Hopefully 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.
‘Nothing’s changed’: 10 years after French riots, banlieues remain in crisis. Despite years of emergency assistance, residents of the suburbs that erupted into violence in 2005 are still waiting for things to improve
‘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
Summer of the gun, 10 years later first of three parts
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.ca – end of a three-part series by Jesse Bauman
image: Roadside pictures via Flickr/CC
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
A Toronto photographer’s project recently embraced the lives lived in our under-considered highrises. Katerina Cizek writes in the National Post today about her work for the National Film Board’s Highrise project.
We should recognize Canada as a nation of highrise-dwellers