Low Wages, No Benefits

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One-third of workers in Ontario do not receive employer-provided benefits. Seniors and those receiving social assistance are eligible for some level of public coverage, however, low-income Ontarians who are employed, are falling through the cracks without any health coverage at all. Living with low income …

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Racism, Health & Resilience

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Join Toronto Public Health and Wellesley Institute’s Dr. Kwame McKenzie on February 12th for a discussion on strategies for closing health inequities, as part of the City of Toronto’s Black History Month events. Racism makes people sick. A 2013 Toronto Public Health (TPH) report shows that racism results in …

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First Peoples, Second Class Treatment


This paper explores the role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It provides an overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of racism which have historically, and continue to, negatively shape the life choices and chances of Indigenous people …

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Does Upholding The Right To Health Decrease Inequities?

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In 1976 Canada became a State Party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, an international document that recognizes “the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.” Since then, Canada has also signed and ratified numerous other …

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