Some good news in the national economy: Canada’s richest are even richer than previously thought. And before this analysis, we knew they were pretty rich, them rich people.
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So far, poverty is one of the least-mentioned items in the 2016 US federal election and its coverage in the mainstream media. With that in mind, here’s a load of dismal poverty news from our southern neighbour in one posting:
More than half of Americans reportedly have less than $1000 to their name
Debt, poverty’s nasty sibling, is the topic of an ongoing series in US magazine ProPublica. In part four, linked below, the effect of debt and debt collection on African Americans is examined. A particular suburban field-of-dreams is mentioned.
Why small debts matter so much to black lives. Due to the racial wealth gap, black families have far less in savings than whites. The consequences can be far-reaching and often severe
UK think tank Centre for London tracks the rich moving in and the poor moving out in a new report.
Inside out: the new geography of wealth and poverty in London
16-page .pdf file
Less-than-the-best housing is an up front tactical issue for students. A deferred, strategic issue, and probably the more socially worrisome of the two, is the enormous debt they can wind up carrying. Not a pretty trillion-dollar picture in America.
Where do Americans have the most student debt? A new map tracks the growing crisis down to a zip code citylab.com
Student debt can hurt women more than men. A loan can be more financially painful for women, whose pay doesn’t grow at the same rate as men bloomberg.com (video 5:07)
We love maps at suburban-poverty.com. And we have a soft spot for minimum wage workers. Then on top of that we know our way around a turkey dinner, even if we eat ours early – on Canadian Thanksgiving – which was, like, weeks ago. Anyway, the map with this article shows you how much toil a minimum wage earner has to take on to produce a turkey dinner by state. Six to seven hours. Probably not far off what you’d have to do for the same meal in Canada.
How hard is thanksgiving dinner on minimum wage?
The Hamilton Spectator launches a series today looking into poverty there. First up is a consideration of the need to study poverty and the way that got tougher when Harper ditched the long form census. We are all for getting as much data as possible on poverty in order to help kill it. On the other hand, can’t we just crank up a basic income for Canadians and take care of things that way?
Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data . The road ahead: End of the long form census left local planners half blind. The poverty project 10 years later