2 Part 1 Health

2 Part 1 Health - Torontos Vital Signs - 2009

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Toronto’s Vital Signs - 2009 Toronto:  “highly desirable but seriously  unaffordable” 13th in terms of liveability and 4 th  in ease of doing business – in the  world according to 2008 MasterCard index of 75 leading global  centres of commerce 2 nd  in North American in terms of innovation 15 th  out of 215 global cities according to Mercer’s Quality of Living  Survey Toronto is the second wealthiest city in Canada after Vancouver
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Toronto’s Vital Signs continued Amongst 14 western nations our country ranks last in  spending on early learning, childcare, and kindergarten  programs Too many Torontonians have to choose between  feeding our family or paying the rent Families on social assistance worse off now with many  paying 33% on food and 72% on rent More than 30% of children five and under are in families  that are below the Low Income Cut- Off and the median  employment income for families in 2006 was 20% below  the provincial median
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Toronto’s Vital Sign continued Youth unemployment rate over 20% in June 2009 and there are  almost twice as many youth gangs since 2000 Recent immigrants are three times more likely to have lost jobs due  to economic downturn than Canadian born colleagues Twenty five years ago immigrant women earned 85 cents for every  dollar earned by a Canadian born woman.  Now immigrant women  earn 56 cents even though their education levels are higher than  before.   In sum: if you’re poor, you’ve gotten poorer.  If you’re old you’re  more likely to be poor.  If you’re new to this country the recession  has hit you harder than others.  
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Toronto’s Vital Signs continued In 1970, 66% of Toronto neighbourhoods were middle income. In 2005, just 29% were middle income 2025 expect 20% will be middle income We will not be able to count on immigration to support our declining  population and workforce if we do not make Toronto a more “immigrant  friendly” city Young families will choose other cities where the cost of living is lower and  affordable housing is available The polarizing gap between rich and poor will reduce social cohesion and  lead to increased crime and disengagement We must choose our future……………
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Toronto’s Vital Signs – Towards Social Change Invest more in education and youth Invest in transportation system that can support the growing city More affordable housing Compete for global talent “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll just get run over if you sit  there.”  
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Chapter 2 In Sickness and in Health
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2 Part 1 Health - Torontos Vital Signs - 2009

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