Even a moderate increase in food insecurity and difficulty with one’s mental health can notch up quite alarmingly.
For a series of recent papers on the topic:
PROOF: food insecurity and policy research
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Here’s a hint or two at what poverty was like this week in Canada’s richest, most populous province.
Hamilton’s poverty activists clash with business groups, Tory MPPs over labour reforms
Women, recent immigrants to see big benefits from minimum wage increase. Of the 633,000 people who would receive raises in Toronto, 58 per cent are women and 17 per cent are recent immigrants
Demanding a fair share. Protecting worker’s rights in the on-demand service economy
ccpa.ca (links to 26-page .pdf file)
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Underfunding of bus-based public transit combined with a tendency for newer and larger employers to locate in the suburbs makes it hard for low income Buffalonians.
Region’s biggest employers are tough for city’s poorest to reach
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Homes sit empty in Canada in much greater proportion right now than they did in the United States at the time the Great Recession struck. Yikes! What makes the provision of housing in Canada such a fraught undertaking?
Canada has twice as many vacant homes as the US did before the crash
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Though the reasons for the suburban crisis aren’t necessarily different from the problems facing cities—a lack of good jobs and weakening social programs—an historical cultural and political neglect of the suburban poor means that new frontiers of inequality are exploding invisibly where we least expect them. Urban poverty, measured by Census tract, has grown from about 18 to 20 percent between 1990 and 2014, but risen more drastically in the suburbs, from about 8 percent to over 12 percent of tracts. And in the last decade, a “tipping point” has been reached in which “the number of poor people living in suburban areas has increased more quickly.”