In 2016, almost a decade after “Summer of the Gun,” Toronto witnessed one of the city’s highest gun-violence incidents with 25 gun-related homicides between January and June of that year alone. By the end of 2016, there were 40 deaths accounted for gun violence. Despite the city's effort to curb gun violence, the issue has … Continue reading Poverty, income inequality and social pathologies: Explaining Toronto’s gun violence epidemic
In one of the world's richest countries, Canada, poverty remains a fact of life for millions of Canadians. According to Canada Without Poverty, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada, nearly five million Canadians currently live in poverty.1 That is approximately 5 million Canadians that struggle daily to meet their basic needs, such … Continue reading Youth poverty in Canada
Poverty is costly. The cost of poverty has been estimated to cost the federal and provincial governments billions of dollar annually. In Toronto alone, poverty is estimated to cost the government over $5 billion in health care, policing and depressed economic productivity. That is over $5 BILLION the city is losing just to mitigate the effects of poverty … Continue reading The feminization of poverty
Note: The issue of precarious employment is not unique to immigrant women. Or, immigrants. Or, women. Within the current labor market, the proliferation and normalization of part-time jobs, contract work, and temporary positions pose a threat to the livelihood of millions of working-middle class Canadians. A topic for another post. However, I would like to … Continue reading Underpaid & undervalued: The precarious existence of immigrant women workers in Canada
In my post, The impact of poverty on education for youth living in low-income neighborhoods in Toronto, I explored the effects poverty has on education and critiqued the quality of education young people living in low-income neighborhoods receive. The key point I tried to make was that schools located in low-income neighborhoods are largely disadvantaged because … Continue reading Urban neighbourhoods and why place matters
Research across multiple disciplines have identified the impact of poverty on the lives youth, including but not limited to, educational achievement, school dropout rates, deviant behavior, wellbeing, and social mobility. According to Hulchanski’s 2007 report, there is a growing divide between high- and low-income neighborhoods in Toronto— each neighborhood providing different access to physical infrastructures … Continue reading The impact of poverty on education for youth in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods
The poor. Source: https://femmagazine.com/o-is-for-oppression-olympics/ Wikipedia defines oppression Olympics as "a one-upmanship dynamic that can arise within debates about the ideological values of identity politics, intersectionality and social privilege." The term gained popularity in the 2010s when the Internet exploded with social justice activism related to racism, sexism, fatphobia, disability, and other forms of social exclusionary … Continue reading Who is left out of the Oppression Olympics?