Is America Dreaming? Brookings Institution
Pedestrians dying at disproportionate rates in America’s poorer neighborhoods. Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities governing.com
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Diabetes rates have been mapped in detail for the first time for the province of Ontario and the results published. For the Greater Toronto Area the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) maps draw your eye to such places as Brampton and Rexdale, which is to say the sprawl. The ethnicity, incomes and behaviours of those with this illness in such communities is further established as well. Alarming.
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Minimum wage survey 28-page .pdf file
American public policy group Demos suggests a mechanism to chop child poverty in half. You replace child-related tax benefits with a direct monthly benefit. In a world blurry behind stale right wing fog Demos is a refreshing breeze.
Recent findings from Statistics Canada indicate that minimum wage in 2013 dollars has risen over the last three decades by the face value of a now defunct copper coin. So, this means we can stop researching and debating the minimum wage and put it up to fourteen or fifteen bucks per hour immediately, right?
Capitalism has generated plenty of complaints over the last decade or so. Being written off in an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development paper takes us to another level completely, somewhere beyond a mere culture of resentment to something baleful indeed. The OECD has been a major component of the global ecosystem of bodies that measure and direct economic life on the planet. Their predictions for the global economy through to 2060 generated quite a bit of coverage on blogs and in the mainstream media this week. We appreciated a piece from the Guardian in particular.
The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060. Populations with access to technology and a sense of their human rights will not accept inequality
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MintPress News and socialworkdegreecenter.com provide a value-rich infographic on the effect of poverty on the brain for poverty awareness month. Poverty is tough on brains: we needn’t be a genius to figure that one out!
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