Everyone 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
Death makes his rounds of Ontario according to a very familiar alpha-numeric code.
Death by postal code: income still dictates lifespan in Ontario
Behind The Numbers, the blog of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at employment for Ontario’s women. Roller coaster is right!
Women’s roller coaster ride in Ontario’s labour market
image: Moose Winans via Flickr/CC
Income inequality is a major influence on life in Toronto, says a new report from the United Way.
Toronto’s income inequality growing at double the national average, report finds
Just 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
If you had a hunch our amazing province could have been a better place for working people in 2014 you’d have been right on. Here is an ongoing source for the numbers…
Ontario’s long climb out of recessionary job loss
Kaylie Tiessen – CCPA – #JobsFriday
Pew Research Center data reveals an element of hallucination in the national life of America when it comes to the poor. So much for empathy…
Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy
washingtonpost.com coverage with links to report
image: Three Flags by Jasper Johns via Wikimedia Commons
Food 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