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Rates of Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight Are High in Canada
The living conditions of Canadian children have a strong impact on their health. Social determinants of health associated with poverty have led to increases in the rate of infant mortality and low birth weight in Canada. ...
National Policies Affect Poverty Rates in Rich Nations
The labour market alone cannot move struggling families out of poverty. The social welfare programs in a country have a great impact on the level of poverty among minority and native population.
Welfare-to-Work Programs Hold a Contradicting Effect on Parents and Their Families' Wellbeing
Social assistance reforms have tried to combat unemployment and poverty by tying welfare benefits to labour. However, welfare-to-work programs offer little gain for parents who have to balance between work and caregiving demands.
Top Reasons for Unmet Healthcare Need in Canada
Women, individuals with low income, and home renters are more likely to have unmet healthcare needs in Canada.
How Can Consumers Make Healthy Eating Choices?
“Nudging” consumers towards healthy food is not fully effective in getting people to eat well. A lack of education or a lack of income play a role in unhealthy food choices.
The Health Bus Delivers Innovative Healthcare to the Urban Poor
Services like the Health Bus need to be continued and expanded. Bringing healthcare staff into vulnerable communities gives many users a chance to bond with the healthcare staff. This helps break down traditional barriers ...
Work-oriented Welfare Programs Exclude Single Mothers from the Benefits of Paid Work
Single mothers are excluded from the benefits of paid work in both the economic market and state welfare programs. This is because both the market and the state have merged into one single social space. As a result, they ...
Welfare-to-Work Makes Lone Mothers More Vulnerable to Social and Economic Insecurity
Welfare-to-work policies have exposed lone mothers to greater social and economic insecurity. Thus, they are turned into greater “risks” rather than managers of risk.
Homelessness Is a Symptom of Poverty and Government Failure
Homelessness, most of the time, is not a choice or the result of mental illness – rather homelessness is caused by a lack of income and housing. Homelessness therefore should be seen as a social, not an individual, problem.
Canada's "Healthy Living Strategy"
While the economic market offers us the opportunity to earn income and allocate spending towards health, not everyone has the equal amount of resources to access these opportunities. Thus, just distribution of resources ...