As with food and fuel we can attach hygiene to the word poverty more easily than we like. Making poverty a plural may be pushing it a little at the moment but if we continue with our present economic systems we might just have to. This UK item squares with our observations of a busy drop in centre in the Greater Toronto Area where personal care supplies were always very popular.
Poverty driving people to choose between eating or keeping clean. In Kind Direct charity warns of ‘hidden crisis’ facing thousands after it distributes £20.2m of hygiene products in one year
(1094) Period poverty
(597) Free tampons!
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Here’s a hint or two at what poverty was like this week in Canada’s richest, most populous province.
Hamilton’s poverty activists clash with business groups, Tory MPPs over labour reforms
Women, recent immigrants to see big benefits from minimum wage increase. Of the 633,000 people who would receive raises in Toronto, 58 per cent are women and 17 per cent are recent immigrants
Demanding a fair share. Protecting worker’s rights in the on-demand service economy
ccpa.ca (links to 26-page .pdf file)
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Though the reasons for the suburban crisis aren’t necessarily different from the problems facing cities—a lack of good jobs and weakening social programs—an historical cultural and political neglect of the suburban poor means that new frontiers of inequality are exploding invisibly where we least expect them. Urban poverty, measured by Census tract, has grown from about 18 to 20 percent between 1990 and 2014, but risen more drastically in the suburbs, from about 8 percent to over 12 percent of tracts. And in the last decade, a “tipping point” has been reached in which “the number of poor people living in suburban areas has increased more quickly.”
The Nation asks…
Why are America’s suburbs becoming poorer? Contrary to popular perception, it’s not just because the poor are moving out of the cities
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At the same time: reports on death at the hands of your income and the positive effects of a basic income guarantee.
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
thestar.com (Statistics Canada report)
Basic impact. Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs
mowatcentre.ca (links to 69-page .pdf file)
This past weekend saw the international March for Science take place in something like 600 communities. We can hardly think of anything as heartening as smart people the world over gathering for science. Adhering to a theme of knowledge and objectivity is this piece from Nautilus. Its author looks into the reality of living a life of deep uncertainty and stress. We really urge you to read this one because it is starting to look like poverty doesn’t just deform personal behaviour and therefore lead us to injury. Poverty can be increasingly seen as harmful to us at cellular and genetic levels and in our body chemistry. An understanding of the science of poverty should allow us to stop attributing its existence of some combination of personal character and systemic inevitability and to rationally treating it.
Elizabeth Kneebone’s testimony to the US federal government earlier this year serves as an extended essay on that country’s suburban poverty.
The changing geography of US poverty
Well, if it costs money it can be one of the building blocks of poverty, right? And poverty is always personal. An article from a UK source looks at feminine hygiene products and poverty. We’re talking a little more than thirty-five cents now.
Period poverty: call to tackle the hidden side of inequality
See also: (597) Free tampons!
You really gotta sometimes wonder about this whole Internet thing. Shades of redlining on the webs.
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