Tag Archives: social conditions

(916) What’s gone wrong with America’s white working class? [Princeton study]

awcSystemic collapse: that’s what the serious upward spike in the death rate of white America’s working class suggests.
A Princeton University study has come up with some worrisome numbers that include alcohol- and drug-related deaths and suicides.  Not since the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s has this group experienced this kind of extra morbidity.
All hollowed out: the lonely poverty of America’s white working class theatlantic.com

(873) Vaughan: Canadian Index of Wellbeing applied to GTA suburb for study

VaughanHopefully Stephen Harper will avail himself of his ex-Prime Ministerial benefit plan and begin getting some emotional counselling.  Nobody is ever truly beyond hope, not even an angry neocon control freak like him.  At the larger scale, no community is ever truly beyond hope, either.  Change for the better awaits those willing to think through how they came to be where they are and what they must do going forward if they are to become the healthiest, happiest and most authentic versions of themselves they can.  One of the major components of the Greater Toronto Area is Vaughan.  Vaughan is a lucky place in many ways but it could maybe use some counselling, a road map to behavioural optimization and self-actualization, as it were.

Study takes hard look at ‘well-being’ of Vaughan. Research compares quality of life in the GTA suburb to the province and country

(845) Scrubbing London

owstEligibility statistics for a UK children’s meal program appear to indicate the way lower income people are being rushed out of the UK capital.

‘Vast social cleansing’ pushes tens of thousands of families out of London. Data shows that the numbers claiming free school meals has dropped by almost a third in some boroughs, suggesting areas are becoming preserves of the rich

image: D. Howard via Flickr/CC

(823) Looking at food and food banks in Canada

145219869_0e6c14aaec_zFood banks have been part of life here for three decades now.
Maybe we have never seen them properly.

Going hungry: digesting Canada’s food security problem
globalnews.ca – see hyperlinks

Shut up and take my money! Or, why cash transfers aren’t a silver bullet for food banks
rabble.caend of a three-part series by Jesse Bauman

image: Roadside pictures via Flickr/CC

(796) Ontario sees 94% increase in low wage working population [CCPA Report]

4129777039_7c45cca11b_zIn a word: brutal.

Ontario’s ‘eye-popping’ shift to low-wage work. “You feel like you’re a dime a dozen,” says single mom Jodi Dean, echoing others whose precarious work lives are reviewed in a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

A higher standard
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  30-page .pdf file

image: Nicole Hanusek via Flickr/CC