(705) Toronto numbers

8539457508_3595c50dcd_zFresh, depressing numbers to teach us about place, status and income in Toronto, just as the days get a little lighter.

Toronto’s income gap continues to widen, finds U of T expert. Updated data, presented here for the first time, shows Toronto’s middle-income neighbourhoods are continuing to disappear as the city’s polarization grows

image: snowstorm by Tyler Wilson via Flickr

(699) Carry on, Precarionto

1jz7Precarious Toronto.  Hey GTA, anyone got a plan for all this?  …for any of it?

Toronto, Vancouver among cities seeing falling wages huffingtonpost.ca

GTA housing boom masks growing structural challenges.
Deteriorating affordability, lack of housing choice and a strained
transportation system require a regional policy approach
TD Economics – 20 page .pdf file

Women’s work opportunities declining in GTA. A new study finds women at both ends of the age spectrum were hit hard by the recession, often forced to ‘de-skill’ to low-wage, precarious jobs thestar.com

What have you done to keep the rich richer lately? rabble.ca

(695) Suburban homelessness

“Gunner died in a bleak, windswept area near the railway tracks, far from the bright lights and tall buildings of downtown.”


In suburban-poverty.com’s home city, Mississauga, there’s a legendary moment that gets brought up now and then in volunteer and social services circles.  It has to do with the time the city’s mayor was brought, while maybe halfway through her four-decade-long career, to see physical evidence of full-on homelessness.  She was utterly floored by the idea her huge, growth-crazed suburban realm had some two dozen or so people living under a railroad bridge, in a culvert or two and sleeping rough in woodlots or behind industrial buildings.  This was something like twenty years ago.

Suburban homelessness is a problem often neglected in Toronto

(689) A is for austerity

austerityOh Canada! Here’s two items for your austerity file. The first is about the country’s corporate cash hoard, said to be $626 billion dollars.  That’s money not destined for wages or other constructive uses.  The second is about life at the bottom.  We can hardly pretend for long these are totally separate realities.

Austerity or prosperity? Canada’s $626 Billion Question. That’s what corporations hoard while Tories refuse to stimulate jobs

Austerity and homelessness kill in Canadian winter.  Interview with John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

image: Internet Archive scanned book project

(687) Plan B

Electronics Illustrated Mar 1961Okay, so your federal government internship looked prestigious at first but didn’t really pan out.  That’s okay, though.  There’s a shitload of lucrative, really fantastic opportunities out there in the technology-driven skilled trades!  Uh, hello, …is this thing on?

Apprenticeship ad’s claim of skilled trades shortfall open to question.  Lack of labour market data casts doubt on forecast of jobs needed over next decade