Charts galore all over news and social media the last few days are telling us that the Harper Conservatives are Canada’s most crap government in economic terms since 1946. Surely the opposition parties can take that to the bank over the next eleven weeks. Oh, and has an election ever been called on the Sunday of a long weekend in your lifetime?
Rhetoric and reality: evaluating Canada’s economic record under the Harper government
66-page .pdf file from UNIFOR
Poverty’s outward shift in Minneapolis St. Paul is the subject of a new report from the Metropolitan Council.
Poverty nearly doubles in Twin Cities suburbs. New study finds more poor living in suburbs than Twin Cities urban core
Indentured working people on the express elevator to nowhere enjoy longer, healthier lives and sleep soundly at night: said no study, ever. Including the 33 systematically studied at this linked text right here.
Debt stress affects health, fuels depression. Researchers document health effects of indebtedness
Pedro Vezini via Flickr/CC
The Broadbent Institute’s media arm pressprogress.ca drops this nine-chart cluster bomb nicely on target. Precariousness and austerity: what a disaster.
9 charts show the hidden cost of precarious employment in Canada
see also: (784) Precariousness up in the GTHA [Report]
Toronto & Vancouver are about even with each other for hosting those who work yet live in poverty. 2006-2012 data and major reports are the basis of this front page Toronto Star piece.
Toronto: The Downton Abbey of Canada? Toronto has the largest and fastest growing concentration of working poverty in the country
Metcalfe Foundation (links & webinar)
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Canada’s middle class is getting some pressure – just not in a uniform way. The pain is felt along age lines mainly.
Generation squeeze: population, aging, generational equity & the middle class
University of British Columbia – 20 page .pdf file
image: Mike Bitzenhofer via Flickr/CC
Here is a link to an item on the Homeless Hub. Its author, Emma Woolley, works over the practical realities of food help in Canada to good effect.
Are grocery cards a better approach than food banks in solving food insecurity?
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