A report released this week had us cringing. Why? Because across Toronto about thirty to forty percent of children live in poverty.
Ten Lego people and maybe two dozen blocks make for a simple and powerful portrayal of inequality in the United States.
Is America Dreaming? Brookings Institution
A strong piece from Slate on the way poverty affects women in America.
Hunger’s disproportionate effect on women
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.
New map reveals diabetes hot spots in the GTA. Massive study finds nearly half of Ontario’s 1 million cases are in the GTA, with ethnicity a major factor
image: sugar crystals taken by
via Wikimedia Commons
Crap wages appear to be driving people clean out of the economy in Britain. Such is the finding after an examination of precarious and low income workers done for UNITE.
First ever poll of minimum wage workers confirms poverty pay pricing people out of the economy unitetheunion.org
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.
This one weird trick actually cuts child poverty in half demos.org
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
image: the iceberg thought to have sunk RMS Titanic via Wikimedia Commons
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!
How poverty taxes the brain
(372) Studies indicate poverty impairs cognitive ability
(159) Suburban poverty and the brain