle paths, maybe before putting down a zillion dollars worth of real estate development. Guess things just aren’t really done that way here? Along with improved GO service and a major east-west busway the depressing diesel horrors of grinding around Mississauga 80s-style should be banished to the past. Stand by for enthusiasm…
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This month the Centre for the Study of Living Standards issued a new report all about income gaps, inequality, job quality and other such things that determine much of daily life in Canada. Among the findings: what looks like a slackening of the connection between advanced education and higher income. Canada’s lowest income brackets have seen an increase in the number of PhD holders therein. This may be evidence of something many of us have observed casually over the years? More study is needed to understand the depth and meaning of these particular findings but if they are true this isn’t really good news. We are supposed to be living and working in a society that needs and respects education and rewards strivers. Maybe that proposition has changed?
Low-wage earners with graduate degrees on rise, new study shows
Trends in low wage employment in Canada: incidence, gap, intensity 1997-2014 66-page .pdf file
Journalist Frances Bula starts a summer-long Globe and Mail series on renter’s issues. In terms of cost alone renting has become a horror show for many Canadians. This could be such a rich topic for media outlets of almost any size and format. I mean, we are talking about a form of second-class citizenship in one of the richest countries in the world.
No Vacancy: high rents and low vacancy are squeezing renters in Canada’s largest cities
Will the housing crisis finally make someone pay attention to renter issues?
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If major cities are to be money mills for real estate investors – especially overseas ones – affordable housing for working people needs to be considered necessary infrastructure and supported appropriately.
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If we want to give people the tools to fight back against poverty a fair fare might be one place to start.
Why Toronto needs a low-income Metropass program. Getting around the city can be expensive – especially for low income Torontonians
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This awful standpoint of the bored, impatient, high Tory critic is taken in the discussion of poverty in Canadian media all the bloody time. This tone is not the best we can do, is it?
Here’s a couple of recent examples:
Vander Doelen: Windsor’s rich spending on poverty
Fight obesity by fighting poverty
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.
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