(744) Second hand index

thriftEveryone settles into a relationship with the thrift shops.  Maybe its just for a book or two a year and not necessarily for a course in how to make work socks from the sleeves of 80s sweaters but sooner or later we acknowledge the thrifts.  EBay and Etsy, too.  Canadians commend themselves when they recycle a thing, however small.  Second hand is all around us and seems to be a true growth industry offering entertainment and a sense of discovery along with hard goods. Those in social difficulty have been ahead of the better off on this file basically forever.  At first we thought a formal economic index for thrift, an S&P 100 for Canada’s junk shops and vintage clothing might be a bit much but we’re finding it impossible not to acknowledge value in this offering from online reselling powerhouse Kijiji.

The Kijiji second-hand economy index: 2015 report
38-page .pdf file

image: S Jones via Flickr/CC

(723) Every fifth suicide unemployment related [Study]

910972416_f337a8c2e2_zJust in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment.  Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work.  The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011.  That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health.  Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.

Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract

image: marie-II via Flickr/CC

(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

(702) Slumburbia: no guarantees

shatteredAmerica’s suburbs and their racialization:

Minorities and the ‘slumburbs': despite bleak forecasts, families of color are finding more equitable conditions in suburbs. But the type of suburb matters

A shattered foundation.  African Americans who bought homes in Prince George’s have watched their wealth vanish

(674) Varsity blues

ramenFood bank use by university students is the subject of this item from the University of Toronto publication The Varsity.  Being a post secondary student isn’t cheap and there’s always been a low rent element in student life.  But this recent data indicates a higher level of sacrifice and difficulty is now attached to getting further education than was the case in the past.

Food bank usage among students increasing: report. Eight per cent of annual food bank users in Ontario are senior citizens, students