Post-Secondary Pays Off

More education, more likely to be employed and have an easier time paying of loans; Ontario leading
Rahman Mohamed

Canada and the world is still coming out the “Great Recession” but December saw a drop in Canadian employment levels as 46,000 jobs were lost; unemployment for 25-54 year-olds increased to 6.1%, but still below the national rate of 7.2% and the youth rate of 14.0%. But according to Statistics Canada, if you’re well educated, you’re more likely to get a job and you’re more likely to earn more money.

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Ontario: High School Dropout Dropping but Still Not Low

Rahman Mohamed

Today Alessandro (Sandro) Lisi, age 35, friend and driver of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana was released on bail.  One of his conditions: “Make efforts to find full-time employment or education”.  But why is this condition enforced on him; shouldn’t he have already completed an education and found a job?

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What is Poverty?

Bills, coins and question mark 2

How poor do you have to be to be poor?
Rahman Mohamed

It’s May so many Canadian post-secondary students have just finished writing exams even though they complain about tuition.  But high school students are just starting to think about theirs.  Some are waiting for acceptance letters and starting to think about their September tuition payments.

It’s also been two months since Toronto’s Fact Sheet for Poverty, Housing, and Homelessness was released.  According to that only 604,408 people in Toronto have a low-income.  It also says that the median income for people accessing food banks in 2012 was $691.  The report also says people relied on food banks 804 times to avoid eviction in 2011.  But is this really poverty?

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